Noodle the Caribou in Atlanta

Admit it: when you saw the photo of Noodle, you thought, “Huh? What’s that????” I know that’s what I thought! I mean, white speckled body, sable face, fawn ears. Oh, and did I mention webbed feet???? Now, I’ve been doing breed identification for a long time, and quite honestly, I’m pretty good at it, but this girl??? So this is what I think: she is probably a mix of several breeds, but her face shape, eyes and ears speak of Shetland Sheepdog. Her body coat, slightly elevated tail and webbed tail call to English Springer Spaniel. But I really hope that whoever adopts this girl does a DNA test, because I bet we’ll be surprised!

Noodle was rescued by Khaz. Let me share with you her story:

Noodle was pulled from Barrow County Animal Services in Winder, Georgia on January 18th. She was supposed to have been put down on the 11th of January, but was held over due to a snowstorm that hit Georgia and subsequently shut down the state that very week. I (Khaz) had seen this puppy on petfinder some weeks before her original slated date for euthanasia, but was afraid I had missed the deadline to grab her. Much to my surprise, her petfinder add was still up, depsite it being well past January 11th. I immediately emailed Barrow County Animal Services to ask if she was still alive, and she was! Despite sending numerous back-to-back emails over the course of five day to the shelter, the only response I recieved to my inquiry was to the very first email. It was then brought to my attention that her last day at Barrow County was Tuesday the 18th at 5pm. I had contacted the shelter on Friday, the 15th. This particular shelter is closed Weekends, Wednesdays and all holidays, and being the weekend of Martin Luther King Day, Tuesday was do or die for this gal. With some creative pleas and the concept that Kennesaw Georgia is farther away from Winder than it actually is–I was able to avoid the three-day adoption process and sucessfully pull this pup at 3:30pm, Tuesday, the 18th, two hours before she was slated on the PTS list. She was sent to the Vet the following Thursday for her spay, and first round of puppy shots where I was then able to pick her up Friday morning and bring her home.

So what do we actually know about Noodle? Well, she was born around October/November. She currently weighs 18 pounds, but she is quite thin. She is being fostered in Kennesaw, Georgia. I love what Khaz’ boyfriend Steve has to say about Noodle: “She’s spunky, energetic, and just a wee bit quirky, just like her name. She’s also answering to it pretty darn well, especially for being out of jail for just 3 days! Noodle is a perfectly normal, happy puppy, and will complete a family real soon!

Quick! Someone adopt Noodle before Khaz and Steve fall too much in love with her! You can see more photos on her photo album. If you think that she might be the dog for you, please review our adoption process and then e-mail me at

January 27th Update:

At three months, this dog acts like she’s full grown. She has THE most easy going personality I have ever come across, outside of my own aussie/rottie mix. There is literally nothing that she doesn’t love, or that she isn’t curious about! She learns at the drop of a dime, too. She’s been with me five days so far, and already she goes to stand at the back door with the other dogs when she needs to be let out. She definitely wasn’t potty trained when we first got her, so I have a feeling she picked up on the “routine” from the other dogs. The cat and her are best friends. I have a HUGE twelve year old, ornery Siamese, who prior to Noodle hated the world. If she can befriend my cat, this dog will have no trouble making friends with anyone and everything she meets. She’s not food aggressive, nor does she chew on things, despite the fact she’s cutting teeth. She loves going on long walks, but I don’t think the thought even crosses her mind to bolt, or stray away. She walks on a leash like a pro! So as far as me being comfortable with her, my answer is ABSOLUTELY. This dog is my opinion of the perfect package. She is quirky, intelligent, friendly, and a total lovebug. She’d be great for an active family, or she’d be great with a family of children, other dogs, cats…anything! There’s no doubt in my mind she could acclimate herself to any environment she is placed in. I had prepared to have nights of puppy nightmares when I brought her home, and instead I’ve got an old soul of a dog trapped in a goofy little body. She’s the perfect candidate for any family. I haven’t seen a single vice in this dog yet.

