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These Upstate New Yorkers are rearin' and ready to go to great homes!!


Click here to see the babes already placed!

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First the dogs, then their stories...

 

Below is a litter of "Upstate New Yorkers", that are pit bull / Australian Cattle dog mixes.

First the pups, then their story -- !!



Astrid
(Sept 1st, 2008 photos to right and below)

gender: female (spayed)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

apply here

 

Astrid
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)


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May 20th, 2008 photos to right.


Elise
(Sept 1st, 2008 photos to right and below)

gender: female (spayed)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

apply here

Elise
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)

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May 20th, 2008 photos to right.


Maurice
(Sept 1st, 2008 photos to right and above)

gender: male (neutered)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

apply here

 

Maurice
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)


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May 20th, 2008 photos to right.


Remi
(Sept 1st, 2008 photo below)

gender: male (neutered)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

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Theo
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)

gender: male (neutered)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

apply here

 

Theo
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)

apply here

 
May 20th, 2008 photos to right.


Zoe
(Sept 1st, 2008 photos below (two pics))

gender: female (spayed)
litter: Upstate NY'ers
when pup can go home: ASAP!!
breed: pit bull / australian cattle dog mix

apply here

Zoe
(June 2nd, 2008 photos to right and above)

apply here

 
May 20th, 2008 photos to right.

And now, their stories...

Upstate NY'ers

These babies have been in rescue since their week of birth.

Their eyes are finally opened, and they are starting to eat on their own!


Here they are, at one week, sort of like guinea pigs --

-- not for long, I tell you!


While their mother will go back to her owners, they need great homes.

They are presently on a raw diet, and are eating 5-10 lbs. of food a day with their mom -- !!


Please, try and overlook their cuteness and instead look at these babes as 15 year commitments, deserving the care and love that any family member would receive!

 

Some ACD facts...
http://www.cattledog.com/misc/history.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Cattle_Dog


These dogs were created to live on cattle ranches in the Australian outback, they were bred for stamina and intelligence.  They were created by breeding wild Australian dingoes (for stamina) with various types of collies (for their herding abilities), dalmations (for human loyalty and ability to work well with livestock), and bull terriers (for strength and stamina).  The result of all this was a dog that "crept up on the livestock silently, nipped and then would immediately 'clap' or flatten to the ground to avoid the backlashing kick of an angry bovine."  This is exactly what Remi does with Donnie, who he apparently thinks is a cow.

Now, as family pets, they require a LOT of regular exercise or they will be very destructive. They are excellent dogs and thrive when trained properly.  They enjoy obedience training and are very agile, so they are good for dog sports like agility. They bond to one person, and need an assertive owner who will exercise them (like 2 miles a day). They can be fine with children, but will consider them equal so the children will need to also be assertive as well. Obedience training and proper exercise can help with that.

Like pit bulls , they can have a high prey drive , but are a lot faster than pit bulls and are likely to catch what they are chasing. Remi chases my cat and catches him and starts ripping his fur out....but he is fine with the other cat.


from wikipedia:

Temperament

Like many herding dogs , Cattle Dogs have high energy levels and active minds. They need plenty of exercise and a job to do, so non-working dogs need to participate in dog sports , learning tricks, or other activities that engage their body and mind . Some individuals find repetitive training frustrating and dull, so owners should aim to make training sessions varied and more exciting in order to keep their dog interested. Cattle Dogs who do not receive the appropriate exercise and entertainment will invent their own, often destructive, activities. These dogs are, by nature, wary. They are naturally cautious, and grow more so as they age. Their cautious nature towards strangers makes them perfect guard dogs, when trained for this task.

Cattle Dogs drive cattle by nipping at their heels or tails, but they have also been known to herd other animals, such as ducks, chickens, humans, pigeons, and even cars without instruction when left to their own devices.

To relieve the urge to nip, the Australian Cattle Dog can be encouraged to pick up and chew a toy or stick that is thrown for them. The Australian Cattle Dog, given a toy that would last another dog for an extended time, will happily sit down with the object between its paws and skillfully shred it into small pieces [ citation needed ] . An Australian Cattle Dog will remove the fuzz from a tennis ball as neatly as it would skin a rabbit [ citation needed ] . Any toy left with the Australian Cattle Dog needs to be extremely robust if it is to last. It is recommended that a Rubber Horseball be used because the handle on it makes it easy to grip while the weight works the jaw muscles [ citation needed ] .

The Australian Cattle Dog is gregarious to other dogs with whom it is familiar, working well in combination with other Australian Cattle Dogs, Kelpies, and Border Collies. Because of their plucky nature, the establishing of an order can result in a few scuffles and bites.

It is important for an owner to quickly establish a hierarchy in which they are the dog's pack leader, otherwise the young Australian Cattle Dog may bond to a senior dog, rather than to its owner. As an urban pet, if the young Australian Cattle Dog is allowed to bond too strongly with some senior dog in the neighbourhood, it can be very difficult for the owner to then establish control [ citation needed ] . If put in any situation where the dog feels threatened, and/or uncomfortable, it will usually resort to aggressiveness towards other, unknown dogs.

 

 

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 -- 2,950 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" -- !!


Interested? Then fill out an application above!


ADOPTEDS!

Click here to see more of their stories!







































And finally, Rosie --

-- who Al adopted.

Rosie was a bit lanky, a bit adolescent --

-- but she loved Al with all she had, and he gave that love right back.

These pictures of these deserving families show the greatness that rescue can be.

Thank you everyone for fulfilling that dream we had at SPBR to take these pups when they were at death's door, and to give them lives that we envy.