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Jenna & her gems - lovely and ADOPTABLE -- !!

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Sometimes life just doesn't make sense --

-- for Jenna, it happened when she was 7 years old.

We got a call in late January from Gary, of Central New York, saying his parents had split, and his Dad had Jenna with him, and that he couldn't care for her --

-- so she spent most of her time in an empty apartment, given attention only when people came to feed her --

-- truly sad.

Add to that, she was now pregnant --

-- and, as you can see at right, VERY pregnant -- !!

Gary and Melynda said they tried working with another rescue, and were put off for a month, until their calling us, when Jenna was basically at term.

As we often do, we said, "We'll help" --

-- and thanks to Julie and Jan, Jenna went off to foster in Watertown, NY, at Jan's house, shown at left.

All was fine with Jenna, but come ON, she was 7, and had WAY too many babies in her belly for a dog that age -- !!

Here, there's a collective "we feel your pain" heard from the background --

-- poor GIRL -- !!

Next, a couple of days before delivery --

-- she's more like a beached whale here, than an adult pit bull -- !!

Finally, on January 29th, Jenna had her babies --

-- but during childbirth, something changed.

She went from being VERY sweet and docile, to "these are my babies, and my babies ALONE people" -- !!

Well, that wouldn't work --

-- Jenna still needed to be fed, walked, bedding changed, etc. and Jan felt like it was too much for her.

So, JoJo and I sped up to Jan's place and successfully got Jenna and company in the car and back to our home base.

What we found in the next days is below --

-- absolute beauty --

-- and an absolutely watchful mother!!

Thanks for some wonderful doctors, like MD Chittoria and DVM Allen, we were able to get Jenna on some "nursing friendly" meds while her hormones were high, to take the edge off of her --

-- basically, to help her understand everything was going to be okay.

Over the next weeks, I learned to love and respect Jenna, for the fragile and caring momma she was --

-- all she wanted to do was make sure her babies were going to be all right, and that's what I promised her.

Every time I interacted with Jenna, I used the exact procedure as the last time, and as time went on, she began to trust me more and more.

I was so rushed when caring for her babies, that the only pictures I could get of them were when cleaning --

-- hence, the snuggle-box to the right -- !!

This is the box the babies stayed in while I cleaned their crate and switched-out their bedding -- !!

With Jenna, too, she was a PRINCESS when not around her babies -- not a CARE in the world --

-- but, when it came to her babies, she was all business, and she DEMANDED respect -- !!

Here is her little potpourri of beauty -- !!

Finally, around week three, things started to get easier --

-- a LOT easier --

Jenna would play-box and play-bow when out of the crate, and she'd "shake off" when around me, letting me know everything was okay --

-- and for that, I loved her.

Next, at left, is the beauty of Oliver --

-- one of her little boys --

-- at 4 weeks -- :D

And here, the babies are venturing out in to the world --

-- oh--sooooo-slowly -- !!

Next, on to the MUGSHOTS -- !!

Mugshots: Jenna's gems at 4 weeks!
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2011
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2011
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

Mugshots: Jenna's gems at 6 weeks!
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2010
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2010
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

In early March, Katie emailed me mentioning she was interested in adoption Miss Willow, and that she wanted to meet her --

-- so I suggested I bring over the whole crew --

-- and she OBLIGED -- !!

Here's the babies, acclimating to the hardwood floors --

-- oohhhh -- SCARY -- !!

Next, they venture out -- a TINY bit -- !!

Mister Irving, you ARE so HANDSOME -- !!

And finally, they prefer Katie's LAP over the FLOOR -- !!

Hahahah --

-- looks like SOMEONE lost his SEAT -- !!

Next, a few "oooohs" and "aaahhs" as the kin are admired -- !!

And patches, your looks are SO dashing -- !!

Ooohhh -- Buck is the prankster --

-- with my FOOT -- !!

And more kiddy-land --

-- JUST how we like the babies to be socialized, mind you -- !!

With that, the exploring continues --

-- except for Irving, who knows his PLACE -- !!


Miss Sadie --

-- sexy sadie -- !!

And mister Oliver --

-- just STUNNING -- !!

Hahaha --

-- his moves are busted when he's picked up!!

And then little pistol Patches shows me some PLAY -- !!

All while Irving plays lap-potato --

-- SO SWEET -- !!

Well, we can certainly say we've made this household a little happier today -- !!

Willow loves on the little 'un --

-- as Patches approaches his prey, like a stealthy lion -- !!

