The Friends Puppies~Adopted

Friends PuppiesUpdate:  There are 10!!!!

These pups are siblings of Juliet and Ralph. We are not going to engage in a discussion about their rescue at this time.  But we can tell you that each pup was hand-carried to Jen’s car by their owner/breeder.  Our focus is to spay/neuter, including their mother to stop future litters of deaf/blind dogs. We have been adamant about getting the breeding parents spay/neutered for over a year. We are relieved that the breeder allowed us this opportunity to right the wrongs. The female has been having about two litters each year, some of the pups have been deaf/blind.

Jen on a spay/neuter mission!

Jen on a spay/neuter mission!

We are sorting through the puppies, every time we count them we come up with a different number! We thought we had 10, now we count 9!  It’s like counting flies!

Jennifer Clemens Wilson is definitely our hero of the day! Without spay/neuter each one of these puppies could have had multiple litters. There is no room in this world for unwanted and homeless puppies.

Dawn Van Ness is on her way to help! Thanks Dawn!

Chow Time

Chow Time

All of these puppies will see Newman Veterinary on Sunday, where over the course of a few days, they will all receive their shots, be microchipped, de-wormed and spay/neutered.  We will be posting more photos of them in their album on Facebook.

If you are interested in adopting one of these Aussie Puppies, please visit http://thedogliberator.com/our-adoption-process/

Click on a photo below to go to the dog’s page!

 

Ross - Likes to play in the dirt!

Ross – Likes to play in the dirt!

Rachel - Look at that pink nose!

Rachel – Look at that pink nose!

Phoebe - princess

Phoebe – princess

Monica~Adopted

Monica, what a beauty

Mike Hannigan - I can't resist this face!

Mike Hannigan – I can’t resist this face!

Joey - How YOU Doin'? - Adopted

Joey – How YOU Doin’? – Adopted

Jessica, the Slapper!

Jessica, the Slapper!

Janice - Oh My Gawd, aren't I cute? - Adopted

Janice – Oh My Gawd, aren’t I cute? – Adopted

Richard (adopted) - played by Tom Selleck, this boy has been adopted!

Richard (adopted) – played by Tom Selleck, this boy has been adopted!

Chandler Bing - Can I BE more cute?

Chandler Bing – Can I BE more cute?

There are only six Friends Puppies Left for Adoption! Here’s their new video!

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.

Behavior

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.

 

Age

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.

 

Honesty

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 TheDogLiberator@gmail.com.

Brenda Lee~Adopted

I'm really no trouble at all!

Brenda Lee is the smallest of the pack.  She too is said to be Border Collie/Great Pyrenees.  She is very shy, but Megan reports that she is quickly coming out of her shell.  More photos of Brenda can be viewed on Facebook.

Update:  Brenda is very shy but is opening up quickly.  She is learning to play with toys, and Megan wonders if any of these dogs have ever had toys to play with.   Brenda is also playing very well with Megan’s pack.

If you are interested in adopting, please review Starting your Dog out Right, and Our Adoption Process, then send me an email at thedogliberator@gmail.com

Click here to read about their transport.

 

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee and Nat were both adopted together!

Nat King Cole~Adopted

stuck on you!

Nat King Cole is the biggest of the pack.  He is eight months old and reminds me of Frances #29310 and Doc & Wyatt!  He is said to be a Border Collie/Great Pyrenees, but all I see is Border Collie.  He is described as a Velcro dog!  He is great with other dogs, and very good with kids.  You can see more of his photos on Facebook.

Update:  Nat is very quiet in nature, he likes to sit next to you, and observe what’s going on.  Megan thinks he’s going to be a couch potato!  Nat is playing very well with Megan’s pack.

If you are interested in adopting, please review Starting your Dog out Right, and Our Adoption Process, then send me an email at thedogliberator@gmail.com

 

Click here to read about their transport.

 

Update:  Nat and Brenda were adopted together!

Nat & Brenda

Bing Crosby~Adopted

waiting for you

Bing Crosby is an 8 month old Border Collie/Aussie.  This cross lovingly referred to as a “Bossie” is very sought after in the herding community, and Bing is a prime example of why.  He is an awesome dog.  Loving, easy to train, and affectionate.  Bing does not need a crate because he has such good manners!

You can see more of his photos on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting, please review Starting your Dog out Right, and Our Adoption Process, then send me an email at thedogliberator@gmail.com

Update:  Megan reports that Bing is a playful dog, good with kids, loves his toys, is extremely friendly, plays really well with other dogs including her little dogs, and walks really good on leash!

 

John & Bing

Adoption Update:  Bing has been adopted by John & Melissa Lee of Boca!  Here’s what they wrote:

We had a great first night with Rooney! (his new name) He is such a love. He met 5 new dogs and did so well. He was a little unsure about the female German Shepherd but once I told him that she was his herding buddy and that they would be chasing frisbees together, he warmed up to her.

He’s eating, playing, sleeping and always by our side. He prefers laying on the tile floor as it’s nice and cool for him. I took him for a nice long walk this morning and we’ll take him to the park this afternoon. The kids return next week and we’re going to have so much fun with him.

I’ll keep in touch and I’ll send some photos to you soon.

Melissa

 

 

Click here to read about their transport.

