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Willow & 9 at day 3 -- the family BEGINS -- !!



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Click here to go to their lives at 1-½ weeks

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Well, after a couple weeks of TLC, momma Willow has herself a FAMILY -- !!

Here's the door to her chambers --

-- no joke here, people -- !!


Here's her checks --

-- initially, these seemed like a LOT --

-- well, they only INCREASED as this little family's needs grew -- !!


Here, each pup --

-- each of the 9 --

-- gets a chart.


It turns out momma Willow didn't have enough milk for her kids --

-- so out came the bottles.

You can see here, each pup was getting 5 bottles a day.

At 9 pups, you're looking at 45 bottles a day -- !!!


Next, their weights --

-- each baby was weighed daily, to ensure constant weight-gain.

If they're not gaining, they get more milk, or off to the Dr. Heather you go -- !!


Finally, the family.

Keep in mind, momma Willow is deaf, so she can't hear the TV --

-- but, the visual aesthetics are WELL DONE, all -- !!


Momma Willow says --

"I done GOOD -- !"


Here, with her little chunkers, she's up to cleaning up --

-- these are NOT small babies -- HA HA HA -- !!


Then, foster momma Lorna and Willow survey the puppy-dom -- !!

On the wall, the first identifying of the babes...

... by their SPOTS -- !!

Okay, next are the first headshots of these babes --

-- ENJOY -- !!


First, the girls...

born: May 18, 2011
adoptable: July 13, 2011
what comes with them: they're spayed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
 
   

Next, the boys...

born: May 18, 2011
adoptable: July 13, 2011
what comes with them: they're neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, socialized and LOVED

   
   

Don't forget, momma Willow has a full-time staff here, catering to HER needs, too --

-- WE LOVE IT HERE -- !!


Priceless.

Here's our little Willie --

-- Mr. Pink Nose -- !!


Next, like potatoes in a bin -- !!

Willie and Waldo...

Paws, pads...

... black and white -- !!


Waltz on the right...

... Willie on the left...


Now, Warren gets in the mix -- !!

Warren and Willie look a LOT alike --

-- but Warren's eye-patch gives him away -- :D


More baby-dom -- !!

Momma Willow is deservedly protective of her new gems --

-- and I was blessed she allowed me in her chambers -- !!


Willow and Lorna...

And just LOOK at this girl --

-- vibrant as a spring day -- !!


And oh-so-pretty --

-- we just can't imagine her in a gassing pound --

-- and we're oh-so-glad their staff said, "We can't either" and got her out of there -- !!


Next, Warren gets momma's poopin' and peein' -- !!

And finally, momma RESTS -- !!

Ahhhhhh...

... the beauty of life...


Little mister Waldo, who looks a LOT like his sister, Wafer --

-- but his white strip on his head is WIDER -- !!


Tumbling babies...

Just stunning, our girl is -- !!

Next, the babies feed...

... and its like piggies to the trough -- !!

Even with their eyes not yet opened, their noses lead them to VICTORY -- !!

Aww --

-- momma and Willie...


Momma and Whisper...

... little Waldo gets some mom-time -- !!

And here, you can see just how SMALL these babies are --

-- they're like little masterpieces, actually --

-- little miracles -- !!


Ha ha ha --

-- there's a LONG way to go, Wiggles, before you get coordinated -- !!


Bliss.

This looks more STRESSFUL than FUN --

-- look at ALL THESE little MOUTHS to FEED -- !!


White and black --

-- perfect together -- !!


Next, Warren tries to go somewhere --

-- exactly his destination, we don't know -- !!


So, there we go --

-- our momma is proud, our babies are strong, and we are oh-so-thankful to Lorna and pals for their high level of care -- really -- it's exceptional -- !!


Look who's smilin' here --

-- perfect!


Click here to go to their lives at 1-½ weeks

Click here to go to their home page!

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 -- 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 $345 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" -- !!