KiKi, the Shorgie ~ Adopted!

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1/25/15 Update: Exciting news for Kiki, She found her family! Pam and Art of Debary, FL fell for this little girl and decided it was time for her to be part of their family. Congratulations to them all!

 

 

 

 

1112/22/14 Update: Unfortunately we received word that due to changes in her owners health Kiki needs to find a new home. Kiki would do best in a quiet home, willing to crate her when things get exciting, as visitors can make her a bit anxious. She is not a fan of Kitties, and is unsure of new dogs, but once she has time to adjust she can learn to be friends. Kiki is also a little unsure about younger children, so a home with older, or no children would be ideal. More information to come.

Check out her Photos on Facebook.

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KiKi doing the Magpie Look!

05/30/12 Update:  Woah!  KiKi is most definitely a herding dog, and she is good at it!  She has the low stare, the perfect stance, the focus and the desire to control movement.  I’m not at all surprised.  She has been shedding many unwanted pounds, is enjoying her daily walks and has accepted the fact that table scraps are not dog food!  KiKi should be adopted by a quiet couple, with no young children (as she will nip to control) and no cats.  KiKi would do very well on a farm where her talents and skills are needed.  When handled by a professional, her herding and prey drive could easily be redirected with a frisbee, flyball or agility training.

Marjie Wolfe, and Shelter Director Tracey Breen, send me several photos of this cute little thing.  I was hoping I would find a way to make room for her, and I did!  Kiki’s owner had to go into an assisted living facility after her health issues became a serious concern. Kiki is about 4-5 years old. She had lived with a pack of smaller dogs. She is a Sheltie, but a low-rider! She has Corgi legs and my daughter, Sarah says she’s a Shorgi! Unfortunately, Kiki needs to shed some pounds. I’ve been calling her Special K! Looks like her owner took very good care of her, and her dinner might have consisted of biscuits and gravy!

She is an awesome little dog, housebroken, smart, loves to go on walks, does not bark like most Shelties. At first she reminded me of Garcon, and Tiny Tim…. then I saw her spots and said, Shenandoah (Connie), and who could forget the Borgies?  They were one of the most stinking cute litters we ever rescued, but when the sunlight hit her face just right, I looked down at her and saw Magpie!  She is going to the vet this week, we will check for a spay mark, and if she needs to be spayed, we’ll take care of that!  She has had all of her shots, and has been microchipped.  Sarah paraded her around the neighborhood last night, and she was a major hit!

KiKi, the Shorgie!

Her giant photo album can be viewed on Facebook!

Update:  Yesterday was a hoot!  We took KiKi to Val-u-Vet in Deltona to see if she has been spayed and to have her nails cut (they were pretty long).  But before we got down to business, I asked all of the employees, (about 10-12) to guess her breed.  Definitely Corgi legs, but is she a Border Collie or a Sheltie. It was split down the middle… Dr. Oliver guessed Sheltie because of her coat, and I agree.  Others suggested Border Collie because of the spots on her nose and legs, and I agree.  This is one dog that really should be DNA tested!  So I’m no closer to suggesting if she’s a Shorgie or a Borgie!  One thing is for sure, she’s a doll!

 

 

Marlo-Corgi – Border Collie – Attacked by Coyote

The Bite

The Bite

History:   There is an invisible sign in front of every rescuer’s yard…  that only the animals can see… and this girl stumbled onto Laura’s home today. Emaciated and severely injured, Laura’s son, Josh Kern is playing doctor. We need two things, donations for her medical care, and a ride from Crystal River to Deltona where she can see our vet immediately. Please help! visit this page do donate. http://thedogliberator.com/virtual-foster/

This sweet girl is letting Josh clean her wound. Josh is making chicken stew!

Amanda and Dr. Ed start working on Marlo right away.

Amanda and Dr. Ed start working on Marlo right away.

We’ve named her Marlo Thomas… yes, she is THAT GIRL! We’ve learned a lot in the last 24 hours that we will share shortly. For now, she is at Newman Vets of Deltona and let the technicians clean her up. She was covered in ticks and severely matted, she will need to be shaved down.

We believe she is a Corgi and either Sheltie or Border Collie. She is a low rider! Dr. Ed confirmed that the marks are a bite but a bite from what? We have received emails that she has been spotted on her own for many months from Marion County and Cirtrus County.  Is it really her that people claim they have seen her?  I think it might be.  She does a very unique look to her.

Dr. Ed believes she is about 2 years old, and she has been eating rocks!  Her teeth are a bit worn down, but they are in good shape.