She is losing baby teeth, yes, but she still has her baby canines. The adult teeth that are coming in are barely breaking the gumline, so if she is four months, I’d say just barely. Her weight is a concern to me, though. She is taller than I originally thought, and though she does need to gain a good bit of weight, I do not think she’s going to be a very heavy dog. Tall? Yes, but she is very light-boned. She’s on a high-fat high-protein puppy diet right now and I can already tell a small difference. I never realized how thin she was until I brought her home and actually felt her. Basically every bone in her body can be felt through her skin, and there’s minimal muscle mass, so 18lbs is a bare minimum weight for her.

~ Khaz

January 29 Update:

She is learning how to play! It was so sad to me bringing her home and seeing that she hadn’t the slightest idea on what a ball was, and had shown zero interest in nyla bones, chewies, or stuffed animals. She would just stare at the toy as it lay at her feet, then a few seconds later dejectedly walk away. But now she is finding her inner puppy again! She does the most magnificent playbow at the sight of my other dog’s stuffed turtle, and though she still hasn’t figured out the total purpose of the toy–I view this a positive step forward. Though she hasn’t picked up on carrying the toys around like the other dogs, I did catch her trotting around the house with her food bowl in tow. She obviously must be learning something! 😉

Her response to her name and the basic “sit” “back” and “drop it” commands are coming along swimmingly. She responds to her name a good 80% of the time by dropping whatever task she is and plodding over to come stand at my heels. If she doesn’t come, she lifts her head and looks dead at me, so I know there’s some cognitive recognition going on in that funky little head of hers. Crate training too, is making some grand strides. She still doesn’t favor her crate, but she tolerates it, and no longer whines profusely once placed inside.She may give a few perfunctory yaps at most, and then contents herself to sleep. We’re working hard to show her the crate is not the lonely place she used to live, with each day she’s making improvements.

~ Kahz

February 1 Update:

Everyone that has ever owned a puppy knows the sudden gut-clenching feeling that follows the discovery of your un-housebroken puppy loose loose and waiting for you at the door after a long toiling day at work. You know, the deep and sudden dread you get when the realization falls upon you that not only is this puppy out right -now-, but that more than likely…it’s been out of it’s crate since the moment you left the house.

Well, that was me this afternoon. Walking to my door after pulling in to my driveway I hear the all familiar yipyapping of the pack as they acknowledge my coming home. Yet instead of opening the door to two dogs–eager for their potty break after a long day of sleeping and watching cars from the window, no doubt– I open it to Noodle. My stomach hit the floor. How long had she been out? What could she have gotten in to? Oh God–WHAT am I going to have to clean up? I step grudgingly though the door, angry that I had latched the crate incorrectly, and now would suffer a case of puppy Karma. I let the dogs out back and begin my thorough search of the house, looking for hidden puddles, and sniffing the air like a crazy person, mildly afraid of the carnage i might find. Yet to my chagrin, there’s nothing! This little puppy had been loose inside my house for almost five hours and there was not a single puddle, or “accident” anywhere to be found? I was floored. This puppy made a total fool out me, marching around my house SEARCHING for something that wasn’t even there. I went out back to call them all back inside and who is the first to come prancing in? Noodle. This dog amazes me more and more every day! She comes when she’s called, she sits, she plays well…and now I’m witnessing her be borderline housebroken all within a week’s period?! Incredible.
Frankly, I thought she for sure would have been adopted by now. Now with this new discovery, I’m shocked that she hasn’t been. I’ve never come across a puppy so well-behaved in my life! There will certainly be no need for obedience class for this gal, unless she’s the one teaching it! She picks up on everything. She knows whose bowl is whose when it’s feeding time, and though she was a off to a slow start with playtime, she’s taken off with flying colors. She hops–she bounds, she prances–did I mention what a fantastic playbow she has? She’s truly the pinnacle of puppydom. Steve calls her the princess of the house, but I disagree! She’s a rough and tumble kind of girl, all play and none of that froufrou mess. She still has very little interest in the ball, but boy does she love to wrestle. She and my corgi get together and it’s a real trip! I dont know if it’s the centrifugal force of their feet running so many circles on my hardwood, or if it’s just because they’re moving so fast but when they get together, the room spins. I had so many initial worries about Noodle when I first brought her home. I wasn’t sure if she’d get along with the other two dogs, I was afraid of how she’d react to my grandpa of a cat…yet every time I’ve had a doubt she seems to have risen to the occasion and surprised me. I really just can’t say enough positive things about her!
Her weight gain too, has improved. And between you and me, I think she’s grown! When she stretches across the couch she’s almost as long as my Rottie boy, though he’s got a good 70lbs on her. I know there was speculation at first, but she’s gonna be tall. She’s about 20lbs now, but still pretty bony. She’s got some weight to gain yet, but I know she’ll grown in to it! 🙂

