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Our Ohio Lucky 7 -- what a journey it's been -- !!



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Click here to watch their VIDEO -- !!


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In early July, 2011, we received the following email --

"Hello,

We received a mama pit with seven puppies in last week.  There are six females and one male.  The puppies are around 8-9 weeks old.  I have attached pictures of them.  I didn't get a good picture of mom as she is overly protective of her pups.  If your rescue is able to help, please let me know.

Thank you,

Melanie
County Dog Shelter
"

With that, came the picture to the right -- !!

Well, it turns out the "owners" returned back to the pound to get the mom and dad pups, after their drug-bust --

-- but at left was the taxi of the babies choice, whisking them away to freedom in Erie, PA -- !!

We're always very happy and proud of our prior volunteers --

-- and here was no exception.

Our Katie and her sons, who earlier adopted baby Willow from Jenna's gems, offered to drive down to Erie and pick up this little family --

-- THANK YOU KATE -- !!


Here you see the fine volunteer pilots from Pilots n Paws, delivering their precious cargo --

-- THANK YOU to these fine lads and to this fine organization, too, for their kindness -- !!

next, Katie's boys inspect their cargo --

-- PASS -- !!

I love the blue crocs on the little one -- !!

Here's the back of Katie's car --

-- all loaded up and ready head to Upstate NY -- !!


Here, the family as they arrived, that Sunday night --

-- SO tiny -- really --

-- they were more like 4 weeks --

-- or closer to three -- !!

Next, they're off to explore their new universe -- !!

Wouldn't you know, out of 6 girls and 1 boy...

... that the curious boy was the first one out -- !!


Next, the babies do some walkin' --

-- again, notice their tiny physiques --

-- they were quite frail, but still eating well, so that was a good start -- !!

Our LUNA --

-- who, by the way, is a HEARING dog --

-- learn more about white pit bulls being deaf here -- !!

Here, our baby Winnie, happy to be on TERRA FIRMA -- !!

Next, our Pixie --

-- notice her somewhat sunken eyes --

-- again, an instinctual thing you notice and say, "these babies need a good eye kept on them -- !!"

Next, baby COOKIE -- !!

And here, a very, very small LAYLA -- !!

More WINNIE --

-- with a bit of runny eyes, but otherwise HAPPY -- !!

Aww --

-- who can deny a little paw-time -- ??!!

So, there we were --

-- our babies were safe, and they were on the road to getting adopted --

-- but first, we had to ask our FACEBOOK friends here to NAME our BABIES -- !!

And next is the names they conjured up --


 

First, the girls...

born: 22 June 2011
adoptable: 17 August 2011
what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
our baby girl --

helllloooo WINNIE -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Winnie is your resident smarty pants. She catches on to things soo quickly and is such a great girl! She is a little love and enjoys playing, never passes up the opportunity to rough house! She will be a great addition to any family!"
helllloooo LUNA -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Luna is a doll! She loves to snuggle and get/give lovin! She enjoys playing with the most submissive resident puggle, along with tennis balls and anything she can grab and run away with (hell raiser)! She is nothing shy of amazing and will make a great addition to the family!"

 

helllloooo COOKIE -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Cookie is a dominant female, the puppy pack leader for sure!! Her calm dominance and amazingly sweet temperament makes cookie one great pup that would make any family proud! Despite her being the dominant female over her siblings, she is a sweetheart, so loving and calm, and really sets a good example."
helllloooo PIXIE -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Pixi (aka Chocolate Milk) is so adorable, loving and has fur as soft as silk! She is more submissive but has a lot of energy! She love to run as fast as she can and gets all the pups to run after her! She will need a family that can provide her with lots of exercise and teach her the manors to be the perfect pup!"

helllloooo LAYLA -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Layla is a very special girl! She is a complete love bug and a bit of a hell raiser! :) She loves to be around people and has a way of giving those puppy eyes to get some extra kisses. She is very curious and never passes up an opportunity to rough house with the resident pups. She will make a great addition to any family!"

   

Then, the boy...

born: 22 June 2011
adoptable: 17 August 2011
what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   

helllloooo SCOOTER -- !!!

Foster Coll's bio -- "Scooter is a pure love bug!! He is a great listener and a great follower! He loves to sit, watch and wait for the perfect opportunity to join in the fun! J He loves to hang out with people and is just waiting for his new family to show him the way!"
   

So, there we were --

-- and off to work the next day I went, feeding the babies in the morning --

-- all was well, I thought.

I am fortunate to live close to work, so on Monday I came home at lunch to check on the babies, and little Violet seemed despondent --

-- so I called Jo, and off to our vet little Violet went...

