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Ani and her 8 -- out of the Carolina kill pound, and on to BRIGHTER PASTURES!!



Click here to see their 2-week update!!

Click here for their VIDEO at our last visit!!

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October, 2010 --

-- Steph from Syracuse, NY wanted to help a needy momma in a kill pound --

-- at right, she finds preggers Ani, in the Robson County Pound in North Carolina --

-- girl, you're now considered BLESSED -- !!


Not too much later, here's Ani with her proud foster momma, Steph -- !!

Why did Steph reach out to Ani?

In a word, Meisha --

-- Steph's dobie girl who recently passed of cancer at 2 years --

-- this is her last day --


So, shortly after, Ani came up North, and her babies showed the earth their beauty -- !!

And here, just beautiful -- a mom being a mom --

-- out of the shelter, with clean blankets, good food and great propects ahead --

-- PERFECT -- !!


Eight weeks later, 19 December 2010

This past Sunday, Deana and I made our way to Steph's on a cold Sunday morning --

-- watch out for those icecicles -- !!


First, we meet momma Ani --

-- she's not too sure of us -- HA HA -- !!

She looks a bit beagle, and too a bit pit bull --

-- LOVE IT!!


What a PRETTY girl this is, and most importantly, she has the temperament of a princess --

-- which her babies show, too -- !!


VERY importantly, she passes the KITTY TEST --

-- and while this feline looks fake, she is VERY alive and FEISTY -- !!


After a few minutes, momma Ani gets comfortable and lets her ears down -- !!

Here, momma lets me rub rub rub her butt -- what a sweetheart -- !!

And before we know it, Ani's off to the upstairs, to take a nap -- !!

Next, we peer over the baby-gate, and what do we see --

-- JOY -- !!


Oh -- plenty of happiness and piling from the onset -- !!

And then, chaos ensues --

-- that is, with the three amigos in the background, just watching everyone get crazy -- !!


Our cast of characters...
   

The girls...

These babies and momma are available after 28 December, when their spay/neuters will be completed.

The babies were born 17 Oct 10, and will be vaccinated, wormed and microchipped -- plus SOCIALIZED -- prior to placement -- !!

   
   
   

The boys...

These babies and momma are available after 28 December, when their spay/neuters will be completed.

The babies were born 17 Oct 10, and will be vaccinated, wormed and microchipped -- plus SOCIALIZED -- prior to placement -- !!

   

After we get the names figured out, MORE PWWWAY, PWEEEZZEEE!!

First, my hand goes in --

-- a lot of smellin' and lickin' goin' on here -- !!


Little Smudgers on top --

-- and Hank on BOTTOM -- !!


Then, babies, COME TO ME --

-- love the second one, lickin' his chops -- !!


A boot sniff is in order --

-- complete with WRINKLES -- !!


So pretty --

-- we're not sure who your daddy is little man, but you're gonna grow up to be handsome and LOVED -- !!


Wrinkle wrinkle, lick lick -- !!

Aww -- it's not that Bolt is THAT interested in me --

-- it's just that his WRINKLES make him LOOK that way -- !!


And here, two with still life --

-- and another with SMILES -- !!


Little Hank --

-- happy and he knows it -- !!


As I sit down, the babies slowly make their way up my body --

-- note the extreme head and muscle coordination -- !!


Hahaha -- love the "knee infatuation" here -- !!

And finally, momma Steph and her babies --

-- just lovely.

She loves them like her own, and they're SO well cared for and socialized --

-- GREAT WORK, STEPHERS -- !!


Hahaha -- the babies show they're not just all about being cute --

-- they're FULL of ENERGY and MAYHEM, too -- !!


So here we are --

-- Steph made these babies a Christmas miracle of sorts -- and Ani, too --

-- she took them from the darkest of prospects and thrust them in to a loving, caring world, which only you, the great adopter, can continue -- !!

If you're interested in adopting one of these loves, fill out an adoption application (at the top of this page), and after our review and approval or your application, we'll contact you for a personal home visit.

