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Posie and her peaches...
... miracles abound!!


Click here to see the babies fly the coop!

Click here for their week SIX pix -- !!

Click here for your week TWO fix -- !!


Click here to see how week ONE went!!


Click on the logo below to fill out an adoption application!

 

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Late Friday, June 11th, 2010, I opened the following from Georgia --

"Hello. Here at Rockdale County Animal Control we have a mom who has had 13 puppies! We need to find her a home ASAP! We do not have the room to house 13 puppies. The mom is a Pit-Bull mix."


"She is very sweet and a good mother. She hasn't showed any signs of any kind of aggression. Her and her puppies do not have long.

If you can help in anyway in finding this mother and her puppies a home, that would be appreciated.
Leslie
"


I don't know what hit me harder --

-- the picture of the momma dog trying SO hard to please --

-- or her babies, helpless and doomed --

-- because for momma and babies, there would be no adoptions --


You see, this brood was born in the wrong place --

-- in an area so bad for neglect and fighting pit bulls, they are euthanised rather than adopted out, to avoid a life of pure cruelty.

I emailed to help --

-- and I waited.

At 6PM, Leslie said, "Please, do help."


So, the next day I awoke sort of in a funk --

-- I didn't know how to help -- :(

Babies so tiny in such a shelter often succumb to parvo, neglect from momma, etc. --

-- and the weekend was coming up, when the staff was off, so I knew things weren't looking up --

-- that is, till I checked online, and saw flights from Buffalo to Atlanta were only --

-- $120 --

-- for a flight leaving in 3 hours -- !!

Well, before you knew it...


-- here's what I was looking at --


-- with Julie, SPBR's Intake Director, at my side -- !!


And many times, I had to look at this ticket --

-- HOW could I have gotten up at 9AM that day --

-- thought all this out --

-- gotten Julie roused up to go --

-- and be in Atlanta at 3PM that day?

Well, it's all divine --

-- for this momma and her kin!


So, we sat back as the plane climbed and figured out our game-plan --

-- which was pretty thin at take-off -- !!

We had spoken to the shelter, the ACO and a local GA rescue, to help us with ownership transfer --

-- that was GREAT --


And BIGGEST of all, we had two GREAT adopters in CT, Michelle and Heidi, who offered to foster momma and her pups --

-- that was EVERYTHING --

-- because with no fosters, you have no rescue, and have no lives saved -- :(

Well, I was all grins about it -- !!


Here's Heidi and Michelle at their adoption of Homer --

-- strong, intelligent women --

-- just how we like 'em -- !!

So blessed SPBR and these babies were, when H&M said, "We can help."


So anyway, up in the air, here was our flight --

-- two hours long, and MUCH cheaper than any drive would have been --

-- and QUICKER -- !!


Back in the air, it's hard to not think this is sorta heaven up here --

-- so pretty and lofty --

-- but unfortunately, nobody is up there!

 


After the thrill of flying wore off, I was lucky enough to get a web connection to our forum, where we chatted up the incoming babies, and helping H&M with their newest additions -- !!

And, before we knew it, we were in peach-country --

-- and, as Julie mentioned, they NEVER brought up how HOT it was there --

-- OMG OMG OMG -- !!!


I had so many doubts as we landed --

-- what if nobody answered their phones when we called them? What in the world would we do in Hotlanta on a Saturday in June?

:|


Well, before I knew it, we were in our Yaris rental and were off to the shelter.

You see, flying down there was the fun and quick part --

-- the 1,000 mile drive back to CT was another story!


We got to the shelter and were happy the lights were on inside -- :D

I can tell you, it was one of the nicest shelters I have seen --

-- nice and clean, with modern facilities --

-- just not the surrounding adopters to take many of their dogs -- :(


Inside we found many pro-active and humane agendas --

-- all good -- !!


