Athena~Adopted

I first saw Athena the same way I see most of the dogs I foster– on Facebook.  Athena and her puppy, Eos, were in Gordon County, and their time was running short.  One day after work, Vicki and I hopped in her truck, and drove up to Gordon County.  When we got there, they told us about the two dogs we came to see.  They said the larger one was male, and the puppy a female.  It was quickly evident, however, that the shelter confused their genders.  They told Vicki and I that they couldn’t really get very close to Athena, or Eos, for that matter.  Athena, they said, would get defensive when they tried to get close to her, and Eos just wouldn’t move around.  On this, they were right.  It took Vicki and I hours to get both Athena and Eos leashed up and out of the shelter.

The minute that Athena stepped out of the shelter, something changed.  The defensive, unsure dog we saw inside the shelter turned into a happy, loving, and appreciative young lady.  Eos, though, took a little while to warm up to people.  When we bring in a new foster, we can only guess what they had been through in their last life.  At first, Eos was attached to Athena.  He wouldn’t accept affection from people, and would prefer to lay down across the room from you as opposed to being anywhere near a person.  Athena, like any good mother, sheltered Eos from “scary things.”  If she sensed he felt uneasy, she’d form a cuddly wall between me and Eos, gladly accepting the affection I would give her.  Over time, we watched Eos develop as a puppy, taking baby steps toward trusting people.  All the while, Athena has been our little “Velcro dog.”

Athena spends most of her time hanging out with her best friends- Raider, Daisy, Kyma, Bella, and Paw Paw.  She loves cuddling up next to Steve, Vicki, and I, especially when we’re watching TV or just talking and having a cup of coffee.

Athena is being fostered in the Atlanta, GA area.  If you are interested in her, please email Khaz at khaz.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Athena (right) with her Puppy Eos (left)

A Happy Athena with a Happy Khaz!

Walking the Green Miles of Georgia

Khaz and Athena

Last week was quite an experience for me, and my family.  I rented a van and put 2,000 on it driving from Deltona to Atlanta, and visiting as many shelters as I could.

Immediately, my experience became humbling.  As I drove, I saw signs and every city or county reminded me of a dog that I once saved from there.  Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Augusta, Rome. I couldn’t believe how many hours I was driving, and how far these dogs traveled to get to me.  I have always admired and appreciated our volunteer transporters, but after this trip, my appreciation tripled, and I was barely out of the state of Florida.  The trip up to Atlanta consisted of my kids hearing me shout out the names of dogs and their cities.  At one point I was turning it into the Name Game song, but my kids were not impressed.  “Bart Bart, Lake City, Bananafana Fee Fi Fo Fi Bart!”  It just wasn’t working for me.

Once I arrived in Atlanta, I found myself driving around in circles most of the time, depending on a useless GPS and constantly calling Steve, Khaz or Vicki to help me.  One simple trip to a mall with my daughter Sarah consisted of  just two right-hand turns and you’re there.  You’d think I could find my way back?  No, I was about 15 miles off course.  I was not severely punished for my lack of direction, but I was the laugh of the town!

I enjoyed good company, it was wonderful to spend time with Vicki and Kathy again.  Meeting Khaz and Steve was a bonus.  I was constantly reminded what a great team we have.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Amber, the owner of K9 Coach.  I was very impressed with her self-confidence and business savvy.  It was no surprise that after I left, we were told that CNN was going to feature Amber in a story about women-owned businesses.  Amber started K9 Coach from a parking lot, I started The Dog Liberator in my home!

Atlanta Aquarium

Being in charge of a rescue is not a glamorous job!  It’s filled with ups and downs, and you never know what’s around the corner.  Many times I’ve thought about getting a job at Wendy’s instead… so much easier.  While in Atlanta, Hopscotch was bit by a pygmy rattlesnake and I was on the phone with Valuvet most of that evening.  Even though the drama followed me, I stayed focused on my task to walk the pounds.  I can’t tell you how many times my kids asked, “you call this a vacation?”  I felt bad for them, but we did sneak in the Atlanta Aquarium, and Stone Mountain.  The food in Atlanta is amazing, the Marietta Diner was a major hit!

Sarah invents Dra-ma-way

My phone was constantly ringing, emails, texts… you name it, I was busy.  At one point I felt like I was juggling cats.  Emily Kennedy called in and reported that my dogs were doing well.  Little Red (Sharon) was being affectionate, Bart was growing, China was waiting by Sarah’s door wondering where she was, Lady Di had stopped eating, and Ozzie had no idea we were even gone!  Frustrated with all of the commotion, my daughter invented a new product for me!  It’s called Dra-ma-way.  Hilarious!

Spending time with TDL Georgia folks was awesome.  Seeing Paw Paw again was so great, he’s huge!  Seeing Daisy again and meeting Raider was wonderful, but I spent most of my time with Athena.  She is one awesome dog!  It was nice to get away and be with friends.

Peggy, Walking the Green Mile

Our first stop was Hall County Animal Services.  We have rescued at least 35 dogs from Hall County in less than a year.  It was a pleasure to meet the Baxleys and their new foster, Diva.  What a dog!  Peggy and James Baxley have fostered many awesome dogs for us.

I also had the honor of meeting Justine, the adoption coordinator.  What I saw at Hall County was people getting the job done, i.e.,  cleaning cages, feeding dogs, and meeting adopters.  Justine is the type of person that doesn’t complain or give up, instead, she is an idea person.  Always brainstorming on how to help the dogs.  Finding Fosters is their biggest hurdle right now, and that’s what Justine is focused on.

Vicki, Justine, Me and Kathy

If only our audience understood how many dogs we could save if we had a foster.  Obviously, if you’ve been following The Dog Liberator, you yourself should know that our dogs don’t stay in foster care for very long.  Very rarely do we have a dog that lingers for more than a month, in some cases, dogs are adopted within one week.  If you live near Hall County, Georgia, stop by and visit Justine and get involved.  Fostering just one dog a year does make a difference!  For details about fostering for TDL visit this page.

Our next stop was Gordon County Animal Services.  Kathy and I drove for hours before we reached this rual shelter tucked away off the beaten path.  All I could think about was how hard it must be for the general public to find this place.  Location, location, location.  If it wasn’t for Kathy, I’d still be driving around in circles!

Doc Holiday

We have rescued at least 29 dogs from Gordon County, located in Calhoun, Georgia.  I can’t tell you how I felt when I glanced at the kennel where Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp once sat, depressed and scared.  Or the photo that I saw of Lady Truelove.  I had to pause for a moment and realize what a dream come true it is for these dogs, the shelter employees and volunteers to witness the before and after.  I’m very humble about my job, it’s a job.  I take it seriously, and we all work very hard, but the difference that it makes for a dog in one of these shelters to get out alive, be transported and adopted by TDL is bigger than even I realized.  Until you actually walk the green mile for yourself, you have no way of understanding how dismal it really is, how impossible it can be to save just one dog yet it happens.

One simple thing sets TDL apart for these employees and volunteers.  While they work every single day trying to help an almost lost cause, the mention of “TDL” can make a difference.  While they watch hundreds of dogs being put down, the joy of following a TDL dog from transport to foster to adoption, and to be part of the adoption updates helps make their job worth it.

Very sweet boy who has never seen a brush

So while all of you are enjoying your adopted dog, please understand that it’s the employees and volunteers, like Sherrie Ward Ford and many others from these shelters that made the adoption of that dog possible.  My chat with Sherrie was a very emotional one.  We must take turns lifting each other up when everything tells you there’s not much to look forward to.  Send in your adoption updates…. they are more valuable than you realize.  Your updates make people smile.

Sherry Ford hugs a big teddy bear!

Let’s face it, my job is a cake walk.  I get all of the happy endings.  I reap the reward of identifying and saving gorgeous adoptable dogs, while these folks work in the trenches day in and day out wondering why… why people do not spay/neuter, why people mistreat animals, why people don’t do something as simple as feed their dogs.  While the situation at Gordon County needs help because of their location, the animal abuse and neglect is everywhere.

 

 

speechless

It was another busy day for Vicki, but somehow we managed to visit Clayton County Animal Services in Jonesboro, Georgia.  This is where Huckleberry and many other wonderful dogs came from.  We’ll never forget his story.

While I was there, a gorgeous little pup was brought in, because of a potentially dangerous domestic violence situation.  A white poodle was rushed in by an animal control officer.  The poodle was in bad shape.  The matting around her face was so severe her ears were swollen.  I suppose that I’ve gotten dogs in that bad of shape in the past, but you never get used to it.  I met two bull dogs who were abused.  Recently, in the news, this shelter has received animals who have been burned by cigarettes on their backs.  The Captain there believes that it’s an initiation ceremony used by local gangs to gain entrance.

