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Willow & 9 at day 10: momma needs a spay, the babies are ALL bottle-fed -- !!!



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May 28th -- I went to visit momma and babies.

A few days earlier, Lorna noticed momma Willow acting slow, lethargic, irritable --

-- so off to Dr. Heather she went!

It turned out that Willow was developing a low-grade infection, which Dr. thought was from her uterus / recent birthing --

-- maybe she still had placenta remains in her, etc. --

-- so nonetheless, momma got SPAYED --

-- and in came the BOTTLE-FEEDERS --

-- now the babies needed a bottles every 2-3 hours, around the clock --

-- WOW -- !!


Here's our Whisper, eyes opening --

-- saying, "Hey, I'm WORTH IT" -- !!


Hahaha --

-- our girl tries to RUN to the bottle-feeders --

-- quite SLOWLY -- !!


And next, little Willie --

-- peek-a-boo -- !!

Okay, next is their NEWEST mugshots -- !!


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

   
   

And before we knew it, momma Willow was back in the saddle --

-- happy, SPAYED and playing again -- !!


Words are not really needed --

-- or adequate here --

-- to describe Lorna's love for Willow.


Next, the babies get picked for feeding -- !!

Awww --

-- and Miss Waltz...

... the princess -- !!


Hahaha --

-- I love how little Whisper is taking FULL ADVANTAGE of her new eyes --

-- to the dismay of her siblings -- !!


I think this is an AFTER-MEAL coma -- !!

Well, to make things tougher, little Waldo developed an upper respiratory wheeze over the weekend --

-- so much that Lorna decided to take him to the emergency clinic.

$600 later, our boy was doing GREAT, with a nebulizer, medication and a LOT of LOVE.

Our facebook group, here, showed us the kindness in people --

-- and we fund raised to pay Waldo's bill in FULL -- !!


Next, miss Widget and mister Warden nap...

... and momma's back on the job, poopin' and peein' her LOVES --

Here's the Willow we know and love --

-- laughin' it up, playing on my camera case -- !!


Next, puppy comas --

-- Wafer and Waltz say --

-- "FED" -- !!!


So there we go --

-- our momma is the princess we've come to know and love, with a little surgical intervention to help her on her way --

-- no more babies EVER, momma -- !!


And here, you see the result of Lorna and pals' work --

-- feeding a bottle every 2 hours --

-- that's 24 bottles a day per baby --

-- at 9 babies, that's 216 --

-- yes 216 --

-- bottles per DAY --

-- and at 60ml per bottle --

-- we say, that's 3.5 gallons of Esbilac goat milk per DAY --

-- all donated and administered by Lorna and her pals --

-- we're smitten!


What do they get in exchange for such work and generosity -- ??

Perfection --

-- love --

-- spotted lower lips --


If only EVERYONE could sleep this easily --

-- the world would be a less caffeinated, kinder place -- !!

GREAT WORK, ALL -- !!

 

Click here to go to their lives at 2-½ weeks

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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" -- !!