Sawyer~Adopted

I'm a very good boy!

I’m a very good boy!

Beautiful boy, about 2-3 years of age, rescued by a good Samaritan.  He is  heartworm positive, and has been receiving treatment for several weeks now.  He is good with cats, polite with other dogs, and has wonderful manners!  He is being fostered in the Deland, Florida area, and would love to have a family of his own!

Sawyer is my name!

Sawyer is my name!

You can see more of his photos on Facebook.

Please Visit Our Adoption Process if you’d like to meet this hug-able boy!

Update:  This is one time you really should look at this boy’s entire photo album on Facebook, and marvel at the before and after photos of him.  What an amazing transformation, all because of one 20 year-old girl who drove from Volusia County Florida to Jones County Georgia to rescue one dog!

Valerie Faldo adopts Sawyer!

Valerie Faldo adopts Sawyer!

 

Valerie Faldo, and her  fiancé Ben Vogel, adopted Sawyer yesterday, and his new name is Wilson!  Wilson will enjoy the good life, in a gorgeous home with plenty of kids to play with!

"Step on it Mom and don't look back!"

“Step on it Mom and don’t look back!”

So far, he’s adjusting very well and I hear there is a bromance brewing between Wilson and the family cat!  See Wilson’s photo album  on Facebook.

Fred~Adopted

"I like pretty girls!"  ~ Fred

“I like pretty girls!” ~ Fred

Fred is a stunning Bernese Mountain Dog/Aussie, weighing in at 70 pounds, he is stunning.  He is great with kids, other dogs, and cats.  He is somewhat trained to sit, and is fairly good on the leash.  He went in and out of dozens of cars and a plane to get to us, so getting into another car is not so smooth, but we’re working on it!  Once he’s in the car, he’s a dream!

Paws Crossed!

Paws Crossed!

Fred has a lot of energy, and loves to play, he is very young.  While I believe he will become a couch potato in the future, for now,  he is curious, loves to explore and needs to be kept busy!

Special thanks to all of the wonderful people who volunteered to transport Fred to our rescue.  We just love him!

You can see more photos of Fred on Facebook.

Fred, the goof ball!

Fred, the goof ball!

Update:  Fred  is hilarious.  He doesn’t know how to play with dogs his own size, but he’s in love with little dogs and cats…. he finds them fascinating and entertaining!

 Update:  Fred has been adopted and will be heading to Jupiter.  He will be an only dog and get a lot of attention!

Fred with James!

Fred with James!

Update:  Fred was adopted by James and will be living in Jupiter, Fl!

Taffy the Bernese Collie Puppy~Adoption Update

Taffy is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

The Border Collie influence is very strong in Taffy’s appearance, both with her rough coat and markings. At 13 pounds, only Twinkie is smaller than her, so I would expect her to mature to the standard Border Collie size as well.  You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Taffy her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!


 

 

Learning to come

 

 

August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

 

 

 

Swimming comes naturally

 

 

August 2nd Update:

I stopped off at University of Doglando today to see how things were going.  They are going great!  Taffy was on leash trotting alongside her camper, looking up at her to see what she wanted her to do.  She is already knows sit, stay and come.  All just in one day!  I was even there long enough to see the litter being introduced to the pool  Taffy wasn’t a natural, as she’d forgotten that she had back legs and was trying to do it all with just her front paws.  Teena was fabulous, telling the camper how to support her to develop confidence and skill.  Just remarkable to see such progress in such a short time!!!!

August 4th update from University of Doglando:

I received this wonderful update from Lauren, Taffy’s camper.  She has renamed our girl Kira.  You’re going to love this!

“Kira loves sleeping after a long day..everyday after all the great training i put her in her crate and she plays with her ball then just sleeps. She doesn’t go to the bathroom in her crate. One day I took Kira outside and she automatically peed in the grass!

