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Wow -- a Craigslist beauty our Sadie is -- !!

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Our Erie, PA forum member read the following on Craigslist...

We have a pit bull puppy. She is beautiful but she is too hyper for us because we have a 1 year old son. When we got her we didnt expect she would be such a handfull. She is a good dog for the most part, she is not quite house trained but is good at going on training pads and will use the bathroom outside but not every time. She is approximately 14 weeks old and has her first shots. Email me if interested. I am asking for a $100 dollar rehoming fee. I only ask this because I had to pay more, but as long as she goes to a good home that will be good enough for me. Thank you.

and with that, came these...

Well, after much coordinating and much kindness from Crystal and Mary, what we got, is this --

-- pure beauty.

To me, pure beauty that almost fell through the cracks --

-- that was placed unaltered, that was being sold on Craigslist by well-intentioned folks and that would go to a home without a micro-chip or a home visit.

Well, dearest Sadie, we won't let you down -- that's a promise from me.


Here's a gallery of our girl at play --


While Sadie is absolutely stunning, we will review her applications keeping dear Captain and Tennille lyrics in mind --

" Young and beautiful
Someday your looks will be gone
When the others turn you off
Who'll be turnin' you on
I will, I will, I will,
I will, be there to share forever
Love will keep us together

What we mean by this is that Sadie needs someone who will love her as much on the inside as the outside -- we promised her we wouldn't fail her, and her next home will be forever -- period.

What does this all mean to you? It means we favor applications that show a household that is pit savvy -- that has a track record for continuing obedience -- that knows the pit bull breed and that accepts all its nuances.

We demand a household that knows that adolescence is a tough time, but that together, everyone can get through it!

Also, we are very biased to adopters who join our forum so we can see the pup's future success and help with any issues that may arise.

In a word, I am smitten by this girl -- I love the way she jumps from sofa to sofa with her chunky body -- I love her zeal for life -- I love her playfulness.

We at SPBR are not realists -- we don't run on time clocks or forced adoptions. We're going to hold out for the best of homes for Sadie -- one who will commit to her forever -- and till we find that home, I will allow myself to be totally spoiled by her beauty and charm!

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 -- 3,500 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" -- !!