Loki ~ Adopted

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Loki is a 7 year old tricolor male who comes to us after his Mother faced a series of very difficult events which now make it necessary to find these precious babies new homes. They are her beloved ones, she wants them to have wonderful lives, and she searched over 6 months to find just the right rescue for them.

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If you are interested in being considered to adopt Loki,
please read Our Adoption Process and contact us with the answers.

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A huge, HUGE thank you to Becky Harshman and Jeff Bennett for going above and beyond to make it possible for Sirius, Loki, and Syrinx to come to TDL. There are not enough words to describe the lengths they went to to make things happen for these very special 3 collies. Though these two words will never be enough, THANK YOU!

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12/13/15 Update: Loki is still with us and waiting for his family to come.  We are hoping to fulfill his Christmas wish and send him home for Christmas.  Please share this sweet boy so we can get him home!

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12/19/15 Update: Loki was adopted by the Weldon family of Orlando yesterday. They were searching for a Collie and Loki was a perfect fit. Yay!

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Syrinx

11889669_10206532104116777_4167151970584202569_nSyrinx is a 9 year old sable female who comes to us after her Mother faced a series of very difficult events which now make it necessary to find these precious babies new homes. They are her beloved ones, she wants them to have wonderful lives, and she searched over 6 months to find just the right rescue for them.

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If you are interested in being considered to adopt Syrinx, please read Our Adoption Process and contact us with the answers. Check out Syrinx’s Photos on Facebook!

A huge, HUGE thank you to Becky Harshman and Jeff Bennett for going above an beyond to make it possible for Sirius, Loki, and Syrinx to come to TDL. There are not enough words to describe the lengths they went to to make things happen for these very special 3 collies. Though these two words will never be enough, THANK YOU!

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10/8/15 Update: Syri was adopted by Roy Moore of Winterhaven, FL. Congratulations sweetie!

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Sirius (AKA Kitty) ~ Adopted!

 

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I love the pool!

Sirius (aka Kitty) is an 8 year old Merle boy who comes to us after his Mother faced a series of very difficult events which now make it necessary to find these precious babies new homes. As you will see from how she writes, they are her beloved ones, she wants them to have wonderful lives, and she searched over 6 months to find just the right rescue for them.

 

His owner writes: “Kitty is my baby boy and my heart. He loves snuggling, putting his head in your arms, or snoofing your face. He knows how to shake, lay down, sit, stay, and come but is a bit hard headed and an escape artist. He loves loves loves squeaky toys, especially squeaky chicken or duck. He likes nothing more than to hop on the couch and have his ears scratched and his head petted. He loves bacon flavored treats but will honestly eat anything you put in front of him.

He is sensitive to heart worm meds and will get somewhat nauseated. He loves running in the grass and rolling his body in the couch. He will pull on the lead a bit but otherwise is a good walker.

He is the most sensitive of the collies and is devastated by a raised voice but is such a happy go lucky dog you can’t help but to love him. He has a shrill bark and will only bark when he feels threatened but no one comes to the house unannounced.”

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If you are interested in being considered to adopt Sirius, please read Our Adoption Process and contact us with the answers. Check out Sirius’s Photos on Facebook!

A huge, HUGE thank you to Becky Harshman and Jeff Bennett for going above an beyond to make it possible for Sirius, Loki, and Syrinx to come to TDL. There are not enough words to describe the lengths they went to to make things happen for these very special 3 collies. Though these two words will never be enough, THANK YOU!

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9/15/15 Update: We hope kitty will be accepted into Nancy Rossiter’s pack. Only time will tell! That being said Kitty has left the building!

 

 

 

Miss Priss~Adopted

Are You My Mommy?

Are You My Mommy?

Next is the cutest little love bug… she really reminds me of Polly PocketBlink, and our Pebbles!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

This little one might be two years old, and is a whopping 25 pounds. She adores kids, has a lot of “little dog energy”. She is quiet in her crate, not destructive, food-motivated… I bet you could train this girl to do anything. She’s the type of dog that should be on her own tv show! She is not shy at all like the other dogs. We LOVE her, and she’ll be adopted quickly. She’s ready to go, except for her microchip!  She is being fostered in Deltona as well!  There are more photos of her on Facebook.

Pick Me!

Pick Me!

08/11/13 Update:  Miss Priss was adopted by the Leonard family from Maitland.  She turned on the charm and did everything a good dog should do… walk on leash, initiate play, and played with a toy she has never touched since she’s been here!  Amazing!

080113 Freedom Transport

Yesterday was a first for me.  I drove to Herndon Executive Airport, and met some very nice people while waiting for our dogs!  I haven’t named them yet… because one dog didn’t make it, and will be on a ground transport next week!

My first dog is a gorgeous young Border Collie girl.  She really reminds me of Mr. Breeze.  Here’s what I just posted on Facebook, where you can see more photos of her.