The staff at Clayton County was top notch professional.  They were very busy.  The facility itself was never designed to be a shelter, and plans for a new shelter in the future was exciting.  What I liked the most about this shelter was two very simple things.  Open air, meaning windows and fans everywhere, and one small container of water/bleach mixture at the entrance of the pound itself.  Everyone walking in must step into the mixture to sanitize their shoes, on the way in and on the way out.  I believe that should be mandatory at every shelter and pound.  That tiny ounce of prevention is huge for the health of the animals.  My trip two years ago to Hale County Humane Society educated me on how important open air is to the animals as well.

I really wanted to take photographs of the facility and the dogs, but I had to wait for the Captain’s okay.  He pulled me aside and explained how many people sneak into the facility, just waiting for a dog to take a dump so they can photograph how horrible of a facility it is!  I’ve heard that before.  The people trying to ruin the reputation of a facility like this are certifiably insane!

gorgeous

Just an hour ago, Bart got a hold of a roll of toilet tissue.  He and Ozzie shredded it… it’s all over the place.  I’m going to need a shop vac to clean this mess up, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad foster home!  Every shelter, rescue or pound has times to clean up, times to feed and times to exercise.  If it’s not up to your standards, shut the front door and Volunteer!

Please take a moment and realize that if everyone spay/neutered their dogs, vaccinated their dogs, and took care of their animals, these shelters, pounds and rescues would be empty.  Wouldn’t be nice to visit empty buildings where dogs were once kept, shout out loud and hear my own voice echo off the walls.  Not in my lifetime.

The Captain, Amy and Vicki

While we shared stories about special dogs that came from Clayton County, the Captain made it very clear that the real heroes are the volunteers.  “This is my job, I come to work every day, and I get paid to do this, but these ladies over here are volunteers, and they are here every day trying to save these animals.  They are the ones that makes a difference here.”

By the time I was back in Florida I learned that the majority of all of these dogs that I met had been rescued or adopted!  Amy Grayson Adams reported that at least 25 dogs were transported to safety.  While there, a stray that had not yet been evaluated was waiting.  Vicki entered the crate, and showed me how she evaluates new dogs who have no temperament history.  I learned later that he too was adopted.

Here is the video that I shared on Facebook with Vicki and this new boy.  “Patience Grasshopper”, is the key!

After I posted this video, we did receive some comments about the other dogs crying in the background, and comments about all of the dogs there screaming for out attention.  No worries, they all got our attention, we walked the green mile and greeted every one of these dogs, but it proves that people just don’t understand how bad it really is out there.  I walked a shelter many many years ago, and to be honest, all I remember is a lot of animals screaming, the sound echoing off the floors and the walls, the smell of urine and poop, and the despairing look on the faces of the staff.  Everything I learned during this visit, I already knew.  But I could not write about it in this manner without actually seeing it again for myself.

brainstorming with Vicki, Amy and Maria

It was very disappointing that I couldn’t visit Habersham, Athens GA, Athens AL, Fulton, or Gwinett County, maybe next time.  But I knew that I had put my kids through enough.  “Is that all we’re going to do on vacation, is visit dog pounds Mommy?”  Ugh!  I knew I had gone too far when my 14 year-old son, Ryan started singing “The wheels on the bus go round and round.”  He was definitely becoming unglued!  We channel surfed Sirius Satellite Radio, and I tried to listen to the oldies most of the time, singing at the top of my lungs, which irritated my kids even more.  We rarely agreed on a song, but when we did, it was a moment to treasure.  On the way home my 9 year-old daughter, Sarah, wanted to do nothing but talk.  Ugh!  “Mommy, we should have some grown up girl bonding time now.”  Double Ugh!  I don’t know where she gets her ideas.  Quickly changing the subject, I tried to sing Allouette a few times.  She likes it, only because she doesn’t know what it means!

Vicki at the Marietta Diner

You may not believe me, but there is one thing I clearly feel in my bones, and that is the days for the puppy mills are counting down, i.e., soon it will simply not be a profitable business.  We have succeeded in educating “adopt do not shop”.  We are making an impact on spay/neuter.  It’s small, it’s slow, but it’s happening.  Shelters, pounds and rescues must continue screaming not just adopt, but you can adopt a purebred, go see for yourself.

Buying is being frowned upon, while Adopting is becoming is becoming cool.

Eos

Eos, hanging out at K-9 Coach!

 

Athena

 

Eos

 

Athena with Steve

Eos is not ready

 

Click here to see Eos’ photo album

 

Shane~in Georgia~Adopted

Shane, Sensitive and Good Looking!

This awesome pup is being fostered in Georgia by Candi Hay for our Kathy Keith. He comes from Gordon County. Just six months old, he’s a little guy that is learning how to be a TDL dog, and he’s catching on very fast! He really reminds me of Charlotte, a pup we rescued over a year ago.  Charlotte, adopted by Donnie Smith, just adores his Charlotte!  We’ll be updating Shane’s status shortly!  In the meantime, he’s heartworm negative!  WOO HOO!

His photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Shane's Shelter Photo

Foster Update:  Kathy,

Shane has been the easiest foster we have had to date. He needs basic training but is catching on fast. He needed no work with house training he only had one accident and is all over our house. He was shy at first but that didn’t last long. He loves nothing more than to snuggle next to you or better yet in your lap. He needs to learn not to jump up and when he can sit in your lap but he is coming along nicely. He gets along great with our whole family and our dogs. I’d say he is medium energy, food and toy driven. He loves to chew on a bone of a stuffed toy. He is just a all around good puppy who will thrive in his forever home 🙂
Thanks,
Candi

Welcome Home Shane!

Adoption Update:  Shane was the Bourgeois family’s *1 choice on their list of 10 dogs they had picked out from their pet search.
They were looking for a fairly young dog that was short haired, cute as a button, and would help enrich their family.  Shane seemed to fit the bill, as Doug said “on paper”.

From the moment we walked in, Shane was on his absolute best behavior, affectionate, but not bouncy and pushy, and of course totally handsome..  They were amazed at how well he fit what they were looking for in a dog.
The rest is history.  Decatur, GA, welcome to The Dog Liberator Family!!

The Fonz~Adopted!

Will and Cliff getting some puppy love

The Fonz is in the house! Fonzi is a 3mo old aussie mix puppy rescued from a high kill shelter in North Georgia. He was all alone in that scary place and well, who could resist that face! The volunteer that met Kathy called me and said, can I put this one in the car too? of course, we said yes! He will never be alone again!

Kathy Keith drove up to get him and deliver him safely to his foster Candi Hay.

Fonzi gets along famously with the fosters two mini-aussies. He loves to play and she reports he is so very, very smart! He figures out the routine very quickly. Fonzi seems to make himself at home right away. He really loves to be in your lap or at your feet. That’s the aussie in him.

Who could leave that face in a shelter? Well, not us! Whoever adopts this boy will her very lucky!
contact:vicki.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Tux, the Working Border Collie ~ ADOPTED

Tux is coming out of his shell!

Tux is a 5-7yo working Border Collie from north Georgia. An owner-surrender to Gordon County AC, Tux belonged to a farmer and his son, who used him to work their family farm. When the son moved away, he left Tux under the care of his father, thinking that he would be in good hands. Clearly, this was a poor decision, as Dad decided he didn’t “like the way Tux worked with the other dogs”, and dumped him at the shelter. I guess that’s farm language for “he hogs all the sheep”, because Tux aores other dogs, and has the most gentle of souls. He is eager to please, and simply put, starved for love.

Gisele wonders if Tux originated from the same farm that Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp came from, as these two boys were in avery similar situation.

But wherever he came from, it is very clear to me that Tux has spent his entire life on the outside looking in. When he first arrived, he was so matted that there were literally 6inch dreadlocks hanging from the sides of his face! His hair was knotted; coming out in clumps. I took a brush to him immediately, and spent the next two hours tediously untangling the knots as he laid with his head in my lap. I don’t know if he’d ever seen a brush until that day, but he took all my plucking and trimming in stride.

Today Vicki and I spent another great length of time detangling and combing through more of his coat; scrubbing and trimming as he needed. I wish I had the forethought to take before and after photos, because you wouldn’t believe your eyes! A new dog has emerged, though he is unsure of himself when indoors, having known nothing of life but the outdoors and the grime. Tux doesn’t need to worry any longer, though–TDL can accept him for the dog he is. There are no sheep at casa de Khaz, but I hope he finds that pillows, love, and affection are a good enough substitute. Little by little he is revealing himself to me… I cannot wait to watch him blossom into the beautiful dog he is on the inside!

See more of his photos on Facebook.

If you have any interest in Tux, please email me at khaz.thedogliberator@gmail.com!

Dolly Parton-Adopted!

Which way is home?

