Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Long Overdue Update on Rescue Shenanigans!

Hi there folks!

We've been incredibly busy lately which has kept us from keeping everyone updated, but also means that we've got a LOT to update about! We have no clue where to start!

Hmm....let's see...Topanga! Our lovely lady stopped by at our event at the Pet Lover's Warehouse on February 21st. Ms. 'Panga went in for her first heartworm treatment on Monday the 9th, thanks to all of our very generous donors! She's showing no ill side effects from her first treatment which we're very pleased to hear about. In another month, she'll be going back to the vet for a back to back injection treatment to kill off more of the worms where she'll be under close supervision of our veterinarian. After that, she'll wait another month and get an oral dose of some more meds to kill off the babies and then a month after that, we can get her re-checked for the heartworms and hopefully have a 100% healthy Topanga! Cross your fingers, toes, and paws for a speedy recovery!

Ms. Venus-Honey is doing marvelous as well and is ready for adoption! She has made a full recovery and we couldn't be more pleased with her progress :) She's filled out well and is doing great with obedience training. If you know of anyone looking for a little pittie girl, she's the one! She's at a healthy weight, right around 40lbs and is an adult believe it or not! She's probably closer to age 3 as she has some pretty significant wear on her teeth. She's crate trained and house broken too! Good things DO come in small packages!

Psst! Some people insist that Venus-Honey can't be purebred because she's so "small." Folks, you are correct that she may not be purebred. None of our dogs may be purebred. We didn't get to meet the parents so it's truly ANYONE'S guess. To our experienced eyes however, Venus-Honey is closer to what this breed originally started in appearances. They were built to be smaller, lean, athletic dogs and she is all of that. In general, the females weighed between 30-40lbs and the males between 35-45lbs.

As per the UKC Standard for the American Pit Bull Terrier:
The American Pit Bull Terrier must be both powerful and agile so actual weight and height are less important than the correct proportion of weight to height. Desirable weight for a mature male in good condition is between 35 and 60 pounds. Desirable weight for a mature female in good condition is between 30 and 50 pounds. Dogs over these weights are not to be penalized unless they are disproportionately massive or rangy.

Now that we've got our mini-lesson on the APBT breed standard weight out of the way, we want to update you guys on our shining star, GOLDA! Folks, this wonderful girl came to us after having been picked up off the side of the road near death. This girl came to us after having been treated for heartworms. This lucky girl shows physical signs of having been put through the ringer! We've had people even comment to us when talking about her that they wouldn't want a "damaged" dog! Damaged? HARDLY. The only thing damaged about this sweet girl is where she's missing a portion of her bottom lip. Beyond that, she's one rock solid GOOD girl who doesn't deserve the short end of the stick that's handed to these dogs already, not to mention the reactions some people give to seeing her missing her lip. She is a testament to all dogs out there that no matter what, having been fought, having gotten into a fight, having been physically abused, that these dogs can STILL bounce back and be as forgiving and loving of people and strangers as ever. We should all take note from Golda on the ability to forgive and trust. Now, because she is such an awesome girl, she managed to worm her way into the hearts of Bill and Beryl and is now living the life we all want to live out near the beach! Give her some extra smooches for us because we're gonna miss her! But, we're happy for all of you!

Have you all been wondering about our other shining star? Our beautiful "long timer" Mia? Well for the last month, she's been in a foster to adopt placement and we're all crossing our fingers that we'll know for sure if we can consider Mia adopted finally! Her potential forever home is a wonderful guy who is super devoted to working with his dog(s) :) It was very obvious upon meeting him and his boy Ox, that he puts time into his dog and enjoys the company. We're very pleased that Mia will have the opportunity to potentially have a life with this guy. Cross your fingers everyone! After many months, this girl DESERVES it!

If you haven't heard yet, Pet Fest 2009 is in a couple of weeks and we'll be in attendance! Saturday, March 28th we'll be there from 10AM-4PM and Sunday the 29th, we'll be there from 12PM-4PM. This is going to be super exciting and a very busy day! We're of course going to have Our Magnets there (cheaper at events than they are online by the way :) ) but we've also got a couple of t-shirt designs coming our way. We've had these ideas milling about for quite some time and have just recently been able to focus a little bit of time to get them finalized. Here's a teaser for you guys:

We're also plugging away at more unisex designs so you men out there don't feel so left out. We've got some good ones in our heads, its just getting them onto the computer! We've also started a account but haven't opened the store yet since we'd like to have a variety of designs available. Hopefully, we'll have that ready for you all around the beginning of April :) Keep your eyes open as we'll be sure to let you know when you can visit!

Anywho, that's all we've got for now but we'll be back to update again soon, so never fear!


Peg said...

Thanks for all you do for this fabulous breed.

Best of luck with your store. It looks as though you have some great products.

Best regards!

(Stop by and see my pit??)