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Mothers make the best lovers -- indeed!!!

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Well, I tell you, we have the BESTEST of momma pups here at SPBR lately --

-- and to prove that, I present to you Charlotte and Abbie...


First, to Miss Abbie --

-- who we think is part pit bull, part vizsla.

This picture here is the toughest she knows how to look...

... then she turns to ALL BUTTER!

Abbie is a DOLL DOLL DOLL --

-- she is honestly one of the most affectionate dogs we have fostered in recent years.

She loves people -- adoringly -- and other dogs --

-- she just doesn't like CATS --

-- nor do I --


Honestly, when interacting with Abbie, I ask people --

-- just HOW could this girl end up in a kill-shelter --

-- she is that sweet.

When taken out for walks, she doesn't want to go OUT --

-- instead, she falls to her back, and looks for belly-rubs and attention --

-- she is happiest in my lap, getting the love that she deserves.

I love Abbie dearly.

Abbie, along with Miss Charlotte, are at Jo's house in foster in Buffalo --

-- a big old victorian house in the city --

-- being girls and bein' proud of it -- !!!

Speaking of Charlotte...

... here she IS -- !!

She is best described as ENERGY in a SMALL PACKAGE -- !!!

Honestly, Char is the DEFINITION of a canine SPARK-PLUG -- !!

She is young, spayed and ready to see what the world has to offer --

-- except for mothering BABIES -- !!!

Here's Char's litter -- !!

Back to Momma Char --

-- just LOOK LOOK LOOK at those ears --

-- they come with her -- !!

Oohhhh ---

-- aaahhhhh -- !!!

Sooooo pretty!!!!

Again, I have to ask myself, HOW a girl this sweet and cute could end up in a kill pound in Ohio --


She is honestly 30 lbs. soaking wet --

-- you could put a handle and straps on her and carry her as a handbag --

-- well, almost -- !!

And here, her ears, and body, go in to MOTION -- !!

And remember, she's a pit bull, so she's SWEET with people -- she LOVES 'EM --

-- though she is a little sassy with other dogs --

-- that's why we'd prefer to see her as an ONLY DOG dog in a home.

Hop hop hop -- !!

And here --

-- so TINY --

-- look at her little "mini-me" torso -- !!

So there you go, Miss pretty-faced Charlotte --

-- you're safe now --

-- and we're going to find you the best of homes --

-- a home where you'll never have to worry about getting dumped again, pregnant again, or underfed again --

-- no, just a home that will say,

"we love you -- forever."

But first, the beauty shots -- !!

And then, another horizon pic --

-- this girl has the best of futures ahead -- that we'll strive for --

-- and that's what starts with you, the great, committed adopter.

Like my Mom said to me once, "Why in the world would anyone get rid of their dog?"

Well, that's the kind of adopter we want to find for Momma Char -- someone like my Momma!

THANK YOU to Jo for fostering these loves, and onward!!

We're looking for the best of homes for these two mommas --

-- if you're interested, please start with an adoption application, and we'll go from there -- !!

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 $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" -- !!