More pictures are on their way, if only I could get her to stay still long enough. 😉

Adoption Update 02/18/11:

Hi Gisele and Khaz/Kayla,

We rescued our new baby on Valentines day and couldn’t be happier! We are in love with her and she is the delight of my days. As I am writing you, she is curled up next to me on the couch;-)

My husband and I picked her up from Jesse Monday late afternoon on Valentines day and she is Truely a sweetheart/Valentine:-) She curled up in my lap immediately. I was already in love with her when I layed eyes on her picture, but that just sealed the deal! We named her Bella after our sweet Dalmation we lost 2 weeks ago, Cindy Bella TimTam. We traveled with her sleeping in my lap the whole way to my dads house where we showed her off. Bella played with 3 dogs and then slept in her crate in our room with out a peep from her all night. Tuesday we traveled 8 hours in the car home to Atl. and she was an absolute angel. She has been celebrated by our whole family as we have had meets with them the last few days:-) I took Bella to a beautiful dog park in Roswell that I found out about so she could play with lots of dogs and she loved it for a while, then got fixated on the gate as the dogs would leave. It broke my heart:-( Then she and I went walking on the beautiful trails in the woods. She also had her first visit to meet her new vet and they loved her of course! Yesterday Bella and I went for a walk/run and I soon found out that we need to stay on quiet roads because she gets frightened when a car goes by, so after I quickly got back on a quiet road, our walk was very nice. We also went to my sisters today for a doggie play date with her Australian Shepherd named Sozo. She is still learning to play with toys as we went to pet smart and picked a few up along with some treats and chewies that she is enjoying. Bella is also doing very well at winning our stand offish Ragdoll kitty’s heart. Skylar misses her Dalmation sister who was her best friend!!! Bella is my little Angel and I am so thankful that she was saved for me

Khaz, we would love to meet you so you can see her again and she can see you. I’m sure you miss her and I thank you so much for rescuing this precious girl:-) She is a gift!

Here are some pics taken on my phone on Valentines day and the drive home.

Thanks again and we’ll stay in touch,


Cinder the Springer Spaniel Puppy ~ Adopted


Cinder is an 8-month-old Springer Spaniel that was left behind when her family moved. When I say left behind, I mean left in the yard! The neighbors fed her and the other dogs (four of them) for a couple of weeks until a friend of our rescue learned about them. She went to the home and only found Cinder and Chloe, a 13-week-old German Shepherd puppy. They are now safe with us and doing well.

Given how she was abandoned, I expected Cinder to be shy or nervous. Far from it. She is a gentle dog, self-confident but not pushy. She is playful but not hyper. When she wags her stub of a tail, which is almost all the time, her whole bottom shakes. She does great with other dogs too. She is really quite wonderful!

Cinder is only 28 pounds. I don’t think she is going to be much more than 35 pounds when full grown. You can enjoy lots of photos of her on her Facebook photo album.

October 17 Update:

My beautiful Cinder has found her forever home, and it is the perfect one! Sherrie and Jim recently lost their 15-year-old Beauty and she has been missed by not only them but Boscoe as well, their 5-year-old Basset/Jack Russell. At first they were hesitant about Cinder because her markings are so similar to Beauty’s but they decided to come over and see how she “fit.” She fit very well indeed! She and Boscoe immediately became fans of each other, and in what I thought was an inappropriately short period of time, she was sitting at their feet rather than mine! lol Cinder has had so much upheaval in her short life, she just doesn’t know if she is coming or going. I told Sherrie and Jim that they are essentially meeting her at her low point, and that they will have the pleasure of watching her unfurl. I know this is the right family and the right setting for Cinder to become all that she was meant to be. I am so happy!

October 18th Update:

e-mail from Sherrie and Jim: 

We have given Cinders a new name – Buffy! She already knows her name and comes when called. We had a good night first night last night. We have a crate for Buffy and she seems quite happy with it. Only one accident on the carpet so far, she is going outside very well. Boscoe is a good tutor.


