Forte ~ Adopted!

Don’t close the curtain yet, Forte is here to make his appearance! Despite being the runt of the litter and at the mercy of his siblings, Forte is one of the sweetest around. He would rather be cuddling than running laps, but when playtime calls, oh boy is he ready! If you want to learn more about this cuddle bug, email us at

Figaro ~ Adopted!

Wow oh wow, do we have a stunning boy here! Welcome Figaro to the stage as he is ready to hypnotize any onlookers with those handsome eyes of his! Figaro may be young, but he is (almost) always on his best behavior! A quick learner and eager to please, he can’t wait to be a part of your family! For more information, email us at

Brioso ~ Adopted!

If you are looking for a take charge kind of girl, then look no further! Brioso is here to take the lead! She is spunky, charismatic and bossy in all the best ways. If you are curious about this little lady, then email us at!

Sonnet ~ Adopted!

UPDATE: This wonderful little girl has been adopted!

Sonnet loves to steal the spotlight, but also your heart! This little girl is a true gem and only wants to please. She is a cuddle-bug through and through, but don’t underestimate her because when playtime comes she is ready to run, run, run!

Chanel~ Adopted!

Chanel, oh Chanel, what can we say about this sweet little girl? Only wonderful things of course! Despite being 6 years old, this little girl has a lot of pep in her step and loves to dance around. She is quite a cuddle bug and loves to be right next to you wherever you go. We were lucky she found her way to us on Easter, since she “hopped” right into our hearts! Curious about this little gem? Email us at

Andromeda ~ Adopted!

This spunky little girl is quite the diva! She loves to be outside and with people that way she can be the center of attention at all times. She is the smartest little girl around and is eager to find her forever home! Andromeda loves to explore, but more importantly she wants to be with you!

If you are interested in this little girl, email us at!

Nebula ~ Adopted!

This little boy loves to explore, but always loves to return to home base. He is quiet and sweet, but oh so cuddly! Nebula’s favorite past-time is to run around the back yard and to find hidden toys around every corner. This little boy just lives to please and explore. Check out his photo album on Facebook to see more of this little guy!

If you are interested in this little explorer, email us at!

Theo ~ Adopted!!

Theo is a big, fluffy lover boy with a heart of gold. He is always down for a good nap and is ready to cuddle whenever you are. In fact, cuddles and napping are his two favorite activities (right behind snacking!). He was adopted by a wonderful, loving family in Jacksonville!

Bennie Baby ~ Adopted!

15780864_10154673094554792_3342417130464879782_n  The B Babies have landed!

Bennie is a male German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees mix. Ready to explore and steal your heart, Bennie is always eager to say hi and snuggle! A little bundle of love and smiles, he acts just how he looks, like a little teddy bear! Bennie is located in Deltona, FL. 15747471_10154673094739792_4976017158453034379_n



Check out his Photos on Facebook!

More info and pics about this adorable cuddle bug coming soon!

If you’d like to be considered for Bernie, please go here to learn all about Our Adoption Process. We don’t use a traditional application, but we would like you to answer a few questions so we can get to know you better.15740865_10154673094559792_5570401825949019462_n



1/24/2017 Update: Bennie was adopted by the Griffin family of Deltona!



1/27/2017 Update: Bennie is settling in at his new home and is now a stunning sailor!





Beanie Baby ~ Adopted!

15732048_10154673063729792_8915355034824387424_o  The B Babies have landed!

Beanie is a male German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees mix. Just like the name implies this little nugget is a true cuddler and loves to be the center of attention. In your arms or in your lap, Beanie just wants to steal your heart. Beanie is located in Deltona, FL.

Check out his Photos on Facebook!

More info and pics about this adorable cuddle bug coming soon!

If you’d like to be considered for Beanie, please go here to learn all about Our Adoption Process. We don’t use a traditional application, but we would like you to answer a few questions so we can get to know you better.