Tracy comes to help pull the ticks off

Tracy comes to help pull the ticks off

She is truly a wanderer and quite happy living on the land, unfortunately this time, something got her. What’s in these woods? Racoons, Possums, Fox, Coyote, wild dogs and feral cats. We’ll never know, but whatever bite her, bit her good.

Special thanks to Randy Post and his wife, who transported her to us today. Randy adopted Millhouse from us last year.

You can see many more photos of her on Facebook.

More details coming soon on her page, and thank you for your donations, and all of your help! http://thedogliberator.com/immediate-donations-needed/

Marlo, ready for her foster home!

Marlo, ready for her foster home!

Update:  We met Marlo yesterday, her wound is almost completely healed.  Johanna and Adriaan, along with their adopted TDL Dog Shep/Alfie are perfect for her.  Marlo tended to gravitate toward Adriaan, his calm energy is what she needs!

Boo Boo is all gone!

Boo Boo is all gone!

More Updates coming soon!  Please visit her Facebook Photo Album to see more great photos of her recovery!

 

09/01/14 Update:  Marlo was Adopted Saturday by Kristy.  The moment we posted Marlo’s horrible photos of her injury, Kristy emailed us, wanting to adopt… but we had to wait.  We had to wait for Marlo to get better, and the folks at Newman Vet, Deltona took care of that!  And, we had to wait for her to be in foster care for a few days so we could evaluate her.

Marlo goes home

Marlo goes home

Marlo is going to take baby steps in her rehabilitation, and we are confident that Kristy will help her along!  Updates soon!

We received about eight emails from people who wanted to adopt Marlo, and selecting her new home was not easy.  Kristy lives very close by, which put our mind at ease, her dog has very calm energy, and her husband has a lot of experience being a dog-owner.   We really need to give Marlo at least a month before Kristy can decide if Marlo is her forever dog!

 

Tauriel ~ Adopted

Tauriel, the Elf WarriorTauriel, the Elf Warrior is her name!  This little Hobbit is a dream!  She is friendly and as happy as could be.  We estimate she’s about 12-24 months of age, has great manners, easy to train, and very affectionate!  You can see more photos of her on Facebook!

Going Home!

Going Home!

 

 

 

Adorable!

Adorable!

 

Pumpkin, the Playful Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted

Pumpkin is a 12-month-old female Pembroke Welsh Corgi that came to TDL as an owner surrender. Pumpkin’s family was unable to keep her and asked us to find a wonderful new home for her. Thus far, Pumpkin has shown herself to be a friendly, playful girl who just loves Shelby, my male Corgi, and fits right in with the rest of my pack.

She is housetrained, spayed, fully vettted, and ready to go!

Pumpkin is being fostered at my home in the Ocala area. You can visit her Facebook photo album for more photos of this adorable girl. If you think you might be interested in adopting Pumpkin, please read about our adoption process and e-mail me at amyb.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Oct. 23, 2011: ADOPTED! Pumpkin just left with the fun-loving Benton family: Jennifer, Piper, and Chandler. I don’t know who was more excited about the meeting, Pumpkin or the kids. Eight-year-old Chandler even dressed like a “pumpkin” in orange and green. How cute is that?!? Winter Garden, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog! ~ Amy

Wiffle and Waffle the Corgi Jack Puppies ~ Adopted

Waffle and Wiffle

A couple of nights ago I was on the phone talking with Amy while she was eating her dinner and perusing Craig’s List.  (Amy is an awesome multi-tasker)  Suddenly she said, “Oh my!”

“On no,” I replied.  “What did you find?”

“Someone is getting rid of a litter of five Corgi mix puppies.”

“Why are you still on the phone with me?  Quick, call them!”  Why the urgency?  Because (a) people who make a spontaneous decision to get a puppy are more likely to give it up later, (b) we know that Craig’s List is trolled by bad people looking for free/cheap dogs for bad purposes,  and (c) we know that most dogs bought of it are not spayed/neutered, and therefore contribute to the future pet over-population problem.

Momma Corgi

Fifteen minutes later Amy called me from her car.  “I’m on my way.  Turns out the guy lives an hour from me.  I don’t know where.  He says he’ll meet me at an intersection and I can follow him home from there.”  I asked her if she had her mace, tazer and gun with her.  What can I say?  I get nervous with the places Amy goes to save dogs!  “He says he has other people coming to meet the puppies.  I hope I am in time.”

Waffle with his 7-month-old brother

An hour and a half later, another call.  “I was only able to save two.  In less than an hour, he’d given away three!”  I got a pit in my stomach.  I hope they found wonderful homes….  “The two I have are boys.  Really cute, really little.  I got a photo of the mother, definitely a Corgi.  The photo isn’t that good because she kept moving.  I also got a photo of their 7-month-old brother, sired by the same dog.  The owner says that the dad is a wired-hair Jack Russel that roams the neighborhood.  He complained that this the second time his dog got pregnant by it.  I told him the solution was simple.  Just spay your dog.  He looked at me completely blank.  Ugh!”

