Mid-2009 we rescued a pittie pup from one of the shelters in Los Angeles.  She was a tiny little thing, and we paid full adoption fees for her because we were really concerned about a dog her age being in a shelter and who might adopt her.  We named her Violet.  Here are pics from her original photo shoot back in 2009.

Violet, now named Sadie, was adopted by a very nice woman who lived in PB. She received a lot of basic obedience training as a puppy. She grew up to be a very good girl.


Unfortunately, Sadie’s mom has fallen on some very hard times and some behavioral challenges started to arise. Her mom wasn’t able to work with her, so Sadie has come back to the rescue.

Right now she is in boarding. She NEEDS to be in a foster home because she needs someone to work with her on her behavioral issues.  We will pay for her training but the foster must be willing to work with her and meet with the trainer on occasion. She would probably be best suited for a home with no smaller children darting around, definitely no cats, and preferably no other dogs.  If there are other dogs in the home, larger dogs would be better than smaller ones, and you must be able to keep them comfortably separated as we believe there are issues with other dogs.

She’s housetrained, up to date on her shots, has not been crated in her former home and we’re told she wasn’t a chewer. She bonds very strongly with her people and loves to snuggle. She’s 50 lbs but very tall, thin, and leggy.

We’ll provide food; a crate if needed; cover all vet costs and all training expenses.

We are begging for a foster home for her in the San Diego area, and we really, really would like to find one by the end of this weekend, 8/4.  Please contact us at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com if you can open you heart and your home to Sadie.  We know we’re asking for the moon for this girl. but we commit to our dogs for their whole life, and this little girl needs us again.

Another day, another overwhelming number of pleas for help in our inbox.

There are a few people whose emails I always open and read, because they are very good at assessing dogs. If they say this dog is gold, I know we’ve got to do whatever we can to help them get out of the shelter alive.

Today is one of those days.  Here’s the email:

I have little time to save this 8 year old gentle giant’s life—the shelter vet emailed me and said how gentle and loving, goofy and sweet this boy was—-but she asked me if I thought it was possible to find a good place for him as they cannot keep him long they are so crowded.


I met him today and loved him. He is a loving gentle boy who seemed to be good with every dog he met—another dog kissed him on his nose through the bars. He was patient and non reactive to the little and big dogs he met, even those barking wildly at him.

I am asking to please be the contact for this boy as I would die a thousand deaths to have him sent to a bad place, or some stranger on Facebook to rot in a crate—-

His rear legs are a little weak due to age and I roughly estimate that he only might have a year or two left in him. How I wish that we could give that to him in a loving environment, and so his last moments are filled with memories of being loved and not alone in a shelter. But he does NOT need hospice—he walks fine and will be happy for quite some time. Is there a miracle out there for this gentle, noble giant?

We don’t have any open foster homes at the moment, but we really want to save this boy. Is there anyone out there who can help us help him?

Link to video to see  him in action: http://youtu.be/66Lcl40a5xs

Please keep in mind that Elderbulls are slower to place than younger dogs, so this could be a long-term foster. Puggles & Pitties will cover all vet expenses until he is adopted. We also provide a crate and a starter 30-lb bag of food (if needed).  If you can open your heart and your home to this sweet boy, please contact us right away at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.

Many thanks!

Foster Urgently Needed

February 19, 2013

injured pittieOnce again, we have an urgent plea to help a dog in need. THIS dog’s time is EXTREMELY limited due to a broken pelvis that is causing her considerable pain.

She’s thought to be less than a year old, very small in size (maybe 35 lbs), and obviously very sweet.

We’ve had our vet look at the xrays and it’s believed she only needs STRICT crate rest. That means the only time she would be out of her crate at first would be when she is being taken out to potty.

She’s currently not walking but it’s believed this is because of her level of pain and discomfort, not because she CAN’T.  So her foster parent(s) will need to be patient with her, and go slow when it’s time to take her out.

pocket pittieShe needs a place to hang out and recuperate. She can’t do steps, so if you’re somewhere with steps, you’ll need to be able to lift her if she needs to go up/down them. This is usually only an issue if the steps are on the outside of the home, not the inside (she can stay on one level inside).

