GiGi ~ Adopted!

I love that Tooth!

I love that Tooth!

GiGi is about 7 years old, heartworm negative and has been very well cared for by her former owner, who passed away recently.  Lost and confused, GiGi was afraid of strangers, and we felt she didn’t stand a chance at a shelter/pound.

GiGiGiGi is very affectionate, and eager to please.  Her vision is not that great, but she gets around just fine!  GiGi would be perfect for a senior who is wanting a real lap dog!

You can see more photos of her on Facebook.


11/13/14 Update: Gigi was adopted by Vikki of The Villages. Congratulations to them both!

gigi gigi2

Big George-RIP

Big George

Big George

George is a purebred, papered Border Collie. He was adopted by a local rescue (un-neutered) last year, but his owners have serious allergies, and regretfully have to give him up.

George is good with cats, but he is obsessed with water! He bolts when he hears the shower running, and will jump in the tub with you, if you’re not careful.

George is not only a blue-eyed Border Collie, but one of his eyes are brown and blue (marble eye). He is unbelievably handsome, well-manner, and fully trained.

George has been well cared for, and has many more years of loving to give. I have so many photos of George, and I can’t post them all here, so please see his photo album on Facebook to see him in action!


George is a very typical Border Collie who has OCD when it comes to controlling moving objects, this includes people. George will not hesitate to grab an article of your clothing and pull you, or place his mouth around your shoe to control your movement. He is also extremely intelligent, my daughter calls him Mega Mind! The combination of a strong drive to herd, and a high intelligence can be a disaster if not properly managed.

Obviously, George never got the memo that clearly states Humans are Not Sheep!

Paul Pipitone, animal trainer and behaviorist, evaluated George today. George is fully trained on a dime to come, sit, stay, and drop. However, he did display some nervousness when other dogs ran, and when people walk by him. This behavior is not consistent, however, which makes me even more confused.

At our annual reunion, many people, including Cyndy Doty and Cynthia Harper witnessed George being calm as people walked by to pet him, and other dogs shared his baby pool.

After evaluating George, Paul believes that George has never had a leader, therefore, when a situation arises that makes him uncomfortable, he takes charge. Paul also believes that George needs routine, and needs to know what the rules, boundaries and limitations are in his environment.

I thought to myself, what George needs is a place where he can get some rehab, but then I realized, no amount of rehab will be enough if George does not find the right home. What’s the right home? A home where his owners are true pack leaders, and are determined to correct and reward. Clearly, a dog as smart as George the Mega Mind will learn quickly. But who would take on the responsibility to adopt a ten year old dog that needs such correction?

After Paul left, I apologized over the phone to Kerri Brooks, who was interested in George. I explained that I didn’t feel that George was the right dog for her. After going into detail about George’s meeting with Paul, Kerri quickly informed me of her years experience at raising Huskies, and assured me that she and her husband were up to the task.

So for now, until I can arrange a meeting with the Brooks, Paul Pipitone and Big George, the Mega Mind Border Collie, I cross my fingers, and think that Kerri Brooks is my hero!

George reminds me of another very famous Border Collie, named Wrigley, and maybe this is the type of job that George really needs. He needs his body and his brain to be exercised, and to prevent boredom. Meet Wrigley!

Enamoured, that’s the word. I am enamoured by George’s focus and intelligence, he is the poster child of Border Collies, and he WAS adopted today by Kerri Brooks amd her husband. It was very beautiful to see him obey every command, and go up to them as if to say, “are you my human?” At the end of the adoption, he looked at me as if to say, “I’m their Huckleberry!” I’ll miss you big boy, here’s your big chance, to finally be with the right people. Can’t wait for updates!


10/22/13 Update: Hi Gisele,

I’m so sad to tell you George passed away this year. He had spondalosis beyond his 13th vertebra and severe arthritis is his hips. He had no synovial fluid in his joints. We were taking him to the vet 3 times a week to get Adequin shots to try and replenish the fluid but the shots didn’t end up helping. The poor boy couldn’t walk, he would scoot across the floor and he would fall down when he went to the bathroom (we had to hold him up). We had to finally put him to sleep, as he was maxed out on pain killers, and still in pain. He was such a trooper though.

I’m really sorry I didn’t email you sooner about this. Every time I thought about it, I would put it off because I just didn’t want to think about losing him. In fact, I’m crying as I write this. He was the best dog we’ve ever had. He really turned out to be such a sweetheart and obedient dog. He loved our cats and was fascinated by them. He would follow me around everywhere. He truly became my best friend. I think we both taught each other so much.

I knew that when we adopted a 10 1/2 yr old dog we wouldn’t have him as long as we would a younger one, and I feel blessed for the time we had with him, even though it was short. We miss him so much, but I’m glad we were able to give him a wonderful life for his last few years.

I also want to thank you for rescuing Georgie and giving us the opportunity to adopt him. What you do is amazing – keep up the great work – Kerri 🙂


Easy Peasy!

Easy Peasy!

Mic is a mini Aussie, less than 30 pounds.  Mic arrived at my home last night.  His owner and I have been talking for almost two weeks now.  His owner lived in the Tampa area and was forced to move to Orlando with his brother.  After 23 years at the same job, he was let go.  What a blow for a mature adult to just have everything you know and love vanish in one minute.  Mic’s owner tried everything to re-home him, he published flyers, and called every rescue he could find.  After speaking with him, I thought long and hard, and I had to say yes.  Mic is eight years old.  What chance does he have in a shelter?  What will happen to his emotional state in a shelter?  One night with Mic at my house, and I know he would’ve shut down at a shelter or pound.

Mic is shell-shocked right now.  He’s doing good, but not great.  He won’t eat, and well… he’s lost and confused – but wouldn’t you be?  I can’t imagine how I would feel is someone took me out of my house and put me somewhere else without familiar surroundings, and without my person.

Just add water and stir!

Just add water and stir!

Mic is fully vetted, neutered, and heartworm negative.  I will have him micro-chipped, but to be honest, that’s a waste of money, for he will not leave my side.  To reduce stress, I am asking for a long-term foster for Mic, or better yet, a permanent home.  Mic needs a quiet home, and a routine.  He would be perfect with an older couple, that wants a dog to keep them company, and bark at the sound of strangers.  Mic doesn’t bark unnecessarily, and he is crate-trained.

Mic hasn’t been with me for 24 hours yet, and I know that like many other dogs before him, after he has a chance to decompress, he’ll be just fine, but for now, my heart breaks for him.  I sat down with him this morning, and tried to explain to him that everything is going to be just fine… but I don’t think he understood.  If only dogs could read memos.

Loyal is my middle name

Loyal is my middle name

It’s frustrating for me, because shelter dogs are thrilled to come here… they enjoy the quiet, their own clean crates, a steady supply of food, attention, and dogs to play with…  they are relieved to be out of the shelter.  Mic is not thrilled, he is depressed.

If you are reluctant to adopt a senior, please don’t take my word for it, but understand that there is no greater joy, and adopting a senior dog is easy peasy!  Here are all of the posts we have written about Adopting a Senior Dog.

You can see all of Mic’s photos on Facebook.

09/18/13 Update: What a difference a day makes! It took several hours sitting with Mic outside yesterday, but I finally convinced him that everything is going to be okay. He gave me a happy wiggle, came to me, and was content. As humans, we think dogs need love, but what they really need is assurance. They need to know that we’ve got their back. They need to feel safe and secure. Mic is just fine! He sees the vet tomorrow for a spa day!

Mic goes home!

Mic goes home!

09/21/13 Update:  Carol has been wanting to adopt from TDL for a while, but the stars just never lined up right. When she saw Mic, she couldn’t look away! Mic went home with her today, and he is settling in nicely!

Jalo Revisited

Mary, Boo Boo and Gidget

Mary, Boo Boo and Gidget

One year after Jalo now Gidget was adopted, I asked Mary to provide us with an update, hoping she could share with us the joys of adopting a Senior dog!  Mary writes:

And of course, this little Sheltie, Jalo, came home with me… when I first saw Jalo (now Gidget) walk up my driveway, she had no fur, sores covering her little body and little chipmunk teeth….but she definite has attitude! She walked right up to my 18 year old cat and ate her food! She knew she found her forever home! My little Gidget is just a sweetheart!