Kira really is the sweetest even tough she the biggest girl out of the litter. Kira acts like shes the smallest by going under tiny things. One time she tried fitting in between the crates and she got stuck but we got her out.  I think Kira’s favorite brother is Oreo (TicTac).  She is great at learning new things.  She already knows how to sit lay down and NOT to run out the door unless you tell her to.Kira only likes me to pick her up like a tiny new born baby

If you love a adorable puppy thats trained Kira is the one for you!. —

August 4th and look who’s going home tomorrow! Ashley and Adam came to University of Doglando to meet the puppies this afternoon. The campers told them about each puppy, Adam and Ashley asked them questions, and they asked questions right back! It was neat. It was really hard to decide who to adopt, but they finally settled on our Taffy. Here they are with Taffy’s camper, Lauren. Tomorrow they’ll come back and get her as the campers graduate from the class!

 

01/27/13 Here’s a great update:

Gisele:

Taffy, all grown up now!

Hi!

I just wanted to thank you for letting me adopt my best friend in the entire world. I adopted Annabelle (aka taffy) back in 2011 and she has grown into a gorgeous beautiful sweetheart with such a cute personality.  Thank you so much!!!!!
Sincerely
Ashley, Adam, and Annabelle
(aka the a team)

Sgt. Pepper~Adopted

Play Connect the Dogs on his Nose!

This little pup came from CCAC in Ringgold, Georgia.  A gorgeous litter was there that we tried to pull, but thankfully they all got adopted locally.  Sgt. Pepper was left behind.  Kathy Keith scooped him up for us, and he later went to Khaz & Vicki’s place while waiting on transport to me in Florida.  Luckily, we  were in the process of putting a transport together for Shy Sharon, so Sgt. Pepper hitched a ride!  Special thanks to William and Michelle for making this transport come true!

He is estimated to be 17 weeks old, and weighs 16 pounds.  He has fairly large paws, so I think he’s going to be a good-sized dog, maybe 55 pounds.  It was Mother’s Day evening when he arrived, and at first I thought he might have a bit of Bernese Mountain Dog in him, but I dismissed that quickly, and I don’t know why!  I looked at the wavy hair on his ears, and wondered maybe Spaniel.  Then I pondered on what breed could present that gorgeous wavy hair.  I’ve  spent quite a bit of time with this colorful dog, and I’m no closer at guessing his breed.  He is smart as a whip, and easy to train, so Border Collie… of course!  But look at those feet!

Giving Shy Sharon Kisses

Regardless, he is being fostered by Irma Shea, a first time foster, and she can’t believe how good he is.  He is great with her pack (and mine) and he is already crate-trained.  He does not bark through the night, he’s pretty good on leash, and when he’s corrected, he does exactly what you ask of him!

This little guy would be a great dog for a large family with young children!  Hurry, he’ll be adopted quickly!

His photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

Such a good boy!

06/04/12 Update: Sometimes we wonder why some of our dogs take so long to be adopted! Even though this little guy hasn’t been with me very long, it’s obvious that he was waiting for Ms. Stevie to come and scoop him up! Sgt. Pepper was adopted by Stevie Perryman and her family, and he will be living in DeLand with many of our awesome liberated dogs, like Jaffee,  Doc Holiday & Wyatt Earp!

Stevie & Dr. Pepper

Stevie writes: Pepper has just been AMAZING!!!! Gotten along well with both dogs, and the daschund is warming up! Even almost had a tail wag from Charlie. Pepper went swimming with us in the pool and got all bathed. Already he’s a great sitter and will sit and wait for your command before going through any door. He is so intelligent thank you so much!!!!!

#116043 I’m your Huckleberry~Adopted

On Monday December 5th, at 11:16 PM, Vicki posted a dog that she wanted to rescue. I was in bed! Our TDL team went into action, and it was quite remarkable. We didn’t know this shelter, their protocols, or the true status of this dog, yet there was something about him that made everyone excited. The post indicated that he was scheduled for euthanasia on December 6th, at 8:30 AM. Can you rescue a dog overnight? I think the answer is yes!

But I’m a TDL dog

Here’s what Vicki wrote the evening of December 6th:

Last night was one of those nights. One of those nights in rescue when furry faces are pleading with you from your computer. My heart was aching, stomach churning, fingers typing furiously trying to find rescue for some dogs in a High Kill Shelter in Georgia that were slated to be pts this morning. Rescue volunteers working together for the sake of these furbabies.