DSC_0013Transported yesterday from Alabama, this girl reminds me so much of Mr. Breeze and Tobuscus! She probably will top out at 45-50 pounds. She is quiet, crate-trained, not destructive with her toys or her dog bed. She is very shy, but really likes and trusts my daughter, Sarah. Let’s give her a few days to rest and get used to her surroundings! I think she will make a fantastic family dog!

She is being fostered in Deltona, and will be fully vetted this Monday.

 

Next is the cutest little love bug… she really reminds me of Polly Pocket, Blink, and our Pebbles!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

This little one might be two years old, and is a whopping 25 pounds. She adores kids, has a lot of “little dog energy”. She is quiet in her crate, not destructive, food-motivated… I bet you could train this girl to do anything. She’s the type of dog that should be on her own tv show! She is not shy at all like the other dogs. We LOVE her, and she’ll be adopted quickly. She’s ready to go, except for her microchip!  She is being fostered in Deltona as well!  There are more photos of her on Facebook.

And last but not least, this 6-8 month old female.

She looks like an Aussie, but I’m not convinced. She does have a tail, and that happens, but there’s something about her face… I see Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever… is that rare? Yes, but I still see it! And what about those blue eyes? This young girl has totally shut down emotionally. She would avoid eye-contact, freaked out on leash, and freaked out when she entered my home. She was happy to go into her crate, and she is resting.

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

She did make progress and took hot dog bites from my hand.  After a while, she did take the bone I offered her, and ate some kibble, but she had to feel safe first. This morning when I made eye-contact with her, she wagged her tail! That’s huge! I’ll give her a few more days so I can earn her trust and let her come out of her shell… on her own time. Emotionally, she reminds me of Les Paul. I’m sure she’ll come around.  You can see more photos of her on Facebook.

She will see our Vet on Monday, and all of these dogs are currently being fostered in Deltona.

Special thanks to Pilot, Ed Golly and his team of volunteers, to Becky Harshman who coordinated the rescue, and to all of our wonderful supporters who donated to our Veterinary Care Fund. This is why we need and depend on your help!

Whoah Nellie!

If you thought that Shy Shannon, Trixie Belle, Chelsea and Nutella gave me a challenge, wait until you meet Nellie.

Before I dive into Nellie’s story, remember Cassie, Carter’s Mom? This little girl looks so much like Cassie it’s scary!

Nellie came from Mobile Alabama, our transport coordinator Christina and Suzanne were kind enough to make arrangements for her to hitch a ride to our rescue. And then? She escaped! For 48 hours groups of volunteers were searching for her. Christina told a fellow volunteer, Darla, “I don’t know how to coordinate a rodeo!” And a rodeo it was.

I will let Darla tell us exactly what happened, but finally, Nellie was found and transport was arranged once again. Flight risk is an understatement.
Our Rebecca made arrangements for Pilot, Jeffrey Archer to fly Nellie to me from Tally to the DeLand airport, but Darla, knowing Nellie personally thought about it, she said NO! So, Darla personally drove Nellie to my door. She’s a strong little border collie! I can see how she could easily elude even the fastest human! Here’s Darla’s take on Nellie’s Great Adventure!

Leg by leg transport from Mobile, AL, to Deltona, FL
Third Leg – Lloyd, FL, Black/white BC transferred from one vehicle to the next
Dog placed in the back of the next vehicle and leash removed (MISTAKE #1)
Dog not tied or secured in vehicle (MISTAKE #2)
New driver opened back door (MISTAKE #3)
Opportunity seen! Whoa Nellie makes a run for it!

Although I’m rarely at home on a Saturday afternoon and rarely on-line at that time, I checked my emails and saw a post of a dog who had gotten loose on a transport near where I live in Tallahassee, FL. As a member of the Big Bend DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) and having worked with ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans) since Hurricane Katrina, I knew I could help. I made a few calls to get additional help and drove to the exit. One car was driving around looking for her. (The other car had to continue with the transport.) Talking with people in the area, we found out the last sighting was at the Cavallo Ranch, a horse ranch about 1 mile up a small, muddy, dirt road on the other side of woods. We searched the area, looking for paw prints and broken weeds, searching empty horse stalls, talking with people who passed by and people at the ranch. Nothing!

Of course, it started raining, we continued until about 10:00 pm then decided to regroup by an abandoned gas station at the entrance of the dirt road. Nellie was seen when the first car passed a hidden grassy area. She took off at break-neck speed. We again followed her path. Her foster mother, Crystal, who had jumped in her car from 4 hours away when she had heard the news of the escape, arrived with her daughter who had a special bond with Nellie. They also joined. After some more time had passed with no response, we decided to settle in for a quiet watch-n-wait, hoping the child would bring Nellie from the woods. After 2 more hours, we decided to call it a night and regroup in the morning.

Sunday morning, we met up again at 7:00 am. I had a few connections through the DART team and arranged for a K9 Search and Rescue team to come and join the search. Three more wonderul helpers, Pat Simmons, Ann and the dog named Pete, joined the search. We followed several scent trails through mud, swamp land and woods, around abandoned business and houses – no definitive results except that we knew where she wasn’t. After reaching the point of the Pete’s time to rest and the heat of the day increasing, we continued with people only. Again, no sightings by us.

