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Our NY babes show us there is still MUCH good in people!!


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Over the past month, on our forum, two rescue situations came up -- one for pit bull puppies who were being sold on Craigslist at 5 weeks (the "CL babies") and another for some Manhattan puppies who were bottle-fed since birth (the "bottle boys").

With the CL babies, there's always a dilemna -- by working with the "people" on CL who sell babies so young -- without proper socialization and vetting (HELLLOOO spay/neuter!!), you're in some ways supporting these low-lifes. BUT, the babies need help. So, what we do is negotiate -- a LOT -- with these lovely people. Many times, the dogs end up given away in the meantime, which hurts -- :( Other times, we prevail, and they come to rescue!!

So, without further ado...

The CL babies
And while we're at it...
The Bottle boys!
The bottle boys were born in to a hard world in Manhattan. A backyard-breeder owner of their mom came in to the emergency clinic saying, "My dog is giving birth, but it's a complicated delivery" -- or something like that! The kind folks at the clinic said, "Okay -- we'll help you with the birth -- and even BOARD the momma till the babies are weaned -- but these babies are getting spay / neutered -- as is the momma -- before this is all done!" Well, this lad didn't like the S/N advice, so he took the momma back, and left these babies to fend for themselves -- :( After two months of work (which is detailed further down on this page), I present to you the bottle boys...
... and momma Posey
We can't forget our famous momma Posey, who helped mother all these pups over the past month! Posey had her own litter at SPBR, detailed here. The babies have all been adopted, and Posey is still awaiting her perfect home! In the meatime, she's earning her keep at SPBR -- with this group, mothering these little ones!!


So, the first of the CL babies is Tillie, shown at the right here.

Yoko, her sister, is on the left.

These pictures were taken 2 days after these pups came to SPBR --

-- at 5 weeks -- :(

PS - these two gals rescued Yoko from the Roch. Craigslist and brought her to SPBR!!

Tillie's namesake is from Pontillo's Pizza in Rochester, where the SPBR volunteers met for the "hand off" with her "adult" BYB'ers -- :(

In the week after Tillie's arrival, she stopped eating -- :(

JoJo, a Buffalo school teacher with the summer off, took Tillie under her wing.

Tillie went to the good Dr. Allen, who diagnosed Till with Canine Neosporosis -- a coccidian parasite that invades muscle tissue and neural cells --

-- Tillie was losing the ability to walk, since the parasites were eating her leg muscles -- :(

Doctor Allen put Tillie (and Yoko) on "Clindrops" and within a week, our girl turned the corner!

She gained a pound and was walking around like nobody's business!!

Tillie has now fully recovered from this awful parasite, and is looking for a home to give her all the LOVE and CARING she received from SPBR and Dr. Allens' crew!!

Here, you can see Miss Till is back to being an alpha over the bottle boys --

-- THAT we LIKE, Tillie!!

It is so rewarding to see babies this small recover from ailments.

Without SPBR, Jojo and Dr. Allen, Tillie likely wouldn't have made it. People selling puppies on CL are not catering to a dog-savvy crowd -- and we're proud we could help!


Yoko is Tillie's sister, who was adopted by SPBR through some good samaritans in Rochester. These folks saw Yoko on CL and said, "She's too small for adoption -- how can we help?" And help they did --


It shows, to me, that God has a good sense of humor!!

Tillie is here with the bottle boy, Pugsley.

Pugs and she have been littermates over the past few weeks -- helping each other learn the ropes of good puppyhood and socialization!!

Here she is, blending right in to the BB's --

-- she can run with the biggest and best of 'em -- !!

The bottle boys

I love these three -- I really do.

Although they've had a difficult start in life, the immediate generosity of their NYC foster, Barb, turned their tough fate out to a wonderful beginning.

At right is Barb's "how to" fostering for these three.

Talking to Barb this morning, she said she got these three through the rough few weeks in their early lives --

-- then she realized they needed more -- in socialization especially -- to become pit bull breed ambassadors - and that's where we came in!

A quick note here -- Moose and Marv were renamed to Romulus and Remus -- or "Romey" and "Remey" --

-- little Pugsley got to keep his name!!

You can tell here that Barb gave these boys 110% -- an amazing thing.

Instead of writing them off as "just some more pit bulls", she said instead that she was going to give these boys her all, so they could survive and thrive --

-- priceless.

Here's the usual suspects, Remus and Pugs, enjoying ths day!!

When Pugs came to SPBR, he was a little rough around the edges -- he would make dragon noises (ie, squeels!) when I held him tight, and laid him on his back, rubbing his belly --

-- so I did it more -- :D

Well, after about a week of dragon noises and squeels --

-- his noises stopped.

Little Pugs was broken of his "large in charge" ways, and now he's as happy as a pea, minus his alpha issues --

-- I love it, and so does Pugs, since now he's more adoptable and even MORE loveable!!

Here are Romey and Remey --

-- who in the WORLD can't love brindles -- this is like a caramel brindle that's ready for eatin' -- figuratively, that is -- !!

Please remember, too, that these ARE puppies, and they have a LOT of energy -- that needs to be harnessed through training, walks, runs and socialization!!

So, there we are --

-- with 5 perfect pit bulls that all came in to the world with less-than-average odds.

What I say to the critics of this breed are, "How in the WORLD do you expect these dogs to have a chance when people are owning them so poorly?"

By that, I mean people breeding, dumping, neglecting, fighting these dogs --

-- without a care to their futures and well-being.

Well, what these 5 dogs represented to us was a chance --

-- a chance to make things better for the breed overall.

Instead of turning our heads, we helped -- and they thrived.

When I look at these loves, I honestly see God -- and a miracle of a creation. I see innocence, kindness, trust and love --

-- all traits that I hope will stay with these dogs for their entire lives -- and traits I know can be lost with poor placements, and casual, irresponsible ownership.

So, with this task at hand, we work as hard as we can, and use the best screening possible to find the most exceptional homes for these loves --

-- and that we owe them. As we owe the small army of Jo's, Barb's, Jen's, Mary's, Dr. Allen's and others who have brought these loves this far.

What troubles me -- a lot -- is people who don't adopt saying, "I will be there with you till your last breath -- and I will comfort you through your hardest times -- I will love you unconditionally." Well, that is what we are looking for -- and it's all that matters to us here at SPBR. We have been given a great gift, and a great burden, with these loves.

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!! If your application RULES (which it should!), we'll contact you to set up a home-visit, where we come and discuss adoptions, SPBR and the like with your family and you!

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" -- !!