1/14/17 Update: Beanie was adopted by Cathy Mcilroy of Oviedo, FL. Cathy has been fostering for TDL for years, and we’re just thrilled for her and Beanie. Looking forward to lots of updates!

2/11/2017 Update: Beanie, now Harley, weighs 13 pounds and still does not like bath time! We love you Cathy and Harley!

Beanie update








Why give on Giving Tuesday? – Impact the Future of our Rescue

12179285_10100534612928519_125082904799_nI want to thank Sarah White for writing this plea, explaining how much Giving Tuesday means to us this year.  She has taken the time to explain exactly what your volunteering and donations mean to us.  The truth is, we have always appreciated all of you, your time, prayers, and generosity, this year we are depending on your like never before.  Rescue is an expensive process,  I believe that we will find a way, and with your help, we will not close our doors.  We can do this!  ~ Gisele

Written by Sarah White:

Before we get in to the article, I want to take a moment to thank quite a few important people. First, to all of our volunteers, whether you work from a computer like our social media and database volunteers or are more hands on like our fosters, transporters, and event coordinators, we appreciate all you do and all the ways you make rescue happen!

I would also like to thank our donors, because you make what we all do possible. This year your dollars went toward last minute pulls from shelters, the excellent medical care all of our dogs receive, the food in their bowl, their preventative meds, ongoing medical care for special cases like all of our sweet pups who had skin conditions, special diet needs, and all those dogs who were heart worm positive.

We try to say “thank you” often, but somehow thank you just isn’t enough to express the gratitude we hold for you all.


Now, Why am I writing? Well right after Cyber Monday is a special day in our rescue and for non-profits around the country. It is called Giving Tuesday and by now you have probably seen a few of our posts on Facebook about it. For those who haven’t heard about it, here is what it is all about:

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

So now you know what Giving Tuesday means, but do you know what it means to us?

The funds we raise on this one day are a safety net for the rescue. It provides a fund to go to if  a highly adoptable dog on death row suddenly appears in our inbox on the evening before he is supposed to be euthanized, or if we get a “healthy” litter of puppies whopizap-com14796895259241 show up with parvo. Our Adoption fees are designed to help us cover that dog’s medical expenses and the next dog’s pull with just  a little extra for running costs, like the phone, ink, paper, and website.  The adoption fees are a huge help, but when you get dogs who have conditions, or who take a while to be adopted, (or even scarier, both!) the fees add up and soon it will take 2 or more adoption fees to break even.

We consistantly have some hard blows:  Kennel cough, skin conditions, mange, parvo, heartworm, are just a few.  As painful as it is, sometimes we lose a dog or puppy.  Like with sweet Yogi who required a lot of medical care,  and sadly, in the end we couldn’t save… each time we have bounced back, often only because of generous donors who contribute to the medical care of these sweet and very deserving dogs. We also face increasing veterinary costs, like in fall of 2016 when our rate at the vet doubled. Things were already tight, but when prices double, the number of dogs we can care for is cut in half. This makes your support all that more important.

pizap-com14486751432914This year Giving Tuesday is our lifeline. As many of you know Gisele is not only our president, but our main foster, trainer, point of contact, transport coordinator, and our rescue-guru. She gives her all to keep TDL up, open, and running, so that dogs in need will still have a place to go. As amazing as Gisele is, she can not do it alone. Your donations this Giving Tuesday will allow us to get through December and prepare for another awesome year of rescue, but we won’t be able to do it without you.

So here is what you can do to help.


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1. Share the Link to our Giving Tuesday page and tell your friends why you support us. Did you get your best friend from us? Volunteer with us? Just love our Facebook posts? Everyone has a reason why they are reading this. Ask them to share too!  Here is that link again for easy copy-paste:

2. Donate if you can – I recognize not everyone is able. Christmas is a tight time of year, so if you can’t do Giving Tuesday, consider signing up for our Promise program. You can commit to give monthly in increments as small as $5. If you can donate you can do so on our Giving Tuesday page or, just click the PayPal button at the bottom of the post.

bcyEbXAdi3. Volunteer – We always need reliable volunteers. If you want to foster for us, transport, work on a computer, or have a great idea for a unique way you might be able to help, just email us.

dog_shopping4. Shop – Whether it is getting your dog a special gift like a Pack Pack, or just doing your holiday shopping through Fundinco or Amazon Smile, you can support rescue. In fact shopping through Fundinco and Amazon Smile on Amazon is like a free donation. it costs nothing extra to you and a percentage of your purchase goes to rescue. There are lots of ways you can shop and support rescue!

