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Our Tenn Niners are on to greener pastures -- can yours be their final stop -- ??!!


Click here to see the jumpy trio of Sasha, Tate and Widget at 11 weeks -- !!

Click here to see the happy trio of Cody, Toby and Dukie at 11 weeks -- !! For their video, click here -- !!

Click here to see their VIDEO at 6 weeks -- !!

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In late February, we got an email from our rescue friends in Tennessee --

-- it was not good -- :(

There was a protective mommy, 11 babies and a super-sweet poppa in a cruelty investigation --

-- and we were full.

After some speaking back and forth, we began to chip away at the issue --

-- first, helping the momma and poppa.

Momma was going to stay with her "owner", as he wanted.

Poppa Samson was part of a cruelty investigation, and needed foster, which we're ready and willing to work on, when he's available for release.

Next, the babies -- the many babies!

Afton, the cruelty officer, wrote --

"Hey Eric,

"I am one of the cruelty officers that is on this case.  We would all give you a giant hug if we cannot imagine what a relief it is to get those pups out and on to safe and happy homes with you. 

I don't know if you know, but one of the original 11 died, he didn't confess that for two days... and we suspect he died b/c he didn't deworm them like he promised... we have done 2 dewormings and are checking on them every couple days since. 

The six we'll bring you are doing great in foster, and are already showing signs of getting the hang of potty training!"


"Pray for the other 4 - the "great homes" he thinks he should sell to are areas that we do a lot of cruelty investigations... these dogs have infinitely better chances at great lives because of your willingness to take them on. 

The other officer and myself lay awake at night worried about the 4 we have yet to get surrendered.  We are currently trying to bribe him to give us the remaining four if we will take the daddy dog, whom he doesn't want. 

I have tried twice to hook him up with a FREE neuter...and he won't even take him, the first time he just cancelled, the second time he didn't take the food away and the clinic wouldn't neuter him."

At right, momma.

"Of course we can't force him to take him for neuter, unfortunately.  I am praying that this will work out and we get all of them.  If you can find room in your rescue for this daddy, (the neighbor calls him Samson, the owner hasn't named him...) we will happily bring him to you as well. 

I know everyone says this...when they are trying to move a pittie, but he is a GREAT dog.  He is so handsome and friendly and eager for attention.  He has been on a chain for a looooong time, if not his whole life, he has some scarring under his collar from pulling on the chain for attention. 

We have spent time with him, he is not food or territory aggressive...he hasn't barked at us even once.  In fact, he didn't even bark at us when the momma dog barked - she is aggressive, we haven't been able to touch her yet."

"She is not aggressive toward the owner, and he does want to keep her.  He has agreed to spay her too when the puppies are gone.  I think he has never been loved...we have given him toys and he's one of those that is ELATED to receive anything, food, toys, love...anything.  He doesn't seem to be destructive, either, there is of course garbage everywhere at this guy's house, and he could get into stuff, but doesn't appear to. 

Please let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.  This is a dog I would adopt myself if I had room for another.  I'll make myself as available as possible.  I've got a day job that unfortunately isn't entirely cooperative, but I am usually able to step out to take a call or call you right back, or anytime after 5pm, even late night, give me a shout. 

THANK YOU!  We couldn't do this without your help!

Secretary, Cruelty Investigator
County Humane Society

And here's the 10 surviving...

We are thankful to say, we got all 10 BABIES in to SPBR for rescue -- thanks to Afton and her persuasiveness!

It's funny, there are people out there, none of whom who actively rescue, who criticize and say,

"Why so many puppies? It's like your rescue is a puppy broker!"

And on, and on.

Well, first off, we have MANY adults in SPBR, and they're all adoptable -- !! Adults do place VERY slowly, and the placements have to be VERY careful, lest they fail, and the dog is returned.

As for puppies -- well, they're dogs, too, last time I checked -- and with SPBR, litters seems to always come needing help -- immediately -- which is a LOT of work for us -- !!

We take extensive time in the adoption process to ensure applicants aren't just "puppy shopping" for a new toy, and we do excellent with their adoptions.

These 10 lives below didn't ask to be born in to a living hell, where they were being kept outside in a Tennessee winter, from BIRTH.

