Current rescues can be seen on the Greater Chicagoland Staffordshire Terrier Club's site. Also, please contact Sylvia if you are interested in a rescue dog.
July 24, 2005:
This Am Staff is gorgeous, if I do say so myself! He's got the looks and the personality to match. I'm partial to the bullies and he's a great one. I think I've always been a fan of the underdog (pardon the pun) so with these guys being so hard to place it's only natural that I would be drawn to them. I guess I like the feeling of banging my head into a brick wall. I've had some limited success getting them out but when I work with one of them I have to send it to a run that has been donated by a local groomer/boarding facility specifically for my bully rescues, because we're talking about a whole different sort of time frame. We're one of the only facilities around that don't automatically euth bullies and that's only because I have been given the freedom to judge them as individuals. The people that had this job before me didn't like bullies and they chose to euth them all. I know what you mean about ending up in the wrong hands. That's how I ended up with my third dog. I wasn't gonna have three dogs but I took Finnegan in to foster until I found him a good home. I ended up falling in love and realized I wasn't going to trust anyone else with him. Now he keeps my feet warm while I send emails all over creation....
Every breeder finds themselves rescuing the "orphans" of today's society. Here are two such rescues:
Kind of an awful name. I agree totally. But when my vet brought the box over to me and showed me the emaciated 5 day old pup with the abcess (the size of the tip of your thumb) on his side and the hairless tail...and the extreme overbite, the name stuck. Ratboy's mother had decided to attack him and kill him; his owner's were not overly concerned with feeding him. Miraculously, he was still alive! All his bones were visible, and his hips jutted out of his back like the Alps.
I had a litter of pups on the ground, Topaz' litter. They were far far stronger than the little guy so he became my "cooler" buddy. I placed a hot pad in a cooler, a towel, and took him with me to work, quietly. I checked him every 15 minutes to prevent overheating, and proceeded to tube feed him every two hours. In three days he was pushing the lid off of the cooler; in 5 days he was nursing alongside my litter.
And Topaz? From the first moment she saw him, she was convinced I stole one of her babies! Ratboy is now CHESTER. Guess the name no longer fit! He gets read to, and gets to go to show and tell. What a lucky boy! Yes, he is placed in his forever home!
Regan may or may not have been a problem child...more likely just disadvantaged. When she came back to Illinois from Ohio, I had no clue what I was in for. She had no inkling at 6 months what the grass was for...no clue that she shouldn't do it in her crate and roll in it. And this was not even the half of it.
I knew with her problems she would be difficult to place, and only the RIGHT person could take her on.
On the scene came Jackie, who rescued Dominic (black and white) from the same household as Regan (red), a year before. Jackie has provided tireless efforts on continuing the rehabilitation of Regan and she continues to improve daily. Glad that this one could have such a happy ending!