So often we say “we can’t do it without you” but now, more than ever, it is true. We have helped over 1000 dogs find their forever homes, and we can’t wait to break 1000! Please, help us pave the way.

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Gracie Belle ~ Adopted!

13330972_10154046265214792_7469467018457878408_nFrom Gracie Belle’s current owner:

In November I rescued a purebred 3.5-year-old female border collie with papers from a breeder that was looking for a home for her or was going to send her to a rescue group. Gracie had been born at the breeders and they kept her for breeding purposes. She had 4 litters of pups by the time she was 3. Although she lived in clean conditions, she had never been in a house, taken anywhere, or spent quality time with people. I adopted her with the intention of having another dog as a companion for my other rescue who is a border mix, Daisy. Unfortunately, Daisy is a border collie white Shepard mix and turns out to have the strong Shepard traits in that she does not get along with other female dogs. Daisy has started a couple of fights with Gracie and I can’ t seem to break her of doing it, so at this time I need to find a home for Gracie.

After adopting her I found out that Gracie is heart-worm positive. In fact, she was probably heart-worm positive when she had her last litter of pups! I have started her on treatment and it should be finished about the end of May. Once that happens I will need a new home for her. At that time, she will be up to date on all shots, heart-worm free and I will then have her fixed before allowing her to be placed.

Although she is a purebred border and has the classic Border collie markings she is NOT a typical border. She is timid. She does not play ball or games and does not show any interest in them. She will not herd sheep, (unless she is with my other dog Daisy while herding, otherwise she shows no interest at all.)

Gracie is very quiet and very timid since she had minimal interaction with people since birth and no outside experiences.She was used strictly for breeding. Although I have been working with her she is still timid. She is very sweet and a cuddler and just wants love and attention but is also happy just to be in the room with me.She is housebroken and has no bad habits that I can see.

She does very well on a leash and is good with people and other dogs, although a noisy family with kids could be intimidating to her. I don’t have young children so I don’t know how she would be with them. She gets along with my other dog Daisy but Daisy is the problem not Gracie.

She would be a great dog for people who want the Border collie looks but not the active personality. She has no bad habits except she loves to carry shoes and socks around. She doesn’t chew them, she just carries them.

She would also be wonderful for an older person or couple that would love to give her attention and love and wants a quiet loving pet.

Once she is available for adoption she will be clear of heartworm, fixed and up to date on all shots.

Gracie will be located in the Deltona, FL area. We will post more Photos on Facebook and updates once she arrives at TDL.

If you’d like to be considered for Gracie, please go here to learn all about Our Adoption Process. We don’t use a traditional application, but we would like you to answer a few questions so we can get to know you better.13321910_10154046265189792_8983224123609728457_n



6/19/16 Update: It is official. Gracie has left the building with Charlie, a 20 year veteran who served two tours in Vietnam! Gracie’s adoption is not quite our typical story.

Charlie’s sister contacted us after recognizing that Charlie could use a great companion (he has had dogs all of his life until recently). They asked us to work our magic and let them know if we had small, mature, well mannered dog who wouldn’t jump or bark too much.

Well, Gracie may not be small, but she fit the bill and we did a trial run, to see if she could be the companion/emotional support dog he needed.

IMG_4069The process started in early June. It wasn’t long before the first update came:

“Looks like the two have become fast friends! I’m amazed at how Charlie get’s up so easily to make sure she is ready to go outside. She sleeps right by his bedside . I think they are connecting beautifully! You are an angel for recognizing how they could work for each other!”




