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Angel... and her 12... at week 3!!!



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Click here to see their mugshots at 3 weeks!!

Click here to see their video at 3 weeks!


Click here to go to their lives at week 1

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Well, a lot has changed since week 1 --

-- most notably, eyes are OPENED --

-- and babies are FULL OF IT -- !!


Also, momma Angel looks a little more relieved --

-- maybe because now we're out of the woods on the puppies falling ill, hopefully --

-- at last count, all 12 babies were happy and healthy -- !!

Next, on to see how they've GROWN -- !!


   
Mugshots: Angel and her 12 at 3 weeks
   
First, the girls -- !!
Babies born: 21 December 2010
Available for adoption: 15 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   
 
   
Next, the BOYS -- !!
Babies born: 21 December 2010
Available for adoption: 15 February 2011
Included with adoption: application, home visit, spays, microchipping, vaccines, worming, LOVE!
   
   

Now to the fun part --

-- the PUPPY PEN -- !!

Mind you, these are tired little potatoes here, and they need LOTS of SLEEP -- !!


Here's a sort of business-as-usual in the pen --

-- many sleepers, one insomniac - !!


Next, Littledot looks up in a sort of "I'm TRYIN' to be a big boy" look --


Then we're back, to some heavy snoozin' --

-- just LOOK at those LITTLE limbs -- !!


And, up close --

-- not a bother in the world --

-- this baby has heat on her face, a full belly, and a dry bed beneath her --


Another sleeper --

-- I love love love their snouts at this age --

-- sort of like little piggys -- !!


All the while I observe, momma Angel watches on --

-- proudly.


Here's Angel with her Frank --

-- gloating -- !!


And then, back to the pen --

-- oh, the WRINKLES -- !!


Hahaha -- they're lines up like little sausages here --

-- limbs afoul everywhere -- !!


Here, it's almost like they're reaching for something --

-- but alas, no --

-- just sleeping comfortably -- !!


Here's momma Angel's new perch --

-- on her comfy blanket, a COMFORTABLE distance from the 12 -- !!


Momma is still cleaning, pooping, peeing and caring for all 12 though --

-- and eating like a champ all the while --

-- easy in, easy out -- !!


More potatoes in a pot -- !!

Hahaha -- this one acts like a roadside casuality --

-- sort of like she was walking along, and then passed out from tiredness on the spot -- !!


This baby likes the comfy couch below him -- !!

Snores, jiggles and serenity --

Oh turtle, we STILL know how you got your name --

-- sleepin' on your back, not a care in the world -- !!


If you want to see behind the fun, look at the details here --

-- here's Sue's "honey dew" list for Frank --

-- astounding.


Poor Angel had mastitis in one of her nipples --

-- she was vetted at a great clinic, and now is doing lovely, with one nipple in recovery.


And then, wouldn't you know it, Lorie and Officer Dave from the shelter came for a visit -- !!

And almost immediately, Angel remembers them -- !!

Lots of pets, lots of OOOOHHHSS and lots of AAAHHHSSS going on here --

-- and then, love gets the best of Angel, and she's determined to give Lorie a kiss -- !!

Here, Angel knows she's with the woman who saved her and her 12 --

-- period.


Next, it's Officer Dave --

-- and Angel is jubilant -- !!


As the men talk, Angel sits close to Frank, happy as a clam -- !!

This girl, I tell you, is mesmerizing --

-- she epitomizes the thankfulness, beauty and intelligence of this breed.

We love her so.


Back to the pen, the troops are getting restless -- !!

Angel says, "Those are my babies -- you can pick them up if you'd like" --

- and Lorie, a mom herself, obliges -- !!

Just LOOK at how LITTLE the babies are here --

-- Lorie and Dave are like giants compared to her -- !!


And, as always, Angel is part of everything, making sure everyone holding her babies is up to snuff -- !!

Precious.

Here, I love love love Angel's tongue --

-- it's gotten QUITE the workout over the past month, and momma is still smiles and happiness, not skipping a beat -- !!


Next, she decides to lover-up on Officer Dave.

As you can see, this girl has NO problems with people --

-- quite the contrary -- !!


Now, back to the PEN --

Oh, how short is life, knowing there's moments out there like this, to bask in its glory --


Here, you see what was in Angel's oven -- all 12 of her babies -- so beautiful.

And as I keep admiring the litter, they keep sleeping away --

-- not a care in the world -- !!


This picture is DEFINITE future blackmail material --

-- there's butts and heads EVERYWHERE --

-- priceless -- !!


