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Sadie & her seedlings went from calamity to comfort -- all through the kindness of SPBR volunteers!


Click here for their 8 week updates -- 6 June 2009!

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We received the following on our forum on April 26th...

Been called about a Mom, Dad and 10 unweaned pb babies. Home is in foreclosure. I am getting pics. Does SPBR have room to spare?

And then, this message --

XXX, who has the dogs, called me this morning. (I don't want to use her name....)

Its an ugly situation, to say the least.

I also want to help her out. She's in a very tough situation right now and trying to do what is best for her daughter. She does not want the dogs to go to the local shelters. Yes, yes, yes.... they all should have been fixed, but we can't change that now.

I'm going to look up some resources for her to help get her out of the situation she is in. Its pretty bad and she is fearful.

I will say that there is domestic violence/threats/stalking and orders of protection involved, and she is basically alone as she is not from the south. What family she has left is all up North. She's trying to get there.

And shortly after, came this video...

And then, pictures of momma Sadie --

-- scared, and with 10 mouths to feed -- :(

Oh... here's 4 of the mouths -- !!

And yet some more mouths -- :o)

And finally, their angel --

-- Marisa, an SPBR volunteer, who said, "how can I help."

Along with Marisa, came her children, and their friends --

-- who, through Marisa's kindness in helping this litter, learned the importance of giving back, helping, and loving life!

What the puppies got out of all of this is firstly, a roof over their heads, but more importantly, they became "family dogs" from the get-go, with plenty of holding, petting, coo-ing and lovin' from the kids --


Oops -- I forgot "kissing" too -- !!

Marisa is SO good that she has a "secret puppy food recipe" that helped even the LITTLEST of babies survive.

You can see, too, the the babies strettchhhed lots to get these vittles!

And this recipe is no joke. When Marisa took the babies to see SPBR's veterinarian, the vet said, "they're so small -- how are they alive?" Marisa told her about the recipe, to which Dr. Caroline said, "I'd like a copy of that recipe!"

Well, this was weeks ago -- now the babies are strong and healthy!

And FINALLY, the babies mugshots...

These loves are available for adoption starting Saturday, June 6th, 2009. Then, they will be 8 weeks old, and will already be spayed / neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed!

Also, don't worry that 8 weeks is "too young" to alter pups -- we've done it at SPBR for years without issue. In fact, my own pups, Thor and Elvis, were both neutered at 8 weeks and are great, healthy pups!

first the girls...
and next, the boys...


The loves, at 8 weeks

These pictures were taken last weekend, June 6th, after the babies' spays and neuters -- they're sure growing up purty!!! Below, you'll find their updated pictures, along with their foster momma's commentary -- :D

Got more questions? Come ask us on the forum, here!

The girls...
blossom -
- was very small when she came to me and very lethargic. she is a determined little girl and got healthy and strong with each passing day. she is very funny and makes us laugh. my daughter especially loves her. she is affectionately called 'fluffernutter' - she is so darn cute!
daffodil -
- is a good sized girl and has lots of extra skin - but who knows if she will grow into it! she is a very silly girl and loves to romp around with the other babies. she then loves to cuddle up as close as she can! she is such a hoot!
flower -
- named by my 4 yr old son b/c she is 'so sweet', her face says it all - she is such a little lover, sure she loves to play - but in the lap is where it's at! flower has an adorable perfect circle on her back end at the start of her tail - just look at that face! she is as sweet as honey!
lacey -
- is so beautiful, her coat is a dark chocolate brown kind of like her mama. she is really beyond sweet and loves to be held near you and kiss your cheek. i really love that little girl!
lilly -
- is so beautiful like her 'almost twin' lacey - she has the cutest little white tip at the end of her tail. lilly loves to be held - but she is also quite the character! she loves to bounce around and play bow!
petunia -
- oh little petunia is getting so big - she was very small in the beginning and i was a bit worried about her, but like blossom she is a fighter. she has grown into such a sweet and happy little pup. nothing bothers her and she loves everyone who will pay attention to her!
tulip -
- oh my sweet petite tulip. i love her so. she had such a will to live and has such a desire to please. she is just a little love muffin- i don't know how else to say it! sure she likes to play - but in your lap is the best of all places!
violet -
- has an absolutely beautiful black coat with a little white on her chest and on a couple toes. she has an amazing temperament and will be one of those pups that will do aboslutely anything to please you. she has the most pathetic sad look ever!
... and the boys
aspen -
- this boy absolutely cracks me up. yes yes, he's beautiful - but he has such a funny and quirky personality. he will bounce around at your feet, he loves to play with a ball - but he minute you pick him up --- you find out WHY he's being so funny! all he wants to do is be held! what a sweetie!
sparky -
- this boy has a wonderful temperament. he is playful yet gentle with the other pups even though he is bigger than a lot of them! when everyone gets all amped up with playtime - he sits down in the middle and watches everyone around him!! he seems pretty mellow even for his age.

These little buttons were also at the vet clinic -- though they're NOT up for adoption!!

Sadie's babies are indeed availble for adoption though -- as of June 6th!!

So, when everyone is adopted out and home, momma Sadie will be spayed by SPBR, and returned to her loving family.

What a journey it will have been for this girl!

Why we love these pups is that they're SO socialized with kids, adults, etc. already, and that they're a nice mix of pit bull and lab (we think!).

We find that pit mixes often have the positive attributes of pit bulls, without the hard edges, like strong dog aggression, etc.

So, there we are.

The generosity of two, Marisa and husband Steve, kept a family tradition of caring, loving and giving back going strong.

And for that, there's no price you can put on such happiness.

The babies are absolute joy-makers, and because of Marisa, they can spread that joy to their new homes.

Instead of looking around the world saying, "Oh no -- this isn't right -- we're starting off with everything against us", SPBR is instead getting these babies off on the right foot, with spay/neuters, microchips, vaccines, wormings, plus -- most importantly -- socialization, and the best of homes.

Here's the future generation, people.

Here's why you can rest at night.

Instead of a little girl saying, "It's all about ME ME ME" when she grows up --

-- you're instead going to find a compassionate, caring soul.

This is possible through her responsible, loving parenting.

I love it.

Who would think dog rescue could bring out the absolute best in people!

So, our babies are enjoying their golden slumbers till their spay / neuter surgeries on June 6th, when they'll also be ready to go to their forever homes.

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!! If your application RULES (which it should!), we'll contact you to set up a home-visit, where we come and discuss adoptions, SPBR and the like with your family and you!

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 -- 3,500 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" -- !!