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Oh Nali, the places you'll go... !!


Click here for their September BENEFIT in Buffalo!

Click here for... John and Nali's REUNION -- !!!

Click here for John's and Nali's March 2010 tragedy

Click here to see our girl go HOME in January 2010!

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Well, Nali's life started out a year ago, in Summer 2008, with Yaan, at right, in Santa Barbara, California.

Yaan had recently moved to California from New York City for a change in scenery, and to surf -- !!

Well, one day, Yaan saw the unseeable --

-- someone selling pit bull puppies from the back of a car --


Yaan knew he had to do something to save one of the puppies, but his lifestyle didn't quite fit her.

By this point, Yaan became an avid surfer, and was also looking for ways to get apartments, etc. with a dog -- let alone a pit bull --

-- all on a surfer's salary -- :(

Well, whatever Yaan did, little Miss Nali came along, and grew up quickly, socialized and sweet -- :D

Here she is at around 4-5 months --

-- with a proud dad -- !!

And here, at the end of many happy days...

During the days, Nali went with Yaan and his buds all through the land...

... the coolest of which was Sequoia National Park -- !!

Here you see Miss Nali all grown up, and full of energy -- !!

-- bounce, bounce, bounce!!

And next, a few historic shots...

... with the largest of Native Americans -- !!

It's just beautiful.

And of course, the Nals is part of the scene -- :D

So then, more months went by, and Yaan ran in to boarding problems --

-- for him and the Nals -- :(

Basically, he couldn't find an apartment to take him, let alone a pit bull --


BUT, this was his girl --

-- he was 20 years old --

-- and this was his thing -- saving this girl, and making it work.

So, over the next months, Yaan lived back and forth with friends, and even in his car, with Miss Nali.


He spoke to his Mom about the situation, and she understood.

She knew how much he cared for his girl, but also that things weren't working.

So, in the meantime, Yaan had some more happy days with Nali, hanging out in the parks...

... chilling at friends'...

... and enjoying the California life, with his California girl -- :D

Then, it was time, and he flew back to the big apple with the Nals...

Nals takes Manhattan...

Here's where SPBR came in -- !!

As I checked my voicemails one Monday morning, I had a message from both Yaan and his Mom, saying they were in a pinch, since Yaan was going back to California in a few days, and Mom couldn't keep Nali.

While Nali was a great girl, she was too much for Mom's myriad of ankle-biter pups, many of whom were older and who didn't want an 80 pound addition to their pack -- !!

Here's the energy behind the saving -- MOM -- !!

Mom, also known as Maria, was amazed at SPBR's quick response.

She said she contacted other rescues, etc., and heard nothing.

That was hard for her, since she knew that taking Nali to the pound would be terminal for the Nals, and at 1 year old, with Yaan still so much in to her, Maria couldn't consider that option.

Next, we were up in Nali's pad --

-- her penthouse of sorts -- :D

What a panorama -- !!

Note the Empire State Building in the upper left corner -- :D

Next, the queen on her porch --

-- soaking in the sun, enjoying the view -- !!

Looking over the ledge, this is one view I didn't enjoy -- !!

Here's a closer look at the city-scape --

-- best enjoyed from a distance -- !!

Next, we go back inside, to get some more beauty shots of the princess...

First, her lounge area...

... next, her sun-spot...

Then, the close-up --

-- of a one-year old girl, with more support behind her than she could ever know -- !!


Oh, Miss Nali, how far you've come in the past year, from the back seat of a "dogs for cheap" give-away, to being so blessed with your family, with bright days to certainly come -- :D


For those interested in Miss Nali, she will come spayed, microchipped, vaccinated for rabies and wormed.

Also, all applications will be carefully reviewed by SPBR volunteers, by Yaan in California, and by Maria in NYC!!

So, as the day turned to dusk, we packed up our dolls and dishes --

-- and Nali --

-- and headed off for home.

That is, after getting one final look at that phenomenal view --

-- to which Nali said, "Not enough GRASS -- !!"

