I received this message via Myspace after posting back and forth with a friend.
Any advice is appreciated.
If I still lived in Ohio I would offer to temp foster, but being in Florida, I'm afraid I can't directly help.
I'm Kell's friend Todd, I'm writing on Stef's page because that is the one Kell forwarded the messages to. We truly appreciate your offer for assistance.
To explain a little about what is going on. Back in Febuary I was injured at work. I broke my elbow and hip and also injured my back and tore a 2 inch section of my spine. So for the last 9 months I've been on workmans comp which just was not covering our bills. We used up any money we had saved but everything ran out and we lost the house we were renting. We've been staying with family for the last 4 months who allowed us to keep the dogs. I've finally been cleared to go back to work and was suppossed to start a couple days ago. Well a few days before I was to return to work I got a call from my employeer (I'm a truck driver) and was informed that there was a problem with the prescription I was given (methadone) for the back injury and federal regulations are that I have to be clean for 6 months before I can drive a truck again due to the addictive nature of the medicine and the chance of addiction and relapse. Well since I've been medically cleared to return to work I can no longer collect workmans comp and where we are now is a tiny town with no jobs so Stef and I are being forced to move back to our respective parents who live in much larger cities where we can find work. Neither parents will let us bring the dogs. We've been trying to find friends or family members who can take them for a couple months until I can get back to work and save enough to get our own place again, Stef works part time making OK money but until I can find a job we won't be able to save that 1st month rent plus security deposit. So far we have not had any luck finding a temporary home for them and there is no way we are willing to give them up. Plus most shelters in Michigan will put down a Pit as soon as we walk out the door even if we were willing to give them up for adoption.
The dogs are fixed and neutered. One is a 7 year old registered male American Pit Bull Terrier who was fixed after he fathered 1 litter (before we got him). He is fawn colored and has a pleasent nature. He does like to chew so we always get him a Kong. He sometimes manages to do some damage to his ears as both dogs are crate trained and he doesn't really enjoy the crate all that much. The other is a 4 year old white with a couple black spots (including , a real cute spot surrounding her tail, it looks like a bulls-eye) female that we adopted from a rescue org when she was 6 months old. The org claimed to have known the people they got the dog from and said both parents were full Pits (and her brother did look like it) but she doesn't look like it as she is much smaller than usual. She is an eternal puppy and just wants to cuddle and lick. She's the one that we usually hold when people come over because not everyone likes to have a dog climb over them. She was neutered as soon as we got her. Neither dog has ever showed any aggression and have been around other animals (we have 6 cats which a friend has been watching and they've always gotten along with other dogs they've been introduced too) and kids their entire life. The male lived with 3 kids until he was 1 which is when we got him. Like I said both have been crate trained though lately they have not been in the crate very often which is why I think the male has started scratching his ears when he's put in there, I've been home so he hasn't needed to be in there too often. I believe there are pics of the dogs in my album.
We have found a kennel that is pit friendly, there only restriction is that pits cannot have group play but the dogs will be taken out for short walks 5 or 6 times a day. We are trying to work a deal out with them as the male has food allergies so we would still have to buy there food and stuff. Still with Stef only working part time and me not yet working (though as soon as I get back to the parents I plan on finding any job available to start and will continue to look for something better once I have some income) the Kennel cost still will be too much and will eat up Stefs check plus money we don't have. We'd never be able to save for our own place again to provide a home for the dogs and cats. We've asked for nothing but money for x-mas in hopes of getting enough to be able to get our own place again but thats still weeks away.
So thats the story. I know Kell gave you some of the info (and got some of it wrong) but I wanted to fill you in on the whole story. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Lastly, you have some beautiful dogs.
Thank You more than we can say,