They also didn't ask that their "human caregiver" be ignorant and cruel, willing to give them away or sell them in a notorious dog-fighting area -- now, did they?

So, to the people who sit on their keyboards day and night, tending to their one or two dogs, living with their parents (sorry, many of them do!) and who criticize those who are actually DOING something --

-- we quote our beloved Elbert Hubbard --

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

We are something here, and we are helping -- we'll gladly take that portion, thank you -- !!

Anyway, here's the helpless lives we saved -- at 3 weeks --


Next, the babies are in foster in Tennessee --

-- small, but mighty -- !!

While you can see they were being treated great, Afton and crew still thought they needed a little northern exposure -- !!

Here's the 11 --

-- 10 of which were ready to roll up to the northeast -- !!

5 March 2011 - transport from Tennessee to Buffalo

Here's the babies' first leg of their journey --

-- a 15 hour ride, 950 miles --

-- from Tennessee to Buffalo --


Next, as I met them, at their Buffalo foster / transporter's house --

-- pretty tired out -- !!

When I got closer, they just moved to the back of the crate --


Finally, one ventures out - !!

And here, you can see just how TINY they were --

-- like STRONG little guinea pigs, they were -- !!

Next, they beauty and innocence of a little boy here --

-- taken from the difficulty and brutality of a life living outdoors, used for baiting or fighting dogs --

-- and instead, transformed in to GOOD LIVIN' -- !!

Oh, we forgot to tell you, at the last minute, Renee said --

"We have a 14 week old, who has been at the shelter since Valentine's Day --

-- his time is up --

-- can you take him?

If not, he will be euthanised."

Well, UP he CAME --

-- and he went to foster with our lovely LORNA, and they named him WYLIE --

-- and he's getting ADOPTED -- !!

See his story here -- !!

Back to our babies --

-- just LOOK at how TINY they are --

-- almost smaller than their holder's hand here -- !!

And to think, how someone could look at such innocence and kindness and think --

"You're just another dog to me -- how can I easily get rid of you??"

Well, obviously, we're THANKFUL that AFTON stepped in at this point -- !!

And here, you see, even though they're TINY, they're REALLY full of play and FUN -- !!

Here, the face of defeat in a way --

-- but NOT FOR LONG, baby --

-- you've already made the TOUGHEST part of the JOURNEY -- !!

Finally, a good night's REST for this little clan --

-- eeks -- one's up -- I've been OUTED -- !!

THANK YOU for the great pillows, Tina -- they LOVE 'EM -- !!

Next, their morning meal --

-- Oma's Pride chicken-veg mix, heavy cream, water and vanilla yogurt --

-- they LOVE IT -- and it helped get them CHUBBY -- !!

The next day, I got the following email --

"Hi! My name is Tracey. I am interesting in fostering a mama & pups and heard you might be the one to talk to.

I was supposed to have a mama & pups coming to me from AZ, but they changed their plans and have an adopter for all... so I have cases of pee pads, 60 lbs of puppy food, dog pen, 
toys, blankets, etc. and no one coming...

Please contact me when you have a moment :)


What a BLESSING this WAS -- !!

13 March 2011 - Buffalo to Jersey transport

With that lovely message, a foster application, and a LOT of emails and text messages --

-- we were off to New Jersey to meet our prospective foster family -- !!

It's amazing how short a 500 mile drive can be when you've got prospects THIS GOOD to care for your BABIES -- !!

And with that, we arrive in nice, calm, NORMAL America --

-- not some outback nightmare the babies left in Tennessee -- !!

First glance says --

-- this house is RUN by its WOMEN --

-- not a bad thing, right??!!

Next, the babies find their pen, where they're gonna call HOME for a few WEEKS -- !!

Next, let's got through a "who's who" of the babies -- !!

Mugshots: Tenn Niners at 5 weeks!
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 6 February 2011
Available for adoption: 3 April 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 6 February 2011
Available for adoption: 3 April 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

That said, we're back to our loving foster home --

-- which is VERY MUCH a kid-friendly -- and pet-friendly -- place -- !!

Truer words were never spoken - !!

And next, we meet momma Tracey --

-- the one who made it all happen -- !!

