A Paw Print on Weeble and Wobble

We really do have the best adopters!

Weeble and Wobble

In mid February of 2011, we received a litter of pups, Weeble, Wobble, Wiggle and Waggle.

Wiggle and Waggle were adopted on 02/19/11 to separate homes, Weeble was adopted on 02/23/11 and Wobble on 02/26/11.

It was about six months later, we learned that Weeble was going to be returned by his family, because they simply weren’t ready for the bounciness of an adolescent dog.  Although we offered many suggestions to burn the young dog’s energy, the family could not meet the dog’s needs, after all, they were a very busy family.

It doesn’t happen often, but when a dog is returned, our hearts sink.  We feel like we have failed.  Common sense dictates that we can’t be everywhere all of the time for our dogs.  We trust that if there is a problem, we’ll receive a phone call, but there are times where owners are embarrassed, discouraged, or afraid to contact us.  By the time we do get that call, the owners have already made up their minds.  We are then faced with the fact that what’s best for the dog is for the dog to be re-homed.  Heavy sigh.

The first thing we did was contact the families who had adopted Weeble’s litter mates, and Wobble’s family strongly expressed an interest in her.  Not only did they adopt Weeble, the two pups, now full-grown are… well… let the photos do the talking! See their album on facebook.

Our adopters are truly amazing, and we are so blessed.  Thank you Huth Family!

Barbara writes:

Just wanted to send you recent pictures of our Hawaiian Sheps – Ipo (Wobble) and Mahalo (Weeble)!!! We can never thank The Dog Liberator enough for rescuing these beatutiful girls and giving them the chance to find their forever home!  You guys truly make a difference!  We are so blessed to have them and we love them – and they love each other – so much!!!

Barbara Huth

Jake, the Teddy Bear Border Collie~Adopted


The moment I saw Jake off transport, he looked shocked and lost.  He looked at his surroundings and the people waiting to meet him, not with fear, but with confusion.  He got out of the transport vehicle without a problem, and willingly followed me on leash without hesitation.  He was greeted by other dogs, Fly Boy being one of them.

Once Sarah White pulled out a pouch of treats, we were shocked to see him sit, shake, drop, and roll over on his back to get a hug.  After about an hour, he was much more relaxed, however, after being in a car for more than ten hours, I knew he must have been exhausted.

At the shelter, Jake was nervous and depressed.  The employees there suspect that he has been a house dog all of his life, and the shelter surroundings really spooked him.    Employees said that Jake would not stop barking, and his constant chatter was making the other dogs nervous.  Jake’s behavior put him at risk for euthanasia.  A volunteer was asked to work with Jake, and after a few days, Jake adjusted to shelter life.

Everyone that I have spoken to about Jake agrees that he was once not only loved, but adored.  Dogs that have been strays or dogs that have not been well cared for have some degree of matting behind their ears.  Jake is very well groomed, and heartworm negative.  Is he really three years old?  His teeth whiter than China’s, and China is only a year old.

I believe that Jake only knows one home, one yard, and one master (or family).  He has not been abused, or dealt with a heavy hand, he has not been scolded for he does not cower.

When I walked him into my back yard he did not do as other dogs do.  He did not sniff and mark all over, he was not interested in water, nor did he wander around to relieve himself.  He went straight to my gate and looked back at me.  He sat at the gate for a while, which is something I have only seen once before.  I sunk in my seat and wanted to bawl.  He looked back at me again, but stood guard at the gate.  Jake wanted to go home.  How do you explain to a dog that you don’t know where his home is, and that he’s over 500 miles away.  Then it made sense, why he was barking at the shelter, he was barking to go home.

I spent some time with him, gave him his dinner, and said goodnight to Jake.  The next morning, he warmed up to me a bit more, giving me his paw, but I could tell he was still very tired.  Jake is fully rested now.  He has met several new people (as my house can be a bit on the lively side) and has greeted everyone politely.

He is wonderful with my pack, and even some little dogs that come over for play dates.  He DOES NOT bark!  He is magnificent on the leash, and is housebroken.  He loves my children, and greets them with a bounce and a wagging tail.  Jake is definitely a ball dog, and today, he picked up the frisbee and brought it to me.

I haven’t been this much in love with a dog since my Reckless, who passed away in February of 2009.  If there was a way that I could keep Jake, I would without hesitation.

I have been rescuing dogs for two years this August, and I have over 350 dogs under my belt now.  So while he doesn’t have a flashy name like Tim Tebow, Flash Gordon, Flip, or Nitro, I have never rescued a dog like Jake, and I suppose it will take another 350 dogs before I do.

Holly and I have discussed my feelings toward this boy at length.  Of course, he is available for adoption, only because he deserves a better home than I can give him.  What kind of home?  Well, I would approve Oprah, the Pope, the President, Donald Trump and a few others if they would like to apply!  Seriously, whoever is approved to adopt Jake should feel like they won the lottery.

His photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Bill, Dee Dee & Jake

Jake has found his forever home!  Dee Dee and Bill have been watching TDL on Facebook and this website for a year, waiting for that perfect dog.  When they saw Jake, they knew.  Jake has permanently moved to Melbourne, where he will probably meet many TDL Border Collies!  It’s a wonderful place!

01/29/13 Update:  I spotted these photos of Jake on Bill’s Facebook page and copied them!  Isn’t he a doll?


Jake, my dream dog!


The Dog Liberator is a foster-driven non-profit, 501c(3) charitable organization.  All dogs are fostered in a home environment, which enables the dog to show its true color. Founded in 2009, The Dog Liberator has successfully rescued and adopted nearly 700 dogs.

TDL dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. TDL does not receive government funding of any kind, and relies on individual donations and corporate sponsors.  By using Paypal, you can donate to The Dog Liberator’s Veterinary Care Fund.

The Dog Liberator focuses on rehabilitation, taking in deaf and/or blind dogs, dogs that need social skills, fearful dogs, and dogs that suffer from depression. They also focus on educating the public regarding medical issues, like heartworm treatment, parvovirus, adopting senior dogs, Addison’s disease, pneumonia, and proper diet.

The Dog Liberator has a less than 1 percent return rate, and they pride themselves at creating the perfect match for dog lovers. Their adoption updates are shared on both Facebook, and their website thus creating a professional and personal relationship with their adopters. You can help Save a dog’s life today by donating.

There are a host of options to donate to The Dog Liberator, which are detailed in “The Promise“.


Taffy the Bernese Collie Puppy~Adoption Update

Taffy is one of a litter of seven puppies rescued toward the end of July; Taffy, Toffee, TicTac, Twinkie, Twister, Tootsie Pop and Turtle. Born in mid-April, they are a great mix of breeds: Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog.

These angels started their rescue journey at the public shelter in Mobile, Alabama.  Melissa rescued them (she only pulls dogs that are about to be euthanized), but before she did, she asked for assurance that they had no health issues.  The shelter vet assured her that they only had ear infections.  Imagine her shock when they arrived with sores and bare spots, obviously suffering from mange!  A very experienced rescuer, she knew exactly how to treat them and had them restored to health in just a couple of weeks.  But then, just when they were about ready to be adopted, Melissa found out her grandmother was dying and had to fly to Montana.  What to do with the seven puppies?

Fortunately, our wonderful Amy found out about them.  Within a matter of hours, Amy picked up the puppies, then Sarah got them from her and drove them to Val-U-Vet of Deltona.  There we confirmed that they were cleared of mange, and completed their vet needs: spay/neuter, shots and exam.  The next day, I got them!  And what a joy they are!

The Border Collie influence is very strong in Taffy’s appearance, both with her rough coat and markings. At 13 pounds, only Twinkie is smaller than her, so I would expect her to mature to the standard Border Collie size as well.  You can see more photos in her photo album.

I am fostering these precious pups in Winter Park.  If you think that you might want to give Taffy her forever home, please first read our Dog Tips, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com

July 29th Update:

The puppies are doing wonderfully.  They are fully crate trained, with no “accidents” even at night!  The first night they were a bit restless but since then have slept until I’ve woken them at about 6:30 am.  What a blessing!



Learning to come



August 1st Update:

It’s off to camp they go! The puppies are spending the week at University of Doglando as part of their kids’ summer camp program. There the campers will work with them on basic commands, socialization skills and even introduce them to swimming! This is a fantastic opportunity. Already lovely puppies, I can just imagine how they will be after a week of one-on-one attention and training! I’ll be updating the campers experiences on our webpage, Bernese Collie Puppies Go To University of Doglando.




Swimming comes naturally



August 2nd Update:

I stopped off at University of Doglando today to see how things were going.  They are going great!  Taffy was on leash trotting alongside her camper, looking up at her to see what she wanted her to do.  She is already knows sit, stay and come.  All just in one day!  I was even there long enough to see the litter being introduced to the pool  Taffy wasn’t a natural, as she’d forgotten that she had back legs and was trying to do it all with just her front paws.  Teena was fabulous, telling the camper how to support her to develop confidence and skill.  Just remarkable to see such progress in such a short time!!!!

August 4th update from University of Doglando:

I received this wonderful update from Lauren, Taffy’s camper.  She has renamed our girl Kira.  You’re going to love this!

“Kira loves sleeping after a long day..everyday after all the great training i put her in her crate and she plays with her ball then just sleeps. She doesn’t go to the bathroom in her crate. One day I took Kira outside and she automatically peed in the grass!

