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Two weeks ago, our friends at the Ohio shelter emailed us --
I have attached several pictures of pit pups that have come in to the pound recently.
I have also included a couple of young pitts that have come in also.
The pictures of the litter of 5 pups are not very good but they give you some idea."
Basically, a man turned them in as "boxer mix puppies" --
-- how could he do such a thing -- :(
Well, what this presents to us at SPBR is work -- a lot of it -- !!
I sent out word, and Jo, Julie, Julie and Ju (say that 5x fast!) agreed to foster them, so we were in business!
That, plus I offered the shelter that SPBR would pay to spay the man's momma dog at no cost to him --
-- a win-win, right??!!
And here's what we GOT -- !!
We had a 7 leg transport on Sunday, with the babies staying in their carriers the WHOLE time -- no handling, no outside time, just transporting --
-- and here they are, in suburban Buffalo, at their one foster's home, Julie's --
-- it's a BIG world out there babies --
-- needless to say, you're FREE FREE FREE!!
Let's put some names to the faces!!
Born: 7 Dec 2010 Adoptable: 3 Feb 2011 Vetting: Spayed, veterinary exam, wormed, vacinated, microchipped
Born: 7 Dec 2010 Adoptable: 3 Feb 2011 Vetting: Neutered, veterinary exam, wormed, vacinated, microchipped
Well, we must say Nelly, that you all are the prettiest of PRETTY -- !!
Thump thump thump --
-- they're off -- !!
Here's our pebbles --
-- who looks a little mixed at first glance, but when you look closer, her little pitty face and ears, well, we know she's got a 4-legged pit bull licker in her past -- !!
Here's our Molly, trying to be a BIG GIRL -- !!
Next, which comes along with all babies, is CLEANUP in aisle EVERYTHING -- !!
With so many happy butts waggin', we'll even have fun cleanin' up their pees and poops --
-- somewhat -- !!
Next, baby Molly still tries her best at the king-kong tug -- !!
This girl -- I tell you, she doesn't know she's banned by some for her BREED -- she doesn't know she's hated and feared by many for her BREED --
-- all she knows is she has plenty of love to give and take --
-- and that's all that matters to us --
Molly, sweet Molly...
... has an ADOPTER already, we think --
-- or at least one in the OVEN -- !!
Her home visit is this SATURDAY in Rochester NY --
-- wish her luck to a happy forever -- !!
ha ha ha -- Dixie and Sprout practice their best chorus line --
-- right leg UP, ladies -- now let's look CUTE for the CAMERA -- !!
And here, Nelly shows her beautifully delicate markings --
-- LOVE IT -- !!
look at her nose --
-- the black pigment looks like a HEART -- !!
Next, Peb and Charm are off for explorin' --
-- all that, while Sprout sneaks up on me -- !!
Aww -- our little loveable brindle --
-- so pretty -- so pretty -- !!
Ouch ouch ouch -- !!
Finger nibblin' is FUN -- !!
Charm tries his luck on my HANDS -- !!
And here, Jojo helps wash off the bebbies --
-- now they're all pretty -- and a little less, ummmm -- fragrant -- !!
All the while, Molly just sits --
-- with her pretty, blocky self -- :D
Here, more finger chompin' by all, while Molly just watches on, like a little PRINCESS!
Pretty is, pretty does --
-- her temperament is as easing as her LOOKS -- !!
OMG - Pebbles tries to calm the field --
-- epic FAIL -- !!
And then, they're back -- in full force on my HANDS -- !!
Ones lickin' and one's nibblin' --
-- I'd never have it any other WAY -- !!
And here, sure she's sweet... almost so sweet she's STICKY -- !!
Awww -- little Charmer gives me some of his lovins' --
-- and Molly lets the inner jokester out --
-- pulling on my SWEATSHIRT --
-- perhaps for attention??!!
No words are necessary here --
Da' nom nom nom... !!
Ha ha ha --
-- this little girl has a lot on her mind --
-- who to chase, who to play with, what to CHEW -- !!
Here, you can see just how LITTLE these babies are --
-- at 2 months, they're just itsy bitsy babies -- !!
Hahaha -- Sprout the sprinter here -- !!
And finally, she stops --
-- to let us admire the BEAUTY of a BRINDLE yet again -- !!
Oh no babies --
-- they're already trying to fly the COOP -- !!
So, with that, we're done --
-- we've taken beautiful creatures in peril (they're unadoptable to the public from the Ohio shelter they came from) --
-- and we've rescued, nurtured and loved these babies --
Now, the net step is up to you, the great adopter --
-- the babies are being spayed and neutered today, 2 February 2011 --
-- and they'll be adoptable this weekend --
-- that is, after you give us a GREAT application, and have a GREAT home visit --
-- and join our FORUM to keep us up to date on our loves as they grow up --
-- simple, eh??!!
Be warned, though --
-- these are BABIES --
-- which means they PLAY a lot --
-- and CRY a lot --
-- and they aren't HOUSEBROKEN yet --
-- that's YOUR job -- !!!
But be warned, too --
-- they'll give you unconditional LOVE, and JOY --
-- and they don't care how much MONEY you earn, as long as you can tend to their basic NEEDS --
-- and once in a WHILE, they might make you SMILE when you can't find that lost SOCK you're looking for -- !!
Ha ha ha --
-- HERE'S where that SOCK went -- !!
Ouch -- and sometimes these SOCKS are attached to PEOPLE -- !!
Ohhhhh -- the wrinkly-nosed Dixie is trying to take me down -- starting with my SOCK -- !!!
So, in close, what we're saying here is that these dogs, as with all our dogs, are a big deal to us at SPBR --
-- we don't take their adoptions lightly, and we expect our adopters not to, either --
-- which means, in short, the effective adopters are bringing a new BABY in to their HOME -- a new FAMILY member --
-- which you'll commit to and love for the next 15 years, at LEAST --
-- and which you'll love in your heart FOREVER --
-- period -- !!
While these babies may be "cute" and "fun" --
-- what they are to us is innocent and deserving --
-- and we look for the absolute best people to take them further in their lives --
-- in short, adopting one of these loves is a privilege, not a right --
-- just as we feel we are privileged and blessed to help them --
-- AMEN -- !!
So, send your applications in, be ready to love, be ready to fail, and be ready to try and try again --
-- and be ready to thrive with these loves --
Thank you to the Ohio shelter folks, the transporters and to the fosters who have made this litter a success story --
-- we're truly thankful to you all, and we will reciprocate those blessings by placing these pups in the best, most qualified homes --
-- THANK YOU, ALL!!
Want to see the video?? It's FUN -- click below!!
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 -- 5,600 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. 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" -- !!