Here's our baby Violet at the vets.

I thought she was "saveable", so I was positive about her --

-- saying prayers for her, and telling her everything would be okay...

Our vets, Drs. Heather and Sarah, did a blood panel on the girl -- and this is what they came back with -- horrible.

None of her numbers were registering --

Most importantly, she had no white blood cells to fight her ailment -- :( -- they said she had no immunity, and no matter what they did, our little girl was suffering, and they considered it an ethical obligation to humanely euthanize her.

Also, her temperature was 95 -- 5 degrees lower than it should have been.

Believe me, it was against my every instinct, but I had to trust in our veterinarians, and to do what was best for Violet --


From a medical angle, we were told, "all the cell lines were very low. extremely anemic and with severe thrombocytopenia. the retic count was high, which is suggestive of the bone marrow reacting to blood loss. overall suggesting of severe viral infection and blood loss. and with low platelets, she wouldn't have been able to control the bleeding."

Frustrating? You bet. Realistic? Absolutely so. Obviously, they are the veterinarians, and the bloodwork spoke for itself, as did violet's obvious discomfort. the doctors suggested, and we agreed, to sedate this little angel, and then to euthanize her -- :( -- how is she one of the "lucky 7", you ask? Well, to us it's because she came to rescue ill -- that's obvious. and instead of dying painfully and without dignity, we were able to give her hospice and the care she deserved, without pain.

That's why, to us, she was, and is, still one of the lucky 7.




Next, dr. sarah said this problem might be pervasive, and that she wanted a blood panel from the healthiest of the other babies --

so we brought all 6 of the remaining loves to the clinic, and the blood was drawn.

Doctor said she needed something to work with -- good temps, hopeful bloodwork, etc. -- for those things, we prayed -- hard.

Here's our guinea pig, COOKIE --

-- the "healthiest" of the babies --

-- if her bloodwork came back promising, the litter would be treated --

-- if not, they'd be euthanized -- :(

Here's our little loves, at the clinic --

-- yes, they're in a LAUNDRY BASKET -- !!


Here's the results we got -- and that's when we knew we had hope --

-- the babies all were within normal temperatures, and this babe's bloodwork looked PROMISING.

Here's our Dr. Sarah, with the 6 loves -- ready for the long-haul of treatment - !!

Over the next 5 days, here's the typical regimen for the babies -- morphine for pain and to encourage constipation, metronidazole to firm up their stools, reglan for nausea, sub-cutaneous fluids for hydration, unasyn as an antibiotic for secondary infections, and barium for their stomach linings --

-- a LOT for these babies --


Here's our loves, a couple of days in to treatment --

-- nice and ACTIVE, albeit ill, and trying to KICK the BUG -- !!

Well, four days later, we can see PROMISE from these babies -- nice, alert eyes, playing, EATING and DRINKING on their own --

 

-- in short, we think we've turned the corner!! While we're always guarded, we're guardedly optimistic now -- !!

So next, a little exhausted, we packed up our babies and supplies, and off to foster Coll's & Bob's we went --

-- with everyone pretty happy and active -- !!


Here, the babies meet foster Colleen, and instantly, they're happy --

-- relieved --

-- seemingly more energetic --

-- and for that, we are THANKFUL -- !!

Fast-forward another week, and the babies are now OUTSIDE and ACTIVE -- !!

This makes me oh-so-happy --

-- to see our COOKIE with a happy little grin --

-- and RUNNING AROUND -- !!


Ha ha haaa --

-- you KNOW you're BETTER when you chase-off the resident PUGGLES --

-- here, Bruizer is suddenly "quicker", knowing there's an ANGEL on his TAIL -- !!

Aww, even little LUNA looks GREAT -- !!

She's developing that little bully head, and she has nice affect in her FACE --

-- WELCOME to the WORLD, little LADY -- !!

Oops oops -- !!

Here's resident Littlefoot, who is QUITE the puppy PARENT to these loves, breaking them in to the "dos" and "don'ts" of life -- !!

So, finally, next, the babies at 6 weeks -- !!