Shortly after we got the news that it was time to finalize the adoption. A beautiful new friendship and partnership had formed. We believe Gracie had a mission, and thanks to her first rescuer, Karen, she was able to come to us, and we were able to match her to Charlie. It takes a village!







14034695_10154264002919792_1143335181680373414_n8/22/2016 Update: Gracie was returned to TDL through no fault of her own. Sadly, Charlie’s health has been on the decline, and taking care of a dog became too much for him and for the staff at the facility he lives in. She was able to share a lot of happy times with him while they were together, though. <3

In happier news, Gracie wasn’t with us but a couple of days. She was adopted by Wendy and Michael of Sarasota. They lost Nico, their BC of 12 years back in February. She was a very special dog, and it was a heartbreaking experience for the whole family. They decided to wait until the end of the summer to start looking for a new dog…and voila, there was Gracie! Right on time. There will definitely be lots of updates and photos, as they are Johannah’s (Alfie’s mom’s) parents!









Yeti – The “Adorable Snowman” Sammy mix ~ Adopted!

13233120_10154011541999792_1089325939904757472_nYeti is a 2 year old 55 lb Samoyed mix. He came to us as a stray. He’s a very sweet and gentle boy!

Yeti is housebroken and has good indoor manners. He’s not at all destructive. He plays nicely with other dogs, but he doesn’t like sharing his food!

This adorable snowman is located in Deltona, FL. Check out his Photos on Facebook!

If you’d like to be considered for Yeti, please go here to learn all about Our Adoption Process. We don’t use a traditional application, but we would like you to answer a few questions so we can get to know you better.



5/27/16 Update – This week Yeti was adopted out but unfortunately he didn’t get along with his Bunny Siblings. He does have some prey drive, and will need to be placed in a home without cats, rabbits, hamsters, or other small mammals.  Yeti is a very sweet boy who deserves a loving home to call his own!

6/5/16 Update –  A little more info on Yeti! Yeti is generally quiet, he will bark if there is good reason (or if the pack claims there is) but is not an over-barker.  He is not a needy dog. He likes being petted and getting attention but doesn’t demand it.

When he changes environments he needs a few days to adjust and by adjust I mean he becomes introverted and insular for a few days, keeping to himself, until he has observed the new place/people/rules/expectations and feels comfortable. Then he bursts back into his big smiley self.

He loves to patrol the yard and house, just to make sure all is well… well, and to look out for his arch nemesis, the lizards. He is currently underweight but we are working on that. He responds very well to verbal commands and verbal correction and all in all is a great buddy.



6/28/16 Update:  Yeti is going home! He was adopted by Alyson Palmer and her Fiancé of Gainesville, FL. Congratulations to them all!







Tiny Tina ~ Adopted!

12991072_10153938379564792_6743338994509534257_nTiny Tina is  a 6 month old female chihuahua who came to us with Roland.

We are still vetting and getting to know Tiny Tina, more information coming soon!

If you would like to be considered for Tiny Tina please read Our Adoption Process and answer the questions presented in the article.

Check out Tiny Tina’s Photos on Facebook!13007201_10153940377229792_8658251390272790567_n




4/23/16 Update: Tina was adopted by Stephanie of Altamonte Springs!






Stardust ~ Adopted!

10565233_10153697461334792_8438413733572136692_n 12573184_10153697461864792_8239464578705322922_nStardust is an 9 week old female Chihuahua/sheltie mix and is one of the 4 Bowie pups.

Check out her photos on Facebook!
Check out their Group Album on Facebook!

If you are interested in being considered for Stardust please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented in the article, and send your answers to the email listed in the post.



1/29/16 Update: Stardust was adopted by Sydney Flanigan of Coco Beach, FL. Congratulations to them both!

Mardi Gras on Main Street 2016: Patriotic Pups


Please bring the kids!

Please bring the kids!