Delilah, the Aussie Girl~Adopted

Delilah

Delilah’s craig’s list posting was sent to me by Marjie Wolfe.  Delilah was originally rescued from Brevard County Animal Services, where Marjie volunteers. Ironically, Sandy Link and her family were planning to meet Falcor at the Wilson Ranch, they live in Melbourne.  I had a major ah ha moment!  I asked Sandy if she could let Delilah hitch a ride, and the answer was yes.  What are the odds that a family from Melbourne would drive to Daytona to meet a dog being fostered by the Wilsons, and drop a new one off!!!  Delilah was an instant hit with Sandy’s family, even allowing her young daughter to play dress up!

Dress up Time!

The Link family met Falcor, fell in love with him, adopted him, and drove off into the sunset!  So while Falcor was adopted, Delilah settled in with the Wilson pack.  You may not remember this, but when the Wilson’s fostered Irwin and Dundee, it was Bill Wilson’s father who adopted Dundee (now Chance).  Bill’s brother has adopted Delilah.

Wiffle and Waffle the Corgi Jack Puppies ~ Adopted

Waffle and Wiffle

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

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

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

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

Momma Corgi

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

Waffle with his 7-month-old brother

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

Bath time for Wiffle and Waffle

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

Wiffle, so little

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

Waffle exploring the garden

 

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

September 9th Update:

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

September 13th Update:

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

September 15th Update:

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

Adoptions:

Wiffle going home with Ben and Emily

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

Waffle going home with Kristiana and Brian

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

Good Golly Miss Molly, the Farm Collie girl ~ Adopted

This lovely little girl is a Farm Collie and came to us from the Atlanta area.

Miss Molly’s family had recently lost their other dog, a border collie/Labrador retriever mix, to a neighbor’s gun. The dog got out of his enclosed pen and chased the neighbor’s chickens. Fearful that Miss Molly might suffer the same fate and knowing just how lonely she was without her companion, the family decided to find a more suitable home for her and placed an ad on craigslist.org.

Here’s the text from original ad, which tells more of Miss Molly’s story:

“I have a year old, unaltered female Farm Collie that needs to be re-homed. Her companion Border Collie mix got out of their kennel and was shot by the neighbor while chasing his chickens. Molly is now very lonely and is looking for a good home where she can be worked. Our yard is not fenced-in and she really needs a fenced-in yard; she is in a kennel right now. She comes from very good herding bloodlines and when we got her at 3 months old, she was already trying to work the goats. She would be wonderful for herding if worked with properly. I just do not have the time to properly work her. She is very sweet and eager to please. And very playful. She craves attention and was house trained until we moved and had to keep her in the kennel. I’m sure she would snap right back to the house training with no problems. If interested, email me.”

Miss Molly's first TDL photo at transport pickup.

I happened to be in Atlanta visiting family on a two-day layover from a recent vacation and saw the ad on the area’s craigslist. (As you may be aware, we sometimes get dogs from craigslist.org – deaf/blind Aussies Kiss, Irwin, and Dundee, crippled Aussie Sparrow, and English Shepherd Sonnet, for example – and help them find more suitable homes.) This was Monday night and I was leaving for Florida on Tuesday a.m. Thinking I probably wouldn’t be able to speak to the owners myself before my scheduled departure, I passed the information on to Kathy Keith and Khaz Brooks in the hopes that one of them could make contact.

Kathy responded within five minutes: “I’m on it right now!” Imagine my surprise when Kathy e-mailed me 20 minutes later to say she’d just gotten off the phone with Miss Molly’s owner, Amanda, who was interested in surrendering her dog to The Dog Liberator so that we could find a more suitable home for her. Even though it was already 9:30 p.m., I decided to call and see if it was possible to swing by and meet Miss Molly and her family on my way out of town the following day. Amazingly, Amanda agreed to my offer to stop in at 8 a.m. the next morning. Great!

Fast forward to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, and my truck is loaded down with two large suitcases (I don’t travel light!) and Lady Truelove, who I’d picked up from Sherrie Ford the previous afternoon and was transporting back to Florida for TDL. I had just enough room for one more dog! Thankfully, my mapquest.com directions were accurate and I drove right to the Clark residence without issue.

Amanda and her girls met me outside and immediately took me to see Miss Molly, who they’d bathed earlier that morning. And what a lovely, squirming bundle of joyful energy she was! It was obvious just by looking at her that she’d been well-loved and well-cared-for. And, although letting Miss Molly go was difficult for the Clarks, they knew it was the best thing for her in the long run. I promised them I’d take great care of their girl and TDL would find her a wonderful forever home. That is what we do, after all!  

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

Now for the particulars: Miss Molly is a year old and weighs approximately 35-40 lbs. She is very people-friendly (including children) and gets along fantastically with cats and other dogs. Playful and energetic, she’d do well with an active family with a large, fenced yard or even a hobby herder (she was trying to work goats as a 3-month-old, after all!). Miss Molly is crate-trained and has yet to have an accident in my house. She has a spay appointment next Wednesday (July 20th), so she will be completely vetted, spayed, and micro chipped prior to adoption. She is being fostered in the Ocala area.

Miss Molly’s photo album can be viewed on facebook.

If you think you might be interested in adopting Miss Molly, please read our Dog Tips and then review our adoption process and e-mail amyb.thedobliberator@gmail.com.