Gidget never leaves my side and when I leave the house, she waits by the front door for my return. Gidget runs the house….Trek and Hey Boo Boo know that she is in charge and she seems to enjoy it! I swear she has sense of humor!

Gidget, with her full coat

Gidget, with her full coat

Gidget’s age is not known, but her vet and I believe she is well past 10 years old. It did not take me long to realize Gidget is deaf.  At first I thought she was just stubborn, but when she didn’t hear the vacuum, I knew she was deaf…but Gidget does enjoy being vacuumed! Now that she has an amazing new coat, it helps keep the house a little cleaner! Gidget was just a breeding dog that was dumped when she was no longer of use, She never knew love nor how to play. She now knows love, but still just stares at me when I throw a ball. The old “puppies” love unconditionally and are love bugs!

I remember when I first lost Nitro checking Petfinder for another senior Aussie and found a sweet, horribly neglected 11 year old Aussie named Summer. I knew that Gidget would need a lot of TLC, so I thought I would wait until Gidget was settled in and comfy before looking for a companion. In April I checked again on Petfinders and found that Summer still needed a home….I guess it was meant to be that Summer would come home to the Burns house! Another senior that no one wanted would now have a forever home! I know people want the perfect little puppies, but I wish they could understand how precious the old “puppies” are and the joy they bring to your life! Summer is now named Hey Boo Boo….and what a doll baby! She had a horrible life as a breeding dog, but is now living the life of leisure.

Gidget's first Easter in Cocoa Beach

Gidget’s first Easter in Cocoa Beach

She was given a nice doggie bed, but she prefers the white futon! Anytime I walk past Hey Boo Boo she rolls over for her tummy rub! Hey Boo Boo, Trek and Gidget compete for tummy rubs! I need a third hand! But when you lay down with her, she wraps her paws around you like a child. It is so great to watch Trek, Hey Boo Boo and Gidget together….they love their walks, visits to the beach and drives in the car.

I love my precious seniors… I still miss my Little Nitro terribly ….he brought total joy to me which made me commit to only adopting the seniors. The old puppies need to know love, hugs and kisses… for whatever time they have left. I truly have a full and happy home…..Eve (18 year old kitty), Trek (Bob’s 9 year old Shepherd mix), Gidget (12 plus Sheltie) and Hey Boo Boo (12 year old Aussie)!


Jalo: “Shelters Suck!”

This is an awesome before and after photo eh?  This little girl just happened to be dropped off at Miami-Dade Animal Services while Jackie was just walking by….  and she called me!  Cute little thing is about five years old and she weighs in at 35 pounds.  There is no background information, no reason why.

Here are her photos on Facebook.

On Facebook, Mickey Hibbard writes:  it always puzzles me,, WHY?? and HOW?? these babies are so sweet, and abandoned to death?? ugh,, shame on the owners,,but blessings are coming to jalo,, and some soft hearted people out there, who have been waiting just for her ♥

My response to Mickey is all we know is her story has just begun my dear.  I hear she has been very neglected.  It will take much work to get this girl healthy again.  Jackie is in charge!!!  She is a sheltie, about five years old, but she is in bad shape with regard to hot spots, matting and her coat.  Jackie reports the only way to treat the skin is to shave her down a bit.  Good news is her teeth are good and she is heartworm negative… that is a miracle!  She will undergo the TDL transformation for sure!

JaLo: “Free at Last, Free at Last!”

We will have more photos and details about this sweet little Sheltie, but for now, she is sleeping in a comfy bed next to Jackie safe and sound!  I didn’t know what it was about her face that reminded me of Little Nitroright away, but now I do… it’s those eyes, and especially her eyebrows!  We have since learned that Little Nitro passed away Wednesday.  We hope that his story, his history and the way in which Nitro touched people’s hearts, will help promote adopting a senior pet.  Even though Jalo is estimated to be about five years old, once again, her vet believes she “looks” much older because she has not been well cared for.  Here’s more details written by Jackie:

Hi Gisele,

Jalo and I had a very busy day. She did great throughout the night. Slept soundly on her bed which is located at the foot of my bed. She didn’t move a muscle. I dont think she has ever slept on an actual bed before. She probably thinks she is getting the luxury treatment. Once we awoke she went right outside and did her business. After getting ready it was off to the vet.

Saying her prayers!

I took her to Briarwood Animal Hospital in Miami, where I used to work for almost two years. Dr. Diaz, my old boss was great. He loves meeting all my rescues and is always ready to help. He confirmed the previous diagnosis of Seborrhea Sicca. After speaking to him about the different treatment methods we both agreed that the best way to attack the skin condition at its core is to treat it with antibiotics (Cephalexin 250 mg twice daily) and to shave her and treat her with medicated baths (Dermazole shampoo) three times a week. We will monitoring her progress for improvement. If her skin does not improve in a few weeks then he will add an anti fungal medication to continue to combat the infection.

Dr. Diaz informed me that this kind of skin condition can be caused by a number of other underlying issues, the main ones being thyroid problems, diabetes, and Cushings disease. While I am still waiting for the results of the thyroid test, diabetes and cushings disease has been ruled out.
Her blood work was normal except for her white blood cell count which was a bit elevated but that is normal given her skin infection. After discussing her treatment I began shaving her coat. You could see the instant relief in her eyes. It took me two hours to carefully shave her, being sure not to irritate her skin further. Shaving her revealed several large patches of dead and scaly skin. As I was shaving her paws down I noticed that her front left paw had not one dew claw, but two! I had never seen that before. After clipping the area further I noticed that both de claws had grown so long that it had pierced her skin and was embedded. One of the de claws fell out after clipping. The embedded portion of one nail had to be pulled out using hemostats. Fortunately there was no infection at the site of the nail and no abscess had formed.

Once shaved I bathed her using the medicated shampoo, being sure to scrape off all the dead skin. Her coat already looks so much better.  She behaved so well and was so cooperative during the whole process. I have never had a dog behave so well during a body shave in my two years at working at the clinic. Everyone marveled at how excellent she behaved. Once I brought her home she immediately perked up. She has been exploring my home and walking up and down the house wagging her tail. She occasionally will come up to me and rub her face on my legs and then roll over on her back for me to pet her belly. She is really starting to open up. I think she is a real treasure. Will be sending you photos later tonight!   ~Jackie
When I saw this photo on my phone, it didn’t show much detail.  But this morning, I see a lot of redness, I see those bad spots Jackie talked about.  Jackie asked me if she could shave Jalo… I said no, but after she described her condition and explained that there would be no way for us to treat her skin condition without a fresh start… without shaving all of that un-cared for hair… I said yes!
Jackie states that Jalo ignored some cats, but we are going to try to cat-test her shortly!

Beautiful inside and out


Adoption Update:  

Jalo now GiGi and Mary

Hi Gisele and Jackie,

My friend stopped by to take a couple of pictures…hope they are okay!  I thought it was cute that GiGi walks with her blanket like Nitro…she is a funny girl!  I also sent a picture of Nitro…they look so much a like….Gisele, you were so right when you mention she reminded you of Little Ntiro….those sad little eyes….but this little GiGi is mischievous…but very funny!
I never know what I am going to find when I come home, but I greeted like I have been gone for days!
Everyday is a new day with little GiGi!  Take care and thank you for all you do for this precious puppies!


Why Spay? About Pyometra

Ryan and Reckless 2003

If you love your female dog, and she is not spayed yet, for whatever reason, you really should read this information, and make an appointment with your vet to have your female spayed. When my Reckless went into heat at the age of nine, it seemed to me like her heat cycle would never end.

I didn’t notice anything different about her, except after three weeks, there was a strange odor.  I mentioned it to a friend, not out of concern but out of frustration, and she hit the panic button.  She insisted that I rush Reckless to the vet, and once I arrived, the vet literally took Reckless from my arms, and got her into surgery immediately.  He said to me me sternly, “this is an emergency surgery.”  I was shocked.  The staff explained to me what Pyometra is, and if I would’ve waited any longer, my Reckless could have died.