It’s that time of year again! The Deland Dog Parade is February 6th at 11 AM and we plan to participate!

This is the biggest DeLand event, so please make a commitment to meet us there! Local vendors and groups will also be present so if you are looking for a great gift for you pups (or pup-loving people!) this is a great opportunity!

We have gone the last 3 years, and had a blast!  Click here to see our 2013, 2014, and 2015 posts! You can also click here to see our Facebook photos from last year!

Wear your TDL shirt and bring your dogs!

Wear your TDL shirt and bring your dogs!

Each year we have a lot of fun. You will hear people say  “Oh, look at the collie! Look at the Aussie”. When they asked where these gorgeous dogs came from, it is so much fun to answer with one word. “Rescue!” Join us in sharing our mission with the community and have a great time doing it! Please RSVP on Facebook!

Click here to check out our 2016 Deland Dog Parade: Patriotic Pups Facebook event.

Click here for Deland Dog Parade’s website and their Facebook event.

Tentative Plans (please check back for updates as we get closer to the date!):
TDL Dog Walkers, Meet at at (a location to be announced) at 10:00 AM on  Saturday, February 6th. We will hand out beads and candy, and it’s up to you if you want to dress up your dog! Unlike past years we will not be having a booth this year.

Only TDL Dog walkers, wearing TDL t-shirts, and/or representing TDL by dog walking, can actually be in our section of the parade. Parade onlookers, please cheer us on as we walk by your group!

Parking: In the past we have had success parking at the garage near the new courthouse.


Kayle ~ Adopted

kay (3)Kayle is an 8 week old golden retriever/shepherd mix with a lot of spunk. More information to come shortly!

If you are interested in adopting her please read Our Adoption Process and send us an email with the answers to the questions in the article.

Check out Kayle’s Photos on Facebook!



12/5/15 Update: Kaylee was adopted by Matt and Stephanie Wintercorn of Sanford FL. Kaylee will have both a human brother and an older doggy sister. Congratulations to the whole family!


Kayle and Ruby


Olive ~ Adopted!

11995719_10206717584713676_1779978772_nOlive is a 1 year old Border Collie who comes to us from a shelter in the Florida Keys. The shelter reached out to us knowing that a smart, energetic young girl like Olive would need a certain type of home and they felt we might be the ones to help her out. We said yes!

11997390_10206718745182687_805688598_n9/9/15 Update: Olive, now Allie was no sooner here than gone. She found her home with Julia and her fiance from Naples, FL.

9/10/15 Update: Olive’s Mommy writes: “Good morning unnamedGisele, We made it thru the first night. Olive (we have named her Allie ) is doing amazing!!! I took her to the vet yesterday to have her looked at and pick up her heart worm meds,  etc. I now have her registered in Naples, chip has been scanned!! Allie is a keeper!!!  Thank you again!!!!” 



Canine Connect: Cupcake ~ Adopted!

unnamed3Cupcake is a spayed female 4-5 years old Cairn Terrier or Yorkie mix, approximately 23 lbs. She is in excellent health with all shots up to date.

unnamed2Cupcake prefers to be in a home with a male dog as she prefers to be the only princess. She has lived with cats but would rather not deal with them if she didn’t have to. We’ve been told she has done well with larger dogs as well as children.

If you are interested in being considered to adopt Cupcake, please read Our Adoption Process and email us the answers to the questions in the post. Check out her Photos on Facebook!


9/21/15 Update: Cupcake was adopted by Susan Springer. Congratulations!

Rosanne Rosanna Danna, the ‘Borador” ~ Adopted

11216583_10153437838369792_3572998579079011367_n2 years old, border collie lab, perfect family dog.
~More pictures and info coming soon!

If you are interested in being considered for Rosanna check out Our Adoption Process and send the answers to the questions.

Check out her photos on Facebook!

11952048_10153437838454792_5510031128843359481_n10/8/15 Update – Oops! Rosanna  tripped and fell right in to her foster’s heart. Congratulations to Rosanna and Dermott Dessert.


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