Next, father Andy --

-- a dog lover, through and through -- !!

Let me tell you, people, you can't FAKE this kind of LOVE --

-- we've met a real WINNER here -- !!

The babies say --


-- INDEED -- !!

Finally, the little lady of the house --

-- Sophie --

-- who was KIND enough to give up her PLAYROOM for the BABIES -- !!

What a little angel Sophie is --

-- while she's only 5 years old, she was VERY respectful of the babies and our advice the whole time --

-- GREAT JOB, Trace and Andy, raising her -- !!

Hahahah --

-- don't forget, you're in a child's playroom now --

-- with the addition of 10 extra little lives -- !!

-- and I love it --

-- I just had to take a picture of this -- !!

Okay, next Sophie gets down to BUSINESS --

-- showing us all the TOYS and SUPPLIES ready for the babies --

-- we LIKE -- !!

Eeks --

-- and next, I meet the unannounced LEADER of the house --

-- their senior boston terrier --

-- anxiously DROOLING at me -- !!

And then, ANOTHER -- !!

Those eyes are CERTAINLY suspicious -- !!

As a distraction, I look towards the puppy pen --

-- and it's LUNCH-TIME -- !!

A lot of little heads bobbing here -- !!

Ohhh -- the feeding frenzy begins -- !!

They're eatin' for all they've GOT -- !!

Hahaha -- we'll see how LONG the dog house LASTS -- !!

-- and I love love love the pink walls, too -- !!

But wait, just outside of the perimeter, I've been reminded we're not ENTIRELY welcomed here --

-- the bostons ask --

"who STINKS" -- !!

And then, the sirens are SOUNDED -- !!

Oh no, and then another, BIGGER dog comes out --

-- Uno, the family PIT BULL --

-- can I tell you how much I LOVE this house??!!

PS - look at the little mug in the bottom-right --

-- that's NOT the look of LOVE -- !!

Anyway, Uno finally settles down a bit --

-- and then I notice Kitty, from OUTSIDE, giving a disapproving glare -- !!

Anyway, the two-leggers are happy, so the babies are happy --

-- that's what we're most concerned about -- !!

Aww babies --

-- to go from hellsville to "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" --

-- I just LOVE it -- !!

Next, enter Britt, a nurse working at a plastic surgeon's practice --

-- she's a big DOG-LOVER --

-- and a big TEXTER --

-- we'll take it -- !!

Now, more candid shots of the babies being babies --

-- which is all they ever wanted to be -- !!

Sophie gives them plenty of baby talk, too --

-- and they suck it ALL in -- !!

Here, baby says, "pinch me -- is this for REAL??!!"

Yes it is, sweetheart -- !!

Eeks --

-- I must remember, I'm being constantly watched here -- !!

Next, the big comfy purple chair --

-- baby says,

"I needed that -- !!"

More textin' --

-- and relaxin' -- !!

And this little Sophie, I tell you, how SMART she is --

-- I told her once, "Always hold babies by their tops AND bottoms" --

-- and just lookie here --

-- PERFECT -- !!

So, there we are --

-- another lesson in the good in people --

-- all the way from Afton and pals in Tenn to Tracey up in Jersey --

-- just a blessing all around -- !!

And kudos, too, to Tracey, for showing her daughter the highs (and lows!) of raising a litter --

-- all while NOT being a backyard-breeder --

-- KUDOS -- !!

These babies, too --

-- finally getting their confidence up --

-- we couldn't be MORE happy -- !!

Just look here --

-- now THAT'S the look of CONTENTMENT -- !!

Hahahah --

I'm not sure how long the plastic mat lasted here, but I thought I'd throw it in for nostalgia's sake --

-- puppies are MASTERS at tearing ANYTHING not nailed to the FLOOR -- !!

And with that, we're done --

-- a lot of good karma going on here for everyone --

-- and why not?

As long as we're able, we'll help these loving souls --

-- the return to them -- and us -- is immeasurable -- really -- !!

So cheers to many cuddles --

-- many puppy farts --

-- many chirps through the night --

-- and to many GREAT applications -- !!

As always, these babies will be fully vetted prior to their placements -- !!

By that, we mean they'll be spayed / neutered, microchipped (as seen at left) wormed and vaccinated -- !!

