All in the Family


April 28, 2009

On a walk one night our Beagle (Clank) found Ratchet, a 9-ounce newborn puppy lying abandoned in a patch of grass. He was only a day or two old. We rushed him to an emergency clinic and were told he was critical. He was hypothermic and they had to slowly begin warming him up and start him on fluids. At first they said, "Okay, we'll notify the Humane Society and they'll take care of it" but then we said, "Well..can't we just keep him?" And thus began our journey with him. He pulled through and we took him home the next day. We had to bottle feed him every two hours, around the clock. He's now a happy, healthy welcome addition to our family. We usually refer to him as a pitbull-mix, but we really aren't sure what he is, aside from awesome. :) We can't imagine our lives without him. He loves playing with (and destroying) his toys, stealing our socks, playing with Clank and sleeping under blankets.

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Comments (62)
Apr 15, 2009 GrammaDebbi
I would say he definitely has pitbull in him. Bless you for rescuing this cutie!
Apr 15, 2009 lynxgirl77
!OH MY GOODNESS! I am very happy that beautiful Ratchet is happy and healthy! I love happy endings!
Apr 15, 2009 wolfgirl66
Wonderful story!!!!!!!! Gorgeous dog!!!!!
Apr 16, 2009 luvmeluvmydogs
Bless your fuzzy little hearts for saving his life. Ratchet is gorgeous & should be in movies...
Apr 16, 2009 aerosmiley219
What a wonderful story! This world needs more people like you! He's such a handsome little guy! :-)
Apr 16, 2009 FairyCake
Apr 16, 2009 txtbirdchic
He is quite handsome! Bless you all!!!
Apr 16, 2009 ozzy2975
What a story! How did a day old baby get there & who would leave him there alone? :( GOD bless you for taking care of him & saving his life. Tons of biscuits for Ratchet.
Apr 16, 2009 melodious
What a cute puppy. Thank you for rescuing him. May you have many happy times with your puppies. God Bless you. :D
Apr 16, 2009 RatchetandClank
Thanks for the wonderful comments, everyone!
Apr 20, 2009 Schaeffski
Ratchet and Clank are both adorable! Ratchet looks like he might have some Vizsla in him too; his eyes and coloring reseble a Vizsla's.
Apr 20, 2009 OllyJo
You have such a cute little family! Both of your dogs are gorgeous and look so sweet! Picture 13 of 16 of Ratchet CRACKED me up.... he's just ferocious! :P
Apr 20, 2009 Indika236
Oh he is beautiful! I have a dogue de bordeaux (french mastiff), and I think you do too! Rachet looks just like my Milo did when he was a baby...Check out the pictures! Also, that white spot on his chest is a clue! Bordeaux's have that white spot on their chest and sometimes on their toes! I also have a beagle mix too! Have fun with your beagle mastiff family!
Apr 20, 2009 doggone1973
What a cute baby! Thank the Lord for Clank and his beagle nose finding Ratchet. It is hard to say why he was out there like that. A few years ago a walker hound brought puppies to our house and left them, i think she was ready to adopt them out or else she wanted a better life for them, but in our case we new that the owner lived about a quarter mile down the road.
Apr 20, 2009 dogmom
What a cutie patootie -- i agree with indika236 -- he looks an awful lot like a dogue de bordeaux. How wonderful that his bad start ended with such a soft and gentle landing!!!! Snuggles to both of your precous doggies!
Apr 21, 2009 mcdammit
I don't know what's cuter/sweeter . . . the story or the puppy! While there may be some pitbull in this baby, I would lean more toward some mastiff . . . based on the size of his feet. He looks like he is going to be a big boy!
Apr 21, 2009 RatchetandClank
Yeah, french mastiff is definitely one of the breeds I thought he might be. The vet has thrown out both pitbull and mastiff as possibilities. When his face kind of "falls back" so to speak, I think he looks more like a pit, but otherwise, he looks more like a mastiff to me. I guess we'll see how big he ends up getting. lol.
Apr 28, 2009 Dodgerdog
Soo cute!
Apr 28, 2009 colin owen
your puppy look so happy and healthy thanks to you! he is adorable! xoxo
Apr 28, 2009 naomi_C
I love your dogs!!
Apr 28, 2009 w102663
I choked-up when I saw itsy, bitsy Ratchet...what a precious little life he is! Thank you for sharing all of Ratchet's pictures he is fantastic.
Apr 28, 2009 BellaKniff
Thank goodness he has a nice home with such a caring owner and friend!
Apr 28, 2009 Heather
God bless Clank & you for this wonderful true rescue story. Big biscuits & lovies for Clank & Ratchet. Such great names for such fabulous pups. I can't believe how tiny he was. I hope you'll keep updating with pictures as he grows to be a humongous dog.
Apr 28, 2009 LuckyPups S2
I love your dog he is adorable
