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Paula's peck of pickled placeable pit bull pups -- enjoy!!

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Back on mid-April 2010, Erica from our forum posted --

I got a call on Thursday about 7 pit bull puppies, dumped at a kennel in Westchester County NY. After a few quick phone calls to confirm we could take them - we were committed!

They are 5 weeks old and had been living in a car with their mother. The mother developed mastitis and began to go after them when they attempted to nurse. The owner left them at a kennel where the SPCA I volunteer, so, WELCOME LITTLE ONES!!

Well, here's what we GOT --

-- a peck of pickled pit bull puppies -- !!

With the pups split up, Paula, from Upstate NY, fostered these three loves --

-- full of it, indeed!

Now... for a closer look... !!

The details... as of 6 May 2010

Age: just 8 weeks
Genders: 2 boys (chap and tuck), 1 girl (purdee)
Surgeries: Spays and neuters scheduled 8 May
Available: 10 May -- !!


And now, the fun BEGINS -- !!

Here's these babes' preferred means of transport --

-- MOMMA -- !!


"The babies have LANDED" -- !!

Out of the chute, little Tuck's off to a running start -- !!

And next, miss Purrdeeee -- !!

Ohhh -- dandelions are for eatin's -- !!

Pretty Miss Purdee --

-- a girl who's just HAPPY to be ALIVE -- !!

Some would say, "Ugh - black -- and brown and brindle -- no thanks -- where's my Paris Hilton foo-foo white doggie" --

We say, "Purdee, you're gonna be loved for who you are - not just what you look like - by your adopters from the get-go -- and that's the best kind of love -- and they'll do so FOREVER" -- !!

Here's the boyzzz, chattin' it up -- !

Radar-tales -- !!

Ohh -- a little family portrait -- !!

And really, Purdee, you're sportin' some DELISH brindle legs and paws here --

-- you must be a RARE breed, girl -- !!

Oops -- little Chappie gets a time-out -- !!

-- and then he's back -- !!

Chappie sez --

"The crime was worth more than the punishment -- and I'd do it AGAIN" -- !!

Hahaha --

-- happily -- !!

Now it's a little herd of pickled pit bulls --

-- and we are F-A-M-I-L-Y -- !!

Ohhh -- Tuck's beauty shot --

-- hahaha --
"pfffft" -- !!

Little Chappie... comin' at ya' -- !!

And then, the play begins -- Purdee on top -- !!

Oops -- she's distracted -- !!

And off she goes, even with Tucker givin' his best of faces -- !!

He sez, "Waits for meeeeee!!!"

And play, they do...

... yet again...

Whoa babies -- a little intense here -- !!

And Purdee breaks from the play, for a beauty shot --

-- then she watches the wrinkles ERUPT -- !!

After that session, they're still all pals -- :hug:

Chappie sez, "Who YOU callin' base-ball head??!!"


... YOU, Chappie --

-- and it's ohhh-soo-cutee!!!

Another airlift -- !!

A little shameless belly action here -- !!

And down again...

Chappie sez, "What's NEXT??!!"

P-L-A-Y -- !!

... and beauty...

Purdee, showing off her brindle arm-length gloves... again -- !!

And the Chapster...

Ohhh... Purdee even has a bit of brindle on her cheeks --

-- now she's a super-DUPER-rare breed -- !!!

She sez, "I know! Stop tellin' me how precious I am -- it's a fact, and that's THAT!"

So, yeat another airlift...

... and this time, Tuck revolts -- !!

Purdee sez, "He deserved to fall -- !!"

And now, we play -- !!

-- and growl -- !!

-- and submarine thy sibling -- !!

A close-up --

-- ooooh, Tuck -- what big WRINKLES you HAVE -- !!!

And with that, we're settling down...

... the Chapster finds solace in yet another time-out...

... with a little more shameless belly shot -- :D

So, we're gonna pack up, get out the hammock, and call it a day...

... after some fake playin' that is --

-- because it's too hot for real playin' -- !!

The prettiness of Purdee...

... the blockiness of Tuck...

... the tinyness of Chappie...

... all gifts in different ways, these castaway pups are.

And what I like is that Paula and her pup Earl and her family have done a GREAT job at socializin' these babies --

-- so GREAT, that you'd never know their prior fate, dumped at the pound for whatever would afflict them -- :(

Well, babies, we here at SPBR view you as miracles...

... and we celebrate your "black and brindle are beautiful" mantras -- !!

We love the wrinkles on your jowls, like the cat in the hat has...

... we love your little baseball heads...

... and we think your brown -hazel eyes are of the purtiest we've seen --!!

Even your little lancer teeth --

-- well, they're SPECIAL, too -- !!

Okie-dokie --

-- time to EXPAND our BELLIES with as much water as possible, people -- !!

-- and momma has a good laugh at it...

... and now, well, all are tired -- sorta like after all the Christmas gifts have been opened...

... but ALAS, there's ONE MORE GIFT to come out --

-- my ELVIS -- !!!

Look at this LITTLE MAN --

-- I love him so much --

-- though he's a bit of an airhead, he sure makes up for it in looks -- !!

And too, Elvis is happy --

-- and happier -- !!

So, first things first --

-- BUTT CHECKS -- !!

Not a BUTT goes UNNOTICED -- !!

Chap sez, "Where's muh MOMMA" -- !!

And after the check-in, Elvis gets to socializin' --

-- Purdee starts her sweetness, with licks --

-- and licks some more --

-- and Tuck sez, "He's JUST like one of US" -- !!

Awww -- and Elvis proves it --

-- with licks and love to boot -- :D

Elvis is my little ambassador for the breed --

-- he's a rescue from the Philly shelter, and he is of a lovely temperament --

-- he goes to parades with me, social settings, etc. --

-- and I know his temperament pretty well --

-- so when things get heated, I know what to do -- making me a great owner to him, and not making him "just another bad pit bull" --

-- no, indeed, to the contrary -- !!

Ahh, my boy...

... and then, Paula, her pickles and Elvie together --

-- LOOK at Chappie's BELLIE --

-- pee-to-come -- !!

Ohh --

-- maybe he doesn't SEE ME -- !!

The approach...

... note the erect tale -- !!

... and then, the guard is down...

... so much, Elvis wants PLAYTIME -- !!

And little Chappie juzt sez, "You may not be my poppa, but I like you none the less" -- !!

So, with that, we're done --

-- the peck of Paula's pickles are exhausted, I'm tired, too, and everyone is ready for a NAP -- !!

What I'm thankful for are the chances to help these little miracles-in-training --

-- I'm happy to have a great pup in Elvis, who is socialized and ready to socialize these little loves --

-- and I'm most thankful for great fosters like Paula who, as you see here, really, really loves dogs --

-- and PUPPIES -- !!

The beneficiary of all of this?

The Chapster --

-- little Tuck --

-- pretty Purdee.

Three souls who were born at the wrong time, ended up in the wrong place --

-- and then, through a lot of kindness, landed on their paws...

So, what we ask of you, the best of adopters, is to consider a 15 year commitment to these cherubs --

-- and if you can promise them your everything, to continue the winning streak they're on --

-- the please apply to adopt --

-- it's only right for them, and it'll make your days and nights all the better!

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" -- !!