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Rosie and her bouquet --
-- victory!!


Click here for their March 1st update -- 6 weeks old!!

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On a cold day in early January, we got the following email --

"Hi Eric,
I got a call from Diane at the City Animal shelter.  They have a pregnant Pittie at the shelter that is about ready to give birth.
"


"Diane said that Mom's temperament is not great, but they didn't want to euthanize because she is so close to full term.  As you know, if this dog gives birth at the city shelter, it is very likely that all the pups will die.  Do you by any chance have foster space for a pregnant mom?  All of our foster homes are full and none really have experience with whelping dogs .
If you don't have room, any suggestions on who might be able to help?
Thanks!

Clara"

Well, help we could, and two days later, here was our little girl...


... on a foster family's sofa in Brockport, NY, snug as a bug in a rug --

-- and SAVED -- !!

January 20th, 2010

Well wouldn't you know it, 10 days after coming to foster, momma Rosie had her BABIES -- !!!

Here she is with Heath, showing him the ropes -- !!


And then, what looks like baby Filbert --

-- "I ain'ts gots much, but my noggin is ready for EATINS -- "


And then, baby bliss --

-- all feeding --

-- and momma Rosie, feeding too --

-- on a raw diet, mind you --

-- nutritious and delicious -- !!


Next, after eatins, it's time to clean a little here, nudge a little there --

-- all instinct for momma Rosie --

-- instinct and a whole lotta love -- !!


Finally, Rosie rests -- and seems to ask herself --

"This is a LOT of work -- were those moments of passion really WORTH IT??!!"


Well yes, Miss Rosie --

-- they were worth it --

-- look at this little celebration of LIFE -- !!!


One week later, the babies are starting to look a little more like pups, not guinea pigs -- !!

Here's Miss Poppy --

-- still waiting for her eyes to open, but exploring in the meantime -- !!


And momma Rosie --

-- one week out --

-- "oohhh -- it's FUN to be a dog again -- !!!"


My visit: February 13th, 2010

Well then, a couple weeks in to the babies, I pay a visit to Rose and family --

-- and am greeted by this --

-- Rose's Tillie --

-- a dog --

-- I THINK -- !!!


Oohhh -- and this little man, too --

-- Rose's Cowboy --

-- whoaaa -- !!!


Hahahaha -- they're the official gate-keepers --

-- !!!


And here they are, doing their JOB -- !!!

Momma Rosie says, "Welcome to my WORLD -- !!"

And here she is, two weeks in to motherhood --

-- with her babies eating non-stop --

-- momma looks WONDERFUL Rose -- !!


As I turn the corner, here's what I find --

-- the babies' CRIB -- !!


Oh.. my...

... little hot potatoes with coats on -- !!!

Well well, how pretty you're all getting along -- !!

Without further ado...


   
And now, the cast of characters!
   

First, momma --

   

This girl is the queen-pin of the operation -- and will be up for adoption after her spay in March 2010 -- !!

She is a LOVE, and as you'll see below, she is cat, dog and kid tested -- ALL PASS -- !!!

   
   
Then, the girls...
   

Here's our little ladies, at week 4 -- on Feb 13, 2010.

They will be available for adoption on March 13, 2010, after their spays. Please do not ask for exceptions to the spay surgery -- it's how SPBR rolls -- everyone gets snipped before they go out the door!

In addition to their spay, these lovelies will be microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and FILLED with LOVE -- !!

   
   
and finally, the boys!
   

Here's the little bruisers in training -- !!

These little men will be ready to go home on March 13th, too -- after their neuter surgeries.

They too will come microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and with LOTS of ENERGY -- !!

   

Not that Heath needs MORE attention to his beauty...

... but just LOOK at his unique coloring to the left --

-- he has tri-colored back legs -- !!!

You'll see, too, above, that the tri-coloring is on his little noggin, too -- !!

   


Well next, momma comes in to the crib --

-- she'a hawk, I tell you, caring for these babies like a pro -- !!


And really, they're WORTH IT -- !!!

What I always find amazing about babies at this age is that they're on the CUSP of weaning --

-- but they're not there yet --

-- so every little ounce on them has come through feeding from their momma --


-- and just look at how plump and healthy everyone is --


-- GREAT WORK, Rosie and Rose -- !!

Here's our little Bramble --

-- the black sheep of the litter --

-- who is an individual, like every other baby in this patch --

-- and that individualism we celebrate, baby Bramble -- !!


Poppy --

-- and Heath --

-- and Mimosa --

!!!!


"Momma, just LOOK at these WRINKLES --

-- they is EVERYWHERE" -- !!!


Awwww...