-- oooohhhh -- Ollie gets serious -- !!

-- all while the lap-time is still priority number one for puppers and toddlers alike -- !!

Oliver in motion -- !!

Patches, being mister pretty-pants -- !!

Buck, trying oh-so-hard to be mister tough-guy --

-- OOPS --

-- epic FAIL here on being tough, mister google-eyes -- !!

A laugh is had by all at Buck's expense --

-- we'll take it -- !!

Miss Pansy --

-- with the SWEETEST of temperaments --

-- she just LOVES being LOVED on -- !!

Irving and Sadie...

Irving finding yet ANOTHER lap to nest in -- !!



Pretty Patches, again...

... and Bubbles makes her debut --

-- chewing Julie's bracelet -- !!

Pretty girl -- !!

Our boy Teddy --

-- full of PLAY -- !!

Irving, yet again --

-- docile and SWEET -- !!

Eeks --

-- a favorite photo here --

-- miss Bubbles incognito -- !!

Irving and Patches --

-- both tri-color --

-- opposite personalities though -- !!

Sadie, nesting -- !!

So, there we have it --

-- a really great visit with Katie and family --

-- helping our babies to get properly socialized, and giving a nice SHOUT OUT for their adoption --

-- THANK YOU -- !!

Ohhh -- before we're done, out comes FLUFFY -- !!

Ol' fluff gets a lot of attention out the chute -- !!

Eeks --

-- fluffy is getting stampeded -- !!

Aww --

-- Patches is finally BIGGER than SOMEONE -- !!

Ohhh -- puppy carnage -- !!

And with that, Fluff's legs are in the AIR -- !!

Hahahaha --

-- for one brief, very brief, moment, Fluffy was on his legs --

-- for the last time -- !!

So, there we go with these loves, and their momma --

-- all of whom are adoptable -- !!

They are DEFINITELY puppies, and are LOADS of fun -- !!

We're oh-so-glad we could help out Gary and Melynda with their predicament, and MOMMA jenna is getting SPAYED by spbr --

-- so NO MORE BABIES -- !!!

These are lovely pups, and will only go to the best of homes --

-- which means you need to submit to us a STELLAR application, and then have a WONDERFUL home-visit --

-- all do-able by great applicants, so don't sweat it --

-- just be GREAT and COMMITTED -- !!

If you think you're up to the challenge, and if you can possibly STAND to have such BEAUTY in your life --

-- then fill out an adoption application at the top of the page -- !!

THANKS ALL, who made these babies' lives a REALITY -- !!

Here's a video of our prettys at 6 weeks!


Our luvvies at 10 weeks -- it's all about PERSONALITY -- !!

Well, our babies are developing nicely --

-- and FULL of IT -- !!

Here, you'll see darling Pansy at let, and pretty-boy Buck at right --

-- and wouldn't you know it, they can't play with TOYS --

-- they instead have to play with anything BUT toys --

-- here, a toiletry bag -- !!

Mugshots: Jenna's gems at 11 weeks!
First, the MOMMA -- !!
Jenna born: 29 January 2005
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011 -- they're all now ADOPTABLE, folks!!
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

Here's our precious momma, finally SPAYED --

-- and READY to go HOME -- !!

She is full, full, full of love --

-- and she's SO much fun --

-- after she does her "business" outside, she play-boxes the air, and trots around like a proud PRINCESS -- !!

She is a loving, sweet soul, and deserves only the best of tomorrows -- !!

We estimate she is 5 years old -- and because she's now SPAYED, that means NO MORE babies ever AGAIN -- !!

Next, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2011
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011 -- they're now ADOPTABLE, folks!!
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 29 January 2011
Available for adoption: 27 March 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

Here, our miss BUBBLES and mister PATCHES are enjoying their life in foster at Kristy and Bob's in Central New York --

-- SPOILED and LOVIN' IT -- !!

Hahaha -- big BABIES they are --

-- and SO pretty -- !!

Miss Bubbles even has her momma Jenna's LOOK --

-- so SWEET and CALMING -- !!

Next, here's the remaining 4 in foster --

-- a little CHAOTIC, can we say??!!


Our pretty boy BUCK, with the brown eyes -- !!

And then, miss PANSY, whose temperament is the SWEETEST of dogs --

-- she is the BIGGEST of CUDDLERS, this little girl -- !!

So, there's our little Jenna's GEMS --

-- loving and loved, and they've NEVER seen a bad day --

-- can you keep them going in that DIRECTION??!!

