Cream Puff, the Corgi ~ Adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Fly Boy, the Border Collie

Fly Boy, appropriately named, because he was flown to us by a volunteer pilot after Amy Benz rescued this boy from a high-kill shelter. He is a wonderful dog, submissive, yet sure of himself, not shy at all. He greets everyone with love, regardless of age, size, or gender! He is wonderful with my pack, wanting to play, and I bet he could be trained to do just about anything you’ve ever wanted a Border Collie to do!

Fly Boy is maybe 2-3 years old, heartworm negative, and a little on the thin side. He’s a keeper!

Thank you Amy!!!

Flyboy’s photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

Update: FlyBoy was Adopted on April 30th! Updates coming soon!

Promise to tell the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth

I joke all the time that I want to start my own reality show and here’s an example of why!

About two months ago, I was in the process of pulling two dogs from the panhandle. One was from Terry Watts (Gemini) and the other was from a woman will I call “Sally” in this post. Sally is not her real name, and I will not release her actual name, because she is an active cross-poster and saves many dogs. To hurt anyone’s reputation in the world of rescue jeopardizes a lot of lives.

Before finalizing the pull and transport of these two dogs, Gemini (shown left) being one of them, I clearly asked both Terry and Sally if the dogs were heartworm negative or positive. My email clearly stated, it matters not, either way, but I need to know. Both Terry and Sally immediately told me that they would have the dogs tested. A day later, they both replied in an email saying their dogs were negative.

At the time of their pull and transport, I was 2 months behind on my mortgage, and had $120.34 in the bank! Knowing that the dogs were both negative, I knew I had enough money to get Sally’s dog spayed and fully vetted.

I asked both Terry and Sally to provide paperwork that they were negative, so I would not have to pay for another heartworm test. Heartworm status is mandatory in my rescue before adoption. Terry said no problem, but Sally told me she didn’t have any paperwork. I questioned the lack of paperwork, the lack of proof that the test was done, and asked who performed the test, and did not get an answer.

Even though I failed to get a clear answer, the dogs were transported, and I trusted that once Sally’s dog was heartworm tested, the results would show a negative.

Once the dogs arrived, my vet called me to discuss the paperwork. Gemini had been fully vetted and spayed by Terry Watts. She was surprised that Sally’s dog came without any paperwork. She asked me if I wanted a heartworm test on Sally’s dog, and I said yes. The vet called me a few moments later informing me that Sally’s dog was heavy heartworm positive, but would still spay her. Confident that I would figure out a way to pay for the treatment, I gave my vet the green light to have Sally’s dog spayed and vetted.

I felt very deceived, but it wasn’t the first time I had been deceived. Heartworm positive doesn’t scare me, and I have accepted probably 50 HW+ dogs in my rescue since I started it a year ago, but I accept them when I have the funds to treat, and I make sure that my ratio of HW- and HW+ is balanced. Let’s face it, Heartworm positive dogs take longer to adopt. People are afraid of the status, and don’t understand how easy it is to treat.

I called Sally and asked for her help. I needed $125 to send the dog to Dr. Wayne for treatment. I even suggested that she could send the money directly to Dr. Wayne, instead of sending it to me. I asked her if she could raise the funds. She indicated that she had $50 she could use, and that she would get back with me. I was hoping for an explanation, maybe that someone had made a mistake, but no explanation was given.
Moments later, Sally called me and informed me that she wanted the dog back. I asked her why? Clearly, she could receive the treatment with me and I could find her a home quickly. Sally insisted that she was going to arrange transport, and wanted the dog back. But there was another problem. I had the dog vetted and spayed, along with the cost of boarding, we were looking at approximately $75.00 or more.

Again, I asked why won’t you just help me raise the money for the treatment and leave the dog with me? Sally informed me that she adopts out HW+ dogs all the time. If that was the case, why was the dog sent to me to begin with?

I contacted my vet and explained the situation. At this point, I didn’t know what was going to happen to the dog. I had never had anyone say they were taking a dog back.

What I didn’t know was that Sally had contacted another individual who works at my vet, and asked that they find a home for the dog.

That afternoon I was at the vet’s office, processing new dogs coming off a transport, (one of the dogs from that transport was Dudley) when a strange woman walked up to our group, and asked if anyone knew of a young female, spayed and vetted that had been abandoned by a rescue. Needless to say, my blood pressure hit the roof.