Poppy seems to say,

"What?"


Hahaha --

"I'm just bein' a BABY -- and that's ALLOWED" --

-- indeed, Poppy -- !!


Next, off to momma Rosie, with foster Rose and her son --

-- bein' loved on --


Rosie seems to say,

"Thank you, all.

Thank you."


Next, a look of adoration to the one who deserves it most, foster mom Rose.

Awww...

Back to the patch of puppies...

... it's a rough world out there, little ones -- so we're glad you've found such a perfect refuge to get BIG and STRONG -- !!


Butt-to-butt --

-- hey, it's WARM -- !!


The pictures here are only HALF of the story --

-- don't forget the puppy GRUNTS and the puppy BREATH -- !!!


Umm Bramble --

-- so just how MUCH are you EATING??!!


Wait --

-- momma Rosie hears something --


-- and just like that, she's off to check on her kin...

... everyone's okay, and Rosie retreats to an oh-so-small bed -- !!

So, now, a little highlight on this CHERUB --

-- momma Rosie --

-- and a look at how ADOPTABLE she is -- !!


First off, she's GREAT with KIDS --

-- here, she's examining valentines -- !!


-- and with that comes grins and giggles -- !!!

What makes me so proud is what a great foster home this is --

-- and that it lets our Rosie really shine.

When Rosie came in to the shelter, she was irritable -- most likely because she was very preggers, and her nest was suddenly taken away from her.


In a short week, she was whisked away to a perfect foster that showed her trust and love...

...and that let her fulfill her most important task --

-- being a mom.


What we appreciate mostly is that there are people like foster Rose out there who let this PIT BULL be a loving momma dog --

-- and who didn't say, "PIT BULL? Not in MY house --"


Next, on to momma Rosie's interactions with Rose's Mexican Hairless babies --

-- CHECK -- !!

She passes with flying colors...


Next test --

-- the hard one --

-- the babies.

Here's SPBR volunteer Lisa, showing Heath some lovin' --

-- though Heath looks a little startled -- !!


Well with that comes over a protective momma, to make sure all's okay --

-- surprising Lisa -- !!


Baby okay?

CHECK --


-- and momma loves on Lisa.

Good Rosie.


Heath is now much happier --

-- and too begins his socialization, with plenty of human handling and interaction.


Back to Tillie --

-- let's try for an up-close interaction.

Oh my, Till --

-- you look, well, sorta ALIEN here -- !!


She says her hellos to Rosie...

... and all is sweet...

Rosie dog test --

CHECK CHECK --

-- she passes with flying colors -- !!!


Next, the kitty, who I found under the dining room table, in the same room as momma Rosie and her traveling circus...

... well, kitty isn't too stressed here, that we can see -- !!!

Ummm... "hiiiii" --

:D


Hahaha --

-- he's not too proud --

-- or too embarrassed --

-- we'll leave you alone now, little man --

-- or little girl -- :D


And next, a big SHOUT OUT to our foster Rose --

-- who here is showing Basil how FUN kissing can BE -- !!


First off, Rose is a GREAT MOM to her two-leggers, as shown here, with her son offering me Kool-aid --

-- that was GOOD STUFF -- !!


Next, Rose lets Rosie be all in the family --

-- on the sofa, watching tv with the hubby and son --


--- awwww --

-- just awwwww.


From this, I almost feel an intruder more than anything --

-- this is Rosie's 1-on-1 time, away from the babies --

-- her day-spa -- !!

And what's that on hubby's right hand, you ask -- ??


-- hahah -- he knows he's got it good, too, with Rose, and here's his daily reminder -- !!!

Next, in ode to Rose, is appreciating her tolerance of Rosie and company when Rose had her Tillie and Cowboy in the house.


Tillie and Cowboy are of the Xoloitzcuintli (or "Xolo") breed --

-- they're Rose's loves.

She said to me, "My Tillie is to me what your Precious is to you."

Enough said.

Tillie is the love of Rose's life --

-- the little apple of her eye --

-- the bald baby with a mohawk that Rose loves more than anything.


And here is Rose, allowing momma Rosie run of her pad, interaction with her most cherished kin --

-- all because Rose is a great person --

-- and is more generous than most all people I know.


This little Tillie, while she tries to be tough, is actually quite fragile...

... and here you see, she's not scared of anyone or anything --

-- except maybe cold weather!

Rose's house is nice and warm, so never did the Xolos shiver -- !!


Here you see her Cowboy who, like Tillie, is fed a raw diet.

I asked Rose what the watermark was on his side, and Rose said, "Oh, I gave him some cheap treats that someone gave me --

-- never again!"


