Tasha ~ Adopted!

11825138_10153388710704792_3428027144085042086_nTasha just came in on transport! She is a knock-out. Absolutely georgous, intellegent girl.

From Gisele: “Tasha is the type of dog that would save her family in a fire! She is nurturing and lovey…she flips your hand with her nose to be petted. Calm, but still has play joy. She’s friendly, and tends to gravitate to little dogs…thinking they are her pups. It’s time for her to be the baby for a while!”

Tasha is between 2-4 years old, and sadly, her life hasn’t been a picnic up until this point. The folks who owned her kept her tied up outside, and used her for breeding. Because of this neglect, Tasha is heartworm positive. Thankfully, through the generosity of our amazing supporters, we’re able to have her treated. Her worst days are behind her, because she’s a TDL dog now! ♥

If you would like to be considered for this lovely lady, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.

Check out her photos on Facebook!
Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better.

Tasha is located in Deltona, FL.

If you love her, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!



8/13/15 Update: Tasha was adopted by Wendy, Johnny, and their little girl today! She will be living the good life in Land O’ Lakes, FL. We’re so thrilled for this amazing dog and her new family.




Minuet ~ Adopted!

smileAt the last minute we were sent a picture and asked the question “room for one more?” Look at that face! How could we say no to that fluffy smile?

Meet Minuet. She is a 3 month old border collie pup and has seen some tough times. She comes to us a little fragile, needing some TLC, but what better place for some TLC than TDL?

Coming off transport first impressions were that this little stinker is a total sweetie. She is a puppy and still has puppy tendencies, though she already has her big-girl pearly whites (don’t they look great?). She is being checked out at the vet now, but in the meantime check out her Photos on Facebook!


Flashing a smile on Transport!

11175056_10153098151634792_352098646213901276_n4/18/15 Update: Well that took no time at all. Minuet was adopted by the Brunners this afternoon. She will be living on 5 acres with her new family. We are so very happy for them all! We already recieved a short update that she is looking longingly at the pool, but that will have to wait a little longer as she is still healing from her spay. Sounds like lots of fun in her future!

Tuesday ~ Adopted!


Tuesday comes to us after she found herself in a shelter due to the sudden passing of her owner.

She is an 11 month old Female German Shepherd who is currently about 52 lbs.  We imagine she will put on weight quickly as she currently appears skinny.


German Shepherd


She appears to get along with other dogs and we are told she doesn’t seem to mind cats (we will learn more as we get to know her more in the coming days).

Her transporter, Sheila, reports that she is very affectionate and loves to give hugs and kisses. We can’t wait to tell you more about her as we learn more in the coming days. Check out her Photos on Facebook!

If you are interested in Tuesday, please read Our Adoption Process and email us at Adopt.TheDogLiberator@Gmail.com



10891749_10152862654979792_1834511411704635856_n 1/5/15  Update: Tuesday has left the building!  She finds her home with Belinda and Mike of Longwood, who have adopted from us in the past! Remember Fonzi, now called Bleu? He just became a big brother!

Of course, any time we do an adoption into a house who has a dog, we wonder if it will be a good match, and if the current dog (in this case, Bleu) will take to having a new dog in the pack. Well I think this picture says it all. Congratulations to the happy Pack!












Titus, Achtung Baby! ~ Adopted!

what a gem!

what a gem!

Wow!  Titus is a five month old German Shepherd Dog.  He is currently at the vet being evaluated, and is very underweight.  Chicken stew and de-worming will take care of that quick!  Everyone loves him!  We will be uploading new photos of him on Facebook shortly.

In the right environment, a good trainer could take a dog like this and within just a few short weeks transform it into a certified service dog. Combine the training with an incredible bond that dogs like these create with their owners, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

Achtung Baby!

Achtung Baby!

If you know of someone who has been on a waiting list for a PTSD Service Dog, consider adopting a dog like Titus, and hiring a trainer to get the dog quickly certified.  Those of us who live in the Central Florida area are very lucky to be surrounded by great trainers!


11/27/14 Update: Titus was adopted today by Susan of  Maitland, Fl. Happy Thanksgiving to Titus and his new family!

Angel Pup – Seen being thrown out of a Moving Vehicle~Adopted

Angel Pup at the Vet being well cared for

Angel Pup at the Vet being well cared for

First, we want to thank Kristi Stinson Sexton for taking such good care of this little girl while we waited for transport, Pilot Michael Young for transporting her to Florida, and Jeannette Dixon for bringing her to the vet for us! Angel is doing great!