Reckless 2006

Back then, I couldn’t afford to have Reckless spayed.  My local vet quoted me over $600, and that’s a lot of money to me.  I have learned that spaying your female early can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.  That surgery saved Reckless’ life, and gave me another four wonderful years with her. Recently, Sydney Wilson passed away suddenly, with very little warning, we believe she died of infection due to pyometra.  When dogs have medical issues, especially the herding breed, the owner rarely recognizes any symptoms.

Border Collies and Aussies will work themselves to death, and even with injured legs, like in the case of Bonnie Collie and Curry, they continue to “work” or play.  So if you have a dog that will catch a frisbee with a broken leg, don’t expect your dog to complain about an infection.  Dogs can’t write memos.

We all know how life-threatening a staff infection can be… Pyometra is life-threatening. If you live in the Central Florida area, and want to have your female spayed, call Newman Veterinary Centers, tell them about this article, mention The Dog Liberator, and ask them for a quote.  You may be surprised and learn how affordable this surgery is.   Don’t put this off!  If you have a crazy schedule, the Deltona office is open 365 days a year, and is open until midnight.  You can literally drop your dog off late at night, and pick her up the next day!  386-860-5335

What is Pyometra

That’s my Girl!

Pyometra is a bacterial infection of the uterus that mostly occurs in middle-aged or older unspayed female dogs, though it may also occur in cats or young dogs. It can result in the accumulation of infection in the bloodstream or abdominal cavity, which can rapidly lead to systemic infection, shock, and death. The severity of symptoms varies depending on whether the female’s cervix is open or closed.

Signs & Symptoms of Pyometra

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Drinking and urinating a lot
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pain and enlargement
  • Constant grooming around the vaginal opening

In the case of an open cervix, a thick, bloody, foul-smelling discharge draining from the vaginal opening is the first sign of an infected uterus. These dogs tend to appear less sick because the infection has a route to leave the body. If the dog’s cervix is closed, there will be no discharge and the infection can accumulate and spread into the bloodstream or enter the abdominal cavity. Symptoms can progress to those of shock, including a high fever and rapid pulse. The uterus will fill with pus and expand. Infections of other organs is common. The sick dog will need veterinary attention immediately.

Causes of Pyometra

The root cause of pyometra is heightened levels of progesterone, either found naturally in the four to eight weeks after a heat cycle, or induced by hormone-based therapies such as those used to prevent unwanted litters. The hormone estrogen is used in some of these “abortion” therapies, which, if given at a certain point after the heat cycle, can increase the effects of progesterone even further (though most of these therapies have been taken off the market). These high progesterone levels can cause cysts and pockets, which are prime target locations for bacteria. In pyometra cases, Escherichia coli (E. Coli) has been the most common bacteria isolated from the infected uterus due to its ability to thrive in a uterus sensitized by progesterone.

Diagnosis of Pyometra

Diagnosis begins with a complete history and a physical exam. Your veterinarian will most likely do the following:

  • History – Look at the dog’s spay history to see if she is intact.
  • CBC/Chemistry Panel – These blood tests will evaluate various internal organ functions, including the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, metabolism, and electrolyte balance. The CBC is a measure of the amount and different kinds of red and white blood cells that are present in the body.
  • Discharge cultures – Your veterinarian will take a swab of the discharge secreting from your dog’s vaginal opening. This sample will be transferred to a slide and examined under a microscope.
  • Radiographs – These will show a distended uterus that displaces other organs in a closed cervix case.
  • Ultrasound – Taking an ultrasound of the uterus will show infection or a distended uterus in a closed cervix case.
  • Urinalysis – This may help rule out other causes of increased water intake and urination, as well as diagnose any secondary bladder infections.

Treatment for Pyometra

The bacterial infection cannot be resolved until the infected fluid is removed from the dog’s body, either by removing the uterus or draining the infection. In most cases, it is best to have the infected uterus removed by spaying the dog, taking special care not to rupture the uterus and release infection into the body cavity. After the uterus is removed, the dog will most likely be put onantibiotics for one to three weeks to clear up any remaining infection. In cases where the dog is intended to be bred in the future, treatment with intravenous fluid therapy and antibiotics may help alleviate the problem. If the cervix is closed and removal of the uterus is not desired, a hormone-like compound called prostaglandin can be given to relax the cervix in an attempt to drain the infection. However, in unspayed dogs that have had pyometra before, there is a high risk of recurrence.

Prevention of Pyometra

The best way to prevent pyometra is to spay all female dogs at a young age or at the end of their breeding career.  This information was obtained from Pet360.


now THIS is stinking cute!

Sheba is an awesome little girl. She is very affectionate, gets along with other animals, and is quiet. Sheba has NO health issues. She is a purebred Papillon, and she is ten years old.  She uses puppy pads to wee wee like a good girl!  You can see her photos on Facebook.

Queen of Sheba!

I’ve had Sheba for a few days, and she is a wonderful little dog, weighing in at only 5 pounds!  She is at Newman Veterinary Center right now, and her evaluation showed serious dental and ear issues.  Those will be addressed while she is being spayed today.  When they are finished with this little baby, she will have a new smile and be totally vetted!

easy to please!

I think Sheba will be a bit more spunky after she recovers from her ordeal today at the vet.  Her teeth must have been very painful.

05/08/13 Update:  This poor little thing had seven teeth removed.  She has had all of her shots, been spayed, and micro-chipped.  She is on antibiotics, and doing very well.  I can’t imagine how it would feel to be housing seven infected teeth… ouch!  Sheba also had a severe ear infection that has been treated.  After Sheba recovers, we will see a new spunk in her walk and new joy in her heart!  She is a precious little thing!

05/09/13 Update:  Yesterday was scary.  Sheba was shutting down.  She wouldn’t drink or eat, and she’d lay in the back of her crate, unresponsive.  I know she was in pain, but at only five pounds, I was scared for her.  I called my friend Ernestine.  I was afraid of dehydration, but Ernie was afraid of dropping blood sugar.  She gave me a great tip!  She suggested I find some Karo Syrup, but I didn’t have any so she suggested pancake syrup… just put a little on your finger, and let her lick it to get her blood sugar up.  I did, and it worked.

“Come on little girl, eat for Sarah!”

I offered her everything I had, chicken stew, canned dog food, peas, you name it!  I put a small piece of cooked steak in the blender, added water and Sarah went into Sheba’s crate, and used a syringe to force feed her.  Sarah alternated between food and water, until Sheba was up and much more lively.  Then, Sarah chopped up some tiny steak bites, and Sheba gobbled them up!

Sarah let Sheba and Rosie outside, and then we let them hang out with us on the couch for a while.  Sheba really enjoyed the company, and Sarah held her in her lap.

This morning, Sheba is still eating and drinking!  Yesterday, I published our newsletter, and asked for donations to replenish the funds that Sheba had exhausted!  I want to thank everyone who sent donations for our Veterinary Care Fund.  I really appreciate your help.


05/11/13 Update:  Sheba was adopted yesterday by Susan from Ocala!

Jack from Roswell~Adopted

Pretty Boy!

I received an email yesterday from Terri Friday, describing her foster dog, Jack.  The more I read, the more impressed I was of her dedication and knowledge of her foster dog.  She has been fostering Jack on an off for about a year now, and she is not going to give up on him.  Terry is inspiring!  She wrote:


I helped a friend clean out a rental house that had been occupied by an older woman who could no longer take care of herself.  Two dogs were left behind – Jack was one of them.

I brought them home and quarantined them from my dogs in my basement.  Both dogs were friendly, knew basic commands, and were housebroken so I decided to  place them myself (silly me!).  They were also filthy, 2” toenails, worms, fleas, skin conditions, and extremely obese.  Jack initially weighed 75 lbs!  I took them to my vet for de-worming, flea-control, heartworm testing, biopsying of tumors, antibiotics for ear infections.  I am allergic to most double-coated dogs so I took them to a groomer for thorough scrubbing, blow/comb out and trimming.  They behaved nicely during the entire make-over. 

big smile!