Here, little Stripe ponders whether her body will catch up to her bulbous head -- !!

And next, we have attempts at walking --

-- pulllllllll baby --


-- success -- !!

Just a little potpourri of perfection here -- !!

These loves are SO interesting --

-- their color gets lighter by the day --

-- almost lighter than momma -- !!

 

And too, look at the butt FUZZ -- !!!


Wrinkles and snorts --

-- what a way to spend your days -- !!


This picture shows the chaos of the deep sleepers and the insomniacs --

-- some want to play, others feel they need just-one-more-minute of shut-eye -- !!


More beauty --

--- more nose freckles --

-- more whiskers --

-- more baseball-head -- !!


Hahaha --

-- here she's saying, "What?

I am what I am" -- !!


Here, I love the lower baby's whiskers --

-- some black, some tan --

-- nobody's worried -- !!


And then, some scouts go to assess the whelping-box --

-- soon after, many are awake, though not quite sure why --

-- sleeping's BETTER -- !!


Ohhhh -- a good reason to be awake is to PLAY PLAY PLAY -- !!

So, there we are -- we have a beautiful bunch here --

-- due mostly to Lorie, Angel and to Foster Sue and Frank.


All this beauty was pickled up in Angel, just begging to show the world --


-- well, that they did --

-- in spades -- !!


I know, I know, there are "too many" pit bulls out there already --

-- but, to me, these babies were "out there" as soon as we heard of pregnant Angel --

-- they needed HELP, and we're SO happy we had the opportunity and means to do so --

-- isn't that what life's about?


And the babies are SO good --

-- well, except for the occasional homewrecker, here, sort of rolling over their little paradise --

-- indeed, babies, it's a paradise found at Sue's -- !!


So, again, because of the generosity and ability of Sue and Frank, these moments are possible --

-- entirely.


Here's the sky-cam view of the babies --

-- and those MUZZLES -- they're TOO MUCH -- !!

Almost like they're little puggles -- !!


Lorie says her goodbyes to Angel --

-- and Angel still beams her pride and beauty.


Angel knows she's a good girl --

-- and she knows her babies are safe and sound --

-- and she knows her people around her love her very much.

That's about all we could ever promise her -- !!


The babies, too, sort of "know" they're in the good --

-- they're not fussing or fighting --

-- they're just peaceful and angelic, really -- !!


But too, don't think this miracle is without PLANNING and CARE --

-- before you enter the puppy-room, lots of disinfecting has to go on FIRST -- !!


And for you name aficianados out there, here's Sue's "old" and "new" names --

-- we've stuck with the "old" ones for now, trying to keep everyone straight -- !!


And sometimes, just sometimes, we think of what could have happened to Angel.

The animal who was "letting" her stay in his outdoor igloo doghouse, in the cold winter, even thought of shooting her before calling animal control to take her.

I just ask, what kind of people think such horrid things, and how are they part of society at all, functionally.

My guess is, they're not.


On to a HAPPIER note, we take the TIME to see the BEAUTY in our girl, here --

-- just LOOK at that NOSE -- !!!


And too, our girl is happy --

-- and her happiness makes her a better momma, which makes her babies happy, making EVERYONE happy -- !!


This, I love --

-- sort of like the littlest man in the world saying, "I'm a big boy -- and I'll show it -- soon -- just you wait and SEE" -- !!


As the last of the family shots are taken --

-- and the last of the play is recorded --

-- and the last of the petting is given to momma --

-- we get this picture.

Absolute perfection.

Adoration on its highest level --

-- both creatures of a supreme being, communicating without words.

I love it.


So thank you to all who have done so much to come this far --

-- our babies are developing QUICKLY, and we'll do the best we can to keep the pictures and stories COMING -- !!

For you, we ask, "Are you a great adopter?"

And if you are, we ask you to fill out an adoption application on these babies (at the top of this page) --

-- that will start off the adoption process, hopefully landing you the biggest ball of joy you could ever imagine -- !!


And while we all love babies, I love the adults more.

They tell a story and have such character of who they are --

-- plus, they're so thankful, and, with Angel, they're so beautiful.

Please keep her on your adoption list, too -- !!

THANK YOU ALL for a great couple of weeks -- and really, to Sue and Frank the MOST, for letting this miracle of life unfold before us -- !!


The video at 3 weeks:


Click here to go to their lives at week 1

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, Sue and Frank live near Cleveland -- 2-1/2 hours away from me, 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" -- !!