Later I spoke with the people at the vet’s office, and assured them that I was responsible for the dog, and the dog’s bills, including boarding fees, and that no one was taking the dog unless it was leaving with me, or going where Sally indicates. In other words, the dog is not going to be re-homed without going through the standard adoption process.

Before I left, I paid for the dog’s current boarding fees and heartworm test, and waited for further instructions.

I later received a call from the vet, that Sally had coordinated transport for another rescue group, and the bill for the balance, which included more boarding, vetting and spay was paid, it totaled $106. My vet and I wondered why that $106 was not used to help pay for the heartworm treatment, and why someone would choose to move a dog around when unnecessary.

The dog was adopted, to a wonderful home, and is getting the treatment she needs.

Dudley, however, stayed at the vet for quite some time. He was not heartworm tested at the pound, the service is not available there. We later found out that he too is heartworm positive, was emaciated, and x-rays showed a bullet in his chest.

Because I agreed to rescue Dudley (shown left) without any information, once his health issues were uncovered I solicited donations from my supporters. Because I was not told the truth about Sally’s dog, I asked Sally to raise the funds from her supporters. It’s all about accountability isn’t it? When I pull a dog without history, I am accountable.

Dudley is doing great, and was adopted from me by someone who works at the vet’s office.

I have always been very honest about all of my dogs. I publish where the dogs come from, I name the shelter, I name the person who pulls, fosters, and transports our dogs. I write as much as I can about my dogs health, age, temperament, etc. I expect the same honesty in return when someone asks me to take a dog into my rescue.

Being dishonest in rescue will only hurt the dogs in the long run. I ask for as much information as possible about each dog that I pull, and when that information is not available, I take my chances and hope for the best. I make sure I have the funds to cover expenses in advance. One month, I may accept 2 or 3 heartworm positive dogs, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be able to the following month.

If you don’t know a dog’s health, heartworm status, age, breed, temperament, just say you don’t know. To deceive a rescue into taking a dog is wrong. We can’t save them all.

To date, the dogs that are in my rescue, and are available for adoption that are heartworm positive are Jasper, Little Bear, Moonpie, Joey (LillyAnn shown left has not been heartworm tested yet, and was an owner-surrender).

She shelter that gave us Moonpie also told us she was heartworm negative. I didn’t know Joey was positive until after he was pulled and processed. Jasper and Little Bear were owner-surrendered, and we suspected that they would be positive.

In rescue, there is no right or wrong. You do the best you can, and take your lumps. You try to plan what can not be planned. You prepare for the worse and hope for the best, but one thing is for sure, you must surround yourself with people who care about your work, will protect your rescue to keep it alive and well, and expect that the people you work with have the same high standards as you do.

Note: If there was an error in administering the heartworm test, and this was not done on purpose, I apologize for this post. But if this heartworm test was done in error, and gave a false negative, I was not told.

Gisele Veilleux, Founder, The Dog Liberator

Holly’s Getting More Puppies!!!


I’m so excited! I’m getting more puppies!

Okay, I know I said I was going to take a break. I mean, I’ve fostered, what?, nineteen puppies since the end of May. I deserve a break, right? But then I saw four little puppies sitting in a kill-shelter in Alabama and I couldn’t stand it. Two of them remind me of Austin, one of the White Fluffy Puppies. And the other two, well gosh, they’re only eight weeks old and have been at the shelter for over a month. That means the second they could be weaned, they were dumped. No, I couldn’t stand it.

These are the photos I have of the puppies. They aren’t great, but you can see why my heart melted.

This is Daffy. She is a shepherd, eight weeks old and about eight pounds. She reminds me of what Chaos must have looked like at that age. Check out her photo album.

This is Dixie, Daffy’s sister. Looking at her, I really think these two are German Shepherds. You can see that her ears are already thinking about standing up. She’ll be beautiful! Here is her personal blog page and photo album.

This is Chip. When I first saw him, my heart just melted. He had such a sad look in his puppy eyes. How could I say no? Chip has his photo album here.

And finally, Dale. He is Chip’s littermate. Are you as in love as I am???? If you don’t know Catahoulas, let me tell you, they are great dogs! I’ve fostered lots of them. My neighbor adopted one of my Catahoula puppies a couple of years ago and she is now a trained therapy dog. With Chip and Dale’s good looks, how cool would it be for them to do something like that? This is Dale’s photo album.