One in particular stood out to me. His picture wasn’t a good one, but you could still see the confusion in his eyes. It was 3:00 AM. and I need to sleep. I took one last look at this boy, referred to as #116043, and hoped someone would save him. This shelter doesn’t hold dogs, you have to be there by 8:30 AM. If you are not there, once the vet arrives, it’s over.

Maria the Marvelous, is a volunteer rescue coordinator for this shelter. She was still up after 3:00 AM and was messaging me and others.  She had worked tirelessly to get as many dogs out as possible. She said to call her in the morning.  I was going to pick up a dog from the vet for her that was near me, she was going to get #116043 for me and we were to meet and swap. When I called her, I woke her up. She was upset,she had overslept, and had little time to get to the shelter to help rescues get dogs out. I had never talked to her before, but I guess it was meant to be that I woke her up.  The result was that 20 dogs were saved! I knew then I had to go, no time, leave nothing to chance…..

I was racing against time with heavy morning traffic, rain, and the fear I wouldn’t make it. Yelling at my GPS which had sent me round and round the long way, wishing I knew the roads better. Maria called me and informed me that the shelter knew I was on my way, but there are no guarantees. I was almost there, when Maria called again and said she was leaving the shelter,  the vet was there to do her job.  Maria had to leave, but promised to come back to beg for #116043.

I was slowing to a red-light when I got Maria’s call, I was one block away…..as her words rang in my ear, my foot stepped on the gas.  I ran the light just as it turned, but I couldn’t take the chance, the chance that one red-light would make me too late.

When I arrived, the office was silent. The staff looked at me and said they were sorry but it was too late. Well, anyone that knows me knows that I have never taken no for an answer.

An animal control officer was standing at the door to the kennels, I could see the anguish on his face. I begged, showed him my info, and pleaded nicely. I could tell by the look on his face that he thought #116043 was already gone.  But all of a sudden he said “I’ll try”, and he rushed through the door to the back of the shelter, where he was not allowed to enter while the vet was putting dogs down.

For more information about this epic rescue, visit http://thedogliberator.com/huckleberry-revisited/

Turtle the Bernese Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

 

 

Loving this face

Turtle is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

"Mine!"

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

Turtle has markings influenced by the Bernese but her size is moderated by the Collie.  She is smack in the middle of her litter, 14 pounds at 14 weeks.  You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Turtle her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!

Anna teaching "Yoshi"

August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

Anna seems to enjoy the pool more than Turtle!

August 2nd Update:

Today I stopped by University of Doglando to take a peek at how things were going.  Very impressive.  Turtle was already walking on a leash, and knew sit, stay and come.  And that was after just one day!  I stayed long enough to watch the litter be introduced to the swimming pool.  I stood on the side of the above ground pool like a proud mother!  Turtle was swimming past me,  her little head just above the water, when she saw me and turned, making a bee line for me!  Poor pumpkin, I think she thought I was going to rescue her.  🙂  Gosh I love these puppies!!!

Rewards for working so hard

August 4th Camper Update:

I just received this fun update from Anna, Turtle’s foster.  She calls our girl “Yoshi”:

“Yoshi is an energetic little puppy. Yoshi’s favorite thing to do is play with her bone. She is a very obidient dog, she knows the basic commands sit, down , stay, and come. Yoshi has fascination for kibble. She’s really sweet. She really hates to swim.
One day Yoshi found a green chew toy and was crazy about it.In her cage Yoshi didn’t sleep a bit and was wrestling the chew toy.”

Anna and Yoshi, togther

August 6th Update:

Yesterday was graduation at University of Doglando camp.  It was so much fun to see the puppies, campers and their families!  Five of the puppies were adopted with their campers standing right there ~ what a terrific thing.  But also very sad for the two campers whose puppies did not get adopted.  Already sad about leaving their puppy, it was made that much harder by them not being the ones picked.  Anna was especially tearful, not understanding why her Yoshi was not considered.  We talked about it for a while, and I tried to help her understand that all of my puppies find wonderful homes, just not all at the same time.  It is painful to see some passed over time and again, yet when they finally do find their homes, I’m always glad we waited.  The match is always perfect and the puppy is loved forever.