After two weeks, I introduced them to my dogs – the newcomers were polite.  Jack watched what my dogs did and immediately copied them – he was no trouble at all.  The other dog, however, was a 100+ pound, anxious-barking, hole-digging mutt set on destroying all door frames that stood between her and people (I didn’t have a crate big enough).  I took them to a vet-sponsored rescue organization which did a temperament test, registered them, and gave them all shots.  They had no room for any more large dogs so I agreed to foster them at my house.

Immediately, a retired couple who previously had a BC wanted to adopt Jack.  (Wow! This rescue thing is soo easy – HA!) They came to my house twice for several hours to get to know Jack and he seemed to like them.  Then, I get a call that Jack bolted and ran away immediately upon arriving at his new home.  The guy and I searched the area, then the local shelter (Gwinnett) – No Jack.  This was last Jan–Feb when the weather was rainy & cold.  I worried where he was every night.  After a month, the man checked one last time then adopted another BC from the Gwinnett County Animal Control shelter.  The very next day, Jack was brought in by animal control to that same shelter!  I swear that smarty-dog hid nearby until the guy gave up!  I bailed Jack out before they euthanized him and brought back home a dog with severe PTSD; he cowered in my closet for 3 days.  He had lost 10 pounds (which he needed) but also lost all self-confidence.  Even though his body showed no scars, he acted severely abused. 


The rescue organization wanted to re-test his temperament before considering placing him.  I felt he was unadoptable and needed time to heal before he could handle testing.   Meanwhile I took the other dog to adoption Saturdays with the rescue group and she was eventually placed.  Jack was unaffected by her leaving since he is more people-oriented than dog-oriented (plus he still has my dogs as buddies).

Jack slowly got his joy back over the summer.  I became super busy with my boys once school started and put off the re-homing efforts until now.  One of my sons is highly allergic to Jack even when on allergy medication and I cannot groom him without a strong reaction.  My high energy teen household makes Jack jumpy.  


Jack is a well-behaved, healthy, good-looking dog with very expressive eyes and an Einstein-like domed head.  He is one of the most intelligent dogs I’ve ever met (and I have a BC & a Standard Poodle).  He deserves to be in a home where his sensitive reactive BC personality is understood and he can be a loyal companion to his own person.  What a wonderful friend he would be to an older person who wants a ‘plug and play’ perfect mannered dog. 

original shelter photo

Someone put a lot of effort training this dog when he was young – there are so many things he DOESN’T do – like jump up, lick, counter-surf, chew, shred, scratch, beg, get on sofas, pull on a leash, dig holes in the yard.  He whines to go outside and potty.  He doesn’t like to get wet or dirty and waits for you wipe his feet if they are damp when he comes back in.  He waits to have his mouth wiped after eating.  He stops barking if you say ‘QUIET’ or ‘ENOUGH’.  He does not have separation anxiety.  I have not crated him because he doesn’t require it but I doubt he would object.

He loves to ride (lies down when riding in a car), but most of all he loves attention and butt scratches.  When given a lot of praise, he does a little high-stepping prance.  Jack always gives two barks and leads the other dogs when I let them out the back door to potty.  Coming back inside, he’s always bringing up the rear

Jack doesn’t require a lot of exercise and a small yard would be fine (although a squirrel to chase would be nice).  A condo or garden home would be okay if the neighbors are normally quiet.  I’m not sure how he would react to the sounds of upstairs neighbors. 

Jack’s original feet at the time of his rescue

Being a former ‘coffee-table-wide’ dog, Jack needs some walks to keep his weight down and an owner who won’t indulge his appetite.  He loves to clean up any food left in my other dog’s bowl so he is still pudgy.  His stomach is cast iron and he is not picky about his food.  He has been on Nature’s Recipe Grain Free Salmon, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin kibble for the most of the past year.  Recently I switched all the dogs to Halo Spot Stew Salmon kibble topped with a little plain yogurt.

Fortunately Jack loves to have his thick, baby-fine silky fur brushed.  He is a little squeamish about toe nail trimming but is polite.  I find that frequent light sessions with a grinder works best.

Jack gets along well with other dogs, even small ones.  I think he would be fine with a cat accustomed to dogs.  Since he chases squirrels, I wouldn’t trust him around a kitten, bunny or flighty pet.

He does NOT belong in a household with young children or even tweenagers.  He is used to being in a multi-dog household but I think he would be fine as an only dog if his person is home a lot and interactive.


After a walk

Jack reminds me a lot of many of the dogs we have rescued; discriminated against because of his age.  As much as I was madly in love with my heart dog, Reckless, I remember when she turned 8 and 9 years old, my love for her grew; I appreciated her even more, and I wondered what my life would be without her; empty.  Jack is someone’s heart dog, maybe it could be you!

You can see more photos of Jack on Facebook.

Jack is being fostered by Terri in Roswell, Georgia.  If you want more information about Jack, please email me at

Dumpster Dog? Sammy in Valdosta-pending

What’s a nice boy like you doing in a place like this?

Gisele: One of the main peeps in our group highly recommended you which is why i contacted in the first place. After thinking it over, I think turning Sammy over as a dog liberator dog would end up best for him. I don’t mind at all to continue fostering him. Im slowly getting him to accept being a member of a pack. He does surprisingly great with puppies, it actually brings out the young dog in him.

He loves to patrol the back yard and enjoys walks around the neighborhood and im slowly getting him back to a healthy weight. But if there is a better home where he will have more human interaction I wouldn’t mind seeing him go knowing he is in great hands.

As for his back story. Sammy was found as a puppy, abandoned in a dumpster, by a local vetinarian. The doctor knew he had to save him and took him in and found him a loving home. He lived 5 happy years with that family before some unfortnante family changes forced his family to give Sammy to another family member. His last owner gave him another 4 years of spoiled only child life. Sadly she has fallen very ill and could no longer care for Sammy. If you are interested in meeting Sammy email, 

His photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Adopting a Senior Dog

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07/11/14: Dear Sweet Jaffe passed away this morning. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Original Photo

During the week of January 18, 2010, I received a call from a shelter in Brunswick, Georgia.  A family was distraught at having to turn in their ten year old Border Collie.

“But it’s not my dog,” the woman explained in tears.  “My brother died suddenly, and I can’t keep him.  He’s such a good dog, he’s fully trained, CGC even, but I have too many dogs of my own, and no one in the family can take Jaffe in,” she explained.

The shelter did not want to see this dog surrendered.  I asked for help to transport him, and Zondra Farence volunteered.

She drove to get Jaffe, and I posted his photos on Facebook and my blog, when I immediately received an email from Gary Jones who absolutely wanted to adopt Jaffe.

Jaffe stayed with Zondra for a few days, and we noticed he had not been neutered.  Gary drove to Jacksonville to meet the dog, and fell in love with him, but he couldn’t adopt him yet!  Jaffe was transported to my home, where he had a thorough work up with Dr. Ted Oliver of Val-U-Vet, and he was neutered.  Gary waited patiently for the green light, and when the day finally came, he and his wife, along with their little Sheltie, came to adopt Jaffe on January 28, 2010.

01/29/10 update: “Gisele, Jaffe is fitting in just perfectly. He is eating well and it is not on”people food”. He is quite the gentleman and appears very happy. I will keep you posted. Thanks again, keep up the good
work.  ~Gary”

On February 9, 2010 Gary stopped by to show Jaffe off.  He had been professionally groomed, and he looked stunning.  I wanted to take photos, but Jaffe was not cooperating.  For several minutes, Jaffe refused to look at the camera, because he was too focused on Gary.  I knew that Jaffe was home.

I sent the photos to Jaffe’s former owner, to let her know that Jaffe was doing great.  She called me later that afternoon in tears, and explained that Gary looked exactly like her deceased brother.  She couldn’t believe it, and she thanked me for helping her brother’s dog.