Dolly Parton is a one and a half year old border collie mix one and a half years old. She was rescued from a high kill north georgia shelter hours before she was to be put to sleep. She captured the heart of one of the volunteers.

Sherry Ford one of the volunteers for the shelter tagged me with her picture. “She is beautiful and sweet!”

Apparently, Dolly and her yardmate who was a cattle dog had been picked up stray, but it wasn’t the first time. A couple of times before they had been picked up outside of their yard. Her owners had reclaimed her. This time they said no thanks, didn’t want to pay the money. So the owners obviously were not doing what was necessary to keep their dogs in their yard or house. But somehow that is Dolly’s problem and she was going to be punished by losing her life. Instead they could have put up a fence or brought them inside, then they wouldn’t have to keep paying to get them back. OR they could have spent time with their dogs, played with them, loved them and made them part of the family. When dogs feel a part of the family they don’t venture away from you.

Dolly’s foster has a nice fenced backyard. I’m guessing that if she wanted to Dolly could jump over it because it is a 4ft. fence. Dolly doesn’t. Why? She is being taken care of, all of her needs are being met, why would she want to?

Dolly loves to chase the squirrels and play ball with Serena. But she is always grateful to come inside and eat and relax with the family. She has a hearty appetite and not picky about her food. She was thin when she came to foster, but she is picking up weight now.

Kathy Keith contacted me and asked to please get this girl, she would go get her and take her to her foster, please save her! So I sent her pic to Dawn who already had Serena and asked if she would take her and the wonderful Dawn said yes!

Kathy hopped in the car and took off to get her. I got a text from her a couple of hours later. She is so beautiful she said! and a real lover! I love her energy and I have named her Dolly Parton because of her energy. I just love her Kathy said.

She met up with Dawn and Dawn opened the back of her SUV for Dolly to get in. So Miss Dolly hopped in, Dawn said good-bye to Kathy and opened the driver’s side door and got in. Well, Dolly had called shotgun!

It was immediately apparent that Dolly was not housebroken, but within a couple of days she had it down.
Dolly has been thriving under the loving care of her foster. She is so starved for attention and love she soaks in as much as you will give her. Dolly is a gentle soul reports her foster, good with kids and other dogs. So happy to get a toy and will occupy herself with it for a long time, just happy to have one…. I don’t think she has ever had toys, bones, special attention. She even loves her crate. Dawn says she will go to her crate to rest all on her own. I’m guessing the crate is the first place she could call her own safe place.

Dolly’s foster has a nice fenced backyard. I’m guessing that if she wanted to Dolly could jump over it because it is a 4ft. fence. Dolly doesn’t. Why? She is being taken care of, all of her needs are being met, why would she want to?

Dolly is a great family dog and very loving. Her favorite place if she were allowed….is the couch! I think she dreams of being a part-time couch potato! In contrast, she loves to run and play.

Miss Dolly’s biggest dream is to be an important part of family, that won’t be forgotten, or considered expendable.

Can you make that dream come true for her? Can she watch t.v. with you at night and eat popcorn? Can she sit by the fire when it’s cold? Will you rub her belly? That is what her dreams are made of!  You can see more photos of this gorgeous girl on Facebook.

For more information on making Miss Dolly Parton a part of your family contact vicki.thedogliberator@gmail.com view Dolly’s video with Serena!

I love my bed and my ball!

Update 02/04/12: Dolly has been adopted by Rich & Sherry and will soon travel to Key West to enjoy the good life! Photos soon!

Apache Sky, the Flashy ACD from Atlanta~Adopted

 

Gordon County Animal Control has brought us yet another stunning dog!

Look at these markings!

TDL friends and family, I’m pleased to introduce to you Apache Sky– Georgia’s most eligible ACD bachelor! Forget “diamond in the rough”, this guy is the real deal. No polish necessary!

Apache Sky is housebroken, great with other dogs, cats, and children, and has a superb recall. Already responding to his name, Apache is rapidly catching on to his basic obedience commands, as well as his crate-training (though admittedly, he’d rather be beside you on the couch)! It’s very apparent Apache desires nothing more than to be praised. He will do anything  for your approval, and goes giddy as a little pup for bellyrubs!

He is so well-adjusted, he will make a wonderful addition to any lifestyle. I envision Apache trotting happily alongside his humans on a hike, or tagging along on a group trail ride. Uncharacteristic of your average ACD, Apache has no ball drive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to play! He’d make a great “first dog” for anyone interested in dipping their toes into the pool of herding breeds, as he is high-energy, but very manageable. My only concern is that he may be a little too rough for the tiny tots–he can be boisterous when showing his affection, and might accidentally knock a little one over. …Of course, he’d make up for it by slathering them in kisses!

Who can resist this face?

Truly, I can’t say enough things about this remarkable boy. And if my babbling about how sweet he is isn’t enough–just look at him! This is a beautiful boy with a beautiful personality, who is looking for his perfect family.

We estimate Apache to be about 11 months to 1 year old, and at 46lbs, he has done just about all of his growing and should not get any larger. (Which is perfect for all you apartment people, like me!)

Foster Update: 11/27/11:

You guys won’t believe it, but Apache has finally learned what it means to be a Cattle dog! And by that, I mean he has finally discovered an ACD’s one true joy– the ball!

Playing ball for the first time!

Personally, I can’t even convey how elated I am about this news. I can’t count how many times I’ve thrown the ball thinking to myself “Maybe today. Maybe, he’ll play today!”.

Well, I can proudly say, that day has finally come. Apache has found his drive! It was like turning on a light switch–one day he looks at me like I’m crazy for constantly throwing the ball into dead air, and then the next, he’s tearing up the dog park after every throw I toss!

Better yet, he brings the ball back! You bet I’m thanking my foster stars that I don’t have to spend my day tripping over unused tennis balls anymore. 🙂

 

Scoping out the new surroundings!

Foster Update 11/12/11:
Apache is really coming in to his own!  Now that he has settled down, he is showing his true colors as a total ham. Belly rubs are still his favorite guilty pleasure, but he’s recently discovered the joy of running, And boy can he fly!

Though still not terribly interested in balls, Apache is all about playtime!  Apache is the expression of pure joy when he is out frolicking with his dog buddies. This is a dog that will play until he drops–if he drops, that is. But unlike other heavy playtimers, Apache takes less of a “rough and tumble” approach to play. He is non-vocal and not very mouthy–there’s no bossy bone in this boy’s body! It’s this attitude that makes him a great “dog intermediary”. Even grumpy puppies like my Weezer love him!
I bring him to work with me everyday so that he can get ample socialization and playtime, and let me tell you–I don’t think there is a single dog in the world that Apache wouldn’t like. Dog and person alike are greeted with the same friendly fervor. Each new meeting is like an opportunity to make a new best friend!

Apache has also grown to LOVE car rides since he has been coming to work! What used to take a lot of coaxing now takes a simple “okay!” before he hops right in to the back of the car. He knows he is going to see all of his friends, and you can see him literally wriggle with excitement! His understanding of his basic commands is getting stronger every day, and he is very proud of his sit! He’ll sit for everything; attention, food, praise, toys…he’ll even sit for a stranger, and sometimes other dogs.

Fresh out of the bath, and smiling!

To be frank, I’m shocked this boy hasn’t found his forever home yet. He is such a wonderful dog, with such a HUGE heart–my neighbor’s children adore him. Heck, I adore him! He is so willing to please, everyone who meets him falls in love. Truly he’s a gentleman of the dog kingdom. Ladies, your perfect “nice guy” awaits!

 

The backstory:
A little over two weeks ago I was scheduled to foster a Border Collie boy named Memphis.

Simultaneously, the ever-lovely Amy Benz sent out a photo of a stunning cattle dog available in Gordon County. Just like I tell my friends and family when they ask how I know which dogs to pick; “When you know, you know”.
I saw his photo and I knew.

I had to have that dog.

Apache's shelter photo.

I spent the next few nights really sulking. I had already committed to Memphis, but I really wanted this boy. I had to have him. I shared him out all over the place; my heart wouldn’t rest. All the while, a shelter volunteer kept telling me what a great little dog he was.

I had forced myself to accept that fact that fostering a second dog in my apartment was just impossible.

But as luck would have it, on the day of the scheduled transport for Memphis to come to me, I received the news:
Memphis had been adopted!

Quickly some calls were made to our transport-extraordinaire Kathy Keith, and we arranged for her to pick up the happy little cattle dog who had been plaguing my dreams.

Now, two weeks later, Apache (formerly dog #749) is relaxing calmly in his crate, after just getting back from the vet with a clean bill of health. Fully vaccinated, heartworm negative, and neutered, Apache is 100% ready for his new home.

In fact, he was ready the second he got out of the shelter! Already, he is well-loved by all who meet him. Even the vet techs were enamored by him; one even remarked on his outstanding attitude, despite just being woken up from surgery.

