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Thank God for our Tennessee 9 and their recent coming out!

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We received the following on our forum on March 3rd...

Hi Eric --
I found out this afternoon that there are some boxer/pit puppies at a local shelter here in TN. 
the good thing about this shelter is that they will do whatever it takes to move animals out of there.  they do the first shot and deworming before their feet ever hit the floor.  I believe they do the bordetella injection too.  they will pay for the health certs as well- no other shelter does this. what do you think? Mom was pure bred, dad was suspected boxer next door.
She is still in her home. At least we have stopped one cycle. thanks for all your help

and with that, came these...

Hahaha --

-- what a PILE of PUPPERS -- !!

Here they are, last Sunday, March 8th, happy as bugs in a rug, keeping each other warm!

Now, on to their mug-shots -- !!

The boys...
These lads were born on January 30th, and have their neuter surgeries scheduled for March 21st. By that time, they'll be READY for ADOPTION! They'll be altered, microchipped, vaccinated twice and wormed three times!

from the foster:

CASH - has such a wonderful temperament - he's calm yet playful - he will cuddle in your arms as long as you'll allow him to. He's a pretty good size and is the only one who takes his time when he eats-lol

from the foster:

JUNIOR - his personality is as beautiful as his coat. He is such a lover boy who likes to swoon anyone who comes in his path with kisses (and maybe a nibble )

from the foster:

WILLIE - omg willie - my husbands favorite (so far) - really looks like a little boxer puppy - he's quiet and so sweet - and is a bit nervous - so he's getting more indiv time to work on boosting his confidence

And, the girls...
These ladies were born on January 30th, and have their spay surgeries scheduled for March 21st. By that time, they'll be READY for ADOPTION! They'll be altered, microchipped, vaccinated twice and wormed three times!

from the foster:

EMMY - aka - Sweet Pea - has the cutest expressions! she is one of the two smallest in stature but big in personality! she's the first to climb out of the exercise pen and is a little wiggle worm She is my daughters favorite (before we even knew her name). i just LOVE her sweetness.

from the foster:

FAYE - aka - Peanut - is the other smallest in the litter but has the biggest bark she is as sweet as sugar and loves to be held tight to you - she's a bit more nervous when taken away from her pack so i've been taking her out more in an effort to help her confidence grow

from the foster:

LORETTA - has a coat as soft as silk - almost feels like lab fur. She is such a doll baby - and loves to be the center of attention. She is full of confidence

from the foster:

LUCINDA - you could die and go to heaven with this little lady in your arms - she is striking to look at and has a sweet disposition to match her good looks.

from the foster:

PATSY - aka Chipmunk (per my husband) - is one of the larger of the pups. She'll throw her weight around and then come in for the snuggle Her markings are so unique and Steve said she looks like an overgrown chipmunk - lol - who doesn't love chipmunks?

from the foster:

SARAH - just look at her - she's beautiful and loves to be held and snuggled - then get back in the pen and tell her siblings all about it

Last Sunday, we were scheduled as a booth at the Rochester, NY Pet Expo.

I also had to get the 9 to a foster in Central New York, so we combined efforts, and made a great day out of it!

Here's our booth...

... and here's one of our volunteers!

Next, what is a Pet Expo without the pups!

Here's Ms. Lexi -- donning her stylish winter-wear -- !!

And next, we have our Tenn 9 --

-- here, shown in the morning, resting up for a busy day!

Next, the purity of a child and a dog --

-- there's not much more to say about that in this picture --

-- it's bliss.

Our booth was like a petting zoo for these loves -- honestly!

We had two volunteers manning the ex-pen, constantly counting --

-- 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 --


And there were adult admirers, too --

-- many reveling, many returning to a simpler time in their lives --

-- all along, while these babies got more and more socialized -- :D

Here they are, in the "re-charge pen" --

-- they'd be up a bit, held, paraded around, then they'd plop back down to sleep -- re-charging for the next lucky surrogate!

Here's a little man, and his mom --

-- learning to pet for the first time.

This probably touches me the most --

-- because while we're doing all this stuff at the Expo, we're most importantly teaching compassion.

The Expo was held at the Armory in Rochester -- in the city.

Many people coming there had never seen or felt a baby like this before -- let alone a PIT BULL MIX --

-- and look at their response.


Also, I give their parents a lot of credit -- instead of running for the foo-foo safety booths, they let their precious babies interact with our pit bull variants --

-- and that's all a step in the right direction, showing these loves have and need so much compassion.

Hahaha --

-- look in his EYES --

-- he looks like Napoleon reviewing his EMPIRE --

-- this is one happy customer!

As long as "holders" got the "hold" right, they were good-to-go in holding babies.

Were we scared they'd be dropped?

You betcha' --

-- did we have a volunteer assigned to EVERY puppy out?

You betcha' too -- !!

Just look at his smile here --

-- uncovering something beautiful inside this little man.

Something he can take with him in his daily life -- something good, and something making this a better world to live in.

Now THESE TWO girls --

-- they were no jokes about it --

-- they were doing a JOB --

-- they were little MOMS to these loves --

-- and they'd have it NO OTHER WAY!

The same with these two --

-- they came with their Grandma, and made MANY MANY repeat trips to our booths --

-- willingly!

The joy these pictures bring --

-- to know these loves were at the end of their line in Tenn --

-- and to now see them as little lights, little ambassadors of the breed, and such little joy-makers.

This all happened because things work --

-- and why do things work? Because of GREAT people.

Our Central New York foster asked her husband if they could foster, and he said YES!

SPBR supplied only the food, and her family supplied the love!

Now here's a great couple of shots --

-- a mom saying to herself, "Should I do it" -- ??

Note the leg-hike -- !!

And she DOES --

-- a baby in the baby pen -- !!

Getting back to "how things work" --

-- you meet the BEST of people in rescue.

The Central New York foster was picking her kids up from school yesterday, and the teacher mentioned her son said they have new PUPPIES.

One of the other moms said, "Doesn't that take away from your family time?"

The foster said, "Not any more than your gym time takes away from youre family. Plus, I'm teaching my children compassion, responsibility and caring through fostering."


So here we were, the envy of many at a the Expo, and doing it all for the dogs.

We changed many opinions on the breed, opened up many hearts, and made lasting impressions on children, our future.

So, thank you to the Tenn 9 --

-- your late night plea to take you turned out to be a blessing, showing us the kindness of strangers, and the beauty of outstanding fosters.

The babies' foter told me yesterday, "My husband is SO GOOD with them, making sure EACH baby gets pet and loved for an equal amount of time -- he really knows how to spread the love -- !!"

This guy is a manly man, too, otherwise -- LOVE IT!!

So, thank you to all who stay in rescue -- even though it has its bumps and challenges --

-- thank you from the dogs, and thank you from a higher power, it seems.

We took these little creatures out of a terminal situation and made them thrive, much to their benefit and ours.

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!!

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" -- !!