My biggest challenge at this point is getting Buffy to eat. She seems to want to wait for Boscoe to finish before she will eat, and then tries to eat the remaining smidgens diet food left in Boscoe’s dish. The only problem is, Boscoe never stops eating! I bought some Iams puppy kibble and wet food. I mixed up a little of the diet food (she really likes the taste), with larger portions of puppy kibble and wet food. She would eat a little, but stop if Boscoe came near. If I kept Boscoe back, she seemed worried about that and still wouldn’t eat. I finally ended up feeding her by hand tonight. I would rotate, 12 pieces for her, 1 piece for Boscoe. She ate all her food when I did that and surprisingly, Boscoe was OK with it also. I am going to try to gradually get her to eat more from her bowl, and not from my hand. I am probably spoiling her outrageously, but I want her to gain some weight.

Maureen’s Hope – Pup Gets Immediate Medical Attention-Adopted!

Another fairy tale ending!

I will write more about this poor little pup. Originally, I saw her photo and promised to take her out of a VERY high-kill shelter that euthanizes every Wednesday morning, 7:30 AM sharp – period. Volunteers scramble to pull the dogs and transport them to rescues. Abby with New Beginnings Rescue had dibs on this pup. When I arrived to pick up Stargazer, I noticed the pup and mentioned to Abby that I was hoping to get her. She quickly gave me permission to take her! I was thrilled. Our Foster, Karen, (shown left) immediately took little Hope to the vet the next day, and oh boy, was she sick. Fever, ear infection, loaded with every worm possible, lethargic, and pneumonia. What else could go wrong? After 3 days of hos-pitali-zation, thanks to a donation by Maureen to cover the expenses (Gisele the Collie Girl’s Mom) Maureen’s Hope is back home with her foster family, and Karen is nursing her back to health. Hope will be available for adoption once she can undergo full vetting. Update Posted on Facebook 04/01/10: Easter Sunday, Karen drove Hope to me in Deltona to be treated by Dr. Kim of Val-u-Vet. At this point, with little improvement since we got her on the 17th, I’m not taking anymore chances. She should be better by now. Because Hope had a distemper shot on the 16th, and I got her on the 17th, the vet says she will test positive for distemper for 3-4 weeks. All tests that can be done will not show a strong positive for anything without doing a tissue sample from the lungs… ouch. Dr. Kim makes no promises, but will do her best…. We will have to wait and see, and make her comfy, continue antibiotics, fluids, treat the congestion, possibly do an x-ray, administer breathing treatments (boy this sounds familiar) and pray. There’s nothing more we can do. When she said she will make no promises, I sank… but I really love Dr. Kim, she’s the best. Very Very Smart Lady and to the point. Thank you so much for your help Maureen. Karen, cross your fingers. This is your first foster, and it sucks. Stargazer and Maureen’s Hope were crate mates on the transport, and Stargazer is fine, but she’s several months older than Hope. Clearly whatever is wrong with her happened before she was turned into the shelter. Clearly she was turned in because she was sick. And the people who hate rescues should be shot. This pound would’ve put her down without hesitation, and her own people tossed her out the window like a half-eaten bologna sandwich. Who’s left cleaning up the mess do I dare ask? I will be completely gray by months’ end. For real-time updates on Maureen’s Hope, join us on Facebook. Update 04/02/10: You know when your kids want something, and you say no… they stick out their lower lip, bat those big cow eyes at you and whimper… please? Well… it works! Here’s an email I just received from a lovely young lady, Erica: Dear Gisele, This might sound silly, but maybe to some one with the same heart you will understand. The night I joined the border collie rescue site for Southeast US is the night I couldn’t sleep. I saw the posting for Hope, nameless at the time, and was sick with worry not knowing that there are so many wonderful organizations like yours out there. The next day I did everything I could to get up there and save her myself but my attempts were futile because I’m in college and my classes wouldn’t allow me to get there in time. I worried all day until they called me to tell me at 4pm that she was safe! I was so happy I went home and right away posted this good news on the site. After that I heard nothing about her, not knowing where she had gone or who saved her. Then last night while I was looking around the rescue sites I saw a familiar face, and her name was Hope, the perfect name for her. This being said, I live 40 minutes away from your establishment and I was hoping maybe you would give me the privilege of meeting her. She stole