Gary later wrote, “Jaffe is a nine year old senior Border Collie who came into my life two short weeks ago. I had just lost my 12 year old shetland sheep dog and I was in need of the affection given by an older dog. Someone once said “Puppies are highly over rated” How true. My new dog is very smart, obedient and is highly polished. I just went to the great dog park in Deland and had a run with Jaffe who played like a little puppy. Proof that not only younger dogs are great pets. I am so happy that the dog liberator was there to save this dog and give him another chance to be happy and loved.

Jaffe’s new friend, Gary”

I learned much later that Gary was turned down by a rescue when he tried to adopt another Sheltie.  “I was approved, and then they did a home visit, and something about they didn’t like the way I had my Sheltie groomed,” he said.  I’m glad he was turned down!

Jaffe’s Famous Pose!

Today is Jaffe’s three year anniversary, and even after all of this time, Gary still brags about his dog!  “I’ve had dogs all of my life, Gisele, but I’ve never had a dog like this.  All of my dogs have been very good dogs, but Jaffe is amazing.  He’s one of a kind, and it’ll be hard for me to find a dog this good again.”

I see Jaffe often, he never misses a reunion, and I can always count on Gary to help when I’m in a pickle.  When Gemini disappeared, Gary lived close by, and dropped everything to help find her.

When I was asked to take Jaffe, I never gave it a second thought.  Was I going to be able to find a home for a ten year-old dog?   I didn’t care, I didn’t hesitate, because I did not want a dog like him to experience the pound.  The sighs, smells and sounds of a shelter can traumatize a dog like Jaffe.  I’m glad I didn’t blink an eye!  Because of Jaffe I don’t hesitate to rescue senior dogs.  Today, we have Chaz and Baileys in our rescue, and one day, someone like Gary will find them and bring them home!


You can see all of Jaffe’s photos on Facebook.
The Dog Liberator is a foster-driven non-profit, 501c(3) charitable organization.  All dogs are fostered in a home environment, which enables the dog to show its true color. Founded in 2009, The Dog Liberator has successfully rescued and adopted nearly 700 dogs.

TDL dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. TDL does not receive government funding of any kind, and relies on individual donations and corporate sponsors.  By using Paypal, you can donate to The Dog Liberator’s Veterinary Care Fund.

The Dog Liberator focuses on rehabilitation, taking in deaf and/or blind dogs, dogs that need social skills, fearful dogs, and dogs that suffer from depression. They also focus on educating the public regarding medical issues, like heartworm treatment, parvovirus, adopting senior dogs, Addison’s disease, pneumonia, and proper diet.

The Dog Liberator has a less than 4 percent return rate, and they pride themselves at creating the perfect match for dog lovers. Their adoption updates are shared on both Facebook, and their website thus creating a professional and personal relationship with their adopters. You can help Save a dog’s life today by donating.

There are a host of options to donate to The Dog Liberator, which are detailed in “The Promise“.


Bailey’s Irish Cream~Adopted

Bailey is not ready for bed…its play time!

1/18/13 Update: Today, Baileys has all of the self-confidence a good dog needs! He has learned a lot of social skills with Mary, and his time in foster care has been time well spent. He is a love bug, and is incredibly smart. Mary, and her dog Gidget (Jalo) are enjoying his company, and he is getting used to Mary’s cat!



Simply Stunning!

11/19/12:  Mary Burns was very interested in adopting Baileys.  She brought him home for a few days to see if he would get along with her pack. Unfortunately, the pack was too much for him and made him nervous.  The cat added to his nervousness as well.  Bailey’s is now available for adoption again but we’ve learned a lot more about him in just one week.  Baileys needs a structured environment and a routine to increase his sense of security.  I just love this dog, and I’m anxious to foster him again.

11/16/12 Foster Update:  Running a rescue is hard work, but what I love about it the most is I learn something new every single day.  I visited Dr. Dario Pinzon, an eye specialist for Val-U-Vet.  Bailey underwent a thorough examination.  He is losing his sight in both of his eyes, his left eye being worse than the right.

It’s called the Collie Eye Anomaly

I felt very sad for Bailey’s family, that they had to give him up after seven years.  I was surprised that they were not aware that he was blind.  If they would’ve known he was blind, a lot of incidents could’ve been avoided.

I  had a blind Sheltie many years ago.  I too didn’t know she was blind… it was my Aunt Gerry that told me!  I denied it, took the pup to the vet, and it was confirmed that my little Sheltie was blind.  She was only three years old.  She never missed a beat, and didn’t need her sight.

Blind dogs do need a special home, and here’s what Dr. Pinzon shared with me:

Install outdoor lighting.  When your dog wants to go outside at night, his vision will be even worse.  He will need lighting or he will be afraid to go outside.

Install nightlights and leave them on in the home, this will help the dog get around.

Do not allow strangers to approach the dog from behind, it will spook the dog.  Allow the dog time to use his ears and nose when meeting strangers.

The good news for Baileys is that by the time his sight is gone completely, he will be established in his new home, will have developed his new routine, and will have met a lot of new people!

I don’t feel sorry for Baileys.  He is the most intelligent dog I have ever rescued… and I’m serious.  Baileys is a brainiac and a real problem solver.  He could easily be certified Canine Good Citizen… he’s that good.  I also don’t feel sorry for Baileys because I think I know whoever adopts him, they will be awesome!  Stay tuned!


11/13/12 Foster Update:  It took a few days for Bailey to decompress.  All he knows is his home and his family.  He was scared, and didn’t know if he could trust us.  He first started with me, then the kids… to seek attention.  But today, he wanted to play, and he played with the entire pack!  I had my phone fully charged… and caught some video!  Woo Hoo!


This gorgeous boy is here with me, in Deltona.  He is 7 years old, very quiet, and very shy.  He’s getting used to live at the Border Collie Boot Camp, and it won’t be long before he finds his joy.  It’s hard to say where he’ll be best suited, so for now, I’ll just guess that a quiet home with an older couple would be awesome!

Bailey’s has a doctor’s appointment this Friday.  When I met him, I immediately suspected that his left eye was blind.  After watching him closely, I know I’m right.  You can see all of his photos on Facebook.

If you are interested in meeting him, please email and share such information as:

where you live,

your household composition,

your yard/fence/exercise plan,

pets you have and/or had,

your normal work schedule,

how much time the dog will be alone,

what you are looking for in a dog,

do you have a pool

what contingency plans do you have in place should you no longer be able to care for your dog,

What a handsome boy!

if you rent, do you have landlord approval,

and are you prepared to bring your new dog home if you are approved during your meet?

have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten or traumatized by a dog in the past?

also, provide us with your phone number, home address, including county and zip code, and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!


Wanna Play?


Chaz, the Noble Companion

02/15/13 Update:  Chaz is one of those dogs that gets overlooked because he is so easy.  He has no issues, he has not been abused, he has been loved all of his life.  He’s just easy peasy!  What you see is what you get!  He likes to look over the yard and watch attentively, he is fully crate-trained, quiet, and obedient.  He’d be a great dog to take to work, and he loves to go for car rides.

Click on this Video Link to see a silly video I did with him this morning!

I had Chaz several months ago, however, his original owners found him on Petfinder and asked me if I would return him.  I did.  Last week, they informed me that they were moving and couldn’t take him with.  Depressing to say the least.

Chaz is back with us, and the next time he is moved, it will be forever.  He’s a wonderful dog, I really missed him when he left.  If you are lonely, and would like a dog that’ll have long conversations with you, Chaz is your man!  He’s very entertaining! Here’s his history:

History:  So while Saturday, May 12th was Jake’s one year adoption anniversary, Yesterday, Julie delivered this stray to my door from Jacksonville. His name is Chaz but he reminds me so much of Jake. He’s just an awesome dog!  If you have been following TDL for a year, you should remember how much I adored Jake!  He is being fostered in the Jacksonville area.

It’s fun being a good boy!

Chaz is at the vet right now, he is heartworm negative.  He weighs in at 54 pounds, but could afford to shed a few pounds!  My Vet confirmed that he is about five years old.  Chaz sings!  So somewhere in his past, there must be a teaspoon of Husky in him to have such a gorgeous voice… the voice of a tenor. I was wondering if he could be the next American Idol… but then I thought competing on The Voice would be better… they wouldn’t know that he’s just a dog until they turn their chairs around!  When Chaz started his serenade, I immediately thought of Luna, the Singing Husky.  Even thought it’s been over two years, I still miss this gorgeous girl!

His photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

Foster Update:  While Chaz was distant at first, he is quickly warming up.  He has recovered from his neuter surgery, and is doing great.

His Watchful Eye!

This morning he came to me, and wanted a hug!  What a big teddy bear he is!  Chaz is very well balanced.  He has great manners, he doesn’t jump on people.  He is very respectful, and very gentle.  He wasn’t crate trained when he first arrived, and now he eagerly goes into his crate.  I think I’ll be seeing Chaz’s personality blossom every day!  He’s a joy to foster.

If it wasn’t for Chaz, I don’t think I would’ve been able to pin point Max’s personality.  Having the two of them has helped me identify their uniqueness.

Little Grace~Adopted

Little Grace with Groomer Serena Drake of Val-u-Vet

Little Grace is being fostered in Deltona by Gisele. She is very quiet and well-behaved. She got the full treatment at Val-u-Vet, including grooming by Serena Drake! She did test positive for heartworm, but that doesn’t scare us one bit! She’s a very healthy girl, and we’re starting her heartworm treatment (slow kill) right away. Grace appears to love kids, and she is great with other dogs.

Foster Update:  Grace follows me around, yet she does not have separation anxiety at all.  She is full crate trained.  She would make an awesome dog for an older person, but would also be perfect as an apartment dog.  More importantly, she would adore going to work with her person every day.  She loads up in the car, is a great traveler and would probably enjoy sitting under someone’s desk all day long.  But don’t let her calmness fool you!  When she is outdoors, she loves to run and bark with joy.  She says good morning to the squirrels and birds, and is all Border Collie!

Grace possesses one skill that I have never seen before.  She hunts moles (at least I think that’s what she’s doing).  She combs through the yard with her head down, and listens for underground creatures.  When she finds one, she barks and bounces.  It’s hilarious.  She then uses her nose and proudly shares her findings… but she does not dig.  If you love to garden, Grace might be the perfect helper!

When I recognized what she was doing, I was immediately sad for Little Grace, for is this skill could’ve been recognized at an early age, Grace would have made an awesome detection dog.  She could have been trained as a bug dog, a bomb detection dog, a drug detection dog… you name it.  She is a VERY smart little girl! If you are interested in meeting Little Grace, please email

Everything a good dog should be!

New photos of Grace on her Facebook Photo album.

Little Grace’s Virtual Foster is Nicole Cook, who donated toward her vetting expenses.  Thank you Nicole!

History:  Eight year old purebred Border Collie. *GRACE* DOB: 8-30-04 (8yrs old) ~ ABCA Reg. #257758 ~ Female ~ Black/White Rough Coat.

10/15/12:  Instead of making families, little Grace now has her own family! A Mom, a Dad, and two little kids to call her own!  Little Grace was adopted by the Martin family, who recently lost their senior Border Collie female.  John explained he has been stalking TDL since last April.  When he saw that little Grace was 8 years old and heartworm positive, he figured she didn’t stand much of a chance at being adopted.  I’m thrilled, aren’t you?

John left for a moment to discuss Grace with his wife over the phone, and when he returned, I noticed as he walked up my sidewalk, Little Grace was wagging her tail, and doing the wiggle of joy!  Yeah, she was ready!

Little Grace with John & John!


She has a family to call her own!






How to Surrender Your Dog

Canine Connect Shelter Prevention

There are a million reasons why people have to give up their pet.  Some of the reasons are good ones, and some are not.  Regardless, if a person doesn’t want their dog anymore… why wouldn’t we want to help the dog find a home where he’s wanted?

In today’s economy, it’s getting harder and harder for families to keep their pets.  Prices are going up, and joblessness is going up as well.

Whatever the reason is, I hope that you will find the information in this post useful.


If you are giving away your pet because of behavior issues, understand that it is very doubtful anyone else will be able to help your dog, and your dog will probably end up at the pound after its new owner is fed up.

At The Dog Liberator, we focus on behavior modification on a full-time basis, a new owner won’t have the time or experience that we do.  If you can’t find a trainer, behaviorist, or you just don’t know what to do, take a moment and try to find some training material that could help you.  Searching your problem on YouTube or Google may provide you with some great advice from a professional trainer.

Note:  Shy Sharon had behavior issues, but was not made available for adoption for several months, until I was convinced that we had rehabilitated her.

If your dog has bitten someone, and you do not warn the new owners in writing, you are liable.


Medical Issues

If your dog has medical issues, discuss the issues with your Vet.  Many dogs are surrendered to shelters that are terminally ill, and they are put down.  It’s not fair that your dog spends his final hours with total strangers in a concrete building and on a cold metal table.  Be a responsible pet owner, and follow the advice of your Vet.  Re-homing a terminally ill dog without full disclosure is wrong.

Note:  Logan was given to me by his owners, he was terminally ill with a cancerous tumor.  At his age, it was unfair that they shunned their responsibility to him.



If you have an awesome dog, and think you’ll never find him a new home because of his/her age… think again.  While that may be true with some rescues, pounds and shelters, it’s not with ours.  We have adopted some wonderful senior dogs who lived long and healthy lives.  Little Nitro, Jaffe, and Big George are just a few of them!


When to Start Looking

When should you start trying to find your dog a new home?  When you first suspect that you won’t be able to keep you dog!  It may take weeks or months to re-home your dog.  You need to start making arrangements right away.  Many dog owners wait for the last minute, and this is unfair to the people who are trying to help you.  Rescuers have dozens of dogs to take care of, you only have one.  It may take time to arrange transport, get the necessary paperwork, etc.  Do not delay.

I believe that dog owners wait for the last second to avoid the sadness that they will feel when going to an empty home.  That’s NOT in the best interest of the dog.

We are not miracle workers, and there is no magic wand.  Rescue is very hard and time-consuming work.



The first rule is honesty.  You must share everything you know about your pet, regardless if it’s good or bad!  Your job is to find him the perfect home.  If you lie about his temperament, age or health, the dog will be returned or worse, dropped of at a shelter/pound.


Medical Records/Care

You must have your dog’s veterinary records, and they must be up-to-date.  If your dog is due for shots, get them done.  If you can’t prove that you’ve had your dog on heartworm preventative, you should also pay for a heartworm test.  If your dog is not spay/neutered, you should take care of that too.

If you can’t afford to do all of these things for your dog, why should you believe that someone else should pay for this burden?   Proving that your dog is healthy makes him much more valuable and therefore adoptable.

Whatever it is you can or can’t do for your dog, remember that the first rule is honesty.  If your dog is heartworm positive, for example, tell the truth.  Heartworm is not a death sentence, it’s curable.

If you do all of these things, and call rescues in your area, or find a breed-specific rescue for your dog, tell them you’ve done all the vetting, offer them a donation, and they just might help you, even if they are full.  If you offer them a dog that has issues, has not been vetted, spayed or neutered, you’re closing the door in your own face.

How Can We Help You?

The first thing we are going to do is ask you if you are sure.  We are going to uncover every stone to make sure you have no other options.  Please review Canine Reboot for more information.

The Dog Liberator has re-homed many dogs that have owner-surrendered.  There are many advantages to using our Cannine Connect service.  You will be able to take part of your dog’s adoption, meet his potential new owners, and receive updates on how your dog is doing.    If you’re a good dog owner, and you have a great dog, there’s no reason why people should judge you for having to surrender your dog, so let’s leave the drama out of it!

What you Should Know:

We will require a donation from you before your dog is surrendered.  The donation will be based on if your dog is not up-to-date on shots or if your dog is not spayed or neutered.  You will also have to agree that your dog will be exclusively listed with The Dog Liberator.  You can not list your dog under multiple rescues (PetFinder does not allow it).  If someone you personally know wants to adopt your dog after it is listed with The Dog Liberator, you will direct the potential adopter to The Dog Liberator so we can screen them and facilitate your dog’s adoption.

Once your dog is successfully adopted, the adoption fee is paid to The Dog Liberator.