Lounging in her favorite deck chair

I knew that Anna would be sad this morning so I made this video for her so that she can see how her girl is doing.  I’m hoping that when Turtle/Yoshi is adopted, that her new family will talk with Anna so that she can share with them everything that she has learned and everything that she has taught “Yoshi”.  That way, she can have that same sense of completeness, that same joy that I have as I watch my puppies leave with their forever home.

"I can fly!"

August 7th Update:

New puppies arrived last night and Turtle took it in that easy going manner that she handles everything.  This is such a laid back girl.  Nothing gets under her skin!

August 8th Update:

All the puppies were outside playing this morning and I, of course, had my camera in my hand.  Here they are enjoy the morning together.  Adorable!

August 12th Update:

My sweet little Turtle.  She is the last of her litter left.  It’s always hard with the last of a litter.  People want to know why.  No fault of hers.  She is wonderful.  It’s just that her family hasn’t met her yet!  These last couple of days people have come to meet the puppies and she has greeted each enthusiastically, jumping in their laps, giving kisses, climbing up in the chair behind them and sneaking around to lick their chins.  But each time she wasn’t chosen.  Again, not her fault.  They were just more connected with another puppy.  After people leave we take extra time with Turtle and tell her it’s okay ~ at this point, she knows what’s up when people come.  And she’s okay.  She knows her family will eventually find her.  And boy, are they going to be happy!

Ha!  It is so hot out today that I put a big block of ice out for the puppies.  Sure, it melted fast, but they had fun with it in the meantime!

Going home!

August 13th Update:

Turtle has gone home. She fell immediately in love with little Alivia and Anna, and no wonder, since they look so much like Anna who trained her at University of Doglando. But wait! There’s more…. Bill grew up with Collies, and when he saw Bimmer, his heart melted. They took their time to make sure this was a decision of the head and not just the heart, but came to that wonderful decision to adopt both Turtle and Bimmer! How fabulous!!! Now Turtle has a big, wonderful family: Laura and Bill, their children Alexis, Austin, Anna and Alivia, AND Bimmer!  So, St. Augustine, you get to welcome TWO Dog Liberator puppies! Happy Day

 

Tootsie Pop the Bernese Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

Tootsie Pop is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

Tootsie Pop has a lot of Border Collie in her, with her rough coat and markings.  At 14 weeks she weights 14 pounds, making me think that she’ll probably mature at around 45 pounds.   You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Tootsie Pop her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!


August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

Camper Sophie working with her pup

August 2nd Update:

 

Today I dropped by University of Doglando.  Wow!  Tootsie Pop already knows how to sit, stay and come!  The neatest thing was to see her learn to swim.  She is a natural.  That dog can move!  She looked so happy swimming alongside her little camper.  What a great experience these puppies are having!!!

 

Anna with Turtle and Sophie with Tootsie Pop. This makes me smile!

August 4th Camper Update:

I’m cracking up!  I just got this update from Sophie, Tootsie Pop’s camper.  She calls Tootsie Pop “Stella”:

“One night Stella decided to spill water on her head and fall asleep with the bowl on top of her. When I came in the next morning she was fast asleep with the water bowl on her head. I thought that was very funny!”

I was at the camp again this afternoon and was very impressed.  Tootsie Pop is just so cool.  She was walking around the agility course on her own and then saw the tunnel.  She picked up the pace, trotted over to it and ran right through it.  So cute. I saw her do it twice.  I think this girl has a future in agility!!!

Sophie saying good bye as Luis and Amber say hello!

August 5th Update:
Tootsie Pop is going home! This was the adoption that caught me by surprise. Amber’s three cousins are participants in the University of Doglando camp. She and her brother Luis came for the graduation ceremony and cousin Douglas’ birthday party this weekend. Unbeknownst to me, their mother Nadine has been stalking us on facebook and had ulterior motives! A puppy was in their future. They met all the puppies and talked with the campers. We talked about their home, their experience and their expectations, and it was soon apparent that Tootsie Pop was the perfect fit! Here they are with Tootsie Pop’s camper, Sophie, who already has this puppy sitting, staying and doing all sorts of wonderful things! Port St. Lucie, welcome your newest Dog Liberator pup!