a little piece of my heart and just meeting her would mean a lot to me. Sorry this is such a long message and I hope reading this isn’t wasting your time, I just feel a strong connection to her and feel like it’s almost fate our paths crossed again. Please let me know if it’s possible for me to visit sometime next week. If not I understand and I hope some one is able to give her a great home! God Bless Erika Fontana I was 19 years old when I got my first Border Collie in Houston, Texas. Found her under a shed at Herman Park Medical Center, and lived happily ever after! Here’s a Photo of Karen’s son and Hope after she started to show some improve-ment. Update 04/07/10: All eyes are on little Hope. Foster Mom, Karen is on a much-needed break, so when Dr. Kim called and said I could bring Hope home, I really wanted her to stay in foster care. And guess who held their hand up in the air saying, “Pick Me!” Erica! So, Erica has little Hopie for several days so she can meet the family. Hope will not be available for adoption, (even though Erica wants her yesterday) until she can be spayed, receive all of her boosters, and micro-chipped. I believe Hope has spent a total of 7 days in a hospital-like setting. Hopefully the medication she has received does the trick. This two steps forward, three steps back makes me nervous. Update 04/15/10: Little Hopie was returned to Karen even though Erica had a hard time letting her go! But having Hope for the weekend gave her parents a chance to get to know the pup. Erica’s mother (shown left) is very dog-savvy and assured us that Hope was getting better, but still not 100%. Once with Karen again, we wondered how much more time is it going to take for this pup to be well? It happened! Yesterday, Karen was thrilled to see a dramatic improvement in the pup. I look at this photo, and think that Hope is saying, “Yeah, they love me!” In the meantime, today, Erica has returned to take little Hope to her parents’ house as a permanent foster with the intent to adopt. I hope to insert a blurb from Karen about her first foster experience, and how she felt when Erica came today to pick up Hope… trust me, it’s going to be good stuff!!!! In the meantime, I must share with you a comment that Karen made to me just an hour ago while we were on the phone. Quite emotional about Hope’s adoption, Karen exclaimed, “Gisele you saved her.” Huh? Let’s break this apart, shall we? Hope was rescued by shelter volunteers who crossposted their plea for a rescue to get her out before she was to be euthanized. Hero #1. Hope Master coordinated the transport, and paid for any boarding fees and transport fees, along with an army of awesome people. Collective Heroes #2. Abby with New Beginnings Rescue agreed to take the pup. Hero #3. Karen volunteers to foster, and really wants a pup. She drives little Hope all over the place to two different vets several times, keeps me updated, gives the pup a bath, keeps me updated, gives her the meds, and keeps me updated. Hero #4. Maureen gets a call from me (I’m frantic) and graciously funds Hope’s vet bills. Heavy Hitting Hero #5. Everyone at the Val-u-vet in Sanford and Deltona who keep an eye on hope, and puts up with phone calls from me, Maureen, and Karen, are saints! Collective Heroes #6. And then, there’s Erica. Wow. With a photo like that, do I need to keep writing? This beautiful young lady just doesn’t give up. She parades little Hope in front of her parents, and says, “CAN I KEEP IT?” And now, Erica wants to get into rescue, big time. Hero #7. Erica said to me over the phone last week (which I posted on Facebook) she believes the reason why we have a connection is because I was just like her when I was young, and she’ll be a lot like me when she gets older. Flattery will get you everything my dear! All I did, was show up at a transport, point my finger at a sick little pup, and tell Abby, “I want that one.” If Hope were to see me today, she might bark at me, because we have not really met (except one day at the vet when I cuddled her). It takes a network of awesome people to save one dog. P.S. If you read the article that I posted, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, some do not believe that Erica should’ve been approved to adopt Hope. Those are the people that believe my style of rescue is “weird”. I’m starting to like being weird a lot! Erica? Can’t wait to work with you!

Killian the Hopeless Romantic-Adopted

Killian shows a spec of Spaniel in him, but I can’t help but be reminded of our Augustus #806, now known as Charlie, who is being adored by his new family, the Bryant’s. I’m anxious to meet Killian, and hope I have time to get to know him, but I have a feeling he’ll be adopted before I barely get a chance to say hello.

A photo of Killian’s new family! That’s Jaffe who went along with the walk with the mini dog whisperer, Sarah!