“He was ready to play, right when he woke up!” she had said.
Unfortunately for Apache, playtime will have to wait for today, as he must don “the space helmet” until his stitches have healed enough. But even that doesn’t get him down–he’s just happy to be around us, and be showered with affection.

More photos of this stunning boy can be found in his facebook photo album here.

Currently being fostered by Khaz in Atlanta, GA, if you would like to know more about Apache, please direct all inquiries to Khaz.thedogliberator@gmail.com!

Memphis, the Teddy Bear BC~Adopted

Due to the number of phone calls and emails we have received from shelters and pounds please be aware that Sam Mauldin no longer volunteers for The Dog Liberator. She can not pull, transport, or foster dogs for our rescue.

A Very Happy Boy!

Memphis was available at the Gordon County Shelter at the same time Doc & Wyatt were.  I couldn’t take all three at that time, so I choose Memphis… he reminds me of Noah and Moses.  A few days later, I was told he was adopted.  I managed to make room for Doc Holiday & Wyatt Earp instead.  A month had passed when I learned that Memphis was returned to the shelter.  Well, I tried to get him again and much to my surprise he was adopted.  A few weeks later, we were told that he was found by Animal Control wandering the streets.

“Can I have him now please?”

Vicki and Kathy whisked him away from the shelter and drove to our reunion last Friday… with Memphis onboard!  They stopped in Gainesville where Sam Mauldin was waiting to foster him.  Sam previously adopted, Charlie, Boomer, and Kai Kai.

Very Handsome!

We all got to meet Memphis yesterday, and to be honest, I couldn’t tell him apart from Noah, even when they were side by side.

Memphis is an awesome dog, probably less than a year old.  He was great with the kids and played well with other dogs.

His photo album can be viewed on Facebook.  If you are interested in Memphis, please email me thedogliberator@gmail.com

Memphis loves Rachel!

Adoption Update:  John & Rachel have adopted Memphis, and are headed to Jacksonville!  Can’t wait for updates!

Bibbity Bobbity but no Boo ~ Adopted

Bibbity and Bobbity

Bibbity and Bobbity are littermates who came to us thanks to the efforts of Brett and Hugh of Pilots N Paws.  They offered to fly them and Riddle, Ripple, Raffle and Ruffle to us from northern Georgia.  It was touch and go there for a while as we had some trouble coordinating getting these two out of the shelter and to the airport in time, but thanks to the tenacity of Sherrie Ford and Kathy Keith, these two made it!  Scared to death, but they made it.

I suspect that Bibbity and Bobbity were born outside and never knew the love a human hand until now.  When they first arrived, they wouldn’t let us approach them.  You should have seen my wonderful husband that first evening, crawling under the hedge in the back corner of your yard, being eaten by the largest ants I have ever seen, to bring them in for the night.  Within a couple of days these precious pups were coming right up to us for the love and attention they so desperately wanted.  I adore all of my fosters, but it is the ones like this, the ones that without our intervention would have grown up wild and most certainly eventually been caught and euthanized, these are the ones that occupy a special place in my heart.

Bobbity and Bibbity

I was told that Bibbity and Bobbity are Border Collie pups, and I believe it, but there are certainly another breed or two in their family tree.   What they are, I just don’t know.  I even asked for opinions when I took them to the vet, yet everyone was stumped.  All agreed that they are very striking, but no breed jumped out and said, “Here I am!”  Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I prefer mix breeds.  I know, sacrilege!  I just find that with mixed breeds you’re just more likely to avoid the extremes of breed temperament and instincts, as well as health issues.

What a face

 

Bibbity is the girl, smaller than her brother, with a rather unique fawn coat. She wears a red collar with a grey stripe. Be sure to look through her photo album.

 

 

Who can resist those eyes?

 

Bobbity is the boy, with a striking tricolored coat. His collar is blue with a grey stripe. Here is his photo album.

 

I am fostering these puppies in Winter Park, Fl. If you think that you might want to give one of them a loving home, please first review our Dog Tips, then read our adoption process and e-mail the appropriate information at holly.TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

Vicki Truelove made this video of the puppies getting ready to leave on the Pilots N Paws flight.

I made this video of them after they had arrived at my home.

September 11th Update:

Brett, the pilot who flew the puppies to us, sent Vicki the following note:

“Hugh and I had a great time, definitely a trip to remember. I think what you guys are doing is incredible and it felt great to be a part of it. The flight back in our little 172 was long but very pleasant, the pups slept. Well, except cricket (Ruffle), he was wrestling with his kennel mates and biting hughs finger. I thought it was awesome turning them loose in the fbo and watching the little energetic fur balls bound back to life. They’re going to warm a lot of hearts.  (if the little grey and white one doesn’t have a home after too long… Well… ) “

You can see why we consider ourselves so blessed to have such people come alongside us!

September 16th Update:

One of the reasons that I am the primary puppy foster is that I am not only home with them all day, but I have two kids, two dogs, two cats and two birds, all of which help lead to more well rounded dogs.  Ralph is my Basset/Lab mix.  He is really amazing with the puppies, very nurturing and loving.  All the puppies love him and swarm him like a rock star.  I feel a little sorry for him sometimes because he  is so low to the ground that he can’t get away from them.  Patience is a virtue, and Ralph is very virtuous!

September 17th Update:

One of the joys of fostering puppies is watching them play together. Here we have Raffle, Ruffle, Waffle, Bibbity, Bobbity and Kanter horsing around in my living room, under the not-so-vigilant eyes of my Ralph and Gus. Actually, I think Ralph and Gus just egg them on!

September 18th Update:

A million dog toys and the puppies always want the one that the other has!  I can’t help it ~ I just love these little ones!

Bobbity

September 21st Update:

What a difference a week can make!  When Bibbity and Bobbity first came to us, they were scared to death.  I believe that they had lived on their own with no human contact at all.  That first night my husband had had climb underneath the hedge in the corner of the yard and through an ant nest to get them to bring into the house.  They were wide-eyed and trembling….

 

Bibbity with Caitlin and Ralph

After a week of working with them, of holding them, feeding them, talking with them, they are just about there!  Last night friends came over for dinner and we were so happy to see Bobbity go right up to Mark to get his ears scratched. Bibbity danced on the edge of the group but finally let Megan pick her up and hold her.  I think two more days and she’ll be okay.  A little slower to respond, perhaps, because she is a bit less sure of herself plus she caught a cold following her spay.  I think that both of these pups are going to be wonderful.  I’ve done this before and know that when you have a dog or puppy that arrives so frightened, when you finally break through that wall and build trust, you also have amazing loyalty.  I just love these two little ones and can’t wait to see them with their forever families!

 

Unfortunately, Bobbity did not make it, and he succumbed to parvo.

Going home with Elishyah

October 4th Update:

Bibbity has found her forever home! Elishyah has waited patiently for this day, and it was worth the wait. Once painfully shy and frightened, this little girl greeted him with a wag of her tail. My husband was especially happy; he has spent much time with Bibbity helping become more confident. Today we saw it pay off as she left for her home with this wonderful young man! Casselberry, welcome your newest Dog Liberator pup!

Doc Holiday~Adopted

at the shelter

I was tagged in three photos of gorgeous Border Collies from Gordon County.  I liked them all!  What’s a girl to do?  I sent out a plea for more fosters, not knowing how many dogs will be adopted by the time they get here… but how will they get here, who will help, and when?  I have no clue.  Remember, Rescue is an Effort, Not a Science!  I was thrilled to receive an update that one of the dogs had been adopted!  Whew!  Then it was transport day!  Not only did Vicki Truelove find a volunteer pilot with Pilots-N-Paws for Holly’s new Puppies, but Anita, yes our Anita, and her daughter Madison, were leaving Tennessee and driving back to Florida.

Kathy Keith says "You going to be just fine!"

Still, I had no room for these two.  Disappointed, everyone let out a heavy sigh, knowing we were leaving them behind.  Vicki called me early Saturday morning, “Please, we have air transport and car transport, can’t we get them out?”

I know that I have no where to put them, and because they are fearful, they will need a special foster home.  But Vicki was right, so I thought maybe, just maybe, I can make this work.  I called Aloma Jancy, and then contacted Kim (Dudley’s Mom) and asked her how late someone would be at the Clinic?  “We close as midnight,” she said.  I called Anita asking for her ETA.  “Eleven-ish.”  Now that’s what I call cutting it close!  I decided to try… just go for it!