She is too young for all of her shots, and way too young for spay surgery. We want to give her at least a week of good food, and a clean environment before we proceed. Therefore, we are hoping to find someone who is local to us, in the Central Florida area, to adopt her. She will need to come back to our vet in a few weeks.

Angel is a cutie patootie, very affectionate, and thriving well!  Please visit her photo album to see updates!

Pup Thrown from Moving Vehicle

Pup Thrown from Moving Vehicle


Donation Request: This Pup was seen being thrown out of a moving vehicle, and was picked up by a good Samaritan.  We have been asked to take her.

She is safe and will be transported to us on September 6th.  I have plenty of time to make her some chicken stew!  She has skin issues (probably due to poor diet and lack of care) and will need some medical care and good food to be pretty again! Some coconut oil might be helpful as well!  

Can you help, and donate to our Veterinary Care Fund? http://thedogliberator.com/virtual-foster/

Angel Pup now Gabriella

Angel Pup now Gabriella

Please see all of her photos, and get updates from her Facebook Photo Album.

Please share this photo and help us get donations for her care.


09/27/14 Update:  Angel pup was adopted by Shannon and her daughter.  She will be living in the Panhandle with her new family, and her new name is Gabriella… perfect name!  We will be getting updates and uploading her photos in her photo album on Facebook!


Are you my Mommy?

Are you my Mommy?

Mardi Gras Puppies~Adopted

Mardi Gras Puppy #1

Mardi Gras Puppy #1

These little boys were transported from Alabama immediately following the Mardi Gras Parade!  They are between 10-12 week of age.  Details coming soon!

You will see more photos of them on Facebook shortly.

Mardi Gras Puppy #2

Mardi Gras Puppy #2

Click here to see the New photos of the pups on Facebook!

They are cuddle bugs, and not jumpy hyper wiggle worms like most pups are!

Mardi Gras Puppy #1

Mardi Gras Puppy #1

Mardi Gras Puppy #2

Mardi Gras Puppy #2

Update:  Both Mardi Gras Puppies, Pooh Bear and Tigger have been adopted by very loving homes!

Pharrell’s Happy ~ Adopted

The Perfect Family Dog!

The Perfect Family Dog!

Update:  Pharrell has been with me for several days now. He is crate-trained, takes food gently from my hand, quiet, and very well behaved.  He would be the perfect dog for a first time dog owner!

This gorgeous boy weighs in about 43 pounds, and he is about 8-10 months of age.  He is great with other dogs, cats, and kids.  He is very friendly, fully vetted, neutered and micro-chipped.

one happy boy!

one happy boy!

You can see his photos on Facebook!




Pharrell now Marco!

Pharrell now Marco!

03/08/14 Update:  Pharrell’s new name will be Marco, and he was adopted by the Soyer family of Clermont!


SochiThis 16 month-old gorgeous girl has a story to tell. Rescued from Greenville, Alabama, she was owner-surrendered after her owner developed cancer and could no longer care for her. It’s obvious that she was very loved by her former owner. She knows sit, down, bow, shake, high five and high ten!  You can see more photos of her on Facebook.

Her real name is Sheila, and although she has been trained to understand commands, she is fearful and she needs to slowly be exposed to new experienced to increase her self-esteem. She also uses her mouth to communicate. This is something we have seen in many dogs, and it might be primarily because as puppies, they are allowed to mouth your hand when playing. Both Pablo and Boots were mouthers. This behavior needs to be constantly corrected and re-directed.

SochiSochi has a lot of energy, is very intelligent, and is athletic. She is not a couch potato! We are looking for the perfect home for her – someone that will take this gorgeous dog and offer her advanced training to keep her mind and her body occupied!

01/19/14 Update:  Sochi was adopted by Wendy Melchior.  Details coming soon!


Amelia, a future therapy/colmpanion dog!

Amelia, a future therapy/colmpanion dog!

Amelia was adopted last night, by a family who lives in Deltona. They have a lot of property that Amelia will need to run! Dawn and her husband have been looking for the right pup for their daughter Audra who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. The moment I put Amelia in Audra’s arms, Amelia melted! I couldn’t separate them if I tried! Amelia will be Audra’s companion for many years to come!

poor baby

poor baby

This little girl landed yesterday at the Orlando Executive Airport, thanks to Jeff Bennett and Pilots n Paws. It was quite a day for this little one, and she was terrified. Once she met Lady Di, she loosened up quite a bit. She is resting quietly, and will be taken to the vet today to be bathed (she has ticks… very big ticks) and will be fully vetted tomorrow.

