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Postby Scruffybug » July 5th, 2006, 10:00 pm

Hi--My name is Kelli and I'm a grad student in Microbiology at the Univ. of Oklahoma. My experience with pit bulls was unpleasant (attacked by one in high school) but changed altogether when I picked up Sam. I have habit of picking up strays and Sam was a good one--5 lbs, mange (no hair), a Staph infection (that lasted 7 months), parvo, and 4 intestinal parasites. Now he's over a year old, has most of his white hair, and loves to love and play. I'm moving to Austin in August and to an undecided location next May (probably Boston) so I've come here looking for advice on how to affordably accomodate Sam in Austin and thereafter. Although it is breaking my heart to do it, I also have to consider finding a new home for him given my uncertain future... :( I hope to get advice about that here too.
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Postby msvette2u » July 5th, 2006, 10:02 pm

Welcome to the list!!! I can't wait to see photos of your Sam!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 5th, 2006, 10:06 pm

Welcome! :wave: I'd love to see before and after pics of Sam!

Trust me, the people here will definitely do whatever they can to assist you in keeping Sam. Pets are lifelong companions here - we do what it takes to keep 'em!
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Postby Marinepits » July 5th, 2006, 10:11 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Make sure you research about Boston and BSL before moving. :)
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Postby luvmyangels » July 5th, 2006, 10:15 pm

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Postby mnp13 » July 5th, 2006, 10:55 pm

With forthought, you will be able to move with your dog. You'll need to commute to Boston, as they have enacted BSL.



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Postby Jenn » July 5th, 2006, 11:30 pm

Hello and Welcome :) Best of luck with your situation!
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Postby Asta » July 6th, 2006, 3:48 am

Hello and welcome :wave: Best of luck with sorting your situation out!

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Postby Patch O' Pits » July 6th, 2006, 8:34 am

Welcome! great story about Sam!
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Postby muse » July 6th, 2006, 10:42 am

Welcome to the forum. I wish you luck on keeping Sam and I cant wait to see pics. :)
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Postby Scruffybug » July 6th, 2006, 1:49 pm

Thanks for the great welcome!! Here's a picture of Sam:

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I'm in the process of finding housing for Sam and myself in Austin as well as a potential new home for him. I'll keep up the news here!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 6th, 2006, 1:51 pm

Oh I love his eyes!!!
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 6th, 2006, 2:56 pm

Hi there! I'm a graduate student as well. Soon-to-be 5th year in Pathobiology at Brown. Glad to have you here! Trust me, with some planning you can DEFINITELY move to Massachusetts with Sam. I'm about 30 min. down the Mass pike from Boston, and Sismorphine is from Mass. and lives there as well. We can surely give you advice in looking for a place to live with Sam.
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Postby Scruffybug » July 6th, 2006, 7:34 pm

Awesome!!

I'm looking for foster homes as well for Sam for the next year as it appears that no apts in Austin take pit bulls and everything else is not optimistic based on my income. BUT I will graduate next August and then move on, likely to Boston, so your offer of help is greatly appreciated...my vet has offered to help find a foster home in the OKC area so things are looking up for Mr. Sam and I.
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 7th, 2006, 9:55 am

are you coming up this way for Biotech?
PhD or MS? I am on the job hunt starting probably in January.
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Postby Scruffybug » July 8th, 2006, 9:19 pm

I'm going for a post-doc...I've got an interview this fall in Boston. Just have to make it through the last leg of the journey---the dissertation.

What types of job are you looking for? How's the market there?
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Postby Patch O' Pits » July 8th, 2006, 9:30 pm

Sam looks very sweet
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Postby Scruffybug » July 8th, 2006, 10:20 pm

Here are some pics of Sam taken after I found him (from my mobile):

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Postby Asta » July 9th, 2006, 9:43 am

Oh my gosh!!! What a little Piglet he was ;) So tiny and so pink! Still keeping fingers, toes and paws crossed that it all works out :)

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Postby SisMorphine » July 9th, 2006, 9:54 am

Welcome!!

A note about the BSL in Boston: it's only in Boston proper. Other cities that are considered Boston (ie: Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, etc) do not have the the BSL issue. In Boston you have to have your dog muzzled out in public and you have to have a "dangerous dog" sign on your apartment/house. But on the outskirts you're cool.

Other than Boston I think there are only 2 or 3 towns that have some sort of BSL enacted, so for the most part it's pretty easy to move out here. Just stay away from apartment complexes and go for the houses with 2 or 3 apartments as they are far more likely to allow animals. The MSPCA also has some good info on their website as far as finding pet friendly housing.

Good luck with it all! And I, as did SpiritFngrz, definitely suggest moving here :)
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