Doc Holiday clings to Madison

Kathy Keith, was at the shelter to pick up Holly’s pups.  She went into the kennel run to meet the two boys, knowing she was leaving them behind.  With pups in hand, she went to exit the shelter, she stopped at the doorway and waited…. waited for her phone to ring, and it did ring.  Sherrie Ford told her I wanted the two boys.  What did Kathy do?  Laugh the entire time… I guess being laughed at is a good thing!  She turned around, and told the shelter we were taking them.  Needless to say, they were very pleased.

I think Anita and I called each other every few hours, checking in.  At 11:49 PM Anita sent me a text indicating that they were safe at the Clinic!

Something About Those Eyes

Both Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday were surrendered by their owners.  They had been working on herding, and their owner showed the shelter how well trained they are, sharing numerous tricks that they had learned.  It was a difficult thing to do, but they simply had too many animals.  That’s something we hear a lot these days.  People who used to be able to afford animals, just can’t afford it anymore.

The sad part is how unsocialized and fearful these two dogs are, but every TDL person they meet, they slowly open up and trust.  The shelter life is not in their best interest, now is being boarded at the clinic.  As soon as they can be groomed, vetted and neutered, we’re getting them out there.

Doc with Christopher Murphy

Wyatt and Doc need to be exposed to new things, one day at a time.  This is something TDL is really good at, for example, in the case of Shy Shannon, Nutella, Spock (Bailey), China and dozens of others who just needed someone who was patient, who could provide them with routine, good food, attention and reward.  Dogs do live in the moment, and it won’t take long at all for these two so become excited about the world that awaits them!

Doc and his brother, Wyatt

But wait, there’s more.  Yesterday, I alerted an Aloma Jancy volunteer, Jennifer Derviss that two BC boys were on their way.  Today, she and Christopher Murphy visited the boys, and took some gorgeous photographs of them.  But now that I review their photos, I see something that I didn’t see before.  I see Courage, one of the most beautiful Border Collies we’ve had in our rescue.

I want to thank literally, dozens of people who made all of this work.  Very soon these two brothers will know how special they really are to all of us.

To see more photos of Doc Holiday, visit his photo album on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting Doc, please review How to Adopt from Us, and send your information to TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

09/29/11 Update:  The boys are ready! Mel & Kevin have exposed them to the dog park, the groomer, doggie daycare and the vet! They are socialized, playing with the pack, and doing great. However, Kevin is going to hold out until they can be adopted together. I can’t blame him. After he had to choose between Saffron or Sage (The Spice Girls) he couldn’t, and adopted them both. Yes, it will happen, and we’ll wait for their day to find the right home!

Special thanks to Mel & Kevin Scott who took these boys into their home, and turned them around… in one week!  Their transformation has been amazing.  See for yourself in the video below.

 

Going Home Together!

10/13/11 Adoption Update:  Adopter Update: Rick and Cyndi just let us know how the boys’ first night went! For starters, their new names are Boone (FKA Wyatt Earp) and Dock (FKA Doc Holiday), together they are the BooneDocks of DeLand!! Gotta Love That! They sent us a bunch of pictures from their first night, which have been posted in their album! And they let us know that their first night went perfectly! We knew when Dock and Boone left that they knew they were in good hands! They didn’t even look back! The car ride HOME was amazingly easy, and once they got home they spent most of their time checking out all their new surroundings, and LITERALLY dancing in the moonlight! I am so happy for these boys, and for Cyndi and Rick! I know they are going to be the perfect family together! Now I just can’t wait to see them again at the reunion! – Kevin

Video Update:

Wyatt Earp~Adopted

at the shelter

I was tagged in three photos of gorgeous Border Collies from Gordon County.  I liked them all!  What’s a girl to do?  I sent out a plea for more fosters, not knowing how many dogs will be adopted by the time they get here… but how will they get here, who will help, and when?  I have no clue.  Remember, Rescue is an Effort, Not a Science!  I was thrilled to receive an update that one of the dogs had been adopted!  Whew!  Then it was transport day!  Not only did Vicki Truelove find a volunteer pilot with Pilots-N-Paws for Holly’s new Puppies, but Anita, yes our Anita was leaving Tennessee and driving back to Florida.

Stunning

Still, I had no room for these two.  Disappointed, everyone let out a heavy sigh, knowing we were leaving them behind.  Vicki called me early Saturday morning, “Please, we have air transport and car transport, can’t we get them out?”

I know that I have no where to put them, and because they are fearful, they will need a special foster home.  But Vicki was right, so I thought maybe, just maybe, I can make this work.  I called Aloma Jancy, and then contacted Kim (Dudley’s Mom) and asked her how late someone would be at the Clinic?  “We close as midnight,” she said.  I called Anita asking for her ETA.  “Eleven-ish.”  Now that’s what I call cutting it close!  I decided to try… just go for it!

Wyatt and Kathy Keith

Kathy Keith, was at the shelter to pick up Holly’s pups.  She went into the kennel run to meet the two boys, knowing she was leaving them behind.  With pups in hand, she went to exit the shelter, she stopped at the doorway and waited…. waited for her phone to ring, and it did ring.  Sherrie Ford told her I wanted the two boys.  What did Kathy do?  Laugh the entire time… I guess being laughed at is a good thing!  She turned around, and told the shelter we were taking them.  Needless to say, they were very pleased.

I think Anita and I called each other every few hours, checking in.  At 11:49 PM Anita sent me a text indicating that they were safe at the Clinic!

the Ultimate TDL dog

Both Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday were surrendered by their owners.  They had been working on herding, and their owner showed the shelter how well trained they are, sharing numerous tricks that they had learned.  It was a difficult thing to do, but they simply had too many animals.  That’s something we hear a lot these days.  People who used to be able to afford animals, just can’t afford it anymore.

The sad part is how unsocialized and fearful these two dogs are, but every TDL person they meet, they slowly open up and trust.  The shelter life is not in their best interest, now is being boarded at the clinic.  As soon as they can be groomed, vetted and neutered, we’re getting them out there.

So afraid, he hides under the car

Wyatt and Doc need to be exposed to new things, one day at a time.  This is something TDL is really good at, for example, in the case of Shy Shannon, Nutella, Spock (Bailey), China and dozens of others who just needed someone who was patient, who could provide them with routine, good food, attention and reward.  Dogs do live in the moment, and it won’t take long at all for these two so become excited about the world that awaits them!

But wait, there’s more.  Yesterday, I alerted an Aloma Jancy volunteer, Jennifer Derviss that two BC boys were on their way.  Today, she and Christopher Murphy visited the boys, and took some gorgeous photographs of them.  But now that I review their photos, I see something that I didn’t see before.  I see Courage, one of the most beautiful Border Collies we’ve had in our rescue.

rescue hug!

rescue hug!

I want to thank literally, dozens of people who made all of this work.  Very soon these two brothers will know how special they really are to all of us.

To see more photos of Wyatt Earp, visit his photo album on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting Doc, please review How to Adopt from Us, and send your information to TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

09/29/11 Update:  The boys are ready! Mel & Kevin have exposed them to the dog park, the groomer, doggie daycare and the vet! They are socialized, playing with the pack, and doing great. However, Kevin is going to hold out until they can be adopted together. I can’t blame him. After he had to choose between Saffron or Sage (The Spice Girls) he couldn’t, and adopted them both. Yes, it will happen, and we’ll wait for their day to find the right home!

Special thanks to Mel & Kevin Scott who took these boys into their home, and turned them around… in one week!  Their transformation has been amazing.  See for yourself in the video below.

 

Going Home Together!

10/13/11 Adoption Update:  Adopter Update: Rick and Cyndi just let us know how the boys’ first night went! For starters, their new names are Boone (FKA Wyatt Earp) and Dock (FKA Doc Holiday), together they are the BooneDocks of DeLand!! Gotta Love That! They sent us a bunch of pictures from their first night, which have been posted in their album! And they let us know that their first night went perfectly! We knew when Dock and Boone left that they knew they were in good hands! They didn’t even look back! The car ride HOME was amazingly easy, and once they got home they spent most of their time checking out all their new surroundings, and LITERALLY dancing in the moonlight! I am so happy for these boys, and for Cyndi and Rick! I know they are going to be the perfect family together! Now I just can’t wait to see them again at the reunion! – Kevin

Video Update!

Spotlight on Kathy Keith

Kathy Keith

Born and raised on a rural farm in Northern Alabama, Kathy relates that she has never been without a pet in her life, except for a short time during her military and college years.   Much of her young years were spent growing up with their farm dog Brownie, who was a beautiful, gentle red-haired “squirrel” dog, as described by her father and brother.  Because of Brownie’s gentle, loving soul, she learned to love the companionship and loyalty of dogs.  Thereafter, they had several other dogs that came on to the farm as strays, but Brownie was the beginning of her love affair with dogs.