And finally, we met up with kind Amy and Diane --

-- who took out of their normal Saturday to come help these loves --

<3


So next, down to see momma and pups --

They were in seclusion --

And here, we found a rather protective momma -- who we named Posie --

-- trying to take care of her 12 babies.


Once the door was opened, I found the sweetest of moms, who had no problems loving and taking to me -- !!

You can see her babies in the back corner.

Looking back on these pictures, I say, "Gosh -- I was awfully close to her face -- glad she didn't decide to bite."

Well, she's more the anti-bite --

-- she's sweet as pie, and appreciates our help, I tell you!


Here's how we found her babies --

-- one was still :(

I am sorry for that love -- and we will work our hardest in the baby's memory to keep the other 11 strong and healthy --


   
Roll call!
   

The specifics:
4 boys, 7 girls
born: 1 June 2010
adoptable: 31 July 2010 (8 weeks)
age at photographs: Posie = 2 years, babies = 10 days!
veterinary treatment: mandatory spay/neuter, microchip,
worming and vaccines before placement by SPBR!
PS - momma Posie is a GREAT ADOPTION CANDIDATE!!

   
the momma...
   
   
the girls...
   
   
the boys!!!
   
   
   

Here is Posie meeting Julie --

-- a real SWEETHEART -- !!


Here, Posie says, "thank you, thank you, thank you" --

-- indeed, little girl.


And with that, we're off, out of the kennel area --

-- where it's so hard to look at the ones you're leaving behind --

:(

I have no answers for this --

:(


In the lobby, Posie tries to figure out her new world --

"Just HOW am is supposed to feed my babies NOW, people -- !!"


And here, she "gets it" --

-- she's leaving --

-- she's rescued --

-- she will never have hardship again --

-- we promise.


She will be able to be a mom as her mind and heart intended to --

-- her babies will get every chance at survival, and at great forever homes --

-- we promise --

-- period.


With that, the babies show a little JOY at their new sit-u-A-tion -- !!

Woot Woot WOOT -- !!

"I may be dirty and I may be TINY, but that ain't gonna get in the way of me doin' a little smilin' -- !!"

So with that, we load up at 5PM --

-- and begin driving our 950 mile trek to Ansonia CT --


For a little geography lesson -- here goes --

-- it's FAR -- !!

And don't forget, every two hours, the babies need to be rotated on Posie's nipples, and when they're not taking to a bottle, they get the special stuff --


YUM!!!

And believe me, feeding chittlin's is a SLOW and DELIBERATE process -- !!

So finally, 15 hours after we got in the car --

-- we arrive at Dina's --

-- having averaged 66 MPH for 15 hours straight --

-- not bad, eh??!!


Inside Dina's we find a little fan-club awaiting these babies --

Here's a quick "who's who" of the lovely ladies --

And most importantly, here's the FOOD -- !!

And by FOOD, I mean yum-yum nom-nom-nom good, HEALTHY stuff -- !!



I tell you, I love women and food -- I was in HEAVEN -- !!!

 


Okay, back to earth --

-- we get the babies out, and clean 'em up -- !!


Then, Momma Posie gets a marrow snack --

-- AWAY from the babies, mind you --

-- high value stuff and babies DON'T mix -- !!


While Dina's cool friend, Talia, washed momma Posie, we admire these beauties --

Oooohhh...

Ahhh....

Purrr....

Coooo...

Just

a

couple

...


MORE --

!!!


And then, it's off to eatin' --

-- and relatin' to HOW COOL Dina is --

And to playin' ball with Miss Fernie --

-- Dina's SPBR girl from NY ACC originally --


A girl who came to shelter with H&M's Homer (above) and who SPBR took both --

-- and who, ironically, have such COOL adopters that they're somehow intertwined again --

-- GREAT WORK at SAVING these LOVES at ACC, Miss Emily -- !!


Back to inside, Julie looks for "weak" babies, they may not be eating, and goat's milk they get --

-- and a little esbilac -- !!


