Snape aka Reggie, the Cavalon! ~ Adopted!

 11/27/14 Update: Snape has been adopted! More details coming soon!

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11/17/14 Update:  Snape is all about his people!  He loves to run and play ball.  He is great with kids, and incredibly smart.  Snape is just as playful as he is loving.  He would like to be a part-time lap dog, and a part-time cannon ball!  Woo Hoo!  If you adopt Snape, you’ll get two dogs for the price of one!  And by the way, we’re calling him Reggie!

Johanna wrote:   I think little Snape might be a Phalene! He really doesn’t look much like a King Charles, IMO. But he looks quite a bit like the floppy eared version of a Papillon!

Designer dog breeders refer to the Phalène/Papillion and Cavalier hybrid as “Cava-lon (Cavallon)

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Shelter Photo with Cherry Eyes

Snape (Reggie) is a doll!

Snape (Reggie) is a doll!

Snape is a year and a half old, male, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who came from Kingsland, GA.

As you may notice from his picture, Snape has a case of Cherry Eye, or eyelid protrusion. We have surgically repaired this!

Click to see Snape’s photos on Facebook!

Cutie Pattotie!

Cutie Pattotie!

 

Buttons Sparkles – Adoptable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel~Adopted

Buttons SparklesWe have every reason to believe that this little boy was abused somehow when he was young. He may have been picked up and dropped, thrown, or at the least, cornered and scolded. If handled correctly, Buttons is the perfect dog!

History: for being such a small little man, this dog has a million nicknames names, Buttons, Sparkles, even Elvis!  He was labeled a fear-biter, but the minute the shelter let him out of his crate, he ran to Terri and jumped in her lap… I think he’s been there ever since!  He weighs about 18 pounds, and is ready to be adopted!  He would make a senior citizen very happy, as he loves to cuddle and is very affectionate!

His photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Buttons SparklesButtons, while incredibly affectionate and very much a velcro dog, there are things that make him very fearful, like going through the doorway to go outside.  I suspect that as a puppy, when he had accidents in the house, his former owners grabbed him and threw him outside.  Great…  We are working with him, trying to show him that it’s okay, in the meantime, handling him in a hurried fashion or with assertiveness is a recipe for disaster.  Buttons needs a patient owner, that is experienced with fearful dogs, someone that can provide him with a routine, and make him feel safe.  He would probably thrive in a home with a calm owner that wants a lap dog!

I'll be your little man!

I’ll be your little man!

Update:  Slowly Buttons was introduced to a pack of playful dogs, and he joined in!  Woo Hoo!

Update:  Cindy and George have wanted Buttons since we first posted him, but couldn’t get up to Georgia to scoop him up!  It happened last Saturday, they met, fell in love, and brought him home!

Truffles~Adopted

The playful family dog

Truffles is a one year old Spaniel… maybe Cavalier, and doxie? Reminds us of our Nutella! She is a very sweet girl, loves children and does well with other dogs.

She really enjoys playing ball with the kids, however she is more than happy to cuddle up and watch some TV with you… Truffles is currently fostered by Brittney in DeBary, FL

Truffles’ photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

what a cutie pie

 

 

 

 

 

02/11/13: Truffles was adopted by Linda and is living in the Central Florida area. Linda will be taking her to work with her everyday, so I suppose she’ll be an ambassador at the office!

Ready to go to work!

Tiny Tim the Corgi-Lier~Adopted

Tiny Tim the Corgi-Lier!

Tiny Tim comes to us from Athens Dog Pound, Alabama.  He weights about 25 pounds, and is approximately 1 1/2 years of age.  Megan is fostering him in Deltona and she believes that he is a Corgi/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…. therefore we’ve defined him as a Corgi-lier!   He is Corgi legs and a King Charles face.  He is very happy romping around the house with Megan’s dogs.  Tiny Tim is very friendly, playful and loving.  More updates coming soon!

Special thanks to all who helped rescue Tiny Tim, especially our Sarah who transported him to us!

