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Postby suziriot » November 28th, 2009, 8:33 pm

Hi, my name is Suzi and I was invited here by hugapitbull from the tripawds.com forums, where I go by the screen name dharmadog. I have had APBTs, ASTs, or mixes for about 9 years now and I gradually became involved in volunteer rescue work over the past several years. My fiance and I currently have 4 dogs: Barley, male GSD/APBT mix; Otis, male APBT; Lebowski, male DDB/APBT mix; and Dharma, female and our newest rescued APBT mix. I think hugapitbull mentioned me in her post about the TIME magazine story on the MO 500. My Dharma is one of the 500 rescued dogs and is included in TIME's online photo essay. She's the tan/fawn tripod with her tongue sticking out in picture #2 in the slideshow... she's a sweet, silly girl. I was very lucky to be able to spend some time volunteering at the "secret bunker" where HSMO sheltered the dogs from the bust and it was an incredible experience. The rescue I work with has taken in several of the dogs, including some with special physical and health needs such as Dharma and Fay.

We live in Illinois and don't have any children, except the dogs to whom we happily devote our entire lives. I'm a director at a social services nonprofit that focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, so between my day job and my rescue work a lot of my time is spent seeing both the absolute worst and absolute best that humanity is capable of. Now that Dharma has settled into our home, we're working toward earning her CGC and therapy certifications. Our hope is that she will do therapy visits with children with disabilities.

Thanks to hugapitbull for the invite and I look forward to getting to know the forum members! :wave2:
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Postby ArtGypsy » November 28th, 2009, 8:39 pm

WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!
THANKS so much for a really nice introduction!!!

We're glad you came!!

Jody, who used to be from Illinois, and is a CASA advocate for abused neglected children, **so I know all too well what horrors exist out there.......**
Bless you for what you do!!

((love Dharma's name, too!))
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Postby madremissy » November 28th, 2009, 9:09 pm

Hey Suzi, Welcome to PBT :wave2: Shanna didn't tell you that pictures are a must. :wink: Would love to see your crew.
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 28th, 2009, 9:44 pm

:giggle:@ Lebowski...is he Big? 8)

Welcome...love all the dogs' names...very cute! Dharma is certainly a cutie! More pics of her, and the boys too...please!
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Postby Marinepits » November 28th, 2009, 10:33 pm

Hey! Glad to see you here!

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Postby suziriot » November 28th, 2009, 11:42 pm

*smacks head* Pictures, of course! How could I have forgotten the most important part of any dog forum intro! :wink: Thanks for the welcome and here are a few pics...
BARLEY
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OTIS
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The BIG LEBOWSKI... he's now about 85 lbs at 1.5 yrs
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DHARMA
At the HSMO bunker, before her mutilated leg was amputated...
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Happy to finally be home...
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Postby ArtGypsy » November 28th, 2009, 11:57 pm

:love: :love: :love:

I need to go back and look at these babies AGAIN.........

GOR===GUSS, DAH-LING.....................

(and oh so adorable!! :dance:

thank you so MUCH for sharing these pictures....and for all you do.......
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Postby Marinepits » November 29th, 2009, 12:02 am

Oh, Dharma! :( Please give that baby a big hug from me! I am so glad you're giving her such a great home!

They are all adorable and I :heartbeat: Big Lebowski's ear-to-ear grin! :clap:
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Postby madremissy » November 29th, 2009, 12:28 am

:loveU: :loveU: :loveU: :loveU: :loveU:

Each and every one of them are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Postby Jenn » November 29th, 2009, 12:51 am

:wave2: Hello and welcome
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Postby Miss_Pits » November 29th, 2009, 1:20 am

:love:

You have a beautiful family!!! Otis is so handsome!! And Dharma... What a lucky girl!
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Postby iluvk9 » November 29th, 2009, 10:30 am

Welcome to the forum! Any friend of Hugapitbull is a friend of ours! :)
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Postby suziriot » November 29th, 2009, 1:45 pm

Thank you all so much for the welcome and for the compliments to my little pack. I'm so lucky to have such wonderful dogs. :D
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Postby CinderDee » November 29th, 2009, 4:06 pm

Welcome Suzi & kids! They're all beautiful. :heartbeat: Otis has the softest eyes.
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Postby amazincc » November 29th, 2009, 4:10 pm

Welcome to PBT!!!! :)

Your family is adorable! :heartbeat:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 29th, 2009, 7:30 pm

Welcome! Your crew is gorgeous! Oh Miss Dharma breaks my heart!
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Postby Patch O' Pits » November 29th, 2009, 8:42 pm

They are all gorgeous! Welcome to the forum! :wave2: :wave2: :wave2:
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Postby Suzi » November 29th, 2009, 9:48 pm

Welcome Aboard!!! :wave2:
I am sooo envious,,,,I wish I could have so many extended family members....They are all so beautiful.
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Postby pitsnok » November 30th, 2009, 12:16 am

they are wonderful!!

I LOVE otis! he reminds me a lot of my harlow.

welcome! :wave2:
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