She comes from the same shelter that Boo Boo came from!  You can see more photos of her on Facebook.
Cutie Patootie!

11/24/13 Update:  Amazing that Amelia does not care for kibble.  She enjoys a raw diet.  She barked in her crate this morning, even though she had puppy chow… I gave her a raw chicken neck, and she’s sleeping like a baby.  I guess she’s made up her mind.

No more scabs and smells!  She's all pretty now!

No more scabs and smells! She’s all pretty now!

She is incredibly affectionate.  She went to the vet, and boy does she smell good, and she is so soft!  She was spayed, had all of her shots, fecal was negative, and micro chipped!  Amelia is ready for her next voyage – HOME!


Blake Sheltie~Adopted

a little needy and affectionate... just like Blake!

a little needy and affectionate… just like Blake!

This little man also comes from Alabama. He has a home here in Florida waiting for him. He arrived last night. Appears he was purchased for the kids, but the kids didn’t play with him. Unfortunately, he has a mark on his neck… I guess he was tied to something outside and ignored. Laura says he’s very matted, but I’m sure our Serena Drake will take care of him! The mark on his neck has scabbed over, Laura says it doesn’t hurt him. He’ll be wearing a harness for a while! He’ll be seeing the vet next week for a complete physical, including a heartworm check and neuter. He’s described as a Velcro dog… geez, I wonder why!

His photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Blake and Laura

Blake and Laura

09/01/13 Update:  Blake is awesome!  His coat is severely matted, and discolored from exposure.  He’s not sure about coming into the house… probably because he was never allowed to!  He’s very quiet in his crate, he has great manners, and everyone just loves him!

09/06/13 Update: Blake was adopted yesterday by Beatrice of Port St. Lucie. Beatrice emailed me back in February about adopting a dog. The dogs she was interested in had already been adopted, or they were dogs with issues. After talking to Beatrice for hours, and learning more about her, I realized that she was great at taking broken dogs, and rehabilitating them. As a matter of fact, the more I talked to her, and we shared our experiences, Beatrice reminded me of myself!

Blake, now Prince

Blake, now Prince

One day, I asked her bluntly, “Isn’t it time you adopt a great dog… a perfect dog? Isn’t it time you enjoy your dog and get a dog that you don’t have to fix?”

I don’t think she expected my candidness! Impatient, she searched other rescues, and actually adopted a dog. I believe that night, the dog bit her! She was heartbroken, but had to return the dog. She described in detail the condition of the rescue, it was appalling. I asked her again to be patient. Yet every time I posted a new dog, she’d email or call, asking if she could adopt.

You’d think I’d just say yes, right? Well, I did but then Beatrice injured herself and the time just wasn’t right. Two months later, Becky sent me a photo of little Blake Sheltie, and he was perfect!

Can we go now?

Can we go now?

From the moment Blake became a TDL dog, I was asking questions about his temperament… he was a fit!

Needless to say, I’ve been sending Beatrice daily updates on Blake, and when she arrived yesterday, she was already in love with him. “All of my friends are anxious to meet him!”

Ready to go home now?

Ready to go home now?

Blake’s new name is Prince (fitting). And I even though I know Beatrice isn’t going to really spoil him rotten… he will be spoiled!

I’m hoping this little Prince goes through Canine Good Citizenship Training and Certification. He’s that perfect!

Beatrice has been sending me updates, it’s all good!  Prince has convinced the cat that they are truly allowed on the bed!

Being a TDL dog ROCKS!

Being a TDL dog ROCKS!

Boo Boo~Adopted

08/09/13 Update:  I changed Boo Boo’s status from On Hold to Available this afternoon.  Her progress has been amazing!  She’s seeing the vet very soon and will be ready for adoption!  She is going to make someone very very happy.

She is going in and out of her crate, without a leash.  She sticks close to me outside.  She doesn’t cower as much anymore, because I’m ignoring it.  She found a stuffy toy last night, and played with it… that’s HUGE!  She has found her joy!

08/19/13 Update:  A few days at the vet for a much needed bath, all of her shots, and spay proved to be stressful on Boo Boo.  I can’t blame her.  The folks at Newman Veterinary Centers insisted that she meet new people, be petted, and get used to getting attention!  Boo Boo did very well.  She proved to everyone how fearful she really is, but she did it… she pulled through, and overall she had a good experience there.  It took a few days for her to recover from her surgery, and feel at home again, but now she is her normal affectionate self.  She adores my daughter, Sarah, and comes to me easily for kisses.