After spending 3 years in the military, Kathy moved from the small town of Rainsville, Alabama, to Huntsville, AL to begin her studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  During that time, she took in her first rescued dog.  A solid black, young female German shepherd, given to her by her brother.  He told her it wouldn’t be easy because the pup had a horrible fear of men, and especially men wearing baseball hats.  She found this to be a truly fundamental fear in her beautiful Midnight, but never gave up on her.  Midnight became devoted to her and became her constant companion and protector.

Kathy with the Spice Girls

Soon after graduating college with a BA in Criminal Justice, Kathy met her husband Tom.  It took some time for Midnight to completely gain trust of Tom, but Kathy says Midnight knew a good thing when she saw Tom, and it has proved to be true over their 30 years of marriage.   Not long after meeting Tom, they married and moved to Atmore, AL where Kathy accepted a job with the Alabama Department of Corrections, and hubby began school at the University of South Alabama.  Their son, David was born in Atmore and they remained in the Mobile area until her husband accepted a job in Decatur, Alabama ten years later.

They purchased a small farm near Decatur and along with the farm, they added two beautiful Airedale Terriers, Dixie and Dexter who patrolled the boundaries of their farm and delighted the local delivery men with their antics.  During this time, Kathy made a career change to Information Technology and began a job with the Marshall Space Flight Center’s NISC  (a one call help desk for IT issues over the NASA campus).  An opportunity arrived that would soon put Kathy into the dark world of backyard breeders and puppy mills.   Kathy accepted a transfer to a position in Duluth, GA.

Kathy with Bibbity

After settling her and her son in their new home in Cumming, GA., she saw a sign while driving through a neighborhood advertising “Free Puppies”.   She didn’t stop right away, but as a week or more went by and the sign was still there, she decided to stop to see what “free puppies” meant.  What happened next left a lasting impression of just how terrible humans can be to animals.  The owner took her out to his back yard and around a corner she saw a car hood on the muddy ground with 3 small black puppies and one brown and white pup underneath.  The man told her they were Border collie mixes, and that people came from miles around to get his pups.  Kathy was so horrified by what she saw, that she couldn’t believe it.  The man asked her which one she wanted.  Her eyes were so filled with tears that she couldn’t see clearly, but just reached down into the wiggling bunch and grabbed one.  “How I wanted to take them all, but I knew I couldn’t”.   She walked away with a small black female, shivering, wet and nearly listless.  That small pup she named Yaya, and she is still with Kathy today as a companion and family pet who especially loves Kathy’s husband and son.  But, YaYa’s story wasn’t a perfect one.  YaYa went through basic obedience training, and the trainer said she seemed a natural for agility.  Kathy enrolled her in the upcoming obedience course.  At her second class, YaYa fell off the balance beam and yelped in pain.  Ex-rays revealed both her hips had hip dysplasia and she had floating patella’s on her front knees.   YaYa was treated, and while her agility days were over, she is still able to hike, swim and take long easy walks.  Kathy interjects at this point, “Please Spay and Neuter your pets, and don’t buy from backyard breeders, or puppy mill sellers!” 

Kathy reassures Doc Holiday

In 2006, Kathy again became active in rescue while seeking a perfect companion for their YaYa.  “We knew we wanted a BC mix, so I began searching the rescue pages.  We came across our now Milah at a tiny, rural shelter in the NW GA area, near Calhoun.   The moment we saw this terrified, shivering beautiful dog, we had an idea she was going to be perfect”.  And she was.  It was clear from looking at her that she was pure Border collie, and not a mix.  From that day forward, Kathy knew she wanted to help in animal rescue, but didn’t know where she could help.

The answer came when her friend Cindy Allen called her up one day in 2010 and asked her if she wanted to ride on a rescue transport from Commerce, GA to McMinnville, TN.  Kathy said yes, and from then on she knew what her passion was.  Kathy came in contact with The Dog Liberator’s Vicki Truelove and Khaz Brooks on the very next transport from North GA.  That was TDL’s Rex (Bolt).  Since then, she has transported, assisted in transports, and on occasion provided overnight fostering for both TDL and Good Karma Rescues.   Kathy says “It’s addictive, the great feeling you get, knowing you are doing just one tiny part in saving these wonderful dogs from death and putting them with a caring group of rescues that will place them with the perfect family.  And the puppy breath is a treat too!”

Kathy & Steve Golden

Kathy currently lives in Cumming, Ga., with her husband Tom (who tolerates puppies, sometimes unexpectedly), YaYa (BC/Chow mix), Milah (smooth coat BC) and her current foster, Caylee (BC/Newfie mix) and 3 rescued cats.  She works at an International school cafeteria software company doing Tier 1 technical support.  She enjoys hiking, reading, watching baseball, and most of all, being a part of saving every rescue life possible.  Saving one, four feet at a time.

The current list of dogs that Kathy has helped pull, foster, transport and rescue is too long to include here, but at first glance, I’m counting a minimum of 20!  She is primarily our representative for the shelter in Gordon County, Georgia.  The last two dogs she helped us rescue from that shelter was Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp.  But let’s not forget Lady Truelove!
All of these dogs are pulled at the last minute.  Just because we want to rescue a dog doesn’t mean we have an available foster for the dog.
When we arrange a transport, we try to squeeze in as many hitchhikers as we can.  At times I feel like an air traffic controller!  This is the case with Doc, Wyatt and Lady Truelove.  Kathy was literally walking out of the shelter, clutching her phone, hoping I would call!
Kathy has been instrumental in transporting dogs throughout the state of Georgia, including the Spice Girls (Saffron and Sage), and Lady Priscilla.  She also had the opportunity to meet Rhys when he was transported from Kentucky.  It’s obvious in all of the photos of Kathy, that she makes a special connection with every dog she helps rescue.

Kathy Keith, the dogs, our adopters, and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

PawPaw the Borsky Puppy ~ Adopted

Off on adventure!

I don’t know what we would do without Vicki Truelove.  She is our go-to person for rescuing dogs  in the north Georgia area.  She finds them, contacts us, and then networks with others to pull and foster them until we can arrange transportation to us.  More often than not, she fosters them herself.  In the case of PawPaw, she did it all!  She sent me his photo taken at Gordon County Animal Control.  He reminded me so much of my little Moses, and the idea of him there all alone… oh, I couldn’t stand it.  So, the next day, Vicki was pulling him out.  She fostered him and then drove him all the way to my home!  Wow!

He practices this look

PawPaw is simply great!  He is chocked full of personality, with a can-do attitude!  He fell in love with Vicki’s horses and was always trying to lick them.  He and Polka Dot love to play and dash around on imaginary adventures.  While at Vicki’s he demonstrated that he was housetrained (that gets Vicki a big thank you from me!).  What’s not to love in this puppy!?!

PawPaw is such a little character that I can’t help but take lots of photos of him that you can see in his photo album.

I am fostering PawPaw in Winter Park. If you think you might be interested in adopting him, please first read our page on Starting Your Dog Off Right, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at Holly.TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

Safe with Vicki

August 8th Update:

Vicki, who fostered and drove PawPaw to me, just dropped by to say goodbye on her way home.  She was so sad to say goodbye to PawPaw.  He didn’t help one bit by looking at her and giving her a pathetic bark.  Really, PawPaw?  You had to  make her feel worse?  I hugged Vicki and reminded that her that we can’t keep them all, that we have to let them go so that we can save more.  And, of course, I assured her that our adopters are the most wonderful people in the world and that PawPaw will have a fabulous home.  Meanwhile, PawPaw kept looking at her, giving that pathetic bark.  He wasn’t helping at all!  Be warned, if you come meet him, he’s going to win your heart!

Here’s a bonus video for you.  All the puppies were outside playing this morning and I, of course, had my camera in my hand.  Here they are enjoy the morning together.  Adorable!

August 9th Update:

PawPaw is jut too smart for the room!  He was scampering around the living room today just getting into mischief!  At one point he had a rope toy wrapped around a dining room chair and was dragging the chair across the room!  Really?  Really!  What a nut!  He is irresistible!

August 12th Update:

What a fabulous puppy our PawPaw is!  He is so smart.  He already goes after a Frisbee and ball.  He jumps in my lap and gives me kisses.  He talks to me as if we’re having a real conversation.  He is great with my cats.  He is fabulous!

PawPaw is not amused by this August heat.  He and some of the other puppies had fun playing with a block of ice.

August 16th Update:

Yes, I know it was a million degrees outside today, but I decided to get out the agility tunnel any way and introduce Banjo and PawPaw to it.  After all, I figured that it would take a few days to get them comfortable with it.  Silly me!  They did great.  PawPaw not only is great at the tunnel but will return the ball to me to throw again!  Smart boy!!!

Anita heading out with PawPaw

August 25th Update:

PawPaw is home.  And home is where the heart is.  In this case, that is back with Vicki Truelove, the woman who originally pulled him from the shelter!

