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On March 4th, 2012, our Sue from Rochester NY came to us --
-- she said one of her hair clients was talking about a pit bull puppy that was found at a local church, St. Ambrose.
If that's not enough, the puppy was found by a police officer, in a dumpster, still in her crate.
Sue asked if we could help.
From the police officer, Jim Shotwell, we received --
"Irondequoit Police Officer Jim Shotwell and Sgt. Jonna Izzo responded, and discovered a blue plastic pet carrier in the Dumpster. Inside the carrier was a white and black pit bull puppy. There was no food, water or blanket inside the carrier.
The temperature was in the 30s, Shotwell said, and the puppy was visibly shaking. Shotwell and Izzo not only removed the puppy and carrier from the Dumpster, but also fed it, provided water, gave it a bath and treated it for fleas before turning it over to an Irondequoit Animal Control officer."
Here, from the news footage, is Officer Shotwell, showing the dumpster where baby Journey was found --
-- that is, in the dumpster where she was found -- :(
And here, in the most heartbreaking of ways, is where she was, dumped while still in her crate --
-- stuck in this wet, cold dumpster, all by herself, at 8 weeks old.
Next, here's our princess --
-- as she came to us --
-- relatively unscathed --
-- and the crate she was dumped in.
Just a baby, 8 weeks old at most --
-- but most disturbingly, her front left left is bowed out --
-- unfortunately -- :(
After a few days, our baby got FAMOUS --
-- that is, she got on the local Rochester news!!
With this newscast, came a CALL for JUSTICE --
-- that is, a police phone number to contact and report the PERPETRATORS -- !!
Note, that's the 585 area code!!
And then, came the news stories --
-- this one, quite sweet!
Next, our little princess yet again --
-- hamming it up -- !!
Finally, the last story --
-- so sweet it is --
-- and we thank the caller who phoned he police, after hearing Journey's barking!!
Here's our girl --
-- at the police station, as she came in the police station --
-- bewildered, to say the the least!!
FINALLY, here's SUE, after picking our lovely up from the veterinarian --
-- SO very SWEET -- !!
And then, off she went, to greener pastures at aunt Lorna's -- !!
First things first -- a BATH was in ORDER!!
Here, our girl at foster Lorna's --
-- as we found her --
-- all fine, though with an obvious issue in her front left leg -- :(
Another shot of her --
-- where we have to ask, HOW in the WORLD could someone DUMP this girl in a DUMPSTER?
And then --
-- HOW could SOMEONE let her LEG get this BAD at only 8 WEEKS?
Well, all questions aside, this little princess is already on the road to recovery --
-- you know WHY?
Well, she loves to PLAY --
-- and she SHOWS IT -- !!
What we say is, "play all you want, princess" --
-- because with play comes socialization, which leads to a better dog at the end of the day -- !!
After Journey was found, she was taken to the e-vet for a parvo test and some hydration.
The veterinarian noted her obvious front leg issue --
-- to which we said, "Who KNOWS what it is" --
-- and we hoped it wasn't a prior break that had healed improperly, etc. --
-- which might need amputation -- :(
From the rear, Journey looked pretty good --
-- a little bowed out, but nothing some exercise wouldn't fix -- !!
Next, we noticed Journey was a little GROWLY when played with --
-- and believe me so, those TEETH are awfully SHARP -- !!
So, what did Lorna immediately do with such lancers?
She redirected Journey to a chewie!
HA HA HA --
-- here you see, princess J has a pretty STRONG opinion on the nylabone -- !!
Just giveee innn, baby-girl, and everything will be fine!!
Nylabones are MUCH BETTER chewtoys than fingers --
-- at least, that's what WE humans think -- !!
Ahhh, Journey concedes, and everyone wins all around --
-- baby-girl is more adoptable now, and our fingers are all the happier -- !!
How, oh how, someone could dump this girl like they did, again, we're amazed --
-- and sort of sad.