So, now here comes you --

-- to promise Miss Nali a stable, loving home, that will give her the rest of her years in responsible, loving care --

-- simple, huh??


What you'll also get in adopting Miss Nali is fulfilling a promise from a Mom to her son that things in the world can indeed work -- like sometimes that letting go is for the better for you and for something you love so much -- as your first dog.

So, Yaan, your girl is safe with us.

We'll find the best of homes for her, with the most perfect of adopters, who will love her as much as you -- and who will also be on your Facebook page, updating you 24/7, showing you the great new life Miss Nals found through SPBR -- !!

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



Well, Nali's prince has come --

-- and he's a PATIENT one -- !!

John originally applied for a pup in August, 2009.

He lives in a nice, rural area of New York -- so rural, we couldn't find a home visiter to complete his application process!

In early January, 2010, John called me and said, "I applied a while ago, and I really want a dog --

-- plus, I'd like to rescue one, compared to going through some backyard breeder."

Well then, I knew we'd found a winner!

Dear Lisa and Mike did the home visit, and he came back all stars!!!


Here are John and Nals when he met --

-- just LOOK at her FACE --

She's sorta like, "What -- I'm with my MAN, people" -- !!!

I love it.

Next, in a small showing of gratitude, she seems to turn her head to say...

I think...

... I love you... !!!

And love John, she does -- !!

Nali had gone from being Yaan's girl, to being my girl, to then being John's girl --

-- so she's used to having a man in her life --

-- and this time it's forever --


What I can't be enough thankful for is people like John --

-- or his friend, Jen, who you'll read more about below.

John works at a local university, and so does Jen.

Jen has a pit bull, and John wanted a pup --

-- well, Jen put on her BESTEST salesperson cap, and said to him, "Just LOOOOK at this NALLLII girl on SPBRRR" --

-- and it was love at first sight!

Just look at this picture --

-- total love --

-- total joy --

-- total fulfillment.

So, as we prepare ourselves for the "goodbye and happily ever after" photo, John notices a piece of something -- spit or otherwise --

-- on Nalis' lip --

So, he wipes it off... happily...

... and it's finally time for "goodbye and happily ever after" to Miss Nali.

This picture looks more like a WEDDING shot than a dog ADOPTION one --

-- look at how CONTENT they are with each other!!

Mind you, John showered Nals with words like "sweetheart" and "baby" the whole time -- !!

Two days later....

Jen, who I wrote of above, writes on our forum --

"A friend of mine, John, adopted this girl, brought her home on Saturday. What a love bug she is! She spent the morning in the office with me and is just the sweetest girl! She gave tons of kisses and has the best manners. When John came back to pick her up, I don't know who was more excited, John or Nali. She has been with him for two days and already knows who her daddy is. She was all wiggles from head to toe.

Eric, You truly are a blessing! You do wonderful things for these dogs.

John told me that he enjoyed his home visit very much! John is a great guy which is why I suggested Nali. He had told me of the three he had considered (Nali wasn't one of them) so I went to the site and had to give him my two cents on Miss Nals. The two are a great match!

John is keeping Nali on a raw diet, so I'll see plenty of him and his new girl in the future.

Fairy tales are definitely made of things as this -- and I am so thankful to be part of them.

Thank you, all, who made this a loving reality!


Prayer's needed: for John... and Nali -- :(

Two weeks ago, Jen, John's friend, sent me this article to the right -- the link to which is here -- :(

Jen told me that John was in the hospital in a coma with a broken back, amongst other things and that John's friend was taking care of Nali, and that she hoped Nali and John could be together again soon.

Yesterday, March 14th, Darren called me -- he's John's best friend. He told me that John has had surgery on his broken back, and that his internal organs have been checked, and that he is overall okay -- except that he is still in a coma --

-- which breaks everyone's hearts -- :(

So, instead of Nali and John getting reunited, Darren called to tell me that he needs help with Nali while we await John to come out his coma and to recuperate.

