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A tribute & a celebration to Angel and Bonnie -- both reasons of why this is a wonderful world!

 

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So many times in life, we're let down -- by the people around us, by unfortunate circumstances, or by a combination of both. This past February, I received an email from Susanna, a trusted friend in New England, asking for help to foster a pregnant pit bull mother and her unborn babies. The shelter wrote:

"Her name is Angel (because she is so sweet!). We have had numerous quarantines at our shelter because of parvo, and we are worried about the puppies surviving."

The shelter assessed dear Angel, and she passed with flying colors -- a shelter with professionals who are paid to train and assess dogs gave her the green light -- so that meant GO for Angel!

The only problem is, she had no where to go. I promised we wouldn't let her down.

 

The foster applicant

I then posted her story on my forum, pbsmiles, and soon thereafter received an application to foster from Bonnie is PA. The application was exceptional, and Bonnie had experience whelping Boston Terriers -- not quite pit bulls, but Bonnie made the adult-decision that she could offer responsible help, and she offered it. This offer, mind you, was critical -- otherwise, Angel would likely have been euthanised with her puppies still inside of her.

Next, we had Geneia, another trusted friend, visit Bonnie for the home-visit. Geneia is a past adopter from SPBR, and trekked 1-1/2 hours each way to visit with Bonnie. It meant that much to Geneia, me and Angel to confirm this wonderful applicant. Geneia reported that Bonnie passed her home-visit with flying colors!

 

The transport

Next, there was the transport from NH to PA. Half a dozen committed folks pooled together to get Angel to her nest -- and they did great -- !!

Here's our girl, on her transport, giving kisses -- kisses of joy, and kisses of thanks.

 

The birth

A week in to her foster, Angel had her nine babies.

Here, at right, she's in "preparation mode", all tucked in --

-- Bonnie wrote --

"I think Angel is getting close. She would not eat her regular food this morning, although she did eat some treats. I also saw her digging around her bedding which I have not seen her do before. I stayed home from work for an extra hour to observe her but then felt that it was safe to go work, much to the dismay of my husband who is home alone with her. :-) My husband just called and she is not in labor, just resting.

I was able to take her temperature this morning and it was 99. This can fluctuate toward the end of the pregnancy, but if it gets lower than that (98-99) and stays there then birthing is imminent. "

Obviously, Angel was in the best of hands!

 

The celebration

Next, Bonnie wrote --

"On March 3 at 12:15 a.m. the birthing started and continued until 11:10 a.m. when the 8th puppy was born. Then, sometime during the night of March 3-4, a 9th puppy, a female, was born! The final count is 4 females and 5 males."


The reality

Now, the work begins. Work to find exceptional homes for these babies and her momma. Is there an overpopulation of pets out there? YES. Did Angel's babies, and Angel, deserve to die because of that? NO -- not with amazing people like Bonnie out there.

Now the applications and review begin, and before long, there will be meet-and-greets with prospective adopters, so both sides can assess each other!

Then, there will be reference checks, and finally, the exhausting part -- home visits. This is where each home is visited before the decision to adopt out the dogs is made.

And then, celebration of the next stage of life for these loves, and for Angel.

In many ways, this is the fun and easy part -- there is a more difficult part though -- the dark side of the internet. There are contingents of people out there who sit on chat rooms and email lists, not actually helping these poor souls, but instead nit-picking the rescues and rescuers who do help them, finding criticism for their work. The folks who won't post under their real names, but instead hide behind pseudonyms.

These rescues have done nothing wrong -- sure, many have made mistakes, and they learn from them, and also, there are many ways to rescue dogs, and everyone has their opinion.

But for this contingent, nothing is good enough for them. They will parade around thoughts and ideas that are just that -- thoughts and ideas. They will pontificate that Angel and her puppies should have been killed in the shelter, to "help" the problem -- they will also say that these dogs won't go to good homes -- note, that this contingent doesn't offer actual help, just criticism and overall bad will.

They will suggest Angel's babies be euthanised immediately, because the father wasn't known -- sorry folks, this is rescue, and I don't know the fathers of ANY of my dogs -- !!

They may even call Angel's shelter and tell them fabricated stories about Bonnie and me -- even about our personal lives! Granted, we've never even met most of these people!

It's times like this I am thankful for my upbringing. Instead of showing reciprocal anger and hatred for such ill-will, I turn their energy in to positive energy for Angel. I work harder on her placements, and strive more to promote responsible ownership.

And lastly, I pray for these people. Daily. I pray that they take their negative energy in to a positive, useful force. Not to get overly-pious here, but I have found this technique to work very effectively in the past, so that's what I use!

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." - Elbert Hubbard

Find more quotes here.

 

The joy

So, moving on to positive pastures, here's the babies, and here's where you, the the responsible, committed potential adopter, come in -- !!

Thank you, again, to people like Bonnie -- you help restore my faith in people.

 

name: Chip (male)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application

name: Dana (female)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
name: Joie (female)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
     
 
name: Milo (male)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
name: Phil (male)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
name: Rae (female)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
     
 
name: Ronni (female)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
name: Stuey (male)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application
name: Tucker (male)
breed: Pit Bull
Origin: NH litter
Age (of Mar 21st): 2 weeks
Foster location: PA
Available: mid-May
Status: available for application

 

If you're interested in adopting either Angel or any of her babies, click on the logo above to fill out an adoption application. The foster home locations are listed with each pup. If you are interested in visiting with the pups in the next few weeks (AND you have submitted an application), please email me at eric@spbr.org to make arrangements! Also, if you have a better idea on the breed-identifications, please email them to me!

 

 

Things I like in an application:

- 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 -- !!
 
- 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 $265 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 Canidae puppy food and has spent its puppy fosterhood in a wonderful, attentive, CLEAN environment. This 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" -- !!