Bath time for Wiffle and Waffle

Amy took the two little boys home and bathed them.  Immediately.  They were covered in fleas.  Fleas so bad that they had scabs on them from scratching.  Poor pumpkins.  She was thrilled when they slept through the night, no problem.  The next morning she took them to work with her, dropping them off at the home of a co-worker who lives near the school (Amy is a teacher).  Her friend’s husband took  a late lunch so he could go home and let out the puppies.  They did great again ~ no accidents.  After work, Amy drove to a nearby Wendy’s where my husband and I met her (having driven through a monsoon ~ what’s that about???).

Wiffle, so little

She’s right.  The puppies are precious.  At 8-weeks-old, they are not yet five pounds.  They have the wiry hair that I just love and spunky personalities.  When the Border Great Pyrenees puppies met them, they didn’t take any grief but stood their ground.  I was quite proud of them!  I think that these two little ones are going to be wonderful dogs.  As a cross between a Corgi and a Jack Russel, they should do what most mixes do and pull the best of both breeds.  I expect that they’ll be around 25 pounds when they mature.  In the meanwhile, I’m just going to love their cute little selves!

Waffle exploring the garden

 

You can see more photos of each in Wiffle’s photo album and Waffle’s photo album.    I am fostering Wiffle and Waffle in Winter Park, Fl.  If you think that you might be the perfect home for one of them, please first read our article on starting out your dog right, then review our adoption process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

September 9th Update:

Waffle has cracked me up.  I was concerned that he would be depressed after his brother was adopted, and yes, he was sad the first night.  But in typical puppy fashion, he quickly bounced back and started terrorizing the other puppies.   Never mind that he is less than half their size ~ nothing slows him down.  I love this little guy!!!

September 13th Update:

Waffle is just full of beans!  He is always finding something to do!

September 15th Update:

Waffle is having so much fun with the other puppies.  Here he is playing with Ripple, Raffle and Ruffle.  What a character!!!

Adoptions:

Wiffle going home with Ben and Emily

September 3rd was Wiffle’s wonderful day!  Ben and Emily recently moved to Pensacola so he could start flight school.  They had been watching our website for a while, since they spotted Esme the Cavalier King Charles.  When they saw Wiffle, they immediately e-mailed me.  As soon as they could, they jumped in their car and made the eight hour drive to adopt this little fellow.  Is it any surprise that they not only loved him, but he was all about them?  Nope!  What a perfect match!!!  Please forgive the blurry photo ~ I managed to push a button on my camera and finally had to get my husband to figure out how to fix it!  *sigh*  Anyway, Pensacola, welcome your newest Dog Liberator puppy!

Waffle going home with Kristiana and Brian

September 30th was Waffle’s big day!  Kristiana and Brian had come out to meet him the weekend before, but we delayed the adoption for a week because some of the other puppies were sick and I wanted to make sure that he wasn’t going to come down with it.  Nope!  Waffle continued to be his regular full-of-vim-and-vinegar self!  I’m so happy with this match: Kristiana and Brian already have a two-year-old Corgi, so Waffle will have another dog to not only play with but to be mentored by.  Perfect, just perfect!  Melbourne, welcome your newest Dog Liberator puppy!

Mini Cooper, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted

Note:  Due to the number of phone calls and emails we have received from shelters and pounds please be aware that Sam Mauldin no longer volunteers for The Dog Liberator.  She can not pull, transport, or foster dogs for our rescue.

 

At 5’10”, I’m pretty tall for a woman. I guess that’s why a lot of people snicker when they find out I am nuts for Corgis. I mean, I tower over people of “normal” height, so I can only imagine how ridiculous I look with a Corgi at the end of a leash. No matter, I love them — short legs and all!

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I jumped the moment I saw the listing for a 2-year-old male Corgi at a high-kill municipal shelter. I think my message to Gisele said something like, “I. Want. This. Dog.” Her response was, “Yes, dear.” Good thing she tolerates my Corgi obsession! (Cases in point: Harry Potter, Piccadilly and Penny Lane, Sweet Pea, and Doogie Bowser.)

Fast forward 24 hours and I get a text from Gisele that Laura Watson, a wonderful TDL friend and volunteer in Jacksonville, was on her way to evaluate my Corgi. Woo hoo! A few hours later Laura herself sent a text, along with a photo of the cutest little tri-color boy. “He’s friendly and sweet, a true gentleman,” she said. “He has the best personality and is so adorable! I’m pulling him now.” Of course, at this point I was beyond excited. Laura kindly offered to foster her new charge overnight, so the only obstacle remaining was transport. How to get my latest low rider, who I was already calling Mini Cooper, from Jacksonville to Ocala in the middle of the work week when most folks were tied up with their 9-to-5 obligations?