What's even more sad is wondering how this person is functioning in society --
-- who they're interacting with, and if they're treating them in the same way -- :(
Before we can wonder TOO long, the nylabone is out, and miss FANGS is at it again -- !!
It's all in good fun --
-- she's making up for lost time -- !!
From our veterinarian, we see the proof of little J's deformities --
-- she was stuck in a crate too small for her --
-- lying in her urine, which stained her legs (shown) --
-- and she wasn't allowed to develop properly -- :(
Well, what we say is --
-- "you're NOT a piece of trash, baby --
-- and we'll do ALL we can to give you the BEST recovery possible!!"
Our first line of recovery --
-- LOVIN'S --
-- it's amazing how such a prior un-loved creature responds to positive, caring vibes --
-- WE LOVE IT -- !!
Here, it's almost as if our princess is getting a little introspective --
-- feeling love and caring for the first time --
-- feeling warmth and food in her body --
-- and yes, knowing she is loved, loved loved!!
So, from there, we advance 5 days, with Lorna's care....
5 days later...
... and here's what we GET --
-- just look at that "so WHAT about now, everyone" grin about our girl --
-- she KNOWS she's got it GREAT with LORNA and pals -- !!
And with that, she walks about the driveway --
-- just LOOK at that front left LEG -- !!
Lorna took Journey to Dr. Stein, where he sedated and x-rayed her --
-- NO prior BREAK --
-- just a deformity due to her LIVING CONDITIONS --
On the GOOD NEWS front, he said she may fully RECOVER!!
Next, on to her MUG SHOTS!!
Our princess... ready for the prom!!
born: January 30, 2012 adoptable: March 28, 2012 what comes with him : she's spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized, healed and LOVED
Again, we're faced with such beauty, innocence and resilience --
-- and bewilderment ourselves, as to how someone dumped this girl like mere trash --
-- never again, pretty!!
Here, too, you can see Journey's confidence, with her angel LORNA --
-- LOVE the tongue-twist -- !!
And too, Journey is getting PLENTY of exercise with lorna, getting her leg NICE and STRONG -- !!
Here, her MAJESTY, being the QUEEN she was MEANT to be -- !!
Ha ha ha --
--- Journey's even got a secret admirer here -- !!
-- he's been outed -- !!
So, there we go --
-- 5 days in to foster, and our little lady is doing fantastically.
and RELAXING --
-- FINALLY, now that life has given her the lucky break she deserves!!!
If you're interested in ADOPTING this girl --
-- first off, you've got to be a GREAT home --
-- and from there, fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page.
In the meantime, Journey is in GREAT HANDS with Lorna and pals -- !!
What we can say from this whole endeavor is that we're thankful.
Thankful for the kind person who called in to the police when they heard the barking --
-- thankful for Officer Shotwell's kindness --
-- thankful for SPBR Sue's willingness to rescue this girl --
-- thankful to Lorna and pals for their recovery work done on this girl --
-- and most of all, thankful to God (or whoever you think created this girl!) for giving us such a wonderful little pup, whose leg is healing nicely, and whose temperament and socialization are improving day by day.
THANK YOU ALL for such a happy ending in the making!!
Baby girl, 4 weeks in to foster!!
Well, 4 weeks in to foster, and just LOOK at our little LADY --
-- she's put WEIGHT on --
-- her LEGS look great --
-- and, most importantly, she's HAPPY!!
A close-up of our princess --
-- gone are the defensive, cold eyes, the result of an uncaring home --
-- and IN are the curious ways of a PUPPY --
-- WE LOVE IT!!
Here's our girl --
-- halve GIDDY she's so blessed --
-- and half in DISBELIEF at how GOOD she's got it -- !!
Here, we get her being silly --
-- just LOOK at how absolutely BEAUTIFUL she's DEVELOPED!!
And next, the wafty, wavy ears --
-- she could be a RUNWAY model, this girl -- !!