These babies are that sensitive --

-- and thriving this much --

-- all because of such GREAT mothering --

-- of faces only a MOTHER could LOVE -- !!!


Next, you'll see Miss Tillie be a princess --

-- first, the approach --

"mo-mma --

-- mo-MMa --

MOMMA" -

!!!


And with that, she's whisked up to her eagle's nest -- !!

And just look at how happy she makes her mammy -- !!

I loveeeee it -- !!!

Tillie's little mohawk is icing on the cake -- !!


The look of love.

Rose says that Tillie likes this perch to be a dominant little lass --

-- we'll give her what she wants -- !!


Sorta like hugging a water balloon --

:D


Okay, so back to where we started --

-- momma Rosie is in great hands here at foster Rose's --


-- and Rosie is OH-so-sweet with her letting Rose and Lisa socialize her babies --

-- GOOD MOMMA!!


You know, she DOES have it pretty good, this momma --

-- she's got a comfy couch that even supports her HEAD --

-- giving her a bird's eye view of her babies --


-- all while they gently sleep...

... and sleep...

... and sleep...

So, a big THANK YOU to everyone involved here --

-- from Carol to the transporters to Rose and family to the SPBR volunteers who have donated food, supplies and love to Rose and Rosie.

Thank you finally to momma Rosie, for letting us celebrate the gift and joy of life with you, in an otherwise cold, long winter.

In March comes the next step -- ADOPTIONS -- with Rosie at the top of the list --

-- stay tuned!!

Six weeks old, and all is ducky!!

Well, how MUCH things change in two weeks -- !!

The babies got BIGGER --

-- and momma ROSIE took a vacation to JennyJenny's house, to stop the babies from FEEDING on her, and to dry up her milk production --

-- the poor thing got a calcium deficiency and had to go to the emergency vet a week ago --

-- all turned out okay, but NO MORE MOMMA'S MILK, babies -- !!!


As you can see, they're a growin' --

-- and a playin' --

:D


This little man doesn't seem to mind his new friends now, does he??!!

Ohhh... the puppy pile --

-- could life possibly GET any WORSE??!!


Hahah --

-- there's more wrinkles here than brain cells -- !!


Hahaha -- JUST KIDDING, Aster -- !!

   
Next, the 6 week old mugshots...
   
So here are Rosie's babies -- adoptable as of March 13th, when they'll be spayed / neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and FULL of ENERGY for their new lives -- !!
   
   
*** just a quick side-note here -- note poppy's little MOHAWK by the arrow in the picture above (right) -- !!!
   

Ohhhhh Heath --

-- you're certainly breaking a lot of hearts in your young age -- !!


Hahaha -- momma Tillie steps in --

-- well sorta --

-- the babies are like,

"Ain't NOTHIN' here -- !!"


Again, sir Aster...

.. and Heath... in his best adoption stance -- !!

... omg -- the puppy bow --

-- nom nom nom -- !!!


And then, Bramble hams it up a bit...

... such puppy eyes, if I ever did see them -- !!!

Hahaha --

-- sweet, cute, and happy --

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


Ohhh... Aster gets a little snack from Filbert's ear -- !!

... as Tillie finds a perch high above the mayhem -- in the chair -- !!

Next, you see Rose's daily grind --

-- keeping these loves fed and clean --

-- GREAT WORK, ROSE -- !!


Next, the raw meal...

... how polite they are --

-- EXCEPT for the one SLINGING the puppy mash -- !!


Aster sez --

"Wuzn't me..."


So next, fed and happy, Basil finds comfort on a towel...

... and seems to say, "I'm a big boy now -- and I'm gonna stay up LATE" --

But alas, with good intentions, come naps... !!!

Next, Mister Bramble...

... just as CUTE as can BE -- !!!


Oh noooo... Bramble falls by the wayside too -- !!!

And then, the threesome... Heath, Poppy and Mimosa --

-- I think -- !!!


First off, Heath is a goner...

... then Mimosa...

Little Poppy tries oh-so-hard to stay awake...

... but Mimosa shows her an attractive option -- !!!

And just like that, they're all out -- !!

ZZZzzz....

And if where were ever a picture perfect setting --

-- this is it -- !!


Hahaha -- ALL under the WATCHFUL eyes of Cowboy --

-- who says, "Two more weeks babies -- and then it's BYE-BYE time -- and I get my HOUSE back" -- !!!

What a great experience this has been for everyone involved, and mostly, THANK YOU to Rose and crew -- !!


What we're now looking for is the best of homes for these loves --

-- if you're interested, please start with an adoption application, and we'll go from there -- !!


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 $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" -- !!