If so, fill out an adoption application at the top of this page, and you'll be on your way to CANINE BLISS!!

Thanks all, to those who have worked so hard to get these babies along this far --

-- they're of a loving temperament, and they'd love to shine for the rest of their days in your loving adoption HOME -- !!

Life at 11 weeks -- LIVELY, indeed -- !!


Things I like in an application:

- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at There, you'll find a small army of pit bull lovers -- 4,500 at the present -- !! For you, the adopter, you can learn about canine diet, pit bull temperaments, multi-dog households, and you can meet a nice group of people. For us, the rescuers, we can see your baby as they grow with you, hearing your stories about them and seeing pictures you post of them in their news lives -- win-win, right??!!
PLEASE DON'T IGNORE THIS PRE-REQUISITE -- it means a lot to us here -- !!
- Adult adopters, ready to be adults. People aware of the responsibility of a puppy, and aware this puppy will become an a medium-sized dog, with its own temperament and personality. Adult adopters who are ready for a 15 year commitment. This puppy does not have a depreciating "useful life" that is over when it becomes an adult -- instead, this dog's whole life is useful -- !!
- Owners who are aware of and who respect the pit bull temperament. This means people who know you can't "love" dog aggression out of their dogs -- instead, owners who are RESPONSIBLE with their pups -- crating them when unattended, supervising them with children, never leaving them outside unattended, and those who are ready for licks and lovin' in return! For more on dog aggression, click here.
- Adopters who treat their newest addition like a member of the family, realizing that this isn't a "dog in the box" and that its little life must be encouraged to go the right path and that obedience, socialization and training will get her there -- !!

- Financial commitment. Adopters willing to spend money on their new investment, including premium foods (like Candidae, Wellness, Nutro or raw food), plus adopters who will invest in pet insurance or a "dog fund", lest vetting be required, which may get expensive.

The adoption fee is $325 per dog. This is reasonable, considering the premium services that each pup gets. Each dog, before placement, is examined by a licensed veterinarian, spayed or neutered, wormed with premium wormer, given vaccinations on a regular basis (not just a one-shot deal), microchipped with a premium Home Again chip (made by Schering-Plough), fed premium raw food (not 'Ol Roy, or some other filler-laden junk) and has spent it's puppy fosterhood in a wonderful, attentive, CLEAN environment. Also, each puppy is accompanied by a personal home visit to YOUR home at placement, to ensure they're going to have the life of a king or queen -- !! If the home visit doesn't pass, puppy doesn't stay. This isn't some parking-lot-of-a-pet-store adoption scheme, instead, it's the highest-quality service I can provide for these young souls, as they journey off in to their lives. Note, too, we have had a recent increase in adoption fees, due to increased veterinary surgery rates.

- Smart and informed adopters, who research this breed and who realize that these pups are not for everyone. Pit bull temperament can be Googled, and a great start can be found here.


Things I shy away from in an application:

- Youth -- sorry kids -- this is a living being, not an iPod!! Young peoples' lives change a lot, and the first thing to get dumped is usually the dog, whether it be on their parents, a friend, etc., who are oftentimes ill-equipped and disinterested in this four-legged life -- then, the dumping or neglect begins.
- Renters. I get calls all the time saying, "Please take my dog -- I moved in to an apartment that doesn't allow them." Ummm -- did you fall asleep in an apartment that allowed them, and then wake up at a new address, in an apartment that doesn't allow them? This isn't magic here -- it's responsibility, and dogs come first. Please don't lie on the application, either -- this will show up in the home-visit -- !!

- Multi-dog households. While I love having many pit bulls, quite a few people aren't ready for the commitment and responsibility it takes to sometimes crate their dogs, rotate them out of the crates and generally own them responsibly. When that happens, I get calls saying, "I have to get rid of one of my dogs ASAP." I can never understand why these people think their lack of planning is all of the sudden my emergency.

- Busy households. Sure, puppies are cute, and they're cuddly, and after they're bathed, they smell nice. But when they grow up in to dogs, and the busy household moves on to their new obsession, the dog, now needing obedience, love and affection, is dumped in the suburban sense. The dog may even live "out on the porch" -- people mention that to me like it's acceptable -- dogs are social beings, and will not flourish in situations of neglect!
- People that call me sounding like gangsters. It happens a lot -- and they never want a spayed or neutered dog. Sorry folks -- this is rescue, not a puppy mill, nor the "syndicate". Also, please don't bother me with requests for "papers" -- last time I checked, no people I knew had "papers", and that didn't make them any less a "person" -- !!