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SPBR in the Adirondacks 2010 -- at Nick Stoner Inn!!



Well, it's great having adopters and forum members with benefits --

-- and here we struck gold with our Jessa and her newest endeavor, an Adirondack Lodge -- !!


So, we packed up 15 of our faithful --

-- plus their 4-leggers --

-- and headed to the mountains -- !!


This is the Adirondack Mountains, which is pretty sizeable, and has lots of cool old vintage history -- :D

Next stop, Nick Stoner Inn --

-- or "NSI' --

-- a nice old fashioned place -- !!


On the map, it's the big "A" --

As you can see here, pups-a-plenty came --

-- as did their adopters -- !!


And too, it's nice to know they're expecting you when you bring such a large clan --

So, first off, Jessa, in the white top --

-- and her girl, Phoebe, in the red collar --


Along with them here is Erica, at left, our trainer, and Ali, her training partner --

Miss Pheebles came to Jess last winter, very pregnant, and very sick --

She became an SPBR pup, and we guided Jess and Pheeb through a very difficult delivery at the emergency vet in Albany, where all of her babies were lost --

-- incredibly sad --


Well, since that difficult time, when Miss Pheebs almost didn't make it, Jessa and her husband have done a lovely job of making this girl a little diplomat of a pit bull, greeting and loving all lodge visitors -- !!

So next, we're off on a small, but worthy, hike -- !!

Up the path, little Elvis climbs....

... and alas, we arrive -- !!

   
Ahhh... so lovely -- !!
   

Next, Jessa takes her Floyd to the water edge --

-- and Floyd CERTAINLY has done this BEFORE -- !!

Weee --

-- TUCK -- !!

-- SPLASH --

-- and back to momma, it is -- !!

Elvie says, "mmmkay -- that's enough -- where's LUNCH -- !!"

So, back to civilization we go...

... except for one moment, when Elvie realizes he's the littlest man in the forest -- !!

Ahhh -- back to our roost -- !!

-- and then it's off to eatin' --

-- country style -- !!

From left: Julie, Lisa and Lauren -- !!


-- and here, Marisa, Erica and Ali -- !!

After lunch, we head back to our rooms --

-- and yes, they DO have wi-fi --

-- so much for roughin' it -- !!


All filled up with food, we head out to hang out -- !!

Within moments we declare the picnic table ours -- !!

Shhhh --

-- golfers at work -- !!


Erica oh-so-patiently listens to another dog training scenario --


-- and we just enjoy some beers and talk --

-- NOTICE in this picture, the NEW camelbaks are IN --

-- WOOT!!

They feature Elvis' mug, and a bite cap --

-- details incoming -- !!


Next, Lisa digs through her luggage to produce some old, and beloved, postcards -- !!

Here is Lisa's little lady, Miss Polly Anne --

-- who came all the way from the Carolinas to stay with Lisa and clan -- !!


-- she works for food, I tell you -- !!

Next, Deana and little Louie hang out a bit --

-- poor Louie was pulled by Christine at the Philly AC --

-- where he suffered an unknown physical malady, and was languishing in the pound --


-- well now, at Marisa's, he's QUITE the queen, this boy -- !!

 

We are fundraising for this boy to get expert diagnosis and vetting --

-- if you'd like to email Marisa for more infos on him, her email is marisa@spbr.org --

   

Little Louie really enjoys life, I tell you -- playing like there's no tomorrow -- !!

Here he is with Miss Melody, our Arkansas Angel --

-- Miss Pretty -- !!


Melody is a deaf pup, but that doesn't hold her back none --

-- see -- her foster momma, Erica, is already teaching her hand signals -- !!

White pit bulls are often deaf, which can be properly addressed and managed --

-- to learn more on that, click here.


Here's Erica, working with Mel on her hand signals --


Next, we have little Winston --

-- or "Winnie" --

-- who is also available for adoption --


He is a LOOKER, this boy, and our Nicole is doing great in his fostering -- !!

Here he is oh-so-patient for the paparazzi -- !!

And next, perfect -- and beautiful -- obedience --

-- with a nice soft mouth -- !!


Thump thump thump -- !!

While he seems like a serious pup, he definitely has a playful side --

-- as he shows Erica here --

-- nibbling on this, licking on that --

-- a true JOY he is --

-- and AVAILABLE for adoption -- !!


Here is Nicole, little Winnie's foster mom --

-- and her Beau, another SPBR pup --

-- from the Philly pound --

-- whose EARS are to DIE for -- !!


Next, our onlookers --

-- plenty of gawkers, I tell you -- !!

All the dogs did great by these inquiries, and made us very proud --


The next adopter and NSI'er is Lauren, from Syracuse --

-- her boy is Avery, who Rose fostered --

-- and he LOVES to jump -- !!


Airborn -- !!

-- and next, a little encouragement from his momma --

-- and he obliges -- !!

So, after that, Lauren finds our dragon puppy --

-- little Tonka -- !!


Here's Ali, Tonka's foster mom --

-- who was also so kind to foster his sister, Mitzi -- !!


Elvie says, "Ohhhhh -- Tonka looks awwwfully similar to yours truly -- !!"

For comparison --

-- the Elvis --


-- and the Tonka --

--- MOOOOO -- !!!


Here's the two, Tonka and Mitz --

-- how PRETTY -- !!


Stunning -- !!

Tonka and Mitz were at Philly AC when Erica found them --


-- she didn't hesitate a moment to get them as SPBR pups --

-- and we're so glad she did -- !!

You see, they're awfully cute, indeed, but they're also little pit bulls, so they also need some guidance in their upbringing, to make them ideal puppers -- !!


Ha ha ha --

-- the crazies -- !!


Pretty little lady -- !!!

By "guidance in their upbrining", I mean they need general dominance / obedience help, which they're getting with Ali --

-- plus they need to find the BEST of adopters --

-- by that, we mean folks who will love them for their brains, not just their beauty --

-- and for folks who will never, ever let then end up in the pound again --

-- mmmkay??!!


So, with that, back to the FUN -- !!

Ohhh, little man -- how perfect you are -- !!

-- striking a pose, or taking a pee --

-- you decide -- !!


And next, what babies do best --


-- play, play play -- !!

Little Mitzi finds herself a stone to chew on --

-- and is quickly corrected --

-- BUSTED -- !!

So, she searches for another --

-- busted AGAIN -- !!

Love the collar, by the way -- !!


Aw heck -- playin' is better than chewing on stones -- !!

The look of love, or an invitation to play??

What did you expect -- !!

Then, little Tonka, being a little slow-to-the-game, searches for a chewin' stone --

-- BUSTED -- !!

So, there we are -- Tonka and Mitzi --

-- perfect little examples of the breed --

-- maybe with a little bit American Bulldog or Boxer in them --


-- what a little HUNK -- !!

-- and then, Elvis comes up to make sure eveything's where it should be --

-- and feels a little guilty about it afterwards -- !!

Ahh, the last days of summer, spent happily in the Adirondacks --

-- happy dogs, happy places --

-- perfect!!


Thank you to Jess and to all the SPBR folks for a great weekend --

-- we had us some fun, got exposure for our puppers, and got to blow off some steam --

-- and thanks most of all to our fosters, who make the rescue work -- without you, we wouldn't be -- !!

See you in 2011, NSI -- !!