A Farm Collie is a mixture of breeds, including Border Collie, English Shepherd, Collie, and sometimes Australian Shepherd. According to breeders, their goal is to create a multi-purpose farm dog that not only herds livestock, but protects the farm and its residents, much like a farm dog would have done on the small family farms of the 19th century. For more information on the Farm Collie, you can visit these two sites: http://www.farmcollie.com/ and http://www.farmcollie.org/.

Miss Molly originally came from Fair Meadow Farm, a working goat dairy farm in Texas. To find out more about Fair Meadow Farm, you can go here: http://www.fairmeadowfarm.com/.

Thursday, July 21, 2011: Miss Molly was vaccinated on Tuesday and spayed yesterday; everything went well at both appointments. The vet’s scale said she weighs 36.4 lbs., so I was pretty close when I guessed around 35 lbs. Yay, me! The vets and all the office staff loved Molly. They even gave her cookies when she put her front paws up on the reception desk and asked politely (as any Southern girl would do, of course). A few days of recuperation from her spay surgery and Molly will be ready to go.

I’m really impressed with how far she’s come since arriving at my house a little more than a week ago. Initially, I thought Molly was a high-energy dog because she’d pace and run around the house and never really settle down. Then I started paying attention to how she acted when she went outside with my dogs. She’d run and roughhouse with them for a while, but eventually Molly would find a shady spot and lie down. The problem wasn’t that she’s a high-energy dog; the problem was that Molly had spent enough of her life as an outside dog that she didn’t exactly know how to behave inside. What should she do? Where should she go? Would I pleeeeease pay attention to her? I imagine these were the questions running through her doggie brain as she paced around from room to room. Once I started ignoring her and concentrating on whatever I was doing (reading a book, watching TV, working on the computer, etc.), she finally gave up the pacing and settled down. In fact, Molly’s asleep at my feet as I type this!  

Sunday, July 24, 2011: ADOPTED! Good Golly Miss Molly was adopted today by the wonderful Goff family, who adopted Twitter (now Buckley) earlier in the year. Molly is sure to have fun with Dena, Mark, and their twin boys, Parker and Tyler. Of course, Molly and Buckley are already great pals!

  

Sonnet, a Craig’s List Success–ADOPTED!

Showing off her good looks!

I’m sure it’s safe to say that if you’ve ever been on the internet, you’ve been on craigslist. Whether you’re looking for a lightly used microwave (food is only included if you’re lucky), or for a full living room set for your apartment, chances are that it’s on craigslist, and in five different colors. Now while this may be a wonderful tool for those yardsale junkies looking to sell off their My Little Pony collection, or a reasonable alternative to buying all new appliances from a Sears outlet store, we have all heard the horror stories of animals who suffer from the use and abuse of the internet world. Craigslist ads have been widely discussed here in the TDL community, and if you’re curious to know more, I encourage you to read our article on the dangers of the words “free to good a home“, and what it could mean for your pet.

Being someone who is often outspoken on the issue, I am happy to say that in Sonnet’s case, this is a story of craigslist done right.

About a week ago, I was perusing craigslist looking for some cheapo dog crates to stock up on for future transports (let’s be honest, you can never have too many crates) when I stumbled across an ad that caught my eye. It should be mentioned that anytime you do a search in the “community” or “pets” portion of craiglist, it does not matter what your search criteria is– you are bound to get hundreds of ads from people looking to get, or get rid of an animal. Normally, I skip over these ads because a) they make me angry, and b) they break my heart. But for some reason or another, I found myself clicking one ad that read “Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix Needs New Home”, and this is the message that followed.

I have a Border Collie mix about 1 year old that I need to find a home. She is housebroken, loves kids, and loves dogs. I am going through a divorce and no longer have the time or ability to care for her. 50$ rehoming fee, but price is negotiable to the right person. She is vetted. Email for pics.”

Naturally, my curiosity was piqued. A Border Collie/ Golden?  Could this maybe be a case of mistaken identity? Working in rescue, you learn quickly that labels mean nothing. In dog breeds, the saying “if it looks like a duck; walks like a duck; and quacks, it’s a duck” is far from true. Don’t believe me? Check out Noodle and get back to me when you come up with a definitive answer.

I had a feeling in my gut that this dog not a Golden mix at all, but more than likely a blonde Border Collie, or an English Shepherd, both of which are often confused as mixed breeds because of their color. I quickly sent an email to the poster, asking for a few photos. My suspicions were confirmed when I got the reply–there was no doubt about it, this girl was no retriever!

The first photo I received of "Penny" now named Sonnet!

I did some quick research in distinguishing between Border Collies and English Shepherds, and I have deduced that she is of the latter breed. I forwarded the photos to Gisele, and crossed my fingers. When she gave me the A-OK to continue, I was way ahead of her. I had already exchanged some information with her former owner, and had scheduled a time to go meet this girl in person.

Steve and I arrive at the apartment at 8:00pm on Thursday evening, expecting a quick exchange of words before we headed back home. Instead, we found ourselves in the threshold of a small, modest apartment in north Georgia, being greeted by a young man no older than 25 and one of the happiest, healthiest dogs I could have expected to meet. Excepting a few children’s toys scattered about the apartment was fairly bare; the belongings that were visible were clustered in disorganized piles.

“Sorry about the mess” he says, “I just sold my fridge”.