Here, Michelle is taught how to sub-q babies that are dehydrating ---

-- we want to keep these loves FAT and HYDRATED --

-- believing they have MUCH better chances at survival if they go in to any MALADIES that may be lingering from the shelter all plump 'n ready -- !!


And, most importantly, we let Posie be all she can be --

-- a momma.


Words seem cheap here...

"How to Believe in Life" 101 --

 


This moment, brought to you by a LOT of people who CARED and who said, "I don't care what the 'system' does -- we can do BETTER"

:hug:


Just a perfect circle of life here, Posie --

-- and really, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Posie.

Thank you for not thinking we would leave you or let you down, as others have done in the past --

-- and thank you for trusting us with something you are infinitely hard-wired to care for and protect --

-- your babies.


On a lighter note --

-- the DOWN-SIDE of being a momma dog --

-- licking poops and pees from your babies, and stimulating them to do so --

-- with your TONGUE -- !!


But, in the end, it's all worth it --

-- and it's all natural --

-- so it' all good --

-- as long as I don't have to do it -- !!


So, here we are --

-- because of the kindness of two generous, caring women --

-- a momma dog and her babies are resting easier --

-- with hope for today, and promise for tomorrow --

-- with their bellies full, and a small army of people ready to review their applications, do their home visits, and place them in to the best of homes --


We have taken a girl who was found homeless, scared and starving on the streets --

-- from a situation that had no option but to euthanise her and her priceless children --


-- to one of rest, caring and trust.

So, from the littlest of souls, we give a big SHOUT OUT and HUG to all those people who helped this happen --

-- starting with the cross-posters who on a daily basis post and post and post --

-- to find a situation like this --

-- where Heidi and Michelle --

-- and Dina --

-- and Julie and me --

-- and SPBR --

-- pledge to do our all for these little miracles.


We also thank the Leslie's, the Amy's, the Diane's in the shelters and at the Southern rescues --

-- for not being so burned out from the pet overpopulation epidemic --

-- and for isntead saying, "let's try -- let's not give up hope -- these dogs deserve it" --


So, to everyone out there who helps, and who stops the hurt --

-- thank you.

And that torch goes on to you, the outstanding adopter --

-- submitting the best of applications --

-- and giving your newest family member the greatest of tomorrows --


Thank you!

Now, let's get to applying, y'all, and give us some GREAT applications, mmmkay??

And again, THANK YOU everyone for such a *colorful* weekend --

-- we had a blast doing this and are very thankful to be able to help so much --

-- it's a gift of life!


Can I tell you -- we're BLESSED with great volunteers!

Well, one week in to fostering, Heidi and Michelle had to go to a wedding far-far away --

-- but they had some little lives -- like Paula at the right -- that needed tending to -- !!


So, with a little wine and a whole lotta energy, our Dina hiked up to H&M's house and made herself the perfect surrogate momma to these loves --


Well, where there's a loving child, there's loving parents not too far behind --

-- so along came Dina's Mom and Pop for a Saturday visit.

A big NOTE here is the BABIES' mug-shots on the wall --

-- and the SPREADSHEET tracking each of their DAILY weight-gains --

-- I am so proud of y'all!!


And what does all this hard work produce?

Well, a pack of pudgy puppies -- !!


Honestly, you could say here, "This moment brought to you by a lot of great people who came together to make a difference in this world -- no matter how small."

Amen.


Ohhh -- don't forget the YAAWNNS and the snuggle-bunnies --

-- all signs of happy souls -- !!


And, too, the most important of the helpers --

-- momma Posey --

-- here, pooping and peeing her little loves --


And then, the momma herself gets some much needed reprieve --

-- and takes in all the lovins' she's given --

 


Here, our volunteer and adopter Anna gives Posie some cuddlin' --

-- NOTICE Posie's PRETTY ears --

-- I bet she's never been cooed over as much as she has in the past week --

-- YOU DESERVE IT, MOMMA!!