Vicki drove him to me at the beginning of the month, but hasn’t been able to get him off of her mind.  When she was headed back home to north Georgia, she stopped by and visited for a while.  As she headed out the door, she said, “I really want to take PawPaw with me.”  I told her not to be silly, that I’d find him a great home.  Her eyes filled with tears; PawPaw wasn’t helping the situation by barking repetitively to her.  Really?  You’ve got to be kidding!

Some things are meant to be

Vicki and I are always in contact.  Every few days she’d ask how he was doing.  “He’s fine.  Doing great.  I’ll find him a wonderful home.”  Finally, on Sunday she e-mailed me again, “I really think I want PawPaw.”  *sigh*  What could I say?  I could ask for no better home than Vicki’s.  Hundreds of dogs have gone through her home but she has never had one pull on her heart like this.

Knowing that Anita was driving from south Florida to Tennessee this week, I called her and asked if she’d mine detouring a bit to drop off a package.  Anita is always up for an adventure, so the answer was a quick yes!  Last night she stopped by and picked up our boy.  They spent the night in a hotel on the Florida/Georgia line, posting a video of their great adventures (heaven help us!).

Home again

This afternoon Anita arrived at Vicki’s.  She told me that as her daughter Madison was getting PawPaw out of the car, Vicki stepped out onto her porch.  When PawPaw saw her, “he turned himself inside out with joy!”  If I had any doubts at all, the vanished in that moment.  This was the home that he was meant to have.  This is Vicki’s puppy.  None of us knew it a few weeks ago, but now it is crystal clear.  PawPaw is home.  And I couldn’t be happier!

Lady TrueLove, Stunningly Gorgeous ~ Adopted

Calm and Relaxed

Lady Truelove comes to us from Gordon County, Georgia. Isn’t she stunning? Her fosters tell me she is very calm, not playing with the pack yet, and simply wants to hang out with her humans and watch TV! She is being groomed, getting all of her shots, and being spayed soon, and we will continue to report more about her temperament. We estimate her to be maybe 2 years of age (the vet will confirm that for us), and believe that she is a Border Collie/Aussie = Bossie!

She is STUNNING! Special thanks to Sherrie, Amy, Sarah, and Maria Cristina for helping on her transport and foster!  Her photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

Flipper the Border Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

A kiss of white on his forehead

Flipper is one of a litter of five Border Collie puppies born in mid-March that we rescued from Gordon County Animal Control.  They were surrendered to the shelter one hour before we pulled three other puppies for a transport, so we were able to add them at the last minute.  If they had come in a short while later, we would not have gotten them and their chances of making it out alive would have been remote at best.

Flipper is the only boy in the group.  Like his sister Flapper, he is a rough coat, with longer fur.  He has lovely markings, with a kiss of white on his forehead.  He has not shown himself to be hyper energy (thank goodness) but does seem very intelligent.

Playing in the grass

Flipper is being fostered in Winter Park. You can enjoy many photos of him in his photo album. If you think that you might want to give him a forever home, please first review our Dog Tips page and then read our Adoption Process and e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

June 11th Update:

He has the Border Collie "eye"

Flipper has developed the Border Collie “eye”: he puts his head low, locks on his eyes, creeps forward slowly, then dashes after his target ~ usually a littermate!
Today Courtney came to play. She is the young lady who drove this litter from Atlanta to my home. We had such a nice afternoon, talking and rubbing puppy bellies! At one point she decided to see if the puppies would like to play with a rope toy. The answer was an unqualified “YES!”

 

June 14th Update:

Gorgeous

Flipper is doing great. He was sick when he first arrived and I was pretty worried about him. But he has recovered fully and is having a grand old time. I attribute some of his recovery to the homemade food to which I have switched the puppies. Andi Brown, who adopted our Jangle, gave me copy of her book, The Whole Pet Diet, and it has changed my world. Eating chicken stew every day, stirring in Halo’s Dream Coat, and occasionally adding yogurt, alfalf, and liver, has filled her out beautifully. Flipper’s coat is starting to take on a beautiful sheen. He is stunning!

 

June 17th:

Ralph is my Basset/Lab mix (he looks like a lab until he stands up and nothing happens), and he simply adores puppies.  Always has.  When we go to the dog park, Gus, my Basset/Bulldog, runs and plays with the big dogs, but not Ralph.  He seeks out the smallest dog and licks it to pieces.  He should have been a girl!  So here it is,the day before Fathers’ Day, and Ralph is in his element, playing with puppies.  You’ll enjoy this!

June 26th:

I’m puppysitting GinGin and Caboose, two puppies that were born in my closet last June.  I just love when I get to see my babies after they grow up.  The haven’t been around  whole lot of other dogs, so this has been a bit of a stretch for them.  Dash (Caboose) can really run, and he and Flipper have really had fun dashing around the yard.  I’m wondering if Flipper thinks he is a sheep……

July 5th Update:

Flipper is having a blast.  Last week I started fostering Zeus the Chinese Crested.  I’ll just say that Flipper finds him a little, um, confusing…. lol    But this morning Domino, Google and Goggle arrived.  Flipper says, “That’s more like it!”  They are having a blast. You’ll have to look at the new photos in his album, from this mornings play session in the morning dew. Flipper looks like he’s been swimming!  Oh, I love puppies!!!

Going home!

July 7th Updated:

Flipper is in love! And loved!!! Beth and Brian came in hopes of finding a playmate for Hobie, their Catahoula; he’s driving their Aussie nuts! It was a hard decision: all the puppies were on their best behavior, as cute as could be. When all was said and done, Beth narrowed it down to Goggles or Flipper, and Brian thought Domino or Flipper. Well, they split the difference, and Flipper it is! Personally, I knew it was going to be Flipper before they did. They were the first people who have come to visit that he didn’t wander away from. I love when our puppies “know” their families!

Faddle the Border Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

I love the teardrop on her forehead

Faddle is one of a litter of five Border Collie puppies that we rescued from Gordon County Animal Control.  It was a close call, but we succeeded in getting them out, and I am so glad!

These are lovely puppies.  I estimate that they were born in early March.  They came to me very thin but well socialized, so I suspect that whoever had them cared for them but couldn’t afford to keep them.  I wonder, when they left them at the shelter,  did they had any idea how poor their chances of adoption were?

Posing in the garden

Faddle is a smooth coated Border Collie. To help identify her easily in group photos, I gave her an orange collar. She is very lovely, with a tear-shaped white mark on her forehead and white socks on her front legs.  Her ears are almost all the way up and I suspect will settle in an upright position.

Faddle is being fostered in Winter Park. You can enjoy many photos of her in her photo album. If you think that you might want to give her a forever home, please first review our Dog Tips page and then read our Adoption Process and e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

June 11th Update:

Faddle is elegant

Today Courtney came to play. She is the young lady who drove this litter from Atlanta to my home. We had such a nice afternoon, talking and rubbing puppy bellies! At one point she decided to see if the puppies would like to play with a rope toy. The answer was an unqualified “YES!”

 

June 14th Update:

Those ears are officially up!

Faddle is doing great.  When she first came she tended to go off and do her own thing, but now she is all about attention.  I was just sitting outside and who was the first puppy to come running and jump in my lap?  Oh yeah, Faddle!  Her ears are straight up now, giving her a very distinguished, mature look.  As with all the puppies, I’ve switched her to all homemade food.  Andi Brown, who adopted our Jangle, gave me copy of her book, The Whole Pet Diet, and it has changed my world.   Eating chicken stew every day, stirring in Halo’s Dream Coat, and occasionally adding yogurt, alfalfa, and liver, has filled her out beautifully.  It might be my imagination, but I think her coat has even gotten a bit longer since I started feeding her this food!

June 17th:

Ralph is my Basset/Lab mix (he looks like a lab until he stands up and nothing happens), and he simply adores puppies.  Always has.  When we go to the dog park, Gus, my Basset/Bulldog, runs and plays with the big dogs, but not Ralph.  He seeks out the smallest dog and licks it to pieces.  He should have been a girl!  So here it is,the day before Fathers’ Day, and Ralph is in his element, playing with puppies.  You’ll enjoy this!

June 26th:

I’m puppysitting GinGin and Caboose, two puppies that were born in my closet last June.  I just love when I get to see my babies after they grow up.  The haven’t been around  whole lot of other dogs, so this has been a bit of a stretch for them.  See how Faddle encourages them to play.  Too cute!

Going home!

July 2nd:

Today was the big day!  Faddle has found her forever home.  Jeff is looking forward to having a running buddy, James and Cory are anticipating training her with a Frisbee, and Crystal knows she’ll sleep better knowing there is a dog in the house!  Faddle?  Well, she’s just excited to have a family to call her own!

Partly Cloudy the Merle Girl ~ Adopted

Who wants to play ball?