We assured him it was not a problem, and made on with some small talk before getting to the real information about the dog. He told us the story of how he got her, just as a little pup at 6 weeks old. He mentioned how she loves water, how much his two children love her, and how great she was with them–all the comments of someone who truly knew, and loved his dog. Her coat is shiny and silken to the touch, she is well-socialized, housebroken and even knows a few tricks. When he presented me with a full vet record, I was nearly floored! I know he mentioned she was “vetted”, but that can mean many things. At most, I assumed she had been spayed. I was not expecting a physical copy of every vet visit she had, or a dated log of ever vaccine, procedure, and check up she had been to in the past year. Oh, right, AND she’s microchipped! I’m sure you can imagine I was pretty speechless when he brings out a bag of her medications. Heartguard. Frontline plus. A brand new rabies tag dated 6-14-2011. There was no question this dog was well-loved.

Now, prior to meeting the man, I had put little thought as to the real reason he was rehoming his dog. It is the sad truth that people will often make up stories as to why they can no longer keep, or care for their animal, and we have all at one point had a little (although sometimes bitter) snicker at the phrase “I’m moving” or “We just had a baby” or “really, she’s a great dog”.  I had kept in mind that his explanation in his ad was a divorce, but this was my first time dealing with a non-shelter dog, and I am not sure what I was expecting, but it is an experience I will never forget.

I think all too often we are quick to judge people who for whatever reason choose to give up an animal. We have all heard the excuses so many times that they almost become meaningless. They become a means of self-justification for the person who is abdicating ownership, but they give no consolation for the person on the receiving end of the leash.

Who doesn't love a blonde?

So many people say “I don’t understand how someone could just give away their family pet!” and I agree, I don’t understand how they do it. But what I have learned from this experience is that sometimes, there actually are mitigating circumstances. Life happens. I think in the case of Sonnet, the decision to rehome her was not one taken lightly. The level of care she was given speaks for itself. I feel that this was not a situation where a man no longer wanted his dog, but of a soon-to-be single dad, struggling to make the right decision for his family, and in this case I think he made the right one.

The product of his efforts is that Sonnet has lived up to be the wonderful, well-balanced dog he described to me. She is such a pleasure, it is hard to find words to describe her. She is perfectly housebroken, and does not need to be crated. She has a gentle eye and a gentle demeanor; I can 100% see how she would be a perfect child’s pet. She does not chew, and she does not bark, nor does she jump, or countersurf! In honesty, I’m having a hard time finding any flaws with her.

Sonnet and my cat share a kiss.

She has no problem with cats, she is not overly-exciteable, and she’s good on the leash. She does get a little timid with thunderstorms, but not aggressively, or panicked. Oh, and she loves water! This is the kind of dog I can see a family taking to a picnic in the park, or at the lake, or even better, as a boat companion! She does not have the strong eye or drive of a Border Collie, and she is a little stockier, which leads me to believe she is an English Shepherd.

She also seems to have a preference for men; or at least, my man. She follows Steve around the apartment like they have been friends all their lives! It is very clear she is a Daddy’s girl! I think even the burliest of guys would fall in love with those sweet brown eyes of hers. 🙂

She will be coming to work with me on Monday– I’ve been talking to my employers about her all week, so I know they are anxious to meet her. More updates will be coming soon, but in the meantime, check out  her video below, and more photos in her Facebook photo album!

Update: 7-4-2011

Sonnet has really begun to show her true colors the past few days! Now that she has settled down and grown accustomed to Steve and I, she is starting to ham it up. She and Weezer (the resident corgi) play and romp nonstop, but never get too out of hand. Yet even in her rough-housing, she is very gentle. Though she is mouthy when she plays, you’ll never feel a tooth from this girl, or ever hear a growl.

She has really shown herself to be a carefree spirit, and one with a sense of humor!  The past three nights I’ve woken up to her laying belly-up staring me in the face. It’s like she’s saying “Good morning Sunshine –go make your coffee”!  No matter what kind of mood I would have been in, I can’t help but laugh. She has always got this goofy grin on her face; no matter the occasion, she is always cheery!

She waits at the door to come to work with me every morning, and all the trainers adore her. If you’re the kind of person looking to take your dog to the office, here’s your gal.

I had her professionally evaluated last week, and she passed with flying colors! She was just as happy to play with all the little dachshunds and chi-poms as she was romping with mastiffs and labs, so I think it’s safe to say she can find harmony in any family setting.

If you are interested in adopting Sonnet, please review our adoption process! Sonnet is currently being fostered in the Atlanta, GA area.  Inquiries can be directed to khaz.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Update: 7/7/2011

Sonnet has been adopted!

Her new Dad, Gordon, is all I could ever ask for in a home. Although I was literally swamped with adoption inquiries, something about Gordon’s email really stuck out to me. Maybe it was the idea of her going to live out her life in a quiet mountain home (let’s face it, who doesn’t dream of retiring in a secluded cabin somewhere) but whatever it was, reading his email gave me that tingle feeling in my gut.

Originally I had thought “no, I’ll hold off. I couldn’t transport her any time in the near future. Someone local will come”. So I emailed Gordon back.

I’m sorry, our rescue is not in the position to transport out of state at the moment”, thinking with some sadness that this would be last I heard from this family, who not only described to me Sonnet’s potential life in great detail, but even sent photos!

Yet as more and more adoption inquiries poured in, there will still no locals. But there was still Gordon! You can imagine the excitement I felt when I got a response stating “Transport is no issue. I will drive to Atlanta!”