Enter Sam Mauldin, a new friend to TDL who’d recently adopted Border Collies Jelly Bean and George Patton and was in the process of adopting Border Collie/Great Pyrenees puppy KaiKai. Sam graciously offered to drive from her home in Gainesville up to Jacksonville to pick up Mini Cooper, then down to Holly’s house in Winter Park to get her own KaiKai, and finally back up to the Ocala area, where I’d meet her to retrieve my Corgi. Did I mention I love this woman?

So here I sit with Mini Cooper, or “Coop,” by my side. He is the friendliest little fellow, never meeting a stranger and getting along equally well with cats, other dogs, and kids of all ages. I could easily fall in love with him, so I hope for my sake someone adopts him sooner rather than later!

Mini Cooper is being fostered at my home in the Ocala area. He walks well on a leash, loves to ride shotgun in the car, has been fully vetted, and is heartworm negative. So far no accidents in the house, so I’m assuming Coop is also housetrained. Oh, and he’s a wee little fellow at just 20 lbs. No chubby, tubby Corgi here!

You can view Mini Cooper’s photo album on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting him, please review “How to Adopt From Us” and email your information to me at amyb.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Sept. 17, 2011: ADOPTED! Mini Cooper just left with the lovely Sharon McCrocklin and her wonderful Rottweiler mix, Bruiser. I’m so excited about this adoption; first, because Sharon is fantastic, and second, because she and her husband train thoroughbred racehorses. It’s my firm belief that every barn should have at least one Corgi! Ocala, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog! ~ Amy

Sweet Pea, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted!

Sweet Pea, the Corgi

My friends and family know how much I love corgis. I have one, my mom has one … you get the point. So I wasn’t too surprised to get a call from a friend telling me about an ad by a local man trying to “get rid of his corgi.” Seriously? People with corgis don’t try to “get rid” of them. Sure, they can be somewhat yappy, bossy little brats (depending on how they’ve been “raised”). But they’re also little clowns and therefore provide their owners with a constant source of amusement. I mean, how can you look at a corgi and not laugh?

Needless to say, I decide to find out why this man wants to get rid of his corgi … so I call him. (You knew I would.) Turns out she (the corgi) gave birth to three stillborn puppies several weeks ago. “Is she fixed?” I ask. “No,” he says. “I’ll be there in 30 minutes,” I say. I have visions of this poor corgi falling into the hands of a puppy mill. Don’t believe they exist? Check out your local craigslist.org advertisements and you’ll change your mind. Corgi puppies are adorable and highly marketable, making this little girl a hot commodity to a puppy mill operator.

I arrive at the farm to see Sweet Pea. Not bad. Relatively clean. Fat, shiny horses and cows graze peacefully in the pasture. This is promising. Sweet Pea is kept in a kennel by the barn, I’m told. Okay, not ideal in my world of dogs on couches, but it happens. Certainly doesn’t mean the dog has been neglected or abused. Then I see the corgi. Poor little thing is so tiny and emaciated. Her toenails are so long they’re starting to curl in the opposite direction. As I walk closer I can see the fleas – and they’re all over her face! I speed things up. Vet records? No. Clearly no flea meds have been applied. What about heartworm preventative? Never did that either. Any wormer of any kind? Nope. Uh-oh. We’re in hyper-drive now. Grab dog (oh, God, the fleas!), jump in truck, DRIVE!

As I’m driving, I feel the fleas jumping from the crate in the back seat to my back, neck, and head. Then I count one … two … ugh, three … of them on my arm. I call Holly so she can commiserate. My question is this: How can someone who obviously knows enough about animal husbandry to keep his cows and horses fat and shiny allow a poor dog to become so weak, emaciated, and flea-infested? She doesn’t have the answer. Neither do I.

~ Amy

Monday, May 2, 2011: I’m exhausted this morning and so is Sweet Pea. We were up until nearly midnight trying to rid her thin little frame of fleas. Usually Comfortis takes care of the problem within 30-45 minutes, but not tonight. We’re severely outnumbered. Finally, a dose of Comfortis, three baths in Dawn dish soap, a good dousing with Adams flea spray, and several hours later the majority of the blood suckers are dead. I’ve literally never seen anything like it except on those “Animal Cops” shows on television. At one point, I thought Sweet Pea had wounds on her neck and behind her ears. Turns out the blood was from all the fleas living on that area of her body. At least she has a healthy appetite, even after all that trauma.