Let's go back a few weeks here --
-- the BEFORE picture --
-- just LOOK at her SAD eyes --
-- and LOOK at her left LEG --
-- AWFUL -- :(
Next, fast-forward to the PRESENT --
-- she's a happy-go-lucky girl --
-- and her LEGS are PERFECT!!
-- here's her foster momma --
-- Chi "Lulu" --
-- who is VERY protective about her baby Journey --
-- GREAT WORK, LULU!!
Her smile --
-- her physique --
-- her beauty --
-- love love love!!
The beauty of her eye-patch --
-- a little black, a little brindle --
-- her upright attention --
-- so regal, so proper!!
So, there we are --
-- our girl has grown up to be a princess --
-- and we won't ask any more "What if" questions --
-- we don't CARE about her past any more --
-- all we CARE about is her FUTURE!!
And with that, our princess was SPAYED and MICROCHIPPED and VACCINATED and DE-WORMED --
-- you know what THAT means?
It's time to go HOME!!!!
Journey, going HOME!!
Next, our girl goes to the most proper of homes --
-- to Jenny and Willie's in Macedon, NY --
-- Jenny is a lawyer, and Willie is in sales --
-- our girl has hit a HOME-RUN -- !!
Next, she meets her new brother, BUSTER -- !!
And then, off to mommy --
-- two proper ladies we have here, people -- !!
And then, the FIRST set of grand-parents comes --
-- the SECOND set comes LATER -- !!
Then, rescuer Sue says her good-byes --
-- and Aunt Lorna says her good-byes, too --
-- Lorna said she was one step away from ADOPTING this girl, she loves her THAT much -- !!
Next, it's off to FAMILY TIME --
-- love, compassion and kindness --
-- WE LOVE IT!!
Then, we leave these love-birds off to enjoy their time together --
-- we LOVE it --
-- this girl has FINALLY gotten her DUE --
-- with everyones' help --
-- especially LORNA and SUE and the FINE FOLKS at ABK and at SPBR --
-- we LOVE it -- !!
You can have your OWN little JOURNEY!!
So, with our princess all happy and rescued, we thought it was time for her to help ANOTHER dog --
-- why NOT -- !!
That said, our fine friends at Shelter Pups made little REPLICAS of our baby girl --
Well, that said, our ShelterPups people made little STUFFED ANIMALS of our BABY!
Here, you'll see a LOVELY replica of our PRINCESS --
-- hewn of WOOL, KINDNESS and LOVE -- !!
Well, the ShelterPups people are offering these to us SPBR folks at $30 each --
-- so what we say is to offer them at $50 each, and then we'll donate that $20 per stuffy to Bubbles --
-- at 10 stuffies made, we'll then be able to donate $200 to Bubbles' heartworm treatment --
-- so EVERYONE wins -- !!
If you'd like your own little Journey, click here --
If you'd like, you can donate the stuffy to Officer Shotwell (her rescuer), Susan, Lorna or ANYONE!!
Just let us know on your check-out receipt!
Please accept we added $4 shipping per pup, to keep th Bubbles donation high per stuffy!
As of 11 April, we have 5 stuffies available!!
THANK YOU ALL!
-- our STUFFIES are INCOMING!!
Here's a look at three interpretations of them --
-- LOVE IT!!
May, 2012 -- we're SO PROUD -- !!
Well well --
-- just LOOK at our girl, 9 May 2012 --
-- this BEAUTIFUL family is now COMPLETE and HAPPY --
-- who would have KNOWN that such FAIRY-TALES can come true -- !!
GREAT WORK, Willie, Ava, Journey, Buster and FAMILY -- !!
Video of our angel, at intake!!
Baby Journey, gettin' famous!!
Journey, 5 days in to foster!!
Journey and her new BFF, 8 days in to foster!!
Our girl, one day before going HOME!!
Things I like in an application:
- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at www.pbsmiles.com. 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" -- !!