Sonnet meets Gordon for the first time!

Three days later he’s at my doorstep, with his two dogs Harry and Jake along for the ride!

The three of them had a good few minutes to acclimate to one another at my local dogpark, and I can confidently say I think Gordon, Harry, and Jake are all excited to bring home some female vibes for this house of men! This family portrait is complete, and I couldn’t be happier!

 

North Carolina, welcome your first Dog Liberator Dog!

Irwin, the Adventurer ~ Adopted

 

Irwin the Adventurer

Two white Aussies were posted on Craig’s list on June 6th, and I received a Facebook email from one of the Vet Techs at Val-u-Vet Deltona.  Why?  They were both posted as deaf.  A local breeder had no use for the dogs, and Carisa Cardosa who works for Lake Mary Veterinary Clinic took them in.  She posted them on Craig’s list, but one by one, as people responded with interest on the two dogs, lost their interest quickly when the possibility of the brothers being deaf and partially blind was explained.

Carisa & Irwin

I left a message with Carisa, and told her that I would take them.

I called the Wilson family immediately, and asked them if they would foster the brothers for me, and their answer was a very exuberant YES!

In November of 2009, the Wilsons adopted Nitro from me, and just last month, they drove to Panama City, and adopted little Fiona, a deaf/blind pup from our Terry Watts.

Irwin, at the Wilson Ranch

Ironically, Fiona was also listed on Craig’s list by a breeder.  To date, the Wilsons can not believe how intelligent Fiona is, her focus is incredible, and she is easy to train.  Bill says, “I’ve never had a dog this smart in my entire life.”  Of course, I snicker every time he says it, because all I have to do is look over at my China, the most obedient dog I’ve ever personally known!

We believe that little Irwin is possibly 4 months.  Irwin and Fiona are about the same age, and when they play, Bill tells me they look like a little white tornado!

After both brothers, whom I named Dundee and Irwin arrived at the Wilson home, I was informed that Bill and Joyce Spence, Jennifer Wilson’s parents were adopting Dundee, who they have renamed Chance.

Irwin, however, is available for adoption, but while at the Wilson ranch, Irwin is learning all of the proper puppy socialization skills, and basic house training.  We believe that Irwin does not have use of his left eye, but his right eye is fine, and he has what we call selective hearing!  The Wilsons are having a blast being his foster family!  Their photo album can be viewed on Facebook!

Note:  If you follow us on Facebook, you know how many times we debate the use of Craig’s list.  This is one example of when the website was used properly.  Posted by a savvy vet-tech, Carisa did not play any games!  She had both dogs fully vetted and neutered, and although she received many calls from people who simply wanted “a free dog”, those were not her intentions.  Carisa did a fantastic job and presenting the dogs in a professional manner, with her primary goal being that they would find great homes in spite of their disability.  In my home, being a deaf dog is NOT a disability!

 

The tears are flowing at the Wilson ranch! Little Irwin has been adopted!

Irwin is now Socrates, and he’s going to Spruce Creek Fly Inn in Port Orange… The Wilsons say it’s a Slumdog Millionaire story for this little deaf/blind pup! Welcome Jennifer Moore to The Dog Liberator! I want to thank the Wilson family to taking this little pup in, and thank Nitro and Fiona for showing him the ropes!

 

07/10/11 Update: Little Irwin was returned to the Wilsons, after less than a week having a young pup was too much for Jennifer, his adopter, to handle.  After spending up to 16 hours in a crate, little Irwin had so much energy to burn, which made training impossible.  We all know the best time to train a pup is after they have had plenty of exercise and they are relaxed and calm.  Upon arriving at the Wilson Ranch, however, little Fiona taught Irwin how to scratch at the door to do his business.  At this point, the Wilsons are going to decide if they are going to keep little Irwin, saying goodbye once was hard enough.

Dundee, the Aussie~Adopted

Two white Aussies were posted on Craig’s list on June 6th, and I received a Facebook email from one of the Vet Techs at Val-u-Vet Deltona.  Why?  They were both posted as deaf.  A local breeder had no use for the dogs, and Carisa Cardosa who works for Lake Mary Veterinary Clinic took them in.  She posted them on Craig’s list, but one by one, as people responded with interest on the two dogs, lost their interest quickly when the possibility of the brothers being deaf and partially blind was explained.

I left a message with Carisa, and told her that I would take them.  I called the Wilson family immediately, and asked them if they would foster the brothers for me, and their answer was a very exuberant YES!  In November of 2009, the Wilsons adopted Nitro from me, and just last month, they drove to Panama City, and adopted little Fiona, a deaf/blind pup from our Terry Watts.

Carisa & Irwin

Ironically, Fiona was also listed on Craig’s list by a breeder.  To date, the Wilsons can not believe how intelligent Fiona is, her focus is incredible, and she is easy to train.  Bill says, “I’ve never had a dog this smart in my entire life.”  Of course, I snicker every time he says it, because all I have to do is look over at my China, the most obedient dog I’ve ever personally known!

Dundee is approximately one year, and we believe that little Irwin is possibly 4 months.  Irwin and Fiona are about the same age, and when they play, Bill tells me they look like a little white tornado!

After both brothers, whom I named Dundee and Irwin arrived at the Wilson home, I was informed that Bill and Joyce Spence, Jennifer Wilson’s parents were adopting Dundee, who they have renamed Chance.