We will post your dog on our Website, Petfinder and Rescue Groups for you and coach you on how to showcase your dog’s full potential and attract dog owners that match your dog’s temperament.

We will help you screen potential adopters, conduct interviews, verify Vet references and discuss home visits with you.


Why should there be an Adoption Fee?

Very rarely do Free-to-a-good-Home dogs get really good homes, and here are some reasons why:

  • We have dozens of horrible stories about Craig’s list dogs listed as free.
  • Professional Dog Fighters comb through Craig’s list looking for free dogs to use as bait/practice.
  • People who pose as adopters may re-post your dog for an adoption fee, posing as rescuers.
  • People will sell your dog for experimental purposes, even if it’s only $5 a dog.
  • If your dog has no value to you, why should it be valued by someone else?
  • 90% of the dogs we rescue from kill shelters were free.
  • Your dog’s adoption fee goes into the rescue’s Veterinary Fund, which helps future dogs that have been abandoned and are sitting in kill shelters.


If you want your dog to have a long healthy life and live in a great home with loving owners, it starts here.


While this video is shared among rescuers, and it is pathetically true, it is not suitable for young viewers, but it can explain to you the frustration you are going to encounter when trying to re-home your dog on your own.

Feel free to review all of the dogs that we have successfully re-homed for their owners by clicking on our Canine Connect Category.  Any feedback or comments left on this post will be shared to increase our effectiveness and the dogs’ success.

If you are reading this post, and you personally found and adopted your dog from Craig’s list, and you are thrilled with your dog, I would like to congratulate you and your dog!

For more information, email

Holiday Pets: Doc’s Stew

A Gift:

I received a very large package from Fedex yesterday, and it was full of goodies from Andi Brown.  Here’s how my dogs reacted! I’m a true believer in this line of products. When I have a sick dog, like Bart for example, all the medicine in the world can’t necessarily save a dog’s life. They have to stay hydrated, eat, and have a will to live. Once I started making Andi’s chicken stew, Bart looked forward to meal times. If you’ve ever had to nurse a sick dog that has no appetite, you know how frustrating it is… and you know they don’t stand a chance.

Here’s the real Taste test by Lady Di!


But what Little Grace does is HILARIOUS!


Here’s China checking out Doc’s Stew!


Fedex Delivers Doc’s Stew to TDL!


Andi & Doc Holiday

Remember a little pup named Jingle from April 2011?  His litter mates were Jangle and Jubilee and they were fostered by Cathy McIlroy?  These little pups were pulled from Athens Dog Pound, but were too sick for transport.  They were actually pulled in December of 2010, and Becky Harshman found a foster for them until they could find their little legs!   They weren’t well enough for transport until late January, where they stayed with Cathy until they could be spay/neutered.  Andi Brown had her eye on little Jingle… little did we know that this little pup would hit the jackpot!

Holiday Going for A Swim in the Pool

Andi writes:

“Doc” Holiday is a magnificent Border Collie Mix. He was literally down on death row in one of those “kill shelters” deep in the heart of Alabama, with his two twelve week old siblings; Jangle and Jubilee. Fortunately for “Doc”, and Andi a wonderfully intuitive rescue group called “The Dog Liberator” was able to whisk them away at the eleventh hour, and (GET THIS!) – flew them all on a private plane which landed them in a wonderful foster home in Orlando in March of 2011.

Jeff Bennett, Volunteer Pilot of Pilots-n-Paws

Andi had been scanning the internet for a new baby, saw a photo of Holiday and it was a match made in heaven! She wasted no time, drove nearly three hours to meet him and together they left on a journey of love.

Now, just because Andi wrote a wonderful cook book for pets…and espouses the benefits of a homemade diet, she’s not ashamed that she could find a thousand reasons to stay out of the kitchen. But, since there was nothing on the market good enough for Doc to eat, she set out again with her partner and “Master Chef”, Voyko Marx, to develop their newest line of healthy foods and products for Doc and his friends.

And that’s how Doc’s Stew® was born! There has never been a pet food this nutrient dense and of course Andi loves to brag about being able to eat it herself!

Who says a rescue dog can’t make it big in this world? Doc’s job now is happily patrolling the borders of the pet food community, making sure there’s healthy, wholesome food for every cat and dog to love and thrive on!

Doc’s ultimate mission is to help get more homeless animals adopted all over the world. You will be hearing a lot from him, the bond they share and in the coming months you’ll be hearing more about their mission to help the animals and the people who love them at and you can visit Doc Holiday and Andi on Facebook!


I can’t tell you how many times Andi’s recipes have literally saved a dog’s life.  Just recently, Bart was put on Andi’s chicken stew.  Andi spent hours talking to me over the phone designing a diet just for him, coaching me all the way.  We all know how healthy Bart got… the last time I spoke to his adopters, he’s up to 35 pounds!

Canine Connect Shelter Prevention

Big George, an Owner-Surrender

Shelter Prevention?

It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s about time!  Throughout The Dog Liberator’s history, we have re-homed strays and owner-surrenders.  Why wouldn’t we do everything we can to prevent dogs from going to the pound?

We see what happens on Craig’s list every day.  Dogs that are adopted “free to a good home” are on Craig’s list again one week later.  When a dog is shuffled around and handled by inexperienced dog owners, the results in a disaster.

Shelters, pounds and rescues are all full, while owners desperately find a good home for their dogs, what they find is there is no room at the inn.  Many of these wonderful dogs (like Big George and WiiGo) do not belong in a shelter.

WiiGo, a Stray

What are we going to do about it?  We’re going to develop a proven system that works, to help as many dogs as time allows and I’m not talking about cross-posting – I’m talking about using The Dog Liberator’s adoption methods and putting them to work for potentially homeless dogs.

If you are one of those people, who love your dog, want the best for your dog, but simply can’t keep him anymore, maybe you  and your dog qualify for our re-homing program!

Before we can make our re-homing program available to you, we will have to make sure that this your only option.  Please review Canine Reboot for more information.

Here’s an email from BB:  I fostered an older border collie with a medical problem for a year (last year) who had a traumatic experience and was almost unadoptable.  I contacted The Dog Liberator (TDL) who is listed on the website – they re-home herding breeds.  They found the perfect most loving home for Jack within two weeks. 

Typical Border Collie

Typical Border Collie

They have a huge following of Border Collie/herding breed owners.  You provide detailed information about your dog and a picture.  If they think they can help you they will post the picture/bio on the website and screen applicants who pay an adoption fee to TDL.  They also have a network of volunteers who can also provide transportation if the adopting home is far away.  They really know Border Collies and the experienced owners they require.  Please email or call them – so many people want “free” dogs for purposes bad for the dog (practice bait for fighting dogs etc. and they will tell you anything to sway you).

I adopted a BC girl puppy and discovered how much effort a young BC can be!!!  I’ve had many kinds of dogs all my life and this breed takes the prize for keeping everyone in the house on their toes!!!  I’m maxed out on dogs otherwise I’d consider your guy as a way to burn up some of Sophie’s energy! 


If you have exhausted all of your options, please review our Intake Process, and email us at with as much information as possible about your dog:

Click on Connected for a sample list of some of the dogs we have Connected with awesome new homes!


Little Nitro, the Aussie~RIP

a Family Photo with Nitro & Mary

08/23/12 Update:  

It was with deep sadness that I share the loss of our Little Nitro.

Hi Lynne and Gisele,

This is not an easy email to send, but our dear Nitro was diagnosed with Advanced Lymphoma on Monday. Our Boy was still playing Frisbee on Saturday and collapsed on Sunday and went to at the Melbourne Emergency Hospital. He went down hill quickly and I promised him he would never suffer. When I saw him suffering, it broke my heart but I kept my promise. Our Nitro is in Heaven with the Angels this evening. He will be playing Frisbee in the clouds!

Nitro was almost 12 1/2 years old and played like a puppy. Nitro was a perfect angel on earth and will be in heaven ….he never was anything but amazing.

He gave me almost two wonderful, loving, joyful years….I hope I did the same for him. Nitro will always be my smilin’ boy. Thank you so much for allowing me these precious years with my dear boy…….all my tears are more then worth it …  I loved my dear Old Boy Nitro more then you can ever know.

