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These lil' honeys are some spice... and a whole lotta sugar!!



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I recently got an email from a shelter director, saying -- "guess what came in the door... a box of pit bull mix pups. Young kids from a very low income household brought them in. We can't take them in at the shelter due to BSL of course. "

And here's what we got... !!!


First, the boys...

Age as of 22 September - 11 weeks
Breed: pit bull/ american bulldog mix
Date available
- 22 September 2009

   

And, the girls...

Age as of 22 September - 11 weeks
Breed: pit bull/ american bulldog mix
Date available
- 22 September 2009

   

And then, they had them some fun!!

Here's the babies and their recent fall-fest --

-- FUN FUN FUN -- !!


The following pictures show these babies playing --

-- a LOT.

This is something we think is a POSITIVE for these loves -- all positive, supervised socializing --

-- and no, duhhh -- they're NOT fighting -- or being trained to fight -- !!


We think the MORE socializing pups get at a young age, the better they are when they mature.

Sure, these are lovely little loves -- but also, they're pit bulls.


Pit bulls mature in to their innate dog aggression around 12 to 20 months --

-- some more than others.

Some pit bulls get strong dog aggression ("DA"), where others develop NONE --

-- again, it's a breed trait, and we think that by socializing them young, they're better equipped to face the world!


Also, one thing you'll see LOTS of in these pictures is SKIN --

-- skin to win, baby -- there's plenty of it here --

-- for smushin', for rollin', and for snugglin' with -- !!


Also, with faces like this --

-- and manners as these, these babies are plump little loves --

-- NOT some societal menace to be feared -- that, we can promise you -- !!


So now, let the playing BEGIN -- !!

But realize, too, that these playthings are also great family dogs that have intense social desires to bond with family, kids and stable environments --

-- and to us, they deserve it -- 100%.


Ohhh, too --

-- comic relief is always welcomed -- !!


-- and coordination isn't their forte -- !!

-- but wrinkles are what they're given --

-- they're in their DNA -- !!


The pooh.

Pooh's blue brindle is oh-so-pretty --

-- he's like a polished gem, this little man -- :)


So again... the calm before the storm...

... and here comes the storm -- !!

INCOMING -- !!

Tumble, tumble, tumble...

Gnaw, gnaw, gnaw...

Roaaarrr!!

Who's the lion and who's the dragon here??!!

"ROAR!

I said I'M the DRAGON -- !!!"


The beauty of pooh...

Interception -- !!

Godzilla returns -- !!

Ohh -- the tug toy is a MUST HAVE this season -- !!

Umm... ferocious??

I don't THINK so -- !!


And it's the push-off -- !!

Right back at ya' there -- !!

Oops --

-- "did somebody just head-butt my rear-end??!!"


Ohh, the tire toy...

... too bad it gives so many BLIND SPOTS -- !!

Finally, this babe is ridin' dirty -- !!

But alas, we return to sweetness...

... to a little sugar in their spice....

... and the beauty is everywhere...

Pooh.

Oops -- now it's the orange ball that's the object of desire -- !!

... and why not -- a little more clumsy coordination -- !!

Roarrr -- again -- !!!

That pansy paw doesn't help your mojo, Pooh!!


Wrinkles -- !!

Those weetle shark-teeth --

-- OUCH -- !!


Dirty play -- better with THEM than with ME -- !!

I could look at these forever -- :o)

So that's it --

-- play-time is over --

-- time to be SWEET, babies -- !!


Playin' --

-- explorin' --

-- bein' sweet --

-- OOPS -- !!

I didn't see that -- !!!


And precious --

:love:


Thank God I'm a country boy -- !!

Be SWEET there BABIES -- !!!

And there goes POOH again, with that pawwy paw --- !!


Still life with hay-bale --

:)


Escaping is never easy with this troupe -- !!

Awww...

So, there we are --

-- a tired, beautiful group of pups that are looking for their forever homes.

These are lovely dogs, all --

-- when I pick them up, they wrinkle up their faces, smiling at me --

-- it's almost too much beauty.


So, instead of being euthanized for so-called "breed specific laws", we have given these babies a new lease on life --

-- thankfully.

It's so nice to have things work out -- the way they should.

These loves are spayed / neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed --

-- and, most importantly --

-- SOCIALIZED -- !!


So now, the next step is up to you. We're interested in the best of candidates for adoption, and if you're up to the challenge, fill out an adoption application above!!

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 $295 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. There are 4-5 homes fostering these babies, and that is a LOT of logistics, driving, CARE, etc. -- but it's entirely worth it! 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" -- !!