 

First, the girls...

born: 22 June 2011
adoptable: 17 August 2011
what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Cookie is a dominant female, the puppy pack leader for sure!! Her calm dominance and amazingly sweet temperament makes cookie one great pup that would make any family proud! Despite her being the dominant female over her siblings, she is a sweetheart, so loving and calm, and really sets a good example."
   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Layla is a very special girl! She is a complete love bug and a bit of a hell raiser! :) She loves to be around people and has a way of giving those puppy eyes to get some extra kisses. She is very curious and never passes up an opportunity to rough house with the resident pups. She will make a great addition to any family!"
   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Luna is a doll! She loves to snuggle and get/give lovin! She enjoys playing with the most submissive resident puggle, along with tennis balls and anything she can grab and run away with (hell raiser)! She is nothing shy of amazing and will make a great addition to the family!"
   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Pixi (aka Chocolate Milk) is so adorable, loving and has fur as soft as silk! She is more submissive but has a lot of energy! She love to run as fast as she can and gets all the pups to run after her! She will need a family that can provide her with lots of exercise and teach her the manors to be the perfect pup!"
   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Winnie is your resident smarty pants. She catches on to things soo quickly and is such a great girl! She is a little love and enjoys playing, never passes up the opportunity to rough house! She will be a great addition to any family!"
   
   

Then, the boy...

born: 22 June 2011
adoptable: 17 August 2011
what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
Foster Coll's bio -- "Scooter is a pure love bug!! He is a great listener and a great follower! He loves to sit, watch and wait for the perfect opportunity to join in the fun! J He loves to hang out with people and is just waiting for his new family to show him the way!"
   

Now that the headshots are done, it's time for some --

-- weeeeeeee --

-- time -- !!

Here, our sweet little LAYLA -- !!

Next, WINNIE and LUNA -- !!

Pixie and Winnie enjoy the sun and fresh grass -- !!

Little Layla --

-- who reminds me of her passed sister Violet --

-- we did all we can, Layla, and we're oh-so-happy you're with us --

-- really -- !!

Next, foster Coll with our little bruiser --

-- SCOOTER -- !!


Here, foster BOB with PIXIE --

-- as I said on facebook --

"ohio lucky7: from the MAN CAVE -- we love it when our fosters are in to our pups, and with foster coll's fiance bob, he is NO EXCEPTION -- usually, the men help with fostering for "points" with their lady, but with bob, he's 100% IN TO it -- not complaining, HELPING and ENJOYING the experience -- we love it when real men show themselves as caring, giving people -- THANK YOU, BOB -- !!"

Again, we have to THANK puggle LITTLE-FOOT, for being a good parents to these loves --

-- socialization to motherless children is CRITICAL --

-- and here Littlefoot DELIVERS -- !!

Here's our potpourri of colors --

-- of personalities --

-- of joy --

-- THANK YOU ALL, who have made this photo a REALITY -- !!

Ahh, too, GOD BLESS the HELLRAISERS --

-- here, baby Cookie has herself a little TAIL TIME, at Littlefoot's EXPENSE -- !!


Next, more LITTLE-FOOT parenting 101 -- !!

Hahahaha --

-- it's NEVER too MUCH for this GIRL it seems --

-- GOOD BABY -- !!

With babies, comes POOP --

-- and Coll knows that --

-- look at all the SMILIN' pups --

-- they probably just left some GIFTS in the LAWN for COLL -- !!


Here, more of our little WINNIE --

-- fading are the tear-drops under her eyes --

-- and on to more CURIOUS and PLEASANT tomorrows -- !!

Here, our girl goes down for the obligatory back-rub --

--- and she looks HAPPY -- !!

Just LOVE LOVE LOVE that nose, TOO, Winnie -- !!

So, here we are --

-- and here is a perfectly recovered, happy, healthy Layla.

Thank you MOST to Coll and Bob for fostering these loves through the hard times --

-- because now all their work is paying off with HAPPY times -- !!


Hahaha --

-- our girl AGREES with a little HAPPY tongue -- !!

Ahh, to spend your days basking in the sun of the tall, green grass --

-- you've come a long way, baby -- !!

Beauty...

... perfection...

... twig-chewer -- !!

Next, Scooter shows his chewing prowess --

-- showing a tortured leaf the ins and outs of puppy TEETH -- !!

So, there we are.

These babies have been blessed in so many ways --

-- from the initial caring folks at the Ohio pound, to the pilots and drivers volunteering to transport them --

-- to the veterinarians and fosters willing to care for them and love them --

-- to FINALLY, Coll's Littlefoot, giving them all the MOM-TIME they need --

-- THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all, for your touching generosity -- !!

 


And next, if you are up to being a GREAT adopter for these loves, fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this PAGE -- !!

Also, if you'd like to help with our mammoth vet bill for these babies, our chip-in is here --

 

-- and if you'd like to mail a donation, we're at:
spbr, po box 1, east aurora, ny 14052 --

THANK YOU ALL, who believed so much in this litter -- they really want, and deserve, to live -- and we're thankful we can help them --

 

Here's our babes in MOTION -- !!



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" -- !!