Nitro with his Oyster

Thank you my dear friend!  ~Mary





History:  It was very heartbreaking for Lynne Deal to watch Nitro’s owners drop him off to her house, and give him up. Here’s a photo with Nitro (left) and Lynne’s Border Collie, Zoey (right).

His owners wrote: Nitro is approximately 10 yrs old. When my daughter got him about 9 years ago, we believed he had been an abused dog. He was very timid and recoiled when anyone reached out to pet him. He wouldn’t eat anything in the beginning. My daughter and I sat with him and hand fed him every day for a couple of months.

When he came we had 5 cats that were only six weeks old. He adopted those kittens as if they were his own. He loves those cats and nuzzles them and plays with them. He has never been the least bit aggressive with them.

Nitro is afraid of thunderstorms. He wants to sit on the couch with you or get into bed with you if they come during the night. He shakes when there is loud thunder.
Nitro loves to play catch. He was Frisbee trained by the breeders and loves to play frisbee. He doesn’t have the energy that he used to and will lie down now when he gets tired of playing. He also has toys that he loves and he piles all the toys in one spot when he is not playing with them.

My husband lost his job about a year ago and we are going to lose our house. This is why we have to give up Nitro. We are going to have to move to an apartment and can not afford to keep him anymore and pay the fees required by the apartment. It will break our hearts to give him up. My daughter lives in Missouri now and is in radiology school and barely able to make ends meet, so she cannot afford to take him either.

We would love to know that Nitro is placed in a good home and that he is happy. He has beena joy to us and we will miss him tremendously.

Nitro’s photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Looks like Nitro is a hit on Facebook, just look at all of the comments posted about him!

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? When you’re as awesome as Little Nitro, you don’t have to, he’s perfect the way he is! Nitro was adopted today, and I can’t wait for updates!

December 5th Update:

What a beautiful puppy! He is loved by friends keeping stopping by to meet the new
addition to my home and they all love him. Perfect is an understatement! He has been helping himself to his toys in the bag and even brought his bag of bones to me. Impossible not to spoil Nitro! Particularly when he smiles at me. Nitro had a good night sleep. Woke up, went for a walk and then played ball…I loved that when I asked him where is ball was…he went to the yard and picked up his tennis ball!

He is now at my feet, sitting on a wool blanket, surrounded by his toys, taking a nap. Could he be more perfect….just a sweetheart!

Lynn, I went to give you a hug when we were leaving and I saw you turn away quickly, I would have loved to hugged you and thank you for our wonderful gift. I know it was hard for you to let Nitro go, but please know he will be cherished and loved! He is the perfect boy!

Trek (Bob’s dog) is having a blast with his new friend. All is great! I’ll stay in touch…thank you again Lynn. You are an amazing person.
Mary…Nitro’s Mom

December 15th Update:

Good morning! I just wanted to give you a quick update on our puppy, Nitro and send you a few pics of our boy! I am not a great photographer, but I thought you might enjoy them.

Thank you so much for rescuing our Nitro. Not only is he a sweetheart, but what fun! Ask him if he wants to go for a walk…he bounces….ask him he wants to go for a ride..he bounces….ask him to bring his toy…he bounces…ask him if he wants to play ball…he bounces…yes,yes, yes….he is truly a happy, smilin’ dog!

Nitro stays by my side at all times and just hangs out. He learned very quickly to just keep his distance from my kitty, Eve and we have not had any problems. Nitro sleeps in side bed right next to mine and Eve sleeps on the bed….the arrangement is working well!

Nitro never barks…only when he is dreaming…another funny thing to watch!
I could have never imagined a nicer, more beautifully puppy! Nitro is loved instantly by everyone he meets! I love my puppy, Nitro!

Thank you so much for all you do for these wonderful dogs! You have made my year…I got the puppy of a lifetime! (Please excuse my typing skills…not a strong point for me!)
Mary Burns

Jan 5th Update:

Nitro Update….He is perfect ….I sound like a broken record, but I can’t find any fault with Nitro. He even stands quietly while I bath him and blow dry him…yes, he will never catch a cold after a bath. He is so soft and fluffy…love his little “pandra butt”….which I believe it has trimmed down a bit. Nitro is getting plenty of excercise….plays frisbee, ball and takes long walks.Nitro never leaves my side…which doesn’t thrill my kitty, but she is getting used to it. I didn’t think he would be a watch dog, but he surprised me. He is very protective of me. For an old guy, he is on top of his game! He knows before someone knocks on the door and when someone is out front. I am lovin’ my precious boy! He gives kisses and get loves and hugs from me and everyone!
Hope you and your “kids” have a wonderful year!

January 25th Update:

One day I will figure out how to update you on the dogliberator website, but for now I just wanted to
send you a couple of pictures of my boy, Nitro. One is a picture of Nitro taking a “catnap” on a drive up to
Jacksonville…cuddle up and happy. No dog could EVER travel better then Nitro!

The other picture is Nitro hanging with me while I am gardening…just enjoying the outdoors and the sun. I don’t
know if you can see or not how beautiful his fur coat is…silky and fluffy. And I don’t know if you can tell that our boy is losing
a bit of weight around his hips…diet and exercise…and keeping him out of the kitty’s food bowl helps!

Nitro faced his first thunderstorm and was a champ. Wrapped him in a blanket under my legs, talked gently and offered a treat with the
really loud thunder booms…not sure if that is the right thing to do, but it kept Nitro calm and smiling.

Just wanted to say a quick hi and let you know our precious boy is well and happy!

Holyfield, Fighting for Love ~ Adopted

How did i get here?

What did I do wrong? Why am I here? I don’t understand….I gave all my love to my family, played fetch, laid at their feet, looked after them while they slept, nuzzled and licked and loved all they would let me. I didn’t potty in the house. I just don’t know why they don’t love anymore….This place is so scary to me, I miss being loved.

Do you think you could love me for a while? They say I am close to 10 yrs old. HW negative whatever that is…they say that means someone took care of me for a while.
I still like to play, ride in the car, take long naps with you, watch tv, go for walks. I have so much love to give! Do you need some? Cause I will share, I have plenty!

Holyfield is missing part of one ear. I can only imagine that he had to get away from something terrible to survive. Dumped by his family after years of loyalty. He was so scared and had to fight to keep from being dinner for something else. He was so hungry when he got picked up by A.C. Unfortunately, it was a high kill North Georgia shelter that was full.

Because of his age he was at high risk to be put down quickly. People just don’t adopt older dogs. I don’t know why because they are the best most loving dogs, and so grateful.
My dog Daisy is 10yrs old, I love her with all my heart, I could not imagine her in a shelter after all she has given me. Holyfield pulled at my heart, I couldn’t let his life end there….

Won’t you open your heart to this wonderful boy? He is house trained, neutered, UTD on shots and just a love who deserves a loving home to live out his years.

For information on adopting Holyfield contact Vicki Truelove at

more photos on the way!

Update Nov. 10: Holyfield continues to be a love. No issues except he needs a family to bestow all of his love on!

Update Nov. 26: This boy is wonderful! Great with kids, cats, people, dogs! so very loving and still spunky! Can you give him a home for the holidays! Please!

Check out this super foster update, and some new photos for Holyfield, our grandpa Aussie! Don’t let the grey face fool you, Holyfield has got a few great years in him left, not to mention senior pets are the most loving. He’d be forever grateful to share your home for the holidays!

“I put the pic of him and the dogs to show he does great in a pack.
He is also completely cat proof. We have two and he was not interested.
He is completely housebroken, crate-trained, and loves everyone, especially children! From the way he acts, he has several good years of life in him. A great dog!”

View Holyfields photo page



Update:  Holyfield has been adopted!

If you are forced to leave your home Do Not Abandon your Pets

Click here to read more about this Christmas Collie, found starving to death only two miles away from my home.  This collie was rescued, had full-sponsorship, was receiving medical care, had a permanent foster home, and transport arranged in less than 24 hours. Give Rescue a Chance.


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