Our primary foster home is PACKED to the brim right now, so we can NOT take this girl without a foster’s assistance.  Please, anyone in the LA / OC/ San Diego area who may be interested, contact us IMMEDIATELY at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.

Check out the video of her sweet self:

Thank you!

Pearl is a true gem!

December 27, 2012

Another day, another plea for help.  This one just breaks our hearts. We’re looking for someone to foster this sweet girl.



Here’s the email we got about her, from a border collie rescuer who was at the shelter when Pearl was dropped off:

Dear Friends,

Even though this is not Border Collie related, please help me network this dog safely out of the shelter.

I was at the shelter Friday 12/21 to bail a dog. R_____ and I witnessed a scene in which we never wish to see again and it will haunt me for some time. This lady with her teenage daughter came in to relinquish their dog, named Pearl. I have never seen such tears and such morose people. They just completely broke down, and there was not a dry eye in the shelter watching them fill out the paperwork. Even shelter personnel had to get up and walk away for a few minutes to compose themselves. They love this dog so very much. At first she said she could not afford her. I offered all of the dog food I had in my van (which was substantial), but there is more to this story. The woman just got out of a bad relationship with her husband and credits Pearl for helping her through this crisis. She said she “wouldn’t be alive it if weren’t for Pearl. Pearl is here through no fault of her own.”  Now she is on her own with her kids and had to move in with her parents. I am suspecting her parents are making her get rid of Pearl.

On her car, she had a magnet that said “I Love My Pit Bull.” She is sterilized and you can tell that Pearl is a pampered pooch. The lady says she is good with small kids and she used to take her to the doggy parlor to have her groomed and have her nails polished. They had all of her vet records.

In the Spirit of Christmas and Goodwill, if you could please find it in your hearts to bail or to network her adoption, it would greatly be appreciated. I met Pearl and I can attest that she has a WONDERFUL temperament.”

Please, someone help us help Pearl. Don’t let her die because this woman saved herself and her kids. All too often, people in bad/abusive relationships STAY when their are pets involved because they don’t want to leave their pets behind and they can’t find anywhere to go that will allow the pets to come too.

Please, if you’re in Southern CA and can help, please contact us ASAP at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.  Time is of the essence.

Many thanks.

When it Rains it Pours…

December 17, 2012

…and right now it’s raining PUGGLES!!

Just this morning, we’ve received emails and phone calls from FIVE people who want to surrender their puggles to us!   We are full to the brim, so can’t take any more dogs in right now at all. Most people have said they can hold onto the dogs if we put them on the website and start screening people, which we’ve agreed to do. But this one in particular needs a foster home ASAP, so we need your help!

Here’s the email we received:

I have a puggle I would like to see placed in rescue. His name is Bailey and he is three years old. A neutered male that is house trained, walks on a leash and gets along with other dogs and cats. I took him from a friend about a year ago who could spend no time with him and he was always stuck in a crate. Since living with me I have worked on his social skills and house trained him. He prefers to be an indoor majority dog. He learned to love running the two acres and other dogs that I have. He has done nothing wrong other than I had to move and the number of dogs allowed had to be cut down, and no dogs are allowed in the residence. I wanted Bailey to have an exceptional fun loving life. I gave that to him in the beginning but do to circumstances I can no longer provide this for him. I too have to obtain employment and can not spend the time with him he is used to. He deserves better. I saw your site on the internet and decided to contact you. I hope you can help. I live in Hesperia, Ca and am willing to do whatever it takes to get him the best. Hope to hear from you.

This 3-yr old puggle boy is currently living OUTSIDE in Hesperia!! If you’re not familiar with Hesperia, it’s high desert, and it’s COLD!! I’ve been there a couple times myself, and it was a very rude awakening. We gotta get that boy inside!

Here are pics of Bailey that she sent:

We’ll provide a crate and food if needed. We cover all vet expenses and we pick him up from you and drop him back off with you for any home visits he would need. He just needs a warm place to lay his head at night and a gentle touch to scratch his head. Maybe a belly rub or two.

If you can foster this boy, who sounds like a dream, please contact us at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.

Thank you!!

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