Monday, May 2, 2011 (evening): Just a quick note to relay the results of Sweet Pea’s vet visit this afternoon. The bad news is she’s too anemic and emaciated at 17 lbs. to be vaccinated just yet. The good news is both her fecal and her heartworm checks were negative. Hallelujah! Dr. Hendrix prescribes iron supplements to combat the anemia and puppy food to help her gain weight. Throughout this whole ordeal, Sweet Pea has remained kind and trusting. I’m loving this little girl!

Friday, May 6, 2011: We had a bit of a scare earlier this week. Due to the stress of changing her diet, routine, etc., Sweet Pea developed severe diarrhea and couldn’t eat a bite for about 36 hours. After several failed attempts and a somewhat panicky call to Holly, I finally figured out a recipe she liked: a mixture of rice, boiled chicken, and canned tuna. After a few days of this concoction, antibiotics, and tummy meds, Sweet Pea was feeling much better and I switched her back to her twice-daily puppy food regimen.

 
 

 

 

Sweet Pea the Corgi


 

 

Monday, May 9, 2011: Sweet Pea has turned into a picky eater! According to Dr. Hendrix, she should be eating 1 ½ cups of high-quality puppy food two times a day. Sometimes she chooses to eat the morning ration and sometimes she chooses to eat the evening ration, but never both. You name it, I’ve tried it – mixing her dry food with wet food, sprinkling it with boiled chicken and/or canned tuna, dousing it in chicken or beef broth, etc. Ugh! I keep asking Sweet Pea if she’s sure she’s actually a corgi! I suppose I’m just eager for her to gain back the weight she so desperately needs. It’s difficult to tell in the photos, but you can still count her little ribs just by looking at her.

She’s definitely a little princess, and loves to spend time with people. She’s getting along very well with my two guys – Shelby, my 3-year-old male Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Chas, my 3-year-old male Border Collie/Lab mix – as long as they stay away from her crate while she’s eating. If they don’t, she’s quick to warn them they’ve crossed the line by growling at them. This resource guarding may be a result of her starved condition or it may just be her personality; either way, she only does it with other dogs. Not once with people. I’ve taken food and chew toys out from under her nose and she’s never offered to growl or bite. The bottom line: Sweet Pea is very proprietary about her “stuff” when other dogs are around. I’m working on correcting the behavior and she’s getting better, but it’s something potential adopters will want to be aware of. Sweet Pea will certainly do just fine in a multi-dog household, but it needs to be one with strong enough leadership to address the guarding behavior, that’s all.

Sweet Pea the Corgi

Oh, and I just had to mention, she’s getting cuter and cuter every day!

Monday, May 16, 2011: Sweet Pea had her recheck at the vet’s office today. Dr. Hendrix said she looks much, much better — good enough, in fact, that he had no qualms about vaccinating her. Sweet Pea now weighs 19.4 lbs., up 2.4 from the 17 lbs. she weighed on her first vet visit. Dr. Hendrix said he’d like to see her gain another 3 lbs. or so; she’s a petite Corgi, so that would put her in her ideal weight range. Because she was so incredibly anemic due to the flea infestation, Dr. Hendrix suggested postponing Sweet Pea’s spay until she’s gained a bit more weight, approximately a week or so.

Sunday, May 22, 2011: Sweet Pea has undergone a dramatic change in the past week, both physically and personality-wise. She no longer growls and snaps when other dogs approach her toys, treats, or food. She’s also regaining the “Corgi joy” that was missing from her demeanor. Sweet Pea now initiates play with my dogs, whereas before she shied away from them and clung to me. Yesterday, I caught her grooming my Border Collie/Labrador Retriever mix, Chas, and roughhousing with Shelby, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Even her barking at squirrels is music to my ears. (I think she actually believes she has them worried!) Physically, she is changing as well. Her once-concave sides are filling in and her little backbone and ribs are no longer visible. I’ve really been pushing the food at her in the hopes that she’d gain another pound or two before her spay, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd. It’s amazing what basic veterinary care, good food, and kind treatment can do for a dog!

Sweet Pea’s photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

Saturday, May 28, 2011: Sweet Pea was adopted by Mark Freeman and Tairi Perez today. As I type, she’s on her way home to Winter Park where she’s sure to impress everyone she meets on Park Avenue. I’m so happy — Mark and Tairi are the perfect match for this wonderful little girl!

Cream Puff, the Corgi ~ Adopted

I apologize in advance for these short posts, but we’re a little short on time! Cream Puff is a tiny little love muffin, who was rescued by Amy Benz and flown to us by a volunteer pilot. She is currently being evaluated here in Deltona, and more information about her temperament will be shared soon.