Twister the Bernese Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

Twister is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

Twister is the largest of the litter.  At 14 weeks, he is already 18 pounds.  He has some serious paws on him as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him mature at 60 pounds or so.  You can see more photos in his photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Twister his forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!


"This is a ball" "Are you sure?"

August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

Loving every minute of it!

August 2nd Update:

I dropped by University of Doglando today, and how neat was that!  The young man who is caring for Twister proudly showed me how he will sit, stay and come on command.  Twister looked at him with a wagging tail as if to say, “Isn’t this fun?”  I was there when the puppies went in the pool for the first time too.  That was so cool.  Twister was such a little champ, swimming as hard as he could with his front paws.  He’d forgotten that he had back paws, so, under Teena’s direction, his camper supported his back quarter until those legs started working.  Adorable.  Just adorable!

August 4th Update from University of Doglando:

Thomas, Twister’s camper, sent me this great update:

“Twister is a good listener. He listens when you say sit.  He  is an active dog. He is getting use to the water. He only swam once. He could wait by the door if you tell him to sit. Twister likes to go play with a ball. He likes playing with other dogs. This boxer was chasing him.  He likes getting used to other dogs because he sniffs them.He could lay down if you put a treat or toy in front of him and say down.”

Thomas says goodbye while James and Maddie say hello!

August 5th Update:
Twister has been adopted! James had contacted me a couple of days ago about getting a dog. There wonderful Golden Retriever passed away last September and, well, many of us know how empty a home feels after that. The family arranged their schedule so that they could come to University of Doglando for the graduation party. There James and his sister Maddie met the puppies, talked with the campers, and agonized over their decision. Ultimately, yes, it was our Twister. I think he is the perfect choice for for this wonderful family. In this photo are James and Maddie on the right, their good friends on the left, and Twister and his camper Thomas in the middle. Everyone is happy!

Twinkie the Bernese Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

Resist the eyes!

Twinkie is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Roll and Turtle. They are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Sitting pretty

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

In Twinkie, all I see is Smooth Coat Border Collie. She is also the smallest of the litter, just 11 pounds at 14 weeks. I think she practices posing, as she is the easiest to get photos of! Camera hog!  You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Twinkie her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

 

A real lady

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!


August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

August 2nd Update:

I went to University of Doglando today to drop something off and stayed a while to see what was going on.  And a lot was!  Twinkie already is walking on a leash and knows sit, stay and come.  The neatest thing was seeing the puppies being introduced to the pool for the first time.  Let me tell you, Twinkie is a natural!  She swims so fast her camper has trouble keeping up!  Really, what a border collie!!!  So much progress in just one day, I can just imagine how they’ll be by Friday!!!

August 4th Update:

Isabel is Twinkie’s camper this week.  She sent me super update on our girl.  I’m just loving it!

“Twinkie is one of the best dogs i have ever worked with! She is very energetic! She loves to chew on bones and flavored deer antlers! I will tell you the best story about Twinkie!

One day we were training our dogs in the pool how to swim. Twinkie is very good at swimming she actually swims faster than i do. so i swam in front of her with my back up to the sun and she swam up the me and climbed right up my back she is one crazy girl!!!!

Twinkie is doing well on the Basic training of sit, stay, wait, and still working on down. When Twinkie has to go potty she will ring the bell. So if you adopt her please get a bell for her to ring.

Who ever adopts her you will LOVE her.”

Isabel says goodbye and Lynette says hello!

August 5th Update:
Our little Twinkie has her forever home with Lynette! Lynette grew up with a pair of wonderful Cocker Spaniels who both recently passed away. As a therapist, she wanted a dog that she could eventually train to go to work with her. She came yesterday to meet the pups and just couldn’t get past Twinkie. And when our girl climbed into her lap and licked her face, well, it was a done deal. Lynette kindly squeezed her schedule so that she could come to the University of Doglando graduation and adopt Twinkie there. Here she is with Twinkie’s camper, Isabel, who worked wonders with her pup this week. Lynette is planning on building on that foundation!