If you are interested in adopting, please read Starting your Dog Out Right, and How to Adopt from us, and then email me at thedogliberator@gmail.com

Click here to see more photos of Tiny Tim on Facebook.

 

 

Isabella and Rasha (Tiny Tim)

Update:  Tiny Tim has been adopted locally, in Deltona, FL!

Esme the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ~ Adopted

Plumbago makes a nice backdrop

Esme is a six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  She has lived her life as a breeder dog in someone’s backyard, one of a dozen small breed dogs.  Crated, deprived of love and attention, she was so dirt and matted when rescued that the hair on her ears had to be cut off.  The matting looked like tar.  It will grow back in and she’ll have her beautiful Cavalier ears again, but to me they are symbolic of leaving a life of neglect and growing into a life of love.

Don't look in those eyes!

And “love” is the word for this little dog.  When a dog comes from a puppy mill situation, it is often emotionally traumatized.  Not Esme!  She is an affectionate happy little thing.  She came to me with Carlisle, who we believe to be her son.  They are the original tail-waggers!  Granted, Carlisle is more inclined to push everyone out of the way to get into your lap whereas Esme relies on her puppy eyes.  Don’t look or you’ll turn to mush!!!  She is very happy to sit in your lap and be the recipient of your adoration.  Smart pup!!!

Esme is not a big dog, not quite 15 pounds.  I think that my yard might be the first one in which she has ever romped around.  You can see her all but sing for joy in this video shot that first day.

Given the circumstance from which Esme was rescued, it is not surprising that she is heartworm positive.  She presents no symptoms, therefore we have no hesitation in recommending the slow-kill method.  The standard “fast-kill” treatment for heartworms requires that a dog basically undergo chemo two or three times and then be kept penned up for three months so it doesn’t elevate its heart rate.  Instead, we recommend that the dog simply be given Heartgard heartworm preventive each month, just as it normally would be.  Ivermectin, the active ingredient in Heargard, not only prevents heartworms but kills them as well.  During the first month the dog is also given an antibiotic and steroid.  Over the course of a year or so, the heartworms die off.  Esme has already started this program and is doing just great with it.

Pretty in pink

I am fostering Esme in Winter Park, Fl.  Be sure to look through both her personal photo album and the one she shares with Carlisle.  If you think that you might be interested in giving Esme a loving forever home, please read our article Starting Out Your Dog Right, review our Adoption Process, and then e-mail me at holly.TheDogLiberator@gmail.com  You’re going to love her every bit as much as I do!

You can also read Esme’s  Rescue Story and original posting with Carlisle.  I’m so glad we got her out of there!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving the couch

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20th Update:

Esme is such a lovebug.  And so joyful too!  Today I let her and Carlisle loose in the house for the first time.  I’m happy to say that they appear to be housetrained ~ yay!  And fun?  Oh yeah, they are such fun.  Smart too ~ they quickly figured out how to jump up on the couch.  Gotta love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Jedediah the Basset puppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 21st Update:

Jedediah the basset puppy has arrived and taken the pack by storm.  I was delighted to see Esme join in the play.  She tends to take a back seat to Carlisle, allowing him to get the attention.  But with Jedediah, she happily romps around in the grass with him.  It’s so good to see!

 

 

 

 

I can fly!

 

 

 

 

 

July 23rd:

July in Florida is, well, warm. Very warm. The dogs and I were outside and I thought, “Oh, I’ll get some video of them playing.” They thought, “This woman is an idiot. Let’s go inside where it is air conditioned.” They won!

Heading home to Miami!

July 30th:

Today was the day!  Our beautiful Esme has gone home! Ralph and Melissa drove up all the way from Miami with their 6-year-old daughter Lauren and 2-year-old son Rafa. Having been researching breeds for a while, they knew that a Cavalier was what they wanted, at least in theory. But how would Esme be? Perfect of course! Smart pup knew that Rafael was the one to win over so she jumped into his lap first and licked his chin. From there she turned her attention to the rest of the family, but let’s face it, they were already in love. It was a joy to see Esme respond so well to their young children, and to see them treat her with such respect. I just adore this family, and I know Esme does to: when they were leaving and Ralph was putting Rafa in his car seat, Esme was trying to jump up into the SUV! She didn’t even give me a backward glance! All that cooking chicken stew and that’s what I get for thanks! lol I couldn’t be happier. (Oh, Rafa isn’t in the photo since, after a 6 hour car ride, he was just about done. Who can blame him?)