Santa Prepares the Scruffy Puppies for Christmas Joy – Adopted

The Scruffy Puppies are on their way to Santa’s Workshop to become this year’s most loved Christmas Presents!

I love the holidays. There is always something magical about this time of year, the promise of something unexpected. This year, that promise was fulfilled in a litter of scruffy puppies. I had agreed to take in Jackson Brown and Sprint, two border collies in a shelter in Alabama. At the last minute, on 10/18/09 the shelter asked if I would also take a litter of puppies. If not, they would be euthanized since they were not weaned and they didn’t have the staff to bottle-feed them. Good grief, what would you say? Yeah, me too! Click here for the original story.

And so arrived on my doorstep the Scruffy puppies, as I came to call them. Soooo tiny, so fragile. We fed them mushy puppy food with formula, we gave them meds, we dewormed them, we loved them, we did all we knew how, but sadly two of them didn’t make it. But those that did? Oh my, they’re beautiful! Four girls, two boys. Breed? I don’t know. There was obviously more than one father involved ~ did you know that littermates can have different dads? But if I had to guess… hmmm. Most of them look like they have a touch of basset in them ~ longer bodies and ears, turne out front legs. I see Australian Shepherd in some of those faces too. A couple look like maybe a bit of Springer Spaniel. And one I really do believe is part Schnauzer! Whoever adopts these puppies has to promise me that they’ll send pictures when they grow up so I can see what I had. With permission I’ll pass them on to the families of the other littermates. So these are the Christmas suprise puppies. I didn’t expect them and yet they are more beautiful than I could have hoped. They are little survivors who are ready to take life by the tail and run with it!

All puppies have been de-wormed, fully vetted, spayed or neutered. All are good with kids, other dogs, and should get used to being with cats quickly. All are fully trained at playing kissy face with or without mistletoe.

Holly – Adopted, Female, black and white, schnauzer/basset mix. 13 pounds. Holly is the most social of the pack, and loves to be held and stare into the eyes of her people! Her tail has a special feature, for when she is spoken to, it automatically sets itself to “continuous wag”.

Jolly – Adopted, Female, light brown and tan, green eyes, aussie/basset mix, 14 pounds. Jolly is polite and well-mannered. She is very quiet for a puppy, and loves to cuddle and play. Jolly and Kris Kringle are almost identical twins.

Merry – Adopted, Female, cream & white with black markings, spaniel/basset mix, 11 pounds. Merry is being fostered with the intent to adopt. Merry is Christmas’ twin. She is a very well-balanced pup. She is patient and waits for her turn to get attention, and will be easy to train.
Foster Update 12/06/09: “Merry is the sweetest little girl ever! She loves everyone and loves to snuggle. She wants nothing more than to just be with you. If you want a “velcro” dog to follow you around, she just might be your girl. She is a master at fetch at this young age already – You throw the toy and she brings it right back to you. She is doing good at potty training and will get the hang of it 100% pretty quickly I think. At night she has peed in her water bowl so as not to soil the crate – she did this several nights – I thought that was pretty smart! She is wonderful with children and will make a great family pet! She doesn’t bite your ankles like so many other pups do and she is quite gentle, but very playful at the same time. Don’t miss out on this gem of a pup!”

Christmas Adopted, Female, cream & white with black markings, spaniel/basset mix, 12 pounds. Christmas is Merry’s twin! Christmas is a little bit darker in color than Merry, but both have the same temperament, which is calm, and well-balanced. Both are eager to play and will be easy to train.

Jack Frost Adopted, Male, white with sable and brown markings and green eyes, Aussie/basset mix, 11 pounds. Jack Frost is very unique. He is the leader of the pack. He loves to play and will probably become quite the athlete of the group. He’s very inquisitive and has been fostered with very large dogs. Jack doesn’t realize that he’s a pup.

Kris Kringle – Adopted, Male, dark and light brown, aussie/basset mix, 9 pounds. Kris is the runt of the litter. He and Jolly are almost identical twins. Kris is the most shy. When approached, he wants your attention badly, but will not move boldly, instead, he waits and waives his paw asking for your attention. Kris likes to be held and cuddled!