Toffee the Bernese Collie Puppy~Adopted

Toffee is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

Toffee is the largest of the girls, 15 pounds at 14 weeks.  When you hold her and put her paws on each side of your neck, she squeezes and holds on like she never wants you to put her down.  You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Toffee her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!

Teena doing a little fine tuning

August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.

Strong arms give security

August 2nd Update:

Today I dropped by University of Doglando to speak with the kids briefly.  I was amazed at the difference in the puppies already.  They’ve learned to sit, stay and come.  When it came time to swim, Toffee (called Luna by her camper) was a little trooper, keeping her head up and her paws moving.  But what struck me the most was her calm.  Toffee has always been the most hesitant of the puppies.  She wants to come to me but she gets scared and moves off to the shrubs.  I wasn’t surprised to learn that when the time came for the kids to pick their puppy, she went and hid.  It make me sad.  One of the boys is caring for her.  What did I see just 24 hours later?  Toffee sitting calmly at his feet while Teena explained to them how they were going to teach the dogs to swim.  She was completely relaxed, content to be with her boy!  And when it came time to swim, away she went!  Oh, she is simply wonderful!

August 4th Update from University of Doglando:

I just received this great update from Toffee’s foster, Douglas.  I hope it makes you smile like it did me:

“When we were told we were gonna get to choose a puppy to train for a week I could choose all of them were great puppies, so while I was trying to make up my mind and everyone else was trying figure out who should get what dog is noticed a black fluffy dog wandering of behind this shed. I went back to find Toffee (now Luna,) cooling off in the shade. When she saw me she got up and came to me. I picked her up and knew right away this was dog I wanted to train. Luna is not only smart and playfull but is full of love and kisses. I’ve taught her to sit on command and lie down. She is also bell train which means she rings a bell on the door to signal she wants to go out. Another trick I’ve taught her is to sit and wait by the door till I say ok. Even if I go out of sight she will sit and wait. Luna loves to play with other dogs and people too. If out it the sun she usually will lie down in the shade if she gets too hot. Its sad that I have to see her go but happy to know i’ve prepared her for her next home. “

Corgi Mountain Dog Puppies????


A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail with photos attached. It was from Becky, the rescue coordinator at Chilton County Humane Society. “They look like Border Collie puppies to me. Do you want them?” There were 13 photos of the cutest puppies you ever did see. I immediately e-mailed her back: “YES!!!”

I couldn’t believe that two of the puppies looked just like my Kona and Kaz, who I was fostering at the time. I’ve been fostering for years and had never had puppies like this, and here is a second set? What were the chances???

The puppies arrived a week later and were, indeed are, adorable. Three boys, two girls. Three smooth, two fuzzy. Three stubbed tails, two full tails. What could they be? They are all rather low to the ground, and the golden has the look of a Corgi about her. With the mixture of tails, I could see that being in the mix. In fact, the photo of them with their mother shows her to not be a whole lot taller than them, so I suspect she is part Corgi. What else could they be? Well, I had thought that Kona and Kaz looked to have Bernese Mountain Dog in them, and I could see that in at least two of the litter. What else? Your guess is as good as mine! So, we’re going with Corgi Mountain Dogs!

We believe they were born in early January and vary in weight from 11 to 16 pounds. They are quite the little crew. No one believes me when I say they are littermates. Glad I have the original photos to prove it. You can see them and more in their Photo Album.

As I get to know them, I will share updates on their personalities. But let me at least introduce you to my babies:



Chunky Monkey
is a fuzzy male. Tricolored, he is similar in appearance to his brother Chubby Tubby but with a darker face. Also, he has a tail. He is the second largest of the litter, 15.4 pounds when he arrived. He is wearing a green collar. Adopted.