Boo Boo has a long road to recovery, she needs routine, a quiet home where she can slowly explore and gain her confidence.  If pushed, she will regress.  Whoever adopts Boo Boo will find themselves owning a velcro dog!

Showing her love and affection, Boo Boo learns to trust a stranger

Showing her love and affection, Boo Boo learns to trust a stranger

08/22/13 Update:  The stars all lined up properly for Boo Boo Monday night.  I was told there was a blue moon on Monday, it was gorgeous.  So if the expression is true, “once in a blue moon” that’s how Boo Boo’s adoption can be described!

It was so perfect, it’s hard for me to explain!  When Leslie and I talked about possibly adopting Boo Boo I said to her, “don’t expect Boo Boo to come to you, to have eye contact, to take a treat from your hand.  She will be very scared.”


Serena Drake had come over an hour before Leslie arrived.  She spent time with Boo Boo de-sensitizing her.  You see, Serena had bathed Boo Boo just a few days ago, so Boo Boo was a bit familiar with her, so Serena was not a total stranger.  Serena walked with her on leash, got Boo Boo to sit close to her and let her be touched, and practiced taking the leash on and off, on and off.



It didn’t take long before Boo Boo actually fell asleep with her head on Serena’s leg!  It was a great exercise for Boo Boo to learn to trust someone she didn’t really know.

Then, the time came for Boo Boo’s new family to appear in Act Two!  I asked Leslie to sit in “my chair”, her husband Jack sat next to her, Serena had Boo Boo on leash (Serena was on the floor) and I vanished!  I didn’t want Boo Boo to use me as a shield.

When I returned a few moments later, I sat far away from everyone and Boo Boo was on her own to make her own decisions.  I gave Leslie and Jack treats, and much to my surprise, Boo Boo approached Leslie, sniffed her hand, and licked it!


"Are you here for me?"  ~ Boo Boo

“Are you here for me?” ~ Boo Boo

Then, Boo Boo and Leslie made eye contact and they stared at each other.  “She is so beautiful,” Leslie said.  And something happened.  The connection was made.  Boo Boo took the treat, then Jack presented a treat as well…. wait for it…. and Boo Boo took the treat from Jack’s hand.

I nearly fell over.

The meet went perfectly.  Boo Boo was not afraid, she was curious, she was calm, she was… perfect.  We completed the adoption… now to get Boo Boo through the yard and into Leslie’s car.  That again, was uneventful.  Boo Boo was afraid to get in at first, and I picked her up.  Did you hear that?  I said I picked her up!  She did not snap at the air warning me not to, she let me pick her up.

"Step on it Dad"  ~ Boo Boo

“Step on it Dad” ~ Boo Boo

On the way home, while in the back seat with Leslie, Boo Boo gave Jack, the driver, a kiss. Once they arrived, she and Leslie went for a walk, and as of late yesterday… it’s a match made in heaven!

Boo Boo still has to learn to get along with Leslie’s cat.  She is doing very well with her new Dad, Jack, and I just love getting regular updates!  Woo Hoo Boo Boo!  Oh, and her new name is Bella!

What an awesome save!

Boo Boo’s History:

She looks like an Aussie, but I’m not convinced. She does have a tail, and that happens, but there’s something about her face… I see Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever… is that rare? Yes, but I still see it! And what about those blue eyes?

Note:  I will retract the Duck Tolling comment below!

This young girl has totally shut down emotionally. She would avoid eye-contact, freaked out on leash, and freaked out when she entered my home. She was happy to go into her crate, and she is resting.

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

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

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

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

08/03/13 Update:  Becky provided me with a little bit more information about this pretty red girl.  She wrote:

Seriously?  I don't want to come out!

Seriously? I don’t want to come out!

“Second Chance Rescue is a boarding facility that doesn’t adopt dogs, just holds them until a rescue can be found.  They are part of the Butler Co. Humane Society.  Red girl was found in the woods with her sister by a member of the organization and the dog was boarded in a kennel until real rescue was found.”

She hits in the ground in fear

She hits in the ground in fear

This piece of information makes total sense.  This little red girl is our Brittney’s Mystery.  So, I called Brittney and begged her to come over last night.  She did!  You can see some of the photos on Facebook.  Boo Boo refused to come out of her crate, and I had just fed them a large meal with their capstar and de-worming medicine… it was time she goes outside.  The last thing we want to do is set a dog up to fail.


