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For poor Oliver, time -- and a whole lot of luck -- are of the essence.

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So, I got a call yesterday on 22 September from a local dog warden --

-- he picked up a pit bull as a stray two weeks ago, it hasn't since been claimed, and he wanted to see if rescue could help place the pup before he took it to the vet to be euthanised.

Upon going to the highway department, here's where I found their kennel.

On the other side, the pup.

A pup I named "Oliver", because I liked the name, and because I think he needed a little levity.

His run is open all night, which in a way isn't bad, so he can poop outside, but in a way it's bad -- opening him up to mosquitoes (aka, heartworm) and theft -- or punks that abuse animals for sport.

After the warden came, I was able to get some good pictures of our boy...

Here's Ollie with the warden, a nice guy.

The warden doesn't have email, so I will be in contact with him by phone.

As you can see, Ollie really warmed up to him in the past week.

The highway staff plays ball with him at lunch -- :D

Oliver has been a champ with everyone he's met --

-- the warden takes him to his kid's ball-games during the week, socializing him with people, and helping him become a better dog.

That meant a lot to me.

Here's a guy -- the warden -- who instead of saying, "It's just another dog" instead goes to extraordinary measures to help him.

We want to see this boy placed, and will go to great measures to ensure him a good home, too -- including free adult obedience training with his placement.

Inside of the pound, you can see things are pretty spartan.

There are 5 runs, all of which are empty, except for Ollie's.

I am trying to persuade the warden to extend Ollie's euthanasia date past October 2nd -- in hopes we will find him a great home in the meantime.

There's no rush space-wise, that's for sure.

I have to tell you, there is such beauty in the most unexpected places.

I just love brindle coats -- and here, our boy doesn't disappoint -- :D

Poor Ollie is a bit out of sorts here, though, with me, the new visitor to his world -- though he's sweet.

He doesn't aggress, and all he wants to do is get back in to his run!

Back in his run, Ollie finds his familiar items --

-- a plastic riser, food, water --

-- and a blanket the warden brought in from his home --


Poor boy -- it was hard to get his tail wagging in the short time I was there -- :(

So, outside, I said a farewell with a hug and a promise to our boy --

-- that his life means something to us here at SPBR, and that we'll work our hardest to get him a great home.

The alternative, unfortunately, is euthanising him as a matter-of-course on October 2nd.

That won't do --

-- or it won't do without a fight.

This boy is just a lad -- 1-2 years old, and was found on a busy intersection, scrounging for food.

Going from that to a lonely pound to a euthanasia room isn't good enough for us -- and I can imagine it isn't for you either.

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!!

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 $225 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" -- !!