She is approximately 2 years old, and is heartworm positive. We will being her slow-kill treatment this week, and she’ll be ready to go! Details coming soon!

Cream Puff’s photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

I promised you an update, here’s a Foster Update!
I am Crème Puffs “fairy god mother”… J

Crème Puff is a very sweet girl. She is affectionate and extremely laid back. When she first got to my house, she was possessive but that was gone within 24 hrs. She is not aggressive at all but is not afraid to stand up for herself either. After a day, she was sharing food from the bowl with the other dog and was fine. They are sharing a crate together as well…. The first few nights she preferred to sleep at the foot of the bed with my 14 year old. She went to the vet the other day and that night did not want to be alone, so I put her in the crate with Spike and they like to cuddle together to sleep. When I woke up this morning, they were “spooning”….so cute! Spike (the other dog) gets on her nerves because he likes to play rough – he is still a pup and she does not like rough play and puts him in his place.

She is excellent with the kids (I have a 14, 10, and 7 year old). She plays very gently with them and I have yet to see her nip, etc.  She didn’t like my cat at first but she has gotten used to her. I taught her “leave it” so she would stop chasing her…. She also knows “load up” which is the command to get in the car. She LOVES going on car rides. I was starting to teach “sit” but I am trying to teach 2 to sit at the same time, which is nearly impossible for me. Too much distraction….  I am certain that if her new owner starts “sit” first, she will pick it up in a day or 2. She is certainly smart enough!

She walks VERY well on a leash…there is always slack. I do have a yard and when I take the dogs out to play, she stays right at my side. I would rarely say this but I don’t think this dog really needs a yard. She is not very athletic at all and when I do take her out back, she either walks alongside me or sits at the door and waits to go back inside. She prefers to be in with the family and ONLY wants to go out for potty breaks.

I cannot say this enough – she is the most mellow dog I have ever met. She is quiet and does not bark unless you give her a reason. Even when she is playing, she is calm. She has lots of love to give and is very eager to please her humans. From what I have seen, she is not afraid of anything, including strangers. She will bark if someone comes to the door but I have taken her to the baseball field and she let all of the strangers pet her without hesitation.

Maria

05/03/11 Update: Cream Puff has left the building.  Kimberlee Goodson has adopted this little doll, and named her Emmie.  Kimberlee is a school teacher, and did her homework about heartworm disease and treatment options.  She consulted with her vet who is anxious to meet her and discuss the options.  Kimberlee is very confident in Dr. Prather of Winter Garden Animal Hospital, and I’m anxious for updates.  Maria, Cream Puff’s foster was thrilled.  Kimberlee and Cream Puff (Emmie) look so gorgeous together.


This is the first time that Maria DeRosa has fostered for us, and she did an outstanding job.  None of Kimberlee’s questions went unanswered!  I was really impressed.

So welcome our new adopter, the first for this month, and we’re anxious to updates!

Doogie Bowser, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted!


Oh gosh. Really, oh gosh!!! Is this not the cutest little guy you ever did see? 25 pounds of love! Is anyone going to be surprised to know that this one was rescued by Amy? No, I didn’t think so. She is simply amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but she seems to always be the lady-on-the-spot when an amazing dog gets abandoned.

Since she majored in British literature (with an emphasis on the Romantic period ~ no, seriously, she did!), Amy keeps a great diary on her fosters. Here we go:

Foster Diary of Doogie Bowser, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Everyone at The Dog Liberator knows I love corgis. Our fearless leader, Gisele – not so much. But I think I’ve happened upon the one corgi that may change her mind …


Enter Doogie Bowser, a 5-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi that is neither yappy nor snappy (both less-than-endearing qualities that have been attributed to some corgis). In fact, Doogie is pretty much perfect. He’s sweet as sugar and very people-friendly, submissive with the other dogs, allows me to take his food/treats right out of his mouth, drops everything when told to “leave it,” walks well on a leash, enjoys a good game of fetch, stands like a soldier for bath time, and is completely housetrained. Oh, and did I mention that he’s as cute as a bug in a rug? (Sorry – I am from the South – I can’t help myself sometimes!)

Doogie has been fully vetted and neutered. The only reason this charming fellow is looking for his forever home is because his owner went away to college and her parents could not keep him. The fact of the matter is – if someone doesn’t snatch this little treasure up soon – I might just become a foster failure and keep him myself! I love him!

There are a lot more photos of Doogie Bowser in his photo album.

If you are interested in adopting Doogie Bowser, please review our adoption process, then e-mail amyb.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Picadilly and Penny Lane, our Corgi sisters ~ Adopted


Do you know what happens when you develop good relationships? You end up with Corgis…..