Plus, in this case, they'll be loved by MANY birds of a DIFFERENT feather -- !!

With your pup, you'll get all the paperwork to take to your vet for an initial visit, where the vet will look and say, "WOW -- how THOROUGH" --

-- yes, indeed -- !!

So, babies, goodbye for now, and GOOD LUCK with your GREAT applications and home visits upcoming -- !!

And a big THANK YOU to Tracey, Andy, Sophie and clan --

-- you're WONDERFUL!

Here's Andy, playing with the three pups, who LOVE to chase the POOL WAND -- !!

Is this an every day home?

Does the cat sometimes eat the dog food?

YES -- !!

Does the cat oftentimes have the look of WASN'T ME --

-- you betcha' -- !!

Do the bostons sometimes eat pizza crusts -- ??

Well, just sommmeee-timeeesss!!!

But really, how can you RESIST here -- !!

So, for all their "normalcy", we're very THANKFUL --

-- because in being NORMAL, these fine folks also love their pets like family-members, as shown here --

-- they're every-day parts of their lives -- !!

And too, they have a sense of humor about their daily ongoings --

-- WE LOVE IT -- !!

So, thank you Andy...

... and thank you Tracey...

... and thank you, Princess Sophie...

... for making a difference to these 9 babies, and to showing them that love really matters, and with it, they can thrive and rise out of the ashes of their oh-so-difficult start.

If you, the prospective ADOPTER, think you're a GREAT home, please fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of this page, and we'll start the adoption process -- !!

THANK YOU ALL, for a truly happy ending in progress here -- !!

Here's a video of our babes at 6 weeks -- !!


Here's the trio of Toby, Cody & Duke at 11 weeks!

Well, our babies are growing up FINE and are ready to go to their forever HOMES --

-- they're all spayed / neutered, microchipped, vaccinated 3x and wormed --

-- in a word, they're COMPLETE!!

Here's a little update on three of the boys --

-- Cody --

-- Duke --

-- and Toby.

Duke and Cody look a LOT alike --

-- except Dukie has a little white dot above his nose, and his rear right paw has all WHITE toes --

-- whereas Cody has ONE white rear-right toe --

-- simple, huh??!!


Toby has the white racing stripe on his head -- totally easy -- !!

Mugshots: Cody, Duke & Toby at 11 weeks!
Babies born: 6 February 2011
Available for adoption: now AVAILABLE -- !!!
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

And wouldn't you know it --

-- you give these babies pulls, toys, etc. --

-- and instead of that, they go for the one little piece of broken marrow bone they find --

-- and to them, it's solid GOLD -- !!

So, at first, you'll find little Dukie with the shard --

-- and here is he again, with the holy grail -- !!!

Next, here's our Dukie again, protectin' -- !!

NOTE the white rear paw toes --

-- veryy imporrtannntt!!!

Alas, little Toby gets a piece of the DIVINE action -- !!

Da' nom nom nom kicks in -- !!

And here, could a boy BE more happy -- ??!!

We think NOT -- !!

What I love here is that the inside of Toby's nose is PINK, while the outside is BLACK --

-- CUTE CUTE -- !!

For a moment, chaos ensues -- !!

In the front, Cody (note the toes!) --

-- in the back, Dukie -- !!

And then, the two boys find Toby with the coveted BONE --

-- and from there, it's a FULL OUT BATTLE to get that BONE -- !!

Ha Ha Ha --

-- little Cody the aardvark, searchin' for more bones -- !!

And then, Dukie find a moment of reprieve, under the chair...

.. mister pretty pants here --

-- so sweet, with such a sweet and pretty COAT -- !!


-- not for long does anyone rest around here -- !!

-- and now, it's "give me your bone or your life" --

-- and I think the wrinkles are a determining factor -- !!

Weeeeee --

-- look at little Dukie's propeller ears --

-- not TOO fierce, I must SAY -- !!

And a conquered Cody gives the "uncle" flag --

-- with his pinkie TONGUE -- !!

Whew --

-- that was a lot of WORK -- !!

How do I tell everyone apart quickly?

