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Life is a celebration, and we're happy to help these loves begin it -- !!

 

Click here to see the January 30th update of these loves!

Click on the logo below to fill out an adoption application!

 

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It's late September, and I receive the following --

"My daughter and her fiancé own two pit bulls. One is a pure bred male approximately 1 and ½ years old. The other a female German Sheppard pit bull mix approximately 3 years old. Neither one is neutered."


"The natural occurrence happened and they were blessed with 12 count them 12 puppies. The house resembled 101 Dalmatians for a while but they were able to place 8 of the puppies in new homes."

At left, is father Grimm.


"The puppies are now 10 weeks old and it seems we have saturated the market. They are considering keeping one of the puppies but my daughter is due with her second child in January and that would make an already tight household very crowded."

At right, is momma Nibbies.


"Bottom line is they cannot afford to house all these animals and need to find a home for the pit bull puppies and the mother. We are considering the SPCA but are hesitant because of the possible fate of the dogs."

 

"I realize they may be viewed as irresponsible owners because they did not have the dogs neutered but finances are tight and now they have dug an even deeper hole for themselves.

And then yesterday, I received --

"We still have the four pit bull puppies and unfortunately we have to implement our last resort plan of taking them to the SPCA tonight.. If you still have any desire, interest or means to help please let me know"

And help we did...

 

And now, the baby boys...

Okay, so here are the four remaining boys, finally wormed, microchipped and up to date on their vaccines.


Their next step, before adoption, will be their neuters.

To me, seeing these pups makes me realize that rescue is community service in a way.

I am very happy to be able to help these loves, and to make sure they're altered before placement.


I strongly disagree with placing pups unaltered, because they will eventually add to the problem of pet overpupulation.

I am also not a believer of placing dogs without home visits first dont on the homes --

-- are these people legit, the applicants?

Well, a home visit helps ensure that we're looking at 10-12 year homes, happy and true -- :D


And too, you can see these boys are a little underweight --

-- that's okay. They were wormed, and their round little bellies will soon be flat again, and they'll be healthy little butterballs in no time -- :D


So, if you're interested in one of these boys, sit down and think about it --

-- can we give him 12-15 years of love, attention, discipline and care?


If so, we'd love to hear from you --

-- as would these staring little faces.

Imagine what a week of new lovin' would bring these boys --

-- a bouncy new look on life -- !!


So, we will do good by these little men, with the help of wonderful adopters.

If you're one of those wonderfuls, fill out an adoption application above -- !!

PS - too - Mom and Dad are doing well, and will be spayed and neutered as a result of this cooperation with SPBR!

 

One month later, and babies are doing great!

Okay --

-- well it's now the end of January, and I took the babies to the vet's for their neuters --

-- and Spike's new Mom, a past SPBR adopter, came along to personally adopt her boy -- !!

Here's our Spike, now named Elwood, just out of his nap --

-- what a little man -- !!


This is one of the BEST homes, I tell you --

-- see for yourself, here.


And next we have the pups still available for adoption, starting with Nibbies --

-- aka Niblet --

-- I LOVE THIS BOY -- !!

He is an attention hog, and when you approach him, he wrinkles up his nose in glee, almost as though he can't contain his smile -- !!


Here's his body-shot -- a healthy young man -- !!

Next Peanut --

-- our little heart-breaker --

-- HOW BEAUTIFUL can brindles be, I tell you -- !!


Here's Peanut's side-shot -- obviously, he's the smallest of the crew -- !!

And then our Carl --

-- aka "wasn't me" -- !!

He's as sweet as a pea, and his innocence is more than skin-deep -- !!


Carl's side-shot --

-- brindle and proud -- !!


So, our babies are ready to go to their forever homes --

-- surgeries are done, and they're extremely happy and healthy --

-- just waiting for the best of applications!!

If you're able, and loving, apply above -- !!



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 -- 905, 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 $275 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 puppy 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.

 
- 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" -- !!