Amy is one of our go-to volunteers. Despite a busy life, despite being located almost two hours away in Ocala, despite having been sick with one thing after another since September (she is a teacher and is trapped all day with those germ-carrying short people!), she has been one of the first to offer to help time and time again. As a result, when she asks for us to rescue a certain dog and offers to foster it, how can we say no. Amy loves Corgis…..

Pam is the director of a shelter in rural Florida. Recently we contacted her about pulling dachshund puppies Pippin and Pompy. As she has gotten to know us, she has liked what she has seen and taken the initiative, asking us to pull dogs that she thinks we might be able to place.

Last week an owner came into Pam’s shelter and surrendered his two corgis, three-year-old sisters Picadilly and Penny Lane. Pam immediately called us and asked if we could take them. Amy got word and said she’d foster. Zondra said she was going to be going to the shelter anyway, so transport was no problem. Well, it seemed we were getting corgis!

Amy is a wonderful foster. She has several dogs of her own and knows how to ease the transition for a recently abandoned dog. (Isn’t is sad, that someone would abandoned their dogs during the holidays???) Be sure to check out the girls photo album. Amy is good with her camera and is constantly adding to it. She shared with me her idea for a video of them. I won’t ruin the surprise, but it is going to be cool, so keep an eye out for it!!!

If you are considering one of these dogs for your family, please read about our adoption process and then e-mail gisele.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Amy is wonderful about keeping a diary of the dogs. Here is what she has so far:


Foster Diary of Piccadilly and Penny Lane, 2 ½-year-old Cardigan Welsh Corgi sisters who were rescued by TDL from a rural Florida shelter. Both girls have been spayed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.

I met these enthusiastic, fun-loving corgi sisters earlier this week when I picked them up from TDL in Orlando. They’re super-sweet and just want to crawl up in your lap – but watch out, or they’ll both be up there at the same time! Both girls are pretty confident and blended into my pack very nicely within 24 hours. Of course, being ladies they did have to remind the boys to keep their distance a time or two (or three!). Beyond that, however, there wasn’t a snarl or raised hackle between them.

Piccadilly is the sister with less white on her head. She’s also the dominant one and quite confident, thank you very much! She loves the couch and still needs to learn that it is for people, not puppies. Not to worry, though – I’m on it! Piccadilly is the first one to come racing when she sees me and would like to play, play, play. Exactly what she wants to play, I’m not sure yet because it’s been cold out and I’ve been sick. This weekend I will find out whether she’s a ball player or a disc dog. (Be forewarned: I can throw a ball, but a Frisbee … not so much. I will try, though.) The energy to do something active is there with both girls – what they lack in stature, they make up for in enthusiasm. Just need to find out which direction they want to go.

Penny Lane, the more submissive sister, is slightly smaller and has more white on her head. She was slower to warm up to me (it took a few hours instead of a few minutes like it did with Piccadilly). However, now Penny is extremely loving and just as focused on being with me as Piccadilly is.

Both girls would rather hang with me than my dogs, but I’m sure that will change in a day or two. For now, I’ll just enjoy the attention! Piccadilly and Penny Lane share a crate during the day when I’m at work. I’ve been feeding them in the same crate, as well, and haven’t had a problem. I may start separating them for brief periods of time this weekend as they are very attached to one another. It would be wonderful if they are adopted together, but it may not work out that way and I’d like to make the initial separation as trauma-free as possible. So far, we haven’t had any “accidents” in the house. Paws crossed it stays that way. Physically, I’d say the girls both weigh approx. 25 lbs. They have a little less bone than my or my mom’s Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Both girls have long tails with a spot of black in the middle.

Picadilly – February 20, 2011 Update:

Picadilly is doing great in her new forever home. She is having fun playing fetch and going for walks around the neighborhood. She is in great health and a very smart dog, so smart I caught her writing one of my college papers for me. The only thing she thinks could be better is more belly pets, because the amount she is getting is never enough.

Stephen & Picadilly

 

Our Teddy Bear Puppies ~ Adopted



Boo

Imagine walking through a flea market and seeing someone selling puppies, then finding out that he’d started the morning with eight, ended with four, and those he is dropping at a kill shelter on his way home. That’s what happened last weekend in Georgia. This woman was a person of action. She paid the man for the puppies and brought them to Connie at Bark N Ride. Connie got in touch with Hope, who volunteers tirelessly to find rescues that will take Georgia dogs. Hope got in touch with Gisele on Monday, who said we’d take them. Tuesday Hope scrambled to put together a transport. Wednesday Adrianne drove all day to get them to us, and Meg met them in Oviedo at 9pm to bring the puppies the last leg to me. Thursday I brought them to Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital who made room for them to be spayed and neutered. And now they are ready for their forever home. Whew! Welcome to the fast paced world of rescue. You can’t imagine the hours, cost and emotional energy that went into the rescue, and yet this rather routine for us and the absolute norm for Hope! Hope spent over $1000 on this rescue just getting them to us. She is one of the unsung heroes of rescue. When we find a home for a dog, the family tells us how wonderful we are, etc, but people like Hope, Connie, Adrianne and Meg don’t get that moment to help carry them forward. Without them we truly couldn’t do this, so I pray they know how appreciated they are! I’ll take this moment to invite you to read a previous blog that I posted on adoption fees.