Irwin, however, is available for adoption, but while at the Wilson ranch, Irwin is learning all of the proper puppy socialization skills, and basic house training.  The Wilsons are having a blast being his foster family!  Their photo album can be viewed on Facebook!

Dundee, Irwin and Fiona

 

Note:  If you follow us on Facebook, you know how many times we debate the use of Craig’s list.  This is one example of when the website was used properly.  Posted by a savvy vet-tech, Carisa did not play any games!  She had both dogs fully vetted and neutered, and although she received many calls from people who simply wanted “a free dog”, those were not her intentions.  Carisa did a fantastic job and presenting the dogs in a professional manner, with her primary goal being that they would find great homes in spite of their disability.  In my home, being a deaf dog is NOT a disability!

Dundee & Bill

 

 

Hippity Hoppity, Aussie Puppies

“Someone is selling 5-week-old Australian Shepherd puppies on Craig’s List.  What do I do?”  So read the e-mail from Amy.  She has a gift for finding dogs in need of rescue, and she had done it again.  Five-week-old puppies?  What kind of person separates such young dogs?   Not a responsible one, that is for sure.  We asked her to go and try to get them.

Amy drove to the end of a dirt road in a rural area.  To her right was a home; to the left, an abandoned trailer.  Yup, you guessed it: someone yelled out from the trailer, “Come around to the front!  The door is open!”  There was a “front” to this place???  Picking her way through the rubbish and discards, she walked past several children playing in their shorts and underwear, she reached the door.  As she entered, the residents quickly shut the doors to the bedrooms.  She chose not to imagine why.  *sigh*  Back to business: there were two precious puppies, far to young for this….  Amy asked to see the mother of the pups.  They reluctantly brought her out, a charming, petite little Aussie.  Knowing that they would continue to breed her, Amy offered to buy the momma but they wouldn’t do it.  She finally left with just the two puppies.  Well, the two puppies and the fleas that were covering them!

Since Amy is a teacher and gone from home all day, we knew she couldn’t foster puppies.  Normally I would do it, but I had family arriving from out of town.  Thankfully, the wonderful Larry and Joyce offered to take them.  Thank goodness!  The next evening Amy met them at the halfway point.  Larry and Joyce were delighted with the babies, but the next day one of them developed sever diarrhea and started vomiting.  I suspected it was only due to the stress of being away from their momma and change in diet, but it could also be something more serious.  Did I mention this was now Saturday afternoon?  That meant a trip to the emergency vet.  Ugh.  Sure enough, it was primarily stress, food and a minor bacterial infection in the lower intestine.  Oh, and the bill?  $600!!!  Ugh again!!!

With love, care and antibiotics, the puppies quickly came around and proved themselves playful, affectionate little things.  Unfortunately, Zoey, the resident Shih Tzu, was less than happy about sharing her domain and started acting out.  That’s okay, she had put up with them long enough for my guests to come and go, and I could now again foster.  Larry and Joyce had done such a good job with these two puppies that whey were already crate trained and fully socialized.  Joyce cried as she left, and I promised that I’d find them fantastic homes (I will.  I always do!)

So here we sit,  me typing away on my computer, Hippity and Hoppity sleeping under my chair.  They do that a lot!  They are wonderful.  Hippity is the little girl.  She is all black with brown highlights, her coat very similar to that of Odo and Moses.  She has a beautiful face, is self-confident and outgoing.  Hoppity is the boy, white and black, with brown highlights.  He is very talkative, not barking but making little puppy noises all the time, even in his sleep (he is doing it right now!).  I anticipate them being spayed/neutered next week and ready to go home around May 14th.

They are so cute I am forever taking photos of them.  You can see them in their photo album.

Hippity and Hoppity are being fostered in Winter Park.  If  you are interested in adopting one of these angels,  please review our adoption process and then e-mail the requested information to holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com


May 6 Update:

Hippity and Hoppity are doing great. They are really coming into their own. When they first came to my home, they were so young they spent a great deal of time sleeping. Now, however, they are full of vim and vinegar! Their favorite thing in the world is to wrestle with each other. They’ll scurry around the house, one with a toy, the other chasing after, having a grand old time! They aren’t all that keen on being outside. In fact, even when they’re out, they don’t like to leave the deck. Now, there is just the teeny, tiniest chance that it could be due to my Gus. You know Gus ~ he’s my 58-pound Basset/Bulldog mix. When the puppies first came, he enjoyed laying in the grass, waiting for them to venture out. When they did, he’d charge them. He never made contact. He just liked the way they squeaked when they saw him coming. Really, he’s like a great white shark! What am I going to do with him??? The funny thing is, the puppies just love him now. He’ll lay there while they lick his face and paw at his mouth. Maybe they just like living on the edge….

I keep taking lots of photos. As the puppies grow and become more lively, they become more fun to photograph. I probably should pare down their photo album, but I like them all!

It was hard to get good footage of them to make a video. I prefer to film outside, but as I wrote, they prefer to be inside so spend most of their outside time waiting at the door to come inside. *sigh* So forgive the lighting in my video. It isn’t terrific, but at least you can see how terrific these two are!!!