If that passes, enter your little BALL of JOY --

-- a 15 year commitment -- to loving, giving, caring, giving back, and celebrating life -- !!

Thank you Steph, for being a voice to the voiceless, and thank you too to our great applicants and adopters, for being the best part of rescuing pups -- because you LET these LOVES go to GREAT HOMES -- !!

 

Two weeks in to it, the babies are doing great!!

Well, a bit after my first visit to see these loves, I come back --

-- and they're pretty much the SAME --

-- fun, playful, WONDERFULLY BEHAVED and just so sweet --

-- I tell you, Steph has done a fantastic job here, people -- !!


What you have to love with truly happy pups is their WRINKLES from SMILING when they kiss you --

-- ahhhhhhh -- !!!


And here, don't look at the blinker --

-- just look at the BEAUTY of a BRINDLE --

-- I tell you, it's the prettiest of pretty -- !!


Hahaha --

-- how does Steph kitty-train her pups?

Well, this is a good start -

-- super-kittah watches from above, and NOTHING get by her -- !!


NOW, THIS IS THE BEST --

-- this kitty is on the puppy CRATE in their ROOM --

-- so, you can now say that all the BABIES are adequately KITTY TRAINED -- !!


And yes, more love, socializing and tongues --

-- perfect -- !!


Just look at the coloring --

-- beautiful.

Who wants another run of the mill breeder lab or rottie when you can have this potpourri of coloring -- ??!!


And here, Hank shows his momma who he loves BEST -- !!

Next, Hank and mom eye up a potential adopter -- !!

Yet again, a sea of PRETTY -- !!

Now look at Steph here --

-- she's taught these babies HOUSETRAINING and OBEDIENCE --

-- they know their SITs -- !!


-- hahaha - this counts as a sit -- !!

Next, Bolt finds his forever home --

-- and he's happy as a CLAM --


Want to know the BEST thing about Steph?

She's adopting momma Ani --

-- she just loves her so, and she fits in perfectly with her family!!


Smile, love, adoration --

-- that's what we like to see -- !!


Here, ol' Bolk gets his FIRST COLLAR --

-- Mister Wrinkles -- !!


And now, back to the puppy den --

-- nobody's too worried about anything here --

-- and just LOOK how CLEAN it is --

-- all due to HOUSEBREAKING --

-- how many rescues can say their pups are HOUSEBROKEN --

-- thanks again, Steph -- !!


Ah, life without a worry -- !!

And Smudge, not too concerned about her charm-school failures here -- !!

What a pretty --

-- and wrinkly --

-- girl, Smudglet is -- !!


Bliss.

Somebody should tell him it's much nice to sleep with your head on the blanket -- !!


Smudge's head looks like a little brain here, with all its cracks and crevices --

-- must mean she's SUPER smart -- !!

And just look, too at those HAZEL eyes -- !!


Ah, whatever, huh babies?

They know they're beautiful, and sleep beckons them, once again -- !!


Don't forget, these loves are already spayed and neutered --

-- and HEALED --

-- and vaccinated twice --

-- and wormed 5 times --

-- and microchipped --

-- woo-hoo -- !!


Hahahaha --

-- little brainiacs, they are -- !!


So, with that, we're done with our visit --

-- and the babies show their love for their foster momma --

-- the one who rescued them and who believed that these dogs truly deserved better.

She's right, and we're happy to help them get to their forever homes -- !!


These babies are available for adoption now, mid-January 2011 --

-- and I saw nothing but sweetness, kindness and love all around here --

-- always refreshing when raising young'uns -- !!


Here's the better part of Steph's holiday gifts --

-- Merrick's marrow bones --

-- and a puppy nail file -- !!


And finally, here's the homes we get --

-- every day American households, giving these babies a lifetime of love.

Can this be your home, too?

Well, you betcha' it can, if you give us a great application and pass your home-visit -- !!

THANK YOU all, who have let these loves come THIS far -- you've done fantastically, and we're so happy to see these babies and momma THRIVE -- !!

 

Here's the video from our most recent visit!

 

 

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 $325 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" -- !!