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Phillip was taken in & shown kindness -- can you keep it going??!!

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Carrie writes of Phillip --

"Phillip was brought into my office on the morning of Saturday February 19th.  The DCO for the Village of Fredonia who brought him in said that he was called to a home in town where a gentleman had told him he found a dog running loose and he now had him contained in his garage.  When we examined Phillip we noticed that he had some sores on his rear end probably from sitting on cement for too long, his skin was in horrible scaley condition, he was very thin with hairloss in multiple sore spots on his body and most noticably was the wounds on his inner left and right elbows.  The left elbow is worse and was quite open and oozy.  We started him that morning on and antibiotic, a steroid and a pain pill."

"On Monday we got him out and started examining him closer and also started him on his vaccinations.  He was infested with worms so he was dewormed with Drontal.  All the strays that come into this office are my projects.

Phillip is a good boy and every day was getting worked with on sit, shake and stay.  Then  on March 3rd we had a problem.  Phillip was let out of his kennel by the kennel manager. Unbeknown to our kennel manager our Office Cat Bobbi had been let out of her cage and snuck into the kennel area where Phillip was.  Phillip headed straight for Bobbi and managed to get ahold of her. Bobbi is fine and has nothing more than a large scrape on her shoulder but that action had signed Phillips death certificate. 

I had sedated Phillip and was holding him in his kennel (bawling my eyes out I might add) and he was 5 minutes away from being euthanized when your call came in!!!!  (I don't mean to sound over dramatic but this is pretty much how it went down).

So after talking to you and you calming me down and telling me that you have placed dogs in similar situatons before it was agreed that he would be neutered the next day."

"On Friday March 4th Phillip was neutered and had the more serious wound on his front left elbow worked on.  Since then he is doing well, he has been introduced to the gentle leader (he is NOT a fan!), had a photo op (we have gotten some pretty darn cute pics of him) and today received probably his first squeaky toys ever. 

Phillip is a very exuberant 1-2yr old Red and White Pitbull that weighs around 50# and thinks he is nothing more than a lovable lap dog."

Well, here's Carrie, ol' Phillip's SAVIOR --

-- just LOOK at how much HAPPIER he is here --

-- no longer scared, no longer emaciated --

-- just READY for ADOPTION -- !!

Here's our boy --

-- proud, alert --

-- and with his scabs almost HEALED -- !!

Just look at that GLIMMER in his EYE --

-- it's so rewarding to see pups when they've been despondent --

-- and then they COME BACK from the abyss --

-- ready to give people another CHANCE -- !!


Mister pretty pants, he is here --

-- and, in many ways, SO much easier than a PUPPY --

-- he's HOUSEBROKEN --

-- his final SIZE is known --

-- and, most importantly, he's THANKFUL, THANKFUL, THANKFUL -- !!

Finally, here's our boy, finding the love and affection he lacked for so long, and finally is getting with Carrie and crew -- !!

We would LOVE to see him in the BEST of homes and, that said, we don't see DISTANCE or WORK on our side as an issue --

-- we just want Phillip to be happy at HOME -- forever!!

In the meantime, Carrie and her dear husband will be fostering Phillip, working on his OBEDIENCE, HOUSETRAINING and the like --

-- what a BARGAIN to his final ADOPTER -- !!!

Thank you, Carrie, for dedicating your career -- and life -- to these misunderstood loves --

-- Phillip deserves to live, in a happy, loving home and we will help that dream come true -- !!

One thing, please remember -- no CATS for this boy's new home -- !!


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 -- 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 $250 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 food and has spent its 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, and here, for the long transport from the South -- !!

- 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" -- !!