 

Bear ~ Adopted

What can I tell you about these pups, beside they are about the cutest things I ever did see. Take into consideration that my personal dogs are Basset mixes ~ I guess I have a thing for stubby legs. You see, when we were contacted about them, we thought they were Border Collies. But then when they stumbled out of their crates and into my living room, we started to giggle. Three of the four have very short legs. And somehow it works for them! Surely the mother was a Border Collie. In Button’s case, I wouldn’t be surprised if the father was one too. But the other three? Well, I suspect that the father was a Corgi (you did know that litters can have multiple fathers, didn’t you?). That would make them Borgis. Yeah, I know, but it really is a designer breed. lol They all have fluffy fur and very sweet demeanor. But what do you expect in 12 week old puppies? Whoever adopts these puppies has to promise to send me photos of them when they grow up! In the meanwhile, we can all enjoy what I have posted on their photo album.

If you are interested in these or any of our dogs, please read about our adoption process.


Button ~ Adopted!


Baloo


02 August Update:

The Borgis are really coming into their own. When they first arrived they were happy but a bit tentative. I kept them separated from the other puppies because I didn’t want to have them get overwhelmed, but now they are all in! I laugh as I watch them wrestle with Catahoulas Chip and Dale, or sneak up and pounce on Dixie the Shepherd. My Ralph and Gus are wonderful with them (of course!). Ralph likes to mother them, whereas Gus likes to play hard. All of my friends who have met the Borgis have had the same first initial reaction ~ they laugh! You just can’t help it as you see them trudging along on their squat little legs. My daughter says that they remind her of the dwarves in Snow White. Maybe, but they’re a lot cuter!

 

 

Adopting Families


Bear was adopted on August 1st by Joleen and Dwight. Their little 8 year old Jack Russell died suddenly last month, probably as a reaction to her annual shots. You can imagine how hard that was for them? They thought they’d wait at least a year before getting another dog but quickly found out how quiet their home was without one (lots of us have been there!). When they saw Bear’s photo they thought that maybe this would be the one. And when they met, yup, the one!

 

September 28 Update on Bear:

We just wanted to give you an update on our guy. He has been such a joy to have around and alot of fun. He has started going to the doggie park and absoultely loves his new friends. They play so hard that they all go home and sleep for hours. Bear is enjoying his morning and evening walks; the whole neighborhood has to come see him or stop there cars to say hello. He is hurt when they do not. He is definitely a very well demeanored and extremely friendly guy, we couldn’t have asked for a better dog.

He is getting bigger, 2 weeks ago he weighed 16.7 lbs at the vet. He is also realizing he has a voice, he will let you know when he wants something and he is definitely not shy about telling you. He is also very smart, potty training him was extremely easy. He sleeps in our room on his own pillow. He has learned a few tricks already. I could go on and on about Bear, he truly has brought back some happiness and joy that we lost when our other girl passed away.

Thanks so much and we will send some future pictures of Bear as he grows up or I should say grows longer. I don’t think he will get much taller.


Baloo was adopted August 13th. In May, Sloane and Harran’s 16-year-old cocker spaniel died. It was a hard loss because she had been their first baby, but she never really accepted the children when they came along. When Sloane first contacted me, she said her number one priority in a dog was that it like her kids. No problem ~ Baloo adores them! This busy family is going to throughly enjoy their busy little puppy.

Update 9/15/10

Hi Holly,

Baloo is now “Cubby”. He’s doing great! The kids love him and he and the baby are best buddies. They love to wrestle. We have very few accidents–you did a great job with him!! I saw the picture of his brother on Facebook, so I thought I’d give you the update.

Sloane







Boo was adopted August 18th by Vanessa. She had done her research and knew the personality she was looking for. When she met Boo, it was an instant connection! Boo will be the center of attention in Satellite Beach! So happy!

November 5th Update:

Great article about Boo (aka Sadie) that appeared in The Beachside Resident … http://thebeachsideresident.com/2010/10/happiness-is-a-puppy/

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