May 18 Update:

Hippity and Hoppity are doing great! They are no longer focused in on each other but instead love to interact with us. I think the turning point was when I got more puppies to foster. All of a sudden their world opened up. When the new puppies clamored to be with us, they were like, “Hey, wait a minute! Those are my people!” It has been so good to see how well they have adjusted. I think they have finally hit the point in their development where I feel that they are truly ready for their own families! Yay!!!!

Hippity going home with Barbara and Richard

May 20 Update:

Hippity has been adopted! When Barbara and Richard came over, Hoppity went over to greet them then wandered off. Hippity, on the other hand, joyfully jumped up, gave kisses, then curled up in Richard’s lap and fell asleep! I am always amazed at how the dogs “know” their families. Daughters Kari and Amber are in for a surprise ~ they don’t know who is on her way home to them!

Fiona, the Deaf Aussie Pup

Fiona the Deaf Aussie

On April 28th, I received a phone call from Terry Watts from Panama City.  “Gisele, I just got you a little pup”, she said.   I shook my head and thought to myself, she means she got Holly a little pup!  “I just couldn’t help myself.  I know I didn’t ask you first, I just saw her and jumped in the car right away to get her.  She was on Craig’s list, they were getting rid of her, she’s only 7 weeks old, and the poor little thing is deaf.”

I immediately smiled, because Terry didn’t know what she really did!  She just rescued a Wilson pup!  About two years ago, the Wilson family adopted Nitro from me, and they had been watching all of the Aussies the come through our rescue.  They were very interested in Baby GaGa, but Karyce’s Mom (Tina Nestrick) had already finalized Baby GaGa’s adoption.  I promised them that the next Deaf Aussie pup I rescued, would be theirs.

Nitro's Parents

I texted Jen Wilson immediately:  I have your pup!  She replied:  Pardon?  Then I forwarded photos and the pup had a home!

I wrapped up two transports the following weekend, one from Alabama and one from Georgia, and I was ready to work on getting the pup out of Panama City.  Every day I received a text or a phone call from the Wilsons, making sure the pup was on her way, and asking if I needed anything.  All I needed was time!

It was around 1:00 PM on May 4th, while I was putting the transport together, I had a feeling that being Mother’s Day weekend, I was not going to be successful.  I called Terry and asked her if she’d drive the pup half-way from Panama City to Daytona Beach.  We reviewed the map together and picked a meeting place.  With a little bit of gas money, Terry was ready to go!  I called the Wilsons, and believe it or not, they left about an hour later to get their pup!

Terry & the Wilsons

At 10:00 PM I received a photo of the meeting, and it was awesome.  The Wilsons got to meet Terry, and Terry got to meet them, and see for herself the  joy in their eyes and the love in their heart for this tiny pup that they had been waiting for!  The meeting created a ways and means for the Wilsons to thank Terry personally.  It sounds like a fairy tale doesn’t it?  Well, it is!  They named her Fiona!

Nitro & Fiona

While Jennifer may have thought that Fiona was her Mother’s Day gift, the real mom turned out to be Nitro!  It appears that Nitro has taken this pup under his wing!

 

The Wilsons will foster Fiona until she has had all of her shots, and is spayed, at that point, she will be permanently adopted.

Fiona at the Vet

I met Fiona at Val-u-Vet yesterday and had planned on meeting Dr. Oliver so she could receive her first set of shots, was de-wormed and microchipped.  However, Dr. Oliver popped in and said he wanted Dr. Dario Pinzon to see Fiona.  Why?  He’s their eye specialist, which is something that I had completely forgotten.  Dr. Pinzon examined Fiona’s eyes and even allowed Bill to see her pupils through the examining device.  He stressed the importance of sunlight for her retinas, and explained that because her pupils are not in the center of her eye, that they are offset, she will have poor vision if an object is entering her field of vision from her right side.  This was very useful information for training purposes.  The Wilsons will not purposely communicate with Fiona from her left side.  We still are not sure if she is completely deaf.  She seems to cock her head, and look around while we make loud noises, as if she’s wondering where the sound is coming from.  For now, I think it’s safe to say she has selective hearing!  Bill said, “isn’t that typical for a woman to have selective hearing!”

Bill & Fiona

What Dr. Pinzon didn’t realize was that my China and Fiona are the same, therefore everything he was explaining about Fiona, he was helping me with China.  Yes, it was a wonderful day!!!!  Thank you Terry!

 

The Craig’s List Sisters, Asia and Sparrow – Sparrow Adopted


These two 6-month-old pups were on Craig’s list 2 weeks ago. Amy Benz called me in a panic when she noticed one of them was a white Aussie (red flag). She contacted the owners who confirmed that she is deaf and also mentioned casually that the brown one has a bad leg.

I made a few phone calls and planned on moving some dogs around so I could have the room to take them in. I called Amy and asked her to get them for us. Well, she called the owner only to be told that a wonderful couple was driving from Crystal River to pick up the dogs, and they had experience with deaf/blind dogs. We were relieved.

Just a few days ago, however, Amy called me again to tell me that the same two pups were on Craig’s list again. This time, I called. Why were they on Craig’s list again?

The list of reasons why were as long as Sarah’s Christmas list for Santa. When Amy arrived to pick them up, the conditions there were alarming – she wondered how they could afford to feed the dogs. They had no experience with deaf/blind dogs whatsoever. The new owner indicated that he had taken the brown Aussie (Sparrow) to the vet and the vet said it would heal on it’s own. The bill was only $28 and no x-rays done, yet the paperwork indicates a broken femur. Even though the two are both due for their boosters and rabies, no shots were given. Both need to be spayed. Craig’s list is a great tool, but free to a good home is dangerous, especially when dogs are not spay/neutered before re-homing.