With that, yesterday, I posted a message to our forum from my Blackberry at a rest stop on the NY Thruway -- that we needed help and when I got home, Kathy had written --

"I can offer one of our town kennels. I feed, water, walk and providing loving and playtime a couple times a day. Kennel is heated, and has outdoor run. Even if you needed to do that just until someone else comes forward, let me know."

Kathy and her husband are animal control officers at a nearby town -- whose pups are shown at the left --

-- and their generosity is overwhelming.

Instead of being burned out and callous from all the horror stories they receive on a daily basis, they offer this kindness --

-- we are humbled.

A few hours later, Lisa started a donations thread on our forum for Nali's care, to which Kathy wrote --

"I can't wait to show my husband this thread. He had asked me about her food, saying we can't bill the town. I just planned to buy it myself, and whatever else she needed. Again, I just hope she is able to go back to John soon!"

So, here we are --

-- with every day people doing extraordinary things to make life better for the people and pups in their lives --

-- and we are so thankful.

These placement pictures are all I think of when John comes to mind lately --

-- a caring, compassionate man who was so generous and kind to an "unwanted" adult pit bull --

-- a dog we fostered for almost a year without one application -- until John.

So now, John and Nali need our help --

-- John with our prayers to him and his medical team, and Nali for small donations for her care and keeping with Kathy and crew.

If you'd like to pray for them -- that's of course appreciated and needed --

-- and if you'd like to donate to Nali's care, you can send paypal to (putting "for Nali" in the subject line) or mail your donation to
po box one
east aurora
ny 14052

What I will be most happy for is to see John smile like this again --

-- like a young boy with his new dog --

-- and what I will also be most thankful for is when John wakes up and asks, "Where's Nali?" and we can say, "She's okay John -- everything's okay."

Thank you Darren, thank you Kathy, thank you forum and thank you kind people out there -- this all means the world to John -- and to us.


It's time to start DANCING in the STREETS!

Well, Kathy and Nali had a lovely cinco de Mayo -- they packed up and headed for the hospital (ECMC) -- to see JOHN -- !!

First things first --

-- Kathy writes --

Nali sniffing the dandelions before we left....

I just got back from ECMC. There is actually a discharge planning meeting for John later today.

Darren will be there. John did know Nali was coming, and I saw someone in a wheelchair point at Nali, and then the therapist waved to me.

We spent close to an hour there. Nali wouldn't keep still, and actually shredded her leash playing tug of war with John!

Greeting John

The reason we do what we do!



Too much --

-- what beauty.

What commitment --

-- all the way back in March, to Darren calling and saying, "I need help with Nali, John's been in an accident" --

-- to Kathy stepping up --

-- and then, to this.

It's everything.

Exhausted after all the excitement.

John was very happy to see her, and said she looks great. He is actually talking about possible discharge next week. I told him if he is there two more weeks, I will bring her a day next week. I am so glad the weather was good for us! The therapist said some floors do allow dogs, but not the floor John is on.

And finally --

Nali seems to love everybody, but yes, she knew John. It was so hard to get pictures because she would jump up and kiss him, then get down, then do it again. And she did look back at him when we left, that was really the heart wrenching part. But soon they will be together permanently again!

It's time for a BENEFIT -- and a beer or two -- !!

Well, if you're in Buffalo in September, please try and attend this benefit -- !!

If not, Jen writes --

"I hope some members can make it.  I also asked if Nali was welcome to attend and Andrew didn't see a problem with it.
I will have tickets and so will Andrew.  Please post the flyer on one of the websites. 

I did contact Kathy and let her know as soon as I did.  Andrew didn't put my cell on the flyer but it is 716-400-1616.  All I ask is that if someone wants to pay by paypal that that write "john" in the subject and add $1 to cover there fees so that all the money can go to John. 

My paypal account"


Now let's CELEBRATE John & Nali's reunion --

-- and John's recovery -- !!



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 $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" -- !!