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It's no cliche -- Star and babes definitely have a new hope!


Click here to see the boys' October update at 9 weeks!

Click here to see the babies' Sept 20th update at 7 weeks!

Click here to see our recently placed babes!

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This past Monday, I opened my email to the picture at the right, and the following --

"****STARR GAVE BIRTH THIS WEEKEND TO 6 PUPPIES…

SHE IS A SCARED AND PROTECTIVE MOMMA…CAN YOU HELP HER AND HER BABIES!***

Starr A770541 – 5 yr. female Pit. 60 pounds. Stray"

What I saw was a very scared momma, with a lei on -- :D -- and a situation I thought we could help with.

The prior week, we had a vet tech in Rochester, NY show interest in fostering a momma and babies, so with a phone call or two, we were on our way -- !!


Next, I googled where Star was found as a stray --

"942 reverend james a. polite blvd, bronx ny"

-- and the following pictures came up --


-- and more --


Then finally, I used the street-view function, and this was the address where our girl was picked up scared, as a stray --

-- and pregnant --


Well, within a few short days, things went from hell to heaven for this girl.

First off, animal control picked her up, and then, after vetting her, she came to rescue --

-- via Brandon, pictured -- !!


Here's a great shot of Brandon and his traveling companion and comrade, Sampson.

Sampson was thrown out the window of a moving car months ago, and that's when Brandon rescued him.

Brandon is one-in-a-million, of sorts --

-- instead of greeting me with a gruff, burned out demeanor, the first thing he did was thank me --

-- thank me for saving Star and her babies.

He then said that he gets disgusted by the neglect he sees --

-- but that this part of his job, helping get dogs to rescue, makes it all worth while -- !!


I quickly obliged my gratitude to Brandon with a few SPBR Nalgene bottles for him and the staff back at animal control.

Those same bottles can be purchased here.


Next, came the babies --

-- and a preferred means of transporting them.

Little tiny babies shouldn't be with their momma during long drives, because she may get incited and hurt them -- or she may roll over on them.

Instead, they should be kept separate. This, of course, means frequent feeding stops!


Next came momma Star --

-- who was NOT happy with her babies' exit from the van -- !!


After our unload, goodbyes were said, and new respect and hope was garnered for these hard working and committed folks.

For Brandon, it was a 900 mile day, and when I asked him how he stayed awake driving, he said, "Passion."

I am humbled.


Next, the babies en route to their crate, where they'll be with their momma.

I was so pleased with this whole transaction to help these loves, and in the past, China's litter, who came to SPBR from the same folks, was equally as smooth.


In the house, mom gets her own privacy room with the babies --

-- and, as you can see, she doesn't want me messing with her, or them -- !!

This is ENTIRELY normal behavior for a new mom, and this is unfortunately an are where many mistakes are made by people --

-- letting children, etc. too close to the momma --

-- the children get bit, the moms get euthanized --

:(


Well, within a few hours, I opened Star's crate, let her walk out, and leashed her for a walk.

After her walk, this is what I found --

-- a beauty and a real lady.

An exceptional dog, in short.


Gone were the growls, the protecting nature --

-- and in was the need to be loved, scratched and doted on --

-- so naturally, I obliged!


Here's a shot of this girls' real beauty --

-- just LOOK at that coat -- !!

She's a real looker, and I think her adoption will go quickly!


For Star, she couldn't care less --

-- instead, she was convinced something was under my sink --

-- and she wanted a piece of it -- !!


While Star was in the kitchen, I made a quick peek at the boys --

-- yes, the boys --

-- all SIX of them -- !!

They were all doing great!


So, with this, Star has missed a bullet --

-- or a slew of them.

She wasn't left on that lonely street in the Bronx to fight out having her babies --

-- she wasn't euthanised or "spayed" at the shelter, losing her babies --

-- and the babies didn't get parvo at the shelter.


Instead, many caring people came together and pulled off a miracle of sorts for this girl.

Some people will say, "It doesn't matter -- there are too many strays out there" --

-- well, if this doesn't matter -- what DOES?

And for Star, it matters -- a lot.


As the night came in, this was the view off my back porch.

Beauty is everywhere, whether by a quick view out the window, or by pulling together and helping where we're able --

-- and that's what matters most in life.

THANK YOU all for making this a success!

 

Well, what a diffence 9 weeks makes!

Over the past nine weeks, the babies and Star have THE LIFE with Jen in Rochester -- being washed, being fed and just plain BEING SPOILED!

These loves are available for adoption and are all neutered!

If you're interested in adopting a pup, fill out an application here. Remember, mommas need homes, too, and Star is a GREAT DOG -- !!!

Okay -- first momma, then her babies -- !!

   
   
Available boys' October pictures!
   
   
Available boys' August pictures!
And their adopted brother....

Dom was found at 6 weeks with a homeless couple in urban Cleveland. He was too young to be apart from a litter, and the couple was unable to properly care for him, so he was surrendered to rescue.

Well, when we approached Jen with his plight and his need for puppy socialization, Jen said, "There's room at the inn" -- !! He is a good boy, and is getting some straight-up manners at his new home!

He is also up for adoption, October 5th

Don't forget surgery day!!

At first, the boys were running till the veterinary clinic...

... that is, till they found out it was neuter day -- !!

Look at Orion on the right, sort of in disbelief with what's going to happen -- !!

Aww -- I love this picture of the boys -- !!

And before you know it, our lads are off in dream-land, awaiting their surgeries.

This looks more like a scene from an opium house than anything -- !!

And then, Orion goes to the table -- !!

A little snip snip and a little clip clip, and you're all set, boy!

Tilly, the only female to hitch along for the ride, did GREAT with her spay!

She's a Mexican Hairless pup -- so she needed a sweater even on a warm day -- !!


Hahaha -- the resident cat just watched as the boys went in, one-by-one...

Here's Aviour, post surgery, with his NH parents, gently awaiting his awakening!

And then, little Thor heads off to downstate NY with his new parents!

Next is little Brindle, now Tango, who's making his new family's life a HOOT!

More on Brindle's new home can be found here --

-- needless to say, our little prince is doing lovely with his new baby sister.

GREAT WORK, ALL!


And now for some shots of babies and momma, growin' up...

 






 

 

Well, a big THANK YOU goes out to Jen and her helpers for all the great work they've done with these babies --

-- both these babies, their momma and a lot of believing people depended on the kindness of strangers, and weren't we all rewarded by such kindness.

Thank you.


Adopteds!

 

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.