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Always look for the silver lining...


Click here for this family's January update!

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We received a call earlier this week that a local family had a male and a female pit bull that had babies and that the family had gotten in over their heads with costs and worries on how to responsibly place the puppies.

So, off we went!


Inside, we found momma Zoe --

-- a princess, in a way --

-- here, letting her 9 week old babies still feed -- !!


Next was her daughter --

-- well, Zoe's daughter, I should say --

-- Ginger --

-- from a previous litter.

She was all wags and love, that's for sure -- !!


You can see here, Ms. Zoe wasn't too thrilled with my coming to give her family a look -- !!

Here's Tim, the Dad, and little Ms. Ginger.

What I found was a litter f pups plus mom and daughter and dad --

-- all in wonderful shape.

Nicely plump, socialized, and ready to PLAY -- !!


Here you can see momma Zoe with a real love for her Dad, Tim...

And then, Ms. Ginger gets her keep.

See, look -- these pups are in heaven of sorts --

-- the only thing is, they're growing up FAST -- !!


More love --

-- or should I say, romance -- !!


Bliss.

We're so happy we could help these pups, since Tim just lost his job at the local diesel engine plant, and mom April said they would have to run an ad in the paper to get them placed --

-- :(


This picture shows the SWEET demeanor of these loves --

-- usually bones and the like would be fightin' items for pups, but not these -- !!

Little Ms. Ginger waits patiently as momma inspects the bounty -- !!



Now for the adoptables!


Zoe

Well, she's the momma -- and she's a real sweetheart.

She loves "hugs", where she stands like a person and leans in to me, demanding a hug -- !!

She has very short fur, so she'd need an special winter jacket -- !!

More pictures to come!


Ginger

As sweet as they come --

-- I can't even walk around when she's out and about, because she's like velcro with me, giving "hugs" like her momma and insisting I stop and give her lovin' - !!!

Her tail is bobbed, but that doesn't matter to her -- she's still full of wags and love -- !!


Comet

One of the three boys -- born September 10th and ready to go home after his neuter surgery on Nov. 22nd!

He likes to stay "on the blanket" when on a tiled floor -- !!


Cupid

Well, as her name says, she's a real sweetheart -- !!

She will be spayed Nov. 22nd, and will be ready to roll on to the greatest of homes -- !!


Dasher

Well, talk about a heart-throb -- !!

He's very "talky" in the bunch, and tries sooo hard to be a man --

-- though he's only a boy -- !!

He'll be neutered November 22nd, and will be then ready to go home -- !!


Prancer

The quiet, subdued type, this boy is -- !!

He'd rather snuggle on your lap than be running about, painting the town red!

His surgery, too, is Nov. 22nd, around his 9 week old birthday. After surgery, he's ready for his forever home -- !!


Vixen

Well, what a NAME for such a little LADY -- !!

She likes to mouth my polarfleece, and too, she's happy frolicking with the boys!

Her spay is Nov. 22nd, and then she'll be ready to fly to her forever home!

She, too, is around 9-10 weeks!


So, there we have it -- our "we did good" family.

From the momma to ginger to the babies, everyone is doing great and is almost ready to go to their forever homes!

If you're ready to love and be loved, fill out an application above!!


January update

Well, a little over a month in to their fostering, Zoe and her remaining babies are doing GREAT!

All but Cupid, Vixen and momma Zoe were adopted out --

-- and we've been enjoying this three-some's company in the meantime!


First off, we have momma Zoe, who I LOVE -- !!

She is 1-in-a-million, showing the BEST personality --

-- I have seen NO dog aggression in her, and while she gnaws on her bones, she allows 3-4 babies to walk all over her --

-- EXCEPTIONAL!


What we're looking for with Zoe is a home that can live up to HER --

-- she is a great, great girl -- almost the kind to whom you want to say, "We cherry picked YOUR new forever home for you Zoe -- they really deserve you."

While Zoe isn't the color / age of dog that usually zips out the door at pounds, shelter or rescues, she 100% reminds me why I love what SPBR is, and why I have the rescue --

-- because instead of "going down" because her "time is up" or something of the like -- she's content -- and staying put -- happily -- till the best of homes is found for her. To be able to offer such a great girl that service, I am extremely thankful.


Next we have Ms. Cupid, Zoe's daughter --

-- a lovely little wisp if I ever had seen one!


Cupid is 18 weeks as of mid-January, and has a lovely little temperament.

Of course, she has puppy energy -- something to make your dark winter days a little lighter!




Next is our little Vixen --

-- who I LOVE -- !!

Whenever I am walking around the house, washing this, cleaning that --

-- I often turn around to find little Vixen perched on the nearest sofa or chair -- staring at me -- awaiting lovin's and attention --

-- WHAT a little PRINCESS!


Like her sister, Cupid, Miss Vixen is full of play and smiles --

-- everything you'd want for your "active time" --

-- but she can then slow right down and cuddle up with you on a moment's notice!

And, as her momma and sister, she makes brindle BEAUTIFUL!



So, there you go --

-- three wonderful pups -- having a grand old time at SPBR.

Their next step is to get in to that right home -- that perfect place.

Could it be you? Could you rise to the occassion?

Of course you can! Start with an adoption application at the top of this 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 -- 3,300 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 $295 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" -- !!