Chubby Tubby
is the largest of the litter, 16.6 pounds when he arrived. A fuzzy tricolor like his brother Chunky Monkey, with more white on his face. He has a nubbed tail. His collar is orange. Visit his personal photo album. Adopted

Chutney is a smooth coated tri-color. He looks like his sister Chai, except he has a more pronounce white flame on his forehead and a nubbed tail. He wears a blue collar. Visit his personal photo album

Chai is the female smooth coated tri. She has a full tail just like a Corgi. This first day she has been a bit more reserve than her brother. She wears a red collar. Adopted

Cheetos is the smallest of the litter, 11.1 pounds when she arrived. The only gold, she also looks the most like a Corgi. Very outgoing, she is the first of the litter to run up to you for attention. She has a full tail and wears black collar. Adopted

These puppies are being fostered in Winter Park, Fl. If you are interested in adopting one of them, please review our adoption process, then e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com .

March 2nd Update:

What a difference just a few days make! When the puppies first arrived, they were all very skittish. I don’t think that they were handled very much on the farm where they were born. They were certainly cared for ~ they’re healthy and plump, but not highly socialized. But that’s okay, this is what my family does. We play with the puppies, we hold the puppies, we talk with the puppies, all to turn them into wonderful family dogs.


Cheetos
was the first to respond to us. The first day I managed to pick her up before she could scoot away. She screamed like a rabbit (a common reaction) but I held her for a while, rubbing her ears and telling her it was okay. When I put her down again, she stuck by my side, and that is now where she likes to be. She is always the first to come running and to try to jump up in our laps. She is extremely friendly and outgoing.

If Cheetos was first, then Chutney was second to come around. I didn’t have to force myself on him. I think he decided that since I didn’t eat Cheetos, I must be safe! When I put her down, he came right up to me. In no time at all, he was laying on his back asking for belly rubs. He is a brave little soul. When Chunky Monkey played too rough with his twin Chia, he went over and put his front paws on his shoulders and pushed him to the ground. Since Chunky Monkey is quite a bit bigger than Chutney, this tells me that Chutney has some natural leadership in him. I’ll bet he’d be top banana in a dog training class!

Chubby Tubby decided we were okay the afternoon of his second day. He’d not been willing to let me approach him, but that afternoon I was outside playing with the puppies when I realized that it was Chubby I was petting! He’d just trotted up on his own and joined in the fun. He is now more often than not my shadow, walking around right behind me. Right now he is staring up at my loquat tree while it sways in the wind. I don’t think he realizes it is a tree!


I was concerned about Chunky Monkey because he seemed so shy. That is so unexpected in such a big puppy, but there it was. He’d disappear under the hedge and not want to come out (I’m sure the fact that it was cooler under there had nothing to do with it! lol). I was on the phone walking around the yard, talking to someone about the litter, the puppies following at my feet when one of them kept grabbing the bottom of my capris. I looked down and, well, guess who it was. Yup, Chunky Monkey! Ever since then he has been fine. I guess he has a capri fetish! He does tend to be a bit quieter than the rest and seems to prefer to be inside ~ he likes to hang out on the deck by the door. Because his coat is so thick, he may prefer the cool of the indoors.

Chai was the hardest of the puppies to bring around. We just couldn’t get near her. By the third day we could tell she wanted to be part of the play ~ she’d come up the the crowd, work her way in, but as we reached our hand toward her she’d move away. But today was different. My husband was outside playing with everyone. I looked out and my jaw dropped. I said to him through the window, “Look who is under your hand.” He answered, “I know. She’s been here a while.” Chai is going to be just fine. As the day has progressed so has her self confidence. What would have become of her if she had been taken to a shelter instead to me? I fear she would have been permanently scarred. Instead, she has found the delight in being with people!

March 14th Update:

Chutney just cracks me up! Today I put out a bowl of water with ice in it. All of the puppies thought the ice was great fun and played bobbing for apples with it. But then Chutney started stirring the bowl. Literally. He put his paw in and paddled to one side to the the water to swirl around. Then he’d watch the ice go around and around and around. When it slowed down, he did it again. I’ve had puppies paddle the water out of bowls before but I’ve never had one stir it like this. Just too funny!!!

March 14th:

Popcorn is a 10-week-old Yellow Lab/Great Pyrenees puppy that I just started fostering. He is pretty much full of himself,always wanting to wrestle and show off. Chutney is forever putting him in his place. It is hysterical. I made this video of Popcorn and the other puppies. My favorite moment is 1:37 when Chutney gets sick of his antics and tosses him across the yard! That’s my boy!!!

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