My first six months of doing rescue has been incredibly rewarding, and while I have seen some absolutely gorgeous purebreds and darling mixed breeds come through my home and find their way into my heart, rescuing these puppies is my way to give back to all of the unwanted puppies who find themselves in America’s kill shelters, and deserve to have a way out.

A special thanks to Value Vet of Deltona who took all six of these puppies in at a moment’s notice to have them vetted. And an extra special thanks to Dr. Susan Wayne for administering early medical care when they were just a few weeks old.

Please Spay & Neuter!
and Happy Holidays!

The Dog Liberator

Adoption Updates:
Jolly – Adopted 12/06/09
Kris Kringle – Adopted 12/10/09
Holly – Adopted 12/15/09
Merry – Adopted 12/15/09
Christmas – Adopted 12/16/09
Jack Frost – Adopted 12/16/09
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Augustus #806, The Last One Out – Adopted

On September 14, 2009, I received an email from a pound in North Georgia. Included in the email was a photo of a red and white border collie puppy. The photo of the pup was horrible, (shown) and I wasn’t quite sure if he was a Border Collie so I forwarded it to Suzanne. That evening, she confirmed that he was a Border Collie and she strongly suggested I pull him from the pound. It seemed to take forever. After sending several emails asking for instructions, the instructions weren’t clear.

Later, I spoke with Susan Thompson and followed her instructions by contacting their local vet, making an appointment for the pup, and getting a quote. I then contacted a boarding facility but unfortunately they were full and not able to help. But, they did contact a volunteer transporter, Donna Meeks, and I would need her help to get the pup one step closer to me.

Once I thought I had all of my ducks in a row, a vet that would take a credit card and board the dog while he waits for transport, and a transporter, I called the pound. The animal control officer confirmed that #806 was indeed a stray, and that no one had claimed him… he was truly still available for adoption. The animal control officer was very professional, and I informed him that I would finalize the arrangements.

I contacted the vet once again, and with my credit card, secured the vetting for #806, which is required by law.

#806 however, would not make it onto Becky’s transport to Florida, which was scheduled for upcoming Saturday. There was simply not enough time to get him on. Becky, on the other hand just so happened to be transporting some dogs on another run from Birgminham to Augusta. It was her brilliant idea to have him driven to Augusta, and then back to Birmingham to wait for the next transport. Her offer to board him with a foster until she was ready, was a deal I couldn’t refuse.

Just when everything was scheduled and we had a perfect plan, Susan Thompson, a volunteer for the shelter contacted me with bad news. It appears that the shelter had experienced a parvo outbreak. Now what?

I contacted Becky to inform her that #806 was a risk to other animals, and asked for her guidance. #806 would be in a car alone from Augusta to Birgminham, and Becky would be sure that he would be isolated until we could confirm or rule out that the pup had the virus. Her exact words were, he’s going to die if he stays there, and he might die with us, so we might as well try – we have nothing to lose.

We were still on!

I contacted the animal control officer informing him that it was a go. This time, the officer’s voice spoke with anxiety and firmness as he warned me that he could not guarantee that #806 did not have parvo. I assured him that we were aware. I asked him when could he take the pup to the vet. With urgency in his voice, he told me that the pup was being loaded in a car as we spoke, and that he was locking the doors to the shelter, closing it down for a period of time, while they euthanized all of the dogs, and disinfected the entire building.

#806 was the last one out.

Having #806 neutered with the possibility that he might have Parvo did not make be happy, but I had no choice. I had to follow protocol, which is mandatory rabbies and spay/neuter. #806 did not show any signs of Parvo, but he was loaded with every worm known, and was treated.

Two days later, Donna Meeks picked him up, and drove him to Augusta. #806 arrived shortly thereafter in Birmingham and was quarantined until the next transport, which was September 26. While #806 was described by Judy, his foster as:
“he loves water, loves people, kids, licks cats, and wants to play all the time. Wonderful dog.”

Augustus #806 is with me now, still being observed for any signs of the virus. Within the next few days, he will have gone through the 14 day waiting period, and will be tested. There’s no doubt in my mind, he’ll be just fine.

Augustus #806 is truly my first rescue. All of the dogs that I have helped transport, foster, rehabilitate, resocialize and re-home were brought to me by others who “rescued”. I know he will have a wonderful life.

Details about his adoption by the Bryant family are located in the comments.




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