As soon as I get them I’ll update this posting. I’ve already picked out the perfect song for a video of them. Get excited!

~ Holly

July 24th:

The puppies have arrived! Okay, I don’t have them yet, but Gisele does. And they’re WONDERFUL!!!! Daffy and Dixie are about three months old, about 11 pounds. Not only does Dixie have pert German shepherd ears, but she also has a marble-blue eye ~ the right one! How cool is that!?!


Chip and Dale are as adorable as I had hoped. They are a little less than three months old, just eight pounds. I couldn’t see it on their shelter posting, but the fur on their back is perfect catahoula, all merle with darker patches.
I’m also going to be fostering Twilight and Eclipse who arrived in the same transport. No surprise here ~ they are precious, about 15 pounds, rough coats with bright happy eyes.

Yes, I’m in puppy heaven!!!!

If you are interested in meeting one of the puppies, please read about our adoption process.

27 July Update:

Well, the puppies are with me now and boy, are they cute! I gave them a bath and then we ran around the yard for a while ~ it was a riot.

What can I tell you so far? Well, Dixie is a very classic-looking German Shepherd. Her ears are straight up all the time, her right eye is blue marble and the left is soft brown. She is very smart, aware of everything going on all the time. Fast too. And a serious player. She loves to run and wrestle.

Daffy is more laid back than her sister Dixie. She has a stockier build, but that is partly because of her fluffy fawn coat ~ it makes her look that way. She is very people oriented. She was a bit overwhelmed by the rough play of Gus, my basset/bulldog (so am I sometimes!). A really sweet dog.

Chip and Dale are smaller than the other puppies because they are younger. Their fur is slightly fuffy, Chip has more merle on his face and body with fewer dark patches on his back. His right eye is a grey-green, the other is brown. Dale’s face is lighter, but his body appears darker because of the larger black patches. They both have a cute white streak between their eyes.

July 30 Update:

The puppies are doing great. Dixie is really fast. She loves to play and thinks that Gus, my basset/bulldog, is her personal playmate. That says a lot for her ~ he can be a bit of a rugby player. She is also very good at slipping past me and into the house when they’re supposed to be playing outside. At this point, I think she has decided that this is a game. Oh joy…..

Daffy is definitely more laid back than her sister. She isn’t a mouse and she’ll certainly give Dixie a run for her money, but she does it at a lower rpm. Both of these girls are very pretty and people oriented. Read, “try to trip me by weaving through my feet when my arms are full.” I guess they remind me of my cats in some ways……


Chip and Dale are precious. They are forever playing with each other. Yesterday Chip had Dale by the tail and was trying to pull him across the yard. Then they both started chasing their own tails, spinning in circles. It was hysterical. They are so remarkable looking. When my friends come by they are always intrigued by their coats. Really, you look at them and you understand why the breed is called Catahoula Leopard Dog!

August 2 Update:

I can really tell that the puppies have relaxed and feel safe. Their play has changed and is less…. oh, I don’t know,… frantic? Especially in Dixie. Before she tended to really dart around but now, she just plays and trots along. I was concerned today about introducing her to an older dog who was visiting, fearing that she would jump all over him, but instead she proved herself a real lady. She took her queues from him, giving him his position of dominance, and didn’t jump on him at all, even though she thought he was really neat. And when I finally let the Borgis out to play with this group of puppies, Dixie pulled her play down to their level. She even let them sneak up on her and “surprise” her. No way they pinned her, but they thought they had! I was very proud of my shepherd girl!

Chip and Dale have proven to be terrific too! They play very well with the Borgis, who were at first quite tentative. But these two fellows have really helped them out of their shell and thoroughly enjoy playing with them. They are also little treasure hunters. I have a “sacrificial” hole under the hedge, one that was started several litters ago and that I allow (given up?) puppies to dig in. Chip and Dale actually put their treasures in it. I find broken flower pots, pieces of wood, my flip flops, you name it! They are quite proud of themselves. Silly boys!

Adopting Families

Daffy was adopted on July 31 by Ed, Lisa and Jarod. She really knew how to work them by cutting her eyes just so. Really, I think she has been to modeling school. She did quite well with Sandy too, who was not quite as enthusiastic about the new addition to the family, but will certainly come around. Wonderful puppy for a wonderful family!!!


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