Amy brought the dogs late that night to Jesse’s place. Jesse indicates that the leg is healing improperly and something needs to be done right away.
We believe that Asia does have good vision, but her hearing is questionable.

They are being transported to the vet tonight, and we are waiting for x-rays before we can create a plan for Sparrow; Asia however, is coming to me!!!!

I will be consulting with Fritzi in Connecticut, who adopted Deaf Sassafras, and Asia’s training will begin. I have already asked that a small Thundershirt be donated for Asia, and it’s on the way. The Thundershirt proved to be successful for Velveteen.
http://www.deafdogs.org

This is going to be exciting. I wonder what China will think about Asia?

I have been corrected that the term lethal whites does not apply to Aussies, yet the term is always used. Here’s a great site that explains why. http://www.lethalwhites.com/

P.S. What I love about deaf dogs is that Ryan can play the trumpet as loud as he wants, and it doesn’t bother them!

Sparrow’s photos can be seen in her Facebook Photo Album.

December 7th Update:

Holly just met the sisters at the vet, and within minutes of putting them in separate crates, Asia experienced severe separation anxiety. I have my work cut out for me, that’s for sure. With her sister, Sparrow, possibly facing surgery, separating them will be a must. Clearly, Asia is using her sister as her compass, just like China uses Ozzie. I plan on taking a lot of naps, going to bed early, and sleeping in as much as possible while I wait for Asia, for once she arrives, I have a feeling sleep will be something that I don’t get much of. A Thundershirt is on the way for her, and I’m researching vibrating collars, but they are an expensive gadget for this rescue. On the bright side, I stocked up on marrow bones and chicken hot dogs!

It was almost midnight when the vet’s office called me last night about Sparrow. The injury is a very old one, they are looking at the x-rays and will consult with another doctor before they make their final decision.

Update 12/10/10: The girls arrived last night, and they have been wonderful. Asia does cry a bit when left alone, but they are slowly being separated, and both are wonderful temperaments. I agree that they are about 5-6 months of age. Asia’s training will start this weekend, a Thundershirt has arrived!

Update 12/12/10: Ahhh, a quiet night for the little girl named Asia. Her Thundershirt arrived, and her crate changed. No wire crates for her, instead, she enjoys the comfort of a plastic airline crate, and her overstuffed doggie bed. I think it was the best night’s sleep she ever had! She is loose in the house with the pack, she and China are getting along well, but China wants to play rough.

Sparrow, on the other hand is enjoying peace and tranquility. I think Asia’s constant screaming was getting on her nerves. Amazingly enough, separating them was the only way to train Asia, because every time Asia was corrected, Sparrow would sulk and think she was in trouble too!

They are both incredibly intelligent and calm for young puppies, and because Asia was not abused, her training will progress quickly as opposed to China. I’m so thankful that Amy Benz scooped these two up for us, for I believe that they were on the road to nowhere.

Gisele

Update 12/29/10: China makes her debut, teaching Asia to play!

Note: When I use the term “blind” it does not in anyway imply that Asia is completely blind, for she is not, neither is China or Velveteen, but their vision is poor enough to label them as such. Both Asia and China get along very well with limited vision, it’s their sense of smell that kicks into overdrive to help them get around, and get around they do. They catch the ball in mid air, and frisbee, quite well, even better than most sighted dogs. Having a dog that is deaf with low vision is a piece of cake to be honest, I only wish others could see what I mean.

12/15/2010 update by Cyndy Doty: I spent this morning with Sparrow and Asia….Oh it was love at first sight! These two babies are love muffins! Hugs and licks galore. Arabela had the best time playing with them.

Sparrow is so gentle and kind hearted, You just want to pick …her up and love on her! She is a very special soul. One look into those eyes and your heart melts!

Asia…oh that little pink nose! I had to call her Piglet! She is so very sweet and loves nothing more than coming up on your lap to love on you! She loved to play with the big dogs and had so much fun with China playing ball.

I had a hard time not scooping them up and taking them home with me. Why didn’t I? Well, it is called having a husband with you at the scene of the crime!

Truthfully, I can’t believe these two are not adopted yet! Someone please open your heart and home and get these babies all the love they deserve for Christmas!

Why is Craig’s list so dangerous?

You thought I wouldn’t bring that up again, didn’t you? Here’s why. I did this video July, 2009 for Pet Rescue by Judy.

Craig’s List, why it’s dangerous

12/19/20 Adoption Update: Sparrow was adopted at the Sandy Paws event yesterday. by Carolyn Shoup. Here, Carolyn’s granddaughter cuddles with Sparrow. Carolyn Writes: Good Morning. Sparrow is now named Peanut. We took her to Petsmart to get a collaar etc. and she did wonderful. She isn’t sure about her crate at night but she goes in with one of the toys we got her. She has already leaned to use the dog door on the porch but she still wants you out there with her. She loves bird seed. Also she is definitely a lap dog. She did well on her wlak yesterday but both of us will need training in how to walk on a leash. When my granddaughters come over this week we will send you some pictures. She has a vet appointment tomorrow, will get the fax number for you. Carolyn

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