We returned to the sight in the evening. (Loose, scared dogs will usually hunker down somewhere during the heat of the day – and come out at dawn and dusk looking for food.) People had seen her again. This time, she was running by the freeway and, again, was returning to the gas station where the transfer originated. Another search of the woods, area and horse ranch. Nothing. Several feeding stations were set up to keep her in the area and away from the freeway. Arrangements were being made to set a trap the following evening. Contact numbers were given to nearby businesses, people and the ranch. Another evening wrapped up with no Nellie.

Then, later that evening, about 11:00, we got a call from the ranch. After all our work, she wandered into the lounge of the ranch offices through a doggie door! How simple! What a smart girl! Finding the only air conditioned place around that she had access to! Had she been laying in wait, watching all us crazy humans going through all the means we could think of to try to get her? I imagine her just watching us the whole time (instead of the other option – her terrified and hiding in the safest place she could find).

Nellie then went to a safe place, provided by another volunteer who works with a local no-kill rescue group, ECAH Animals/Capitol ARK. She proved to be a wonderful house guest – no potty mistakes in the house, no chasing the cats running around, no problems with the other dogs in the house.

The next issue became how to get her to her destination. When arrangements were made to fly her there, I had visions of her breaking out and running on the runways. Couldn’t do it. I had to take her there myself. I did. (Definitely no stops along the way!) She made it safely to the house of Giselle. After talking with Gisele, I felt really comfortable knowing she will find her forever home! Thanks to all who helped!

 

Darla
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Nellie is resting now, and I will start working with her in the next few days, but a micro chip is really the first thing I plan on doing! I will be determining if she is a herding dog, a disc dog, an agility pro, or if she needs to move into Fort Knox! More about this gorgeous flight risk soon!

06/13/10 Update: Nellie has been very withdrawn, and to be honest, exhausted. I wonder if she has recently had a litter, and I truly wonder how long she has been on her own. She is very underweight, but I’m used to that, it’s the amount of rest that she’s enjoying really makes me wonder. I guess always being on the run and scared would make any good dog exhausted. But last night, it was time to work on socialization! With Erika’s help, I brought her to my side yard, and kept her on leash, and plenty of turkey hot dogs! The goal was to see if she would try to escape. Amazingly, Nellie sits on command and also does the “sit pretty” as well.

Then, we introduced Ozzie who, as always, was very polite to her. A few moments later, we brought out Lady Di. Much to my suprise, it was Lady Di that wanted to play with Nelli, but the answer was no. I was confident that she would not try to escape, and we all gathered in the larger yard, again, rewarding with more hot dogs. As Ozzie and Lady ran out the yard playing chase me now, Nellie watched with curiousity, but still no play. I was very discouraged.

Before we were going to call it a night, I brought out Serendipity, and within seconds, this little fluffy Aussie got Nellie to play! What? Did I get on film? Why… of course! Video coming soon!

on Facebook: Wendy Mcarthur – Nellie, looks like a completly different dog from when she was at the County Shelter. Her wonderful spirit is coming to life. I can not thank everybody involved in her rescue enough. but, i do believe these pictures show why we get involved , saving one dog at a time. It is so worth it when you see this kind of results.

Holly and Gisele,

First let me say…I LOVE HER! She is precious and oh so smart. I just hate to think what someone did to her, she is so young, but you can see she is oh so hesitant to truly trust. Spent some good, but hot, time with her and Cocoa in one of my fenced in paddocks today (several times). She knows now that is her ‘free time’ to be off the leash and have fun. Got a good back roll in the grass and then she was wide open to belly rubs and all the sorts. Stole Cocoa’s bone twice, which then Cocoa decided she must bury at once before the new pup steals again!

She is REALLY timid around John, but gaining trust by the second. After dinner tonight he got down on the ground with her on the patio (picture attached) and there was some real connection. She now approaches him with caution but hope. I have NO DOUBT that she will be off the leash and happy with life after a couple weeks here, if not sooner. Horse should be here Monday, so I think she will love that adventure.

It was funny this morning, I took her out around 5:30 am for a little walk and the roosters were a crowing…she loved it! She was meant for ‘farm living’ for sure! ‘Farm Living is the life for her’ (Green Acres). You guys did a great thing by rescuing her, and Gisele’s skills with acclimation were great. She is my shadow, and I know will be John’s mush puppy in no time.

Let me know if I am bothering you, but I know that I would want updates if I had spent time with her.

Jocelyn

Sept 10 Update from Jocelyn

Love the tongue sticking out! She has brought new energy to Cocoa who has finally settled with the fact that ‘the pup’ is here to stay so she may as well take her under her wing.

Cocoa is trying to learn how to play BC style rather than lab style…cute to watch her try to figure out what makes Maggie happy!

 

Within 5 minutes, she has pulled all these toys out onto her bed and would pick one up, run around the house then jump back on the bed and grab the next one! I have a huge basket of dog toys right next to her bed…guess she finally figured out that it was there!

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