Well, since the babies are microchipped, here's the last 4 digits of their chips --

-- so I quick scan the babies, match up their number, and I'm allll set -- !!!

Find more on microchipping here.

Finally, little Cody gives the bird feeder a proper inspection --

-- I know, I know -- a little bit dirty --

-- but OH SO exciting -- !!

All this is being done while Dukie enjoys his snack --

-- secretly -- !!

And then, back to Toby goes the sliver -- !!

-- and bliss is found --

-- albeit fleeting -- !!

THANK YOU to these little boys for being GREAT little MEN -- !!

If you're interested in adopting one of these loves, fill out an adoption application at the TOP of this page --

-- these are care-free, loving, forgiving creatures --

-- they will go to great homes only, and we can't WAIT to see them flourish in their permanent placements -- !!!

THANKS for READING, all, and THANKS babies, for being little PRINCES -- !!

Here's our three, Coby, Toby and Duke, at 11 weeks, in MOTION -- !!



Here's the bouncy three of Sasha, Tate & Widget at 11 weeks!

Well, if these loves have one thing, I'll tell you they have PLENTY of PERSONALITY -- !!

Here's our Widget, exploring his sample bag --

-- with ZEAL -- !!

Next, we'll give their headshots a look --

-- thought Sasha is a girl, and Widget a boy, they look AWFULLY alike -- !!

The way I tell the difference?

Well, Widgie has a speckled nose, and Sasha's is solid in color -- !!

Mugshots: Sasha, Tate & Widget at 11 weeks!
Babies born: 6 February 2011
Available for adoption: now AVAILABLE -- !!!
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!

Next, the props --

-- this time, the Taste of the Wild SAMPLE BAGS --

-- YUM -- !!

We love this food because it's grain free, and because it's got a nice fat content, to keep our adults nice and healthy -- !!

The babies, of course, get puppy food -- !!

Don't forget, at the young age of 11 weeks, these babies are FULL OF great energy --

-- bouncing here, launching there --

-- they'll make you feel young (and achy!) again -- !!

Awww Sasha --

-- those BEDROOM eyes -- !!

"Enough of the sweet talk", says Tate --

-- where's those SNACKS??!!

And just like that, Widget comes a runnin', too -- !!

** Sniff Sniff **

goes Tater...

... and among all the confusion a small, but noticed, collision occurs -- !!

Tate finds the bone shard, and he's OFF -- !!

Ol' Sasha finds herself atop the Adirondack chair, and doesn't know what to DO -- !!

Ha Ha HA --

-- meekly she *exits* -- !!

What a pretty girl --

-- with such beautiful eyes --

-- we're so happy we could help --

ENOUGH, says Sasha --


Within a moment, little Widgie WHISKS off with the bag -- !!

And next, he enjoys his treasure in the corner -- !!

Here, the loving siblings SHARE and play NICE --

-- a rarity --!!

Awww --

-- really, these two are almost identical -- !!

Follow the treat trail....

... and at the end of it is little TATE -- !!

Ha ha ha --

-- he eats with one eye, and watches me with the other -- !!

Ol' Widge goes back for MORE --

-- and really, what a difference an angle makes --

-- Spring is the best of seasons -- !!

The little giants continue to vacuum up the porch -- !!

And here, Widget gets a little personal with the treat-bag --

-- just a litttllleeee bit deepppperrrrr --

-- and YES, he has reached a CANINE NIRVANA --

-- kibble BLISS -- !!

Just LOOK at his EYES here --

-- now THAT'S satisfaction -- !!

Next, little Tate approaches...

... and he's deservedly shy --

-- he's really just a baby -- <3

And before I know it, he's enjoying his cute little self -- !!

Ha HA Ha --

- I just HAD to throw in these last two pictures --

-- lean to the LEFT --

-- and lean to the RIGHT -- !!!

And you know what?

All while we were playing, here's what my back yard revealed --

-- the absolute beauty of nature --

-- as it plays out every day -- !!!

Okay -- so if you're interested in ADOPTING one of these three LOVES -- or their SIBLINGS, fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION at the top of the page --

-- and let the memories BEGIN -- !!!

You've come such a LONG way, babies, and the best is yet to COME -- !!


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 -- 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 $325 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. 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" -- !!