Apr 28, 2009 quazimotto
Whatever he is, he is beautiful and so are you for rescuing him. We also rescued a dog, Pete, he was going to be put to sleep because of chronic respritory problems. God bless you.
Apr 28, 2009 dogs101
What a great puppy you have!
Apr 28, 2009 gnosticway
What a beautiful boy. How could anyone want to dump such a parcel of goodness !
Apr 29, 2009 jmad
aww..he's so cute
Apr 29, 2009
omg soo cute!
Apr 30, 2009 ILuvRotts
Ratchet is a very lucky boy you found him what a sweetie! may you have a happy life together..Hugs and Kisses Ratchet.
May 1, 2009 delaneym
You are a very pretty dog. Ruff, Lola.
May 1, 2009 sueska
You are my hero's for saving this puppy. He is adorable. He looks mastiff and dogue de bordeaux mix. But breed doesn't matter as long as he is a good dog.
May 5, 2009 twilightrocks1
Rachet is so cute. I think that you are so cool to find and rescue him. your my hero. Thank you for doing that
May 5, 2009 jujube222
OH..I so love the new baby picture!!! How sweet and tiny!!! he was sent to you for a reason.
Jun 16, 2009 BuddyandMe
Aw so cute! He looks like maybe a staffordshire terrier mix...Theres a breed but I cant put my finger on it...
Jun 16, 2009 BuddyandMe
American Pitbull and Mastiff Mix!!
Aug 25, 2009 dobielove17
Adorable! I'd say a pitbull, mastiff and vizla mix! :) Check out my dogs, please comment on them ^_^
Dec 2, 2009 georgia04
No one would think to look this handsome boy that he started out in such bad shape. THANK YOU for rescuing him and giving him the best possible forever home. Give him birthday hugs and chewies for me!
Dec 2, 2009 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 1st Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Dec 20, 2009 lisa8464
If your breeding I would love to buy or adopt a pit mastiff mix. I've been looking for one since my bull mastiff mix was stolen. They're such great dogs I miss my boy (my dog "King") he was my little man.
Dec 21, 2009 Indika236
This looks like my floor on a daily basis :-p
Apr 1, 2010 PuppyLover897
Sooooooo adorable!!! Ratchet is DEFINATELY on my favourites!!!
Apr 8, 2010 puplove13
Absoulutly GORGEOUS! I love his color and coat! Plus he has beautiful eyes! I bet all the puppy girls have crushes on him! :DPlease leave a comment on my pup, Alfie. He would really appreciate it! ;-)
Jun 2, 2010 iheartmydog
He is gorgeous, but honestly I'm not seeing any pit. I would say American Bulldog/Vizla mix. :)
Jun 2, 2010 iheartmydog
Whatever he is, as long as hes a good dog and loves you. :)
Jun 5, 2010 RatchetandClank
yeah, I really have no idea what he is. I've had people see him and say pitbull, others have said pitbull-mastiff mix, some have asked if he's a boxer-mix... When they ask, "Is he a ..." I usually just say, "Maybe!" LOL :)
Jun 5, 2010 iheartmydog
Lol, people always try to guess my dogs breeds, it does get annoying at times, I will tell them what they are and they tell me I am wrong. Someone tried to tell me my uncles Neapolitan mastiff was a french mastiff/bulldog mix... lol! :) I do love Ratchet though, beautiful boy!
Jun 9, 2010 iheartmydog
Oh I forgot to mention, the part that makes me think Vizla is the coloring of his fur, eyes and skin around his lips. Also his muscles don't seem to be very defined, they are there they just don't pop out, so to speak.
Jun 21, 2010 Gert&Duke
He is so regal, intense--Fab!!!
Aug 11, 2010 laurashay09
What a beautiful, sweet looking boy!
Sep 23, 2010 guerrero's grandma
Ratchet, you are one handsome lad & this pic made me LOL cuz it reminded me of my boy destroying his toys too... you are just too too cute for words & I loved the loving bio your person wrote up for you. Bless your family for rescuing you
Sep 23, 2010 guerrero's grandma
super great grinn too!!!!!
Dec 2, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 2nd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Nov 27, 2011 skybailey19
wow what an amazing story! so happy hes healthy and part of the family now! its terrible that such a pretty dog was left like that. Hes beautiful! Congrats!
Dec 2, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 3rd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Feb 13, 2012 TheosMom
Oh my gosh! This is the cutest. I love dog & cat friend pictures, and big dogs with little cats are even better. What a great story. He has obviously turned out to be a wonderful dog. Thamk you for taking him in and loving him!!
Dec 2, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 4th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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Happy 5th Birthday!
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Happy 6th Birthday!
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