And then, Dina's Dad gives the momma some lovins' --

-- what a kind man -- you can see it in his eyes --


Next, he shows the chittlins some lovins, family-style -- !!

Ooohh - who is this??!!

It's H&Ms friends, showin' up to help a little, and to love A LOT -- !!

Note here, they're using the RIGHT puppy-holding technique --

-- ALWAYS by the BOTTOM, people -- !!


And then, Dina herself --

-- who selflessly said, "I'll help" --

-- and who stayed with these nuggets and momma the weekend through --

-- following H&M's regimen perfectly, and letting them enjoy their weekend, worry-free -- !!


Well, for the Tuckers of the world, all these lovins' make a world of difference --

-- and Miss Savannah agrees, too -- !!


Brothers --

-- lovers from the start -- !!


Here's pretty Penny, happily on the bottom of her pile --

-- named in memory of our dear Penny, here --


So, here you get these loves at one week --

-- a literal celebration of life.


Nobody ever knows when the ember of life will fade out --

-- so for us, for now, as long as we're able --

-- we celebrate and encourage life --


"What's this", you may ask --

-- well, it's a puppy in a bowl --


-- and every day, for the past week, each baby goes in that bowl, one at a time, and is weighed, and compared to the prior day's weight --

-- if they're waning or lacking, they get lots of special attention --

-- and, as here, they respond in kind --


Thank you to everyone who has made this Georgia rescue, and week one, such a success.

The nervous mom we met only a week ago --

-- fearing for her babies --

-- is now at rest --


-- and you can see her look here --

-- of love and trust --

Keep checking back here as Posie and her babies grow strong and healthy --

-- and, if you're able in your daily life, take a chance at such a random act as we did -- the payoff is incredible --

Week 2, and all is GOOD!!

H&M write --

"We picked up Posie and the peaches 14 days ago today which meant their quarentine ended today"

So, everyone is OUT and ABOUT --

-- and HAPPY!!!


   
And now, see how the babies have GROWN -- !!
   
   

"Maddie is in love

She couldn't get enough of them and was so careful walking around them!"


"Homie is not quite ready to meet them so he just got to check out their set up and sniff them out"

"Posie was happy to meet Maddie and Homer! We parallel walked them each with Momma and it really is amazing how much it helps them to relax and check each other out!"

So, what more can I say --

-- a true celebration of life, we have here --

-- and we are just so thankful to know such caring, kind and selfless people here at SPBR --

-- it's a true gift and blessing --


 

At week six, we've got PERSONALITY -- !!

 

Well the babies are six weeks old now, and FULL of IT -- !!

Their foster mommas write --

"All 11 are healthy and growing fast! Posie is still being the BEST momma,still feeding the peaches around once a day now. Today, all the peaches got to wear a collar for the first time! Some didn't even notice, others scratched like crazy. Savannah disliked it the most, probably because she felt it restricted our wild girls freedom! Tomorrow we are going to introduce the leash again and take turns dragging it around outside.

They have had several vistors in the past week and have been on best behavior. Everyone who meets them first says how calm Posie is with them touching her babies, then how cute every single dog is.

This week we also introduced real dog food! They enjoyed Wellness puppy from the can mixed with puppy formula, then progressed to wellness dry food added in and finally to softened dry wellness. We are making big strides this week!

They are doing great at keeping the area they sleep in clean. We are working hard to make sure they know that their crate is a clean happy place! I hope their forever homes appreciate it!

Ok that's it for now, back to Posie mama and the peachies!
"

 

   
Paula is one of our sweet hearts. She is still one of the smaller peaches and a total love bug.
She is a looker! She has such a cool band around her belly we call her our banded cow pup
This pretty girl is awesome. Her colors are so vibrant and the pink collar looks gooooooooood on her.
   
Savannah is still the leader of the pack! She is starting to jump and fully run, it is too cute! Here she is not impressed with wearing a collar.
   