Without any history, we have to be careful.  Boo Boo does not do well on leash so I wanted a harness on her.  Brittney slowly got Boo Boo out of her crate, we muzzled her so that we would all remain calm (a Mystery move!) and we placed a gorgeous leather harness on her.  Realize that this is not something I would do while home alone with my two children!  I needed Brittney!

"You're going to be just fine!  What a pretty harness you have!"

“You’re going to be just fine! What a pretty harness you have!”

While Brittney is very confident about her approach, we are much the same… we are both stubborn!  I would use the no touch, no talk, no eye-contact, while Brittney does the opposite.  Regardless, we both agree that we remain patient, yet firm.  Calm yet assertive.  It’s a dance, it’s a form of communication.  We have to let the dog know, “you’re okay, but we have to do things to help you.”

It worked!  Out in the back yard late last night, while it was dark, the pup licked Brittney’s hand, I got to hold her for a bit and give her a massage on her back, and yes… the pup rolled over on her back, exposed her belly, thus inviting Brittney to rub her!  It was awesome.

This morning, again, she wagged her tail when she saw me.  The harness was there for me to leash her up, and we went outside.  No Problems!

"Now, we are going outside, and we are going to love on you!"

“Now, we are going outside, and we are going to love on you!”

One thing I forgot to mention is that this pup is in heat.  Which puts her at 8 months of age.  If she continues to make progress, we’re going to the Vet on Monday!

Do I think that sharing her story, and telling the truth about her will reduce her chance to be adopted?  Maybe!  But it’s the way we do things at TDL.  We are honest about our dogs, their issues, and we know the type of homes they need to be successful.

Boo Boo really likes it when Petunia comes close, she wagged her tail, licked Petunia in the face, and rolled over to show her belly.  Being with other dogs will be good for Boo Boo.

What I can tell you is that I never saw the dog have the desire to bite.  She is just scared.  She is Les Paul scared, she is Shy Sharon scared, she is Brittney’s Mystery scared.  She doesn’t know if we are nice people, or if we want to eat her!  So, let’s move on, give this girl a chance, and hope for the best!

08/04/13 Update:  I didn’t use the muzzle this morning.  When I walked out to greet the pack, she stood up and was very happy to see me!  She went outside on leash with little resistance but isn’t walking around and investigating.  I hope today she will get a bath.  That’ll be a scary experience for her… but she has to have one.

ACD/Aussie puppy is getting fixed!

ACD/Aussie puppy is getting fixed!

08/05/13 Update:  Last night was amazing.  Brittney came over, and lured Boo Boo out of her crate.  She wanted Boo Boo to do it on her own.  This woman has patience!  I was very impressed with Boo Boo’s progress.  She has joy in her eyes now, and her trust factor has improved at least 50%.  I video taped a lot of the session and took a lot photos that can be seen on Facebook.  But one mystery is solved.  Brittney sees Red Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) and Aussie in this girl, and she is spot on.  I retract the Duck Tolling Retriever comment!

08/06/13 Update: Boo Boo continues to make a lot of progress. She will let Sarah put a leash on her, she will go out of her crate, into the yard and come back into her crate for my daughter, Sarah! Woo Hoo!

08/08/13 Update:  Well, isn’t this a kick in the pants?  My daughter, Sarah, has been letting Boo Boo out every day.  She can get her out of the crate, put a leash on her, let her out, and bring her back in!  Boo Boo is walking with much more pride, and doing her business outside like a good girl.  Her heat cycle is almost over.  She due for a much needed bath, and she will be ready VERY soon to go to the vet.  She’s doing great!

Sergeant, the Cat Lover – Adopted!

When Glenn Ryerson took Sergeant from Leonard’s transport vehicle, immediately he noticed that this boy has been seriously neglected. Sergeant is being fostered by Jesse to properly socialize him with other dogs. But Sergeant is missing quite a few of his teeth, and the ones that he has are not in great shape. When I asked Dee Sullins to hypothesis as to why a dog would be missing so many teeth, he explained that it’s common when a dog has been tied to a chain most of his life.

Becky Harshman has estimated his age to be approximately 12-18 months, and he comes from Greenville, AL.

Sergeant will be fostered by Jesse, and evaluated in detail shortly.

Update: It appears that Sergeant has made a lot of progress with Jesse in a short period of time. One thing that’s obvious, is that he LOVES cats! Sergeant is affectionate, and wants to please. We’re looking forward to getting more details, and new photos of this wonderful boy.

Update: Jesse does it again! Sergeant has been adopted! I can’t wait for updates. He will have plenty of room to run, like any Border Collie should, and will have two labs to play with. What a dream come true!


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