Partly Cloudy is a lovely merle puppy born around Easter.  She was one of a litter of 6 puppies at Gordon County Animal Shelter in Georgia.  Because we had already agreed to take several other dogs, we simply had no room.  Sherrie, the wonderful volunteer rescue liaison at the shelter said, “Holly, I know you don’t like to break up litters, but even if you can only take one, please do.  Sometimes it helps get the rest adopted ~ there are fewer to pick from so people find it easier to decide.”  So I agreed to take the one little girl.  When Sherrie went to pick her up on Friday to take to the vet, Vicki, our short-term foster, asked her to put the rest of the litter on hold to give her time to find a rescue.  Sherrie answered sadly, “They are being euthanized right now.”  Only Partly Cloudy made it out….

Sitting Pretty

Having seen her and her littermates, I suspect that Partly Cloudy is an Australian Shepherd, perhaps with some Catahoula in her.  She is really quite lovely.  Not only are her markings quite unique, her personality is endearing.  She has a gentle way about her, playful but not overwhelming.  Now, this might be due to her very young age, or it could be her underlying spirit. You can enjoy many pictures of her in her photo album.

This little one has had a hard start in life.  I am going to make sure that her future is bright and sunny!

If you think that you might be interested in giving her that loving home, please first review our Dog Tips page, then read our adoption process and e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

June 14th Update:

Partly Cloudy is doing great. She was so little when she came and had been through so much, she had a tough time. But now she thriving! She is very affectionate and loves to be held. She is forever jumping in the chair to sit with me or running up to show me her marrow bone or ball. Just simply wonderful!

June 17th:

Ralph is my Basset/Lab mix (he looks like a lab until he stands up and nothing happens), and he simply adores puppies.  Always has.  When we go to the dog park, Gus, my Basset/Bulldog, runs and plays with the big dogs, but not Ralph.  He seeks out the smallest dog and licks it to pieces.  He should have been a girl!  So here it is,the day before Fathers’ Day, and Ralph is in his element, playing with puppies.  You’ll enjoy this!

June 26th:

I’m puppysitting GinGin and Caboose, two puppies that were born in my closet last June.  I just love when I get to see my babies after they grow up.  The haven’t been around  whole lot of other dogs, so this has been a bit of a stretch for them.  Partly Cloudy is forever bringing them her marrow bones (her most favorite thing in the world), but they look at her like she’s crazy!  lol

 

Going home to Cocoa with Terry

June 30th:

Today was the day that Partly Cloudy found her forever home.  Terry’s 14-year-old Spitz passed away a few months ago.  Time has passed, she had moved to a new home, and it felt empty without a dog.  Enter Partly Cloudy.  The perfect choice!  It made me so happy to see them together.  Just a couple of weeks ago Partly Cloudy was very sick.  Today she is healthy and loved, beginning her new adventure with Terry.  Yes, I’m happy!

10/6/11: We learned today that Partly Cloudy was killed. Our hearts go out to Terry.

Fiddle the Border Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

Captivating face

Last week was one of those crazy weeks.

 

Wednesday I received a photo of two Aussie puppies that reminded me of my Tenakee, and agreed to rescue them. When I called Gisele to tell her, she told me she had just arranged for me to get two Aussie/Huskies from Alabama. Then Vicki called to say I was getting four Border Collie puppies from Memphis. Sherrie sent me a photo of a litter of Aussies ~ could I take any? Holding my breath and wondering how I was going to break the news to my husband, I agreed to one more…. Wow! that was fast. I went from two to nine in no time at all. Ok, I can do this…..

Thursday Gisele calls to say that one of the Aussie Huskies had been adopted. I was relieved. Eight is better than nine.

Friday she called to say that the adopted puppy was very ill so the shelter wouldn’t release the other one to us. Seven. Vicki e-mailed a short while later: the four Border Collie puppies were taken by another rescue. Nine to three in no time at all. That seemed crazy. Then Sherrie called. She had gone to pick up my three puppies to take to the vet, and while she was there five three-month-old Border Collie puppies came in. “I know you’re full, and it’s really too late, but I thought I’d ask.” She sent me a photo and I gave her the answer I already knew I would: Yes!

Running, ears flapping

And that is how this litter came into our live, a very last minute rescue indeed! Fiddle, Faddle, Flipper, Flapper and Froggy.

Fiddle is a smooth coated Border Collie. To help identify her easily in group photos, I gave her a green collar. She is probably the most people-oriented of the litter. She is constantly at your side or, if you are sitting, has her paws up on your knees in the hopes of being picked up. She is a charming puppy. Her markings are very classic Border Collie, with a full white split down the middle of her face.

Fiddle is being fostered in Winter Park.  You can enjoy many photos of her in her photo album.  If you think that you might want to give her a forever home, please first review our Dog Tips page and then read our Adoption Process and e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

 

June 11th Update:

She looks like she is dancing!

Today Courtney came to play. She is the young lady who drove this litter from Atlanta to my home. We had such a nice afternoon, talking and rubbing puppy bellies! At one point she decided to see if the puppies would like to play with a rope toy. The answer was an unqualified “YES!”

 

June 14th Update:

Happy girl!

Fiddle is truly a lovely girl. Out of the whole litter, she is the least intense. She has a gentle spirit to her. As my husband pointed out, when he holds her in his arms, she snuggles her head down and lets out a sigh. Yup, this little one loves her people. As with all the puppies, I’ve switched her to all homemade food. Andi Brown, who adopted our Jangle, gave me copy of her book, The Whole Pet Diet, and it has changed my world. Eating chicken stew every day, stirring in Halo’s Dream Coat, and occasionally adding yogurt, alphalpha, and liver, has filled her out beautifully. It might be my imagination, but I think her coat has even gotten a bit longer since I started feeding her this food!

 

Heading home with Claire and Kathy

June 25th:
Fiddle is headed home! Kathy told me that it had been two years since their dog passed away. With both brothers now off at school, daughter Claire had decided it was time to bring a new dog into the family. Fiddle agreed!
Now renamed Sophie, she will be living not so very far away in Orlando!

Froggy the Border Collie Puppy ~ Adopted

A natural gymnist, but so thin!

Froggy is one of a litter of five Border Collie puppies that we rescued from Gordon County Animal Control.  If another litter hadn’t fallen through at the last minute, we would not have been able to save these little ones.  Isn’t it neat how things work out?

These are lovely puppies. I estimate that they were born in early March. They came to me very thin but well socialized, playful and self confident.

All of the other puppies are black and white except Froggy, who is a lovely pattern of brown, gold, white and fawn.  She is very unique in appearance, and quite striking.  As you may know, litters can have different fathers, so I suspect that such is the case here.  I would not be surprised if her father was a red

Peeking out

Aussie, but who really knows?  What I do know is that Froggy is a very attractive, very affectionate little girl.  So special, in fact, that I gave her the name “Froggy.”  I have been holding on to that name for over a year, waiting for the right puppy.  When I met this one, I knew it was her!  She is the reason for the naming of the rest of the litter.  Their names had to start with “F”, so I went with Fiddle, Faddle, Flipper, Flapper and Froggy!

Froggy is being fostered in Winter Park. You can enjoy many photos of her in her photo album. If you think that you might want to give her a forever home, please first review our Dog Tips page and then read our Adoption Process and e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com


So pretty

So pretty!

June 11th Update:

Today Courtney came to play.  She is the young lady who drove this litter from Atlanta to my home.  We had such a nice afternoon, talking and rubbing puppy bellies!  At one point she decided to see if the puppies would like to play with a rope toy.  The answer was an unqualified “YES!”

 

June 14th Update:

No longer thin, gleaming with health

Well, it’s taken a while, but Froggy has really come into her own. I had trouble getting weight on her; I think the combination of shelter, transport and spay really took the wind out of her. I have switched to feeding the puppies nothing but homemade food. Andi Brown, who adopted our Jangle, gave me copy of her book, The Whole Pet Diet, and it has changed my world.  And Froggy’s as well.  Eating chicken stew every day, stirring in Halo’s Dream Coat,  and occasionally adding yogurt, alphalpha, and liver, and this girl is truly beginning to shine!  Her personality has really started to come through too.  She loves to play with the other puppies, but is also pleasantly independent, wandering off to explore the far reaches of the yard.  She’ll happily sit in my lap for attention if  I pick her up, but doesn’t demand it.  In other words, she is a very well balanced young lady!

Heading home with Adam and Kate!

June 24thUpdate:

Froggy is headed home! After meeting all the puppies, Adam and Kate asked, “How do you pick?” I told them to let the puppy pick them. “I know which puppy likes you the best. Do you?” They smiled and said, “Froggy.” Yup, no question about it! They’ve renamed her Maui, after where they went on there honeymoon. I like that!

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