One of the chunky peaches. He is pretty mellow thus far, except at meal times
   
Preston's twin Clay is also a pretty light blue brindle. Clay is a little smaller than Preston right now.
   
Max is a crowd favorite! His eye patch is adorable
Perry has the thickest coat of all the fuzzy peaches. He is pretty chill guy who is becoming a chunker! He loves to eat!!
   
Preston is dreamy pup who has the prettiest blue eyes.
   
   
He is really starting to fill out and have lots of wrinkly skin that is adorable! Apparently he winks a lot because a lot of pictures have 1 eye open
   
Tucker is starting to look more and more like Tate. His fur is so soft and squishy.
   

 

The babies fly the coop at 8 weeks!

Well, the babies are fat, happy and 8 weeks old --

-- and ready to fly the coop -- !!

Count 'em here --

-- 11 happy, healthy BUTTS -- !!


H&M write --

"Wow. I can't believe the peaches are moving out! Michelle and I have loved every minute of having Posie and her babies stay with us. She is such a good dog and momma, we will miss her snuggles, happy tail, spitting out fish flex when she finds it in the cookie, sweet face, teeth chattering when Homie scares her, gate jumping, sun bathing beauty."


"The peaches have become such a part of our normal routine it's crazy. We start and end each day cleaning up after the babies. There is nothing cuter than 11 puppies running towards you first thing in the morning, well maybe puppy froggy legs!"

"We had no idea how much work it was going to be to take care of 11 puppies and a momma. We also had no idea how awesome and rewarding it was going to be. We also got to see our friends a lot more...wierd..."

"We also learned ALOT about taking care of puppies, keeping them healthy and clean. We went through ALOT of paper towels.

We are thankful for having such a strong support system behind us through the past couple months, you all have been great! (even if you use us for more pictures!)
"

Erica writes --

"I can't imagine how bittersweet this is! I sit here with tears in my eyes because I know how empty and weird your house will be, because of SPBR and you two and Homie and Maddie this beautiful family wouldn't be here today, and I'm so excited for the familes that will be over the moon excited when they finally get one of these peaches."


"People always ask isn't hard to foster, it is, but I think how happy I was the day I got Izzie and to know you can play a part in making someone that happy and giving a pup a great life is totally worth it What you have done is wonderful, thank you!"

So, with that, the babies are ready for the next step --

-- SURGERIES and PLACEMENTS!!

All puppers have had MANY applications -- thankfully -- !!

Our dedicated staff of volunteers has reviewed and clarified the applications, plus all adopters have passed their home visits -- !!

Also, all pups, in addition to being spayed / neutered, are microchipped, vaccinated and wormed --

-- HOORAY!!!


Thursday, 5 AM --

Michelle writes --

"As soon as they pulled away the tears started rolling even maddog and homie were confused where everyone was going and why we were up so early!??"


"Now they are off to meet Denise, the vet and eventually their furrevers "

"Here are a few pics as we packed a peck of peaches and posie up in the FJ this morning. Sigh...sniff sniff..."

And finally, Homer and Maddie, H&M's two pups --

-- both SPBR rescues, too, mind you --


So now they're off to Stamford --

-- to our great East Coast vet, for some snip snips --

-- and a lotta oooohhhsss and ahhhhsss -- !!!


-- and all of this joy, all of this happiness --

-- is because of this one mom, our Posie.

Posie, who was picked up a stray in rural Georgia, brought to the municipal pound to have her babies, and who was labeled "pit bull" --

-- a mark which condemned momma and her 12 babies to euthanasia.

A dire fate, but for some caring volunteers and staff at the pound, who got momma's and babies' pictures out there on the Internet...


... and this picture, this one, is the one that won me over --

-- the one that had me posting for fosters on Friday night, and that had Julie and me flying to Atlanta the next Saturday morning --

-- the one that saved Posie and her babies --

-- and that gave us all so much joy.

Thank you, all, for letting us be so great to you -- every moment has been precious --

 

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 -- 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 $350 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" -- !!