 

Adoption Update:

 

Esme

We have changed her name back to Shawndra (from her AKC papers) but we call her Shawny.  She is fully cured of heartworm thanks to the amazing tenacity of the doctors at the Animal Welfare Society here in Miami.  Shortly after we got her we took her to a cardiologist that suggested she was strong enough and a more invasive treatment should be done in order to avoid any damage to her heart. She was treated with three rounds of Immiticide, two were a month apart. They said this treatment worked because she was at stage one.  She had to be kept calm as the worms could create a clot as they were absorbed but that’s easy for her since her favorite past time is sleeping.  Other than the occasional ear infection she has been the picture of health.  Of course old ages catches up to all of us and she’s beginning to show signs of arthritis.   I can’t thank you enough for your work and giving us the opportunity to enjoy her.

 

I don’t know if any of the pictures below from facebook will come out but she is very happy and loved.  My husband’s business partner and practically another grandmother to the kids enjoys baby sitting for us.  She even bought Shawny a stroller.  Shawny has us all wrapped around her finger and even came out on TV (http://www.local10.com/thats-life/Clinic-cares-for-animals-at-low-cost/-/1716786/14751418/-/1382o0j/-/index.html).

 

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Thanks!


Vazquez Family

Melissa, Rafael, Lauren & Rafa

Carlisle the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ~ Adopted

What a guy!

Carlisle is a three-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  We rescued him, his mother Esme and five other small breed dogs from a tough breeder situation.   Gisele made a rather impactful video of the rescue that I invite you to watch. When we got Carlisle, the area between his toes was so packed with filth that he looked like he had webbed feet.  His ears were matted but we were able to brush out most of the tangles without resorting to scissors.  He is a handsome fellow already and will only grow in good looks as a result of exercise, good food and lots of love.

I think he is laughing!

If you met Carlisle, and hope you will, you would never suspect that he came from neglect.  He is a happy soul, always clambering to get into your lap and lavish you with kisses (thank goodness we paid for that dental cleaning!  lol).  At just under 16 pounds, he fortunately qualifies as a lap dog, since I don’t think he’ll take no for an answer! One thing that I’ve noticed about Carlisle is that he is always looking at us, trying to figure out what we want, how he can please us.  He just has that spirit that adores people. Amazing, don’t you think?   I think that my yard might be the first one in which he and his mother have romped.  Gisele made this video of them out for the first time.  Sheer joy!

The smell of freedom

Given the circumstance from which Carlisle was rescued, it is not surprising that he is heartworm positive. He presents no symptoms, therefore we have no hesitation in recommending the slow-kill method. The standard “fast-kill” treatment for heartworms requires that a dog basically undergo chemo two or three times and then be kept penned up for three months so it doesn’t elevate its heart rate. Instead, we recommend that the dog simply be given Heartgard heartworm preventive each month, just as it normally would be. Ivermectin, the active ingredient in Heargard, not only prevents heartworms but kills them as well. During the first month the dog is also given an antibiotic and steroid. Over the course of a year or so, the heartworms die off.   Carlisle has already started this program and is doing just great with it.

I am fostering Carlisle in Winter Park, Fl. Be sure to look through both his personal photo album and the one he shares with Esme. If you think that you might be interested in giving Carlisle a loving forever home, please read our article Starting Out Your Dog Right, review our Adoption Process, and then e-mail me at holly.TheDogLiberator@gmail.com If you want a dog who adores you, this might just be your pup!

You can also read Carlisle’s  original posting with Esme.  These little ones are quite the survivors !!!

Just a wee thing

July 20th Update:

Carlisle just can’t help himself. He just overflows with enthusiasm. Today I let him and Esme loose in the house for the first time. I’m happy to say that they appear to be housetrained ~ yay! And fun? Oh yeah, they are such fun. Smart too ~ they quickly figured out how to jump up on the couch. Gotta love it!

with Jedediah and Esme

July 21st Update:

Carlisle is still very much the puppy.  Yesterday afternoon Jedediah the Basset puppy arrived and Carlisle has been thrilled.  They love to play together, wrestling and tearing around the house and yard to beat the band!  It is such fun to watch them because they are the same coloring but with totally different body shapes.  Carlisle is sophisticated and Jed is, well, Jed is not!  lol

Going home with Fran and Baxter

July 24th Update:

I just waved goodbye to our sweet Carlisle.  He is headed home with the wonderful Fran and her mellow pug Baxter.  She found Carlisle through Petfinder, linked over to this page and by the time she finished reading, knew she had just met her next dog!  And boy, was she right!  Carlisle was all rub-my-belly and wagging tail.  They are now headed down the road to Fort Lauderdale to live happily ever after.  And I am smiling.

Rescue from Breeder

Safe at Vet

I received an emergency call from an anonymous friend who has been trying to get these dogs out of their horrible conditions.  The same breeder that Jordan’s Prize and Zeus came from.  I called Val-u-Vet immediately, and they were ready to receive them all (sigh of relief).  I told Vanessa to prepare for the worse, that they would all be heartworm positive.  4 out of the 6 are, but if you include Jordan and Zeus that means 6 out of the 8 dogs from that breeder are HS+.  It makes me sick.

Two Japanese Chins (dehydrated and HW positive)

Two mini Doxies (cuteness overload)

Two King Charles Cavaliers (one with a severe ear infection, both heartworm positive)

All are either AKC or CKC, I’m still sorting through the paperwork.

The Doxies are in good shape, but they were the  two that had been bathed, and made available for sale for hundreds of dollars, on Craig’s list.

Considering how much this Breeder was paid for their litters, I don’t understand how a box of heartgard and a bottle of shampoo would’ve broken the bank.

When the dust settles, they will have:  HW test, bordetella, DHLpp, rabies, microchip, de-worming, bath, boarding, spay/neuter, nail clipping, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning, some tooth extractions, and monthly heartgard.   But there’s one more thing, once I evaluate their temperament.  Then they can have a successful adoption, and a permanent “clean” home!

Click here too review the comments that were made on Facebook about this video, and special thanks to Lynne Deal for contributing to their vetting.

Nutella the Sweetheart


Nutella is a little Sheltie female, that for some reason, thinks she can growl and show her pearly whites when she is afraid. Clearly, she has not been socialized, and she is terrified! Paul Pipitone, with Dogs’ Best Friend of Central Florida, will be evaluating her and giving me tips. Regardless, she will spend some relaxing down time here, and then she will be introduced to the pack at the Border Collie Boot Camp. Hopefully, she will make the choice to play and have fun, and shed her old ways. After a few days of not being harmed, the dogs usually figure out that when in Rome, do as the Romans do!

Her photos can be seen on Facebook!

More info on Nutella coming soon!

Update 01/25/10: Nutella is not afraid anymore. I guess there’s magic in our hot dogs! She has just had her first bath, and enjoys cuddeling in the towel! She is free in the house with the dogs, and fine with the family. She’s also enjoying playing with all of the dog toys!

Update 02/03/10: Nutella is a love muffin! She is energetic and loves to play ball. She jumps so high, I could see her becoming a great fly-ball dog. Nutella is great with other dogs, would probably do well with cats, and is good with children, however, she will need a few minutes to get used to a new owner. While she’s not trusting of strangers, she warms up quickly.

Special Thanks to Derm for being our photographer for the day!

Update: I can only adopt Nutella to someone local, who will take the time to get to know her and work on creating a smooth transition. Nutella is the only dog I have ever had that I can’t just let someone walk out with her. She needs time and patience, not to mention, I adore her! She sleeps with me every night!

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