Kira really is the sweetest even tough she the biggest girl out of the litter. Kira acts like shes the smallest by going under tiny things. One time she tried fitting in between the crates and she got stuck but we got her out.  I think Kira’s favorite brother is Oreo (TicTac).  She is great at learning new things.  She already knows how to sit lay down and NOT to run out the door unless you tell her to.Kira only likes me to pick her up like a tiny new born baby

If you love a adorable puppy thats trained Kira is the one for you!. —

August 4th and look who’s going home tomorrow! Ashley and Adam came to University of Doglando to meet the puppies this afternoon. The campers told them about each puppy, Adam and Ashley asked them questions, and they asked questions right back! It was neat. It was really hard to decide who to adopt, but they finally settled on our Taffy. Here they are with Taffy’s camper, Lauren. Tomorrow they’ll come back and get her as the campers graduate from the class!


01/27/13 Here’s a great update:


Taffy, all grown up now!


I just wanted to thank you for letting me adopt my best friend in the entire world. I adopted Annabelle (aka taffy) back in 2011 and she has grown into a gorgeous beautiful sweetheart with such a cute personality.  Thank you so much!!!!!
Ashley, Adam, and Annabelle
(aka the a team)

Judge Baloo, the Gentle Giant ~ RIP

01/24/13:  Judge Baloo aka Sammy, passed away today at 4:00 to congestive heart failure due to complications from Addison’s disease. All of us from The Dog Liberator grieve for his family’s loss. Sammy was only two years-old. He will never be forgotten.  This video was created for Ella and Ava.  May their future be filled with many memories of wonderful dogs.





Note:  The song used in Sammy’s video was by George Skaroulis, Vicki Truelove gave me his autographed CD.  It’s amazing music, and available on Amazon and other online stores.  Extra special thanks to Vicki Truelove, Dawn Chapelle, and Anita Barber for helping us rescue this gentle soul.

History: Judge Baloo’s story is different than others. I rescued him at the request of the shelter rescue coordinator, they loved him that much. While he had not had much luck in life, this night his luck would change.

It seems that there was a gentleman living in an area that had a lot of dogs, and did not like dogs. So he was repeatedly calling animal control on a different dog everytime, making up stories to get them removed. The animal control officers had figured out that he was doing this as some of the stories were ridiculous and it was becoming a nuisance.
The wonderful animal control officer, who was also the rescue coordinator, was on duty when another call came in. She arrived in the area and looked around at all the dogs. They weren’t living very good lives and some were tied up. She decided that enough was enough. Baloo caught her eye admist all the mess. She said she saw this beautiful gentle giant coming up to say hello. He looked so out of place here. It wasn’t a farm but a trailer park. He seemed unphased by it all but looked at her as if to say, “Excuse me miss, I really don’t think I belong here, can you help me?” 

The officer knocked on the door of the trailer and someone came to the door.  “Is this your dog?” she asked. “Well, not really, but we have been feeding it.” “He wandered up about 6 months ago and we keep him tied up mostly and feed him.”  “Do you want to keep him?” she asked. “Because I think I can find him a good home.” “Nah, you can have him” So she gently put the leash around his neck and led him to the truck. He didn’t look back.

 Being the holidays adoptions had been slow and intake heavy.  His time began to run out…
The officer had watched as he politely did whatever was asked of him. Once a week a group of special needs kids comes to the shelter to help out with walking the dogs.  They all wanted Baloo. He loved the kids and didn’t mind when they pulled his tail or his ears. They would find the kids sitting with him, laying on him like he was a futon. They started to call him Judge because he seemed to oversee the situation and his eyes seem to look straight through to your soul.
I was on facebook and saw postings pleading for him. The postings were desperate and heartfelt by those that had met him. I’d rescued Little Jack Black from this shelter at the same officers recommendation. I posted that i wanted him. The officer posted back that she had scooped him up and sent him off to the vet the minute she saw my post. She knew I was good for my word and she was desperate to save him. She was overjoyed to get him out!

I sent a text to Dawn, who was already fostering Cindi Loo Hoo, it said ” Would you foster a 100lb couch potato and I sent his shelter picture. She immediately responded with “Yes, Yes, Yes!” She went to meet the animal control officer,(yes, she transports too!) By the time she got home with him she already loved him.  I’ve received several emails from her trying to talk herself out of wanting this boy. She says he’s the best foster she has ever had, and she’s had some good ones!

Even though he had been tied in a yard he still makes no potty mistakes in the house. He is one special boy. Baloo is between one and two years old, neutered, and calm and sweet.
If you are interested in adopting Judge Baloo please contact me at vicki.thedogliberator@gmail.com. Check out his photo album on facebook.

Update Dec. 30, 2011: Judge Baloo found his family today! He was adopted with a unanimous vote by the Watt family. They had lost one of their beloved dogs a little while ago and had a hole left where she was. Their dog Lola seemed to be missing her companion terribly. So they all came to meet Judge Baloo today in Dahlongega, Ga! and what fun it was! Baloo is such a balanced dog that we feel he will fill the hole in the family and bring it back to balanced again. He loved his two new little girls and Lola. The best part is Jan is our Angel Anita Barber’s sister!!! So Anita was here too! It was a good day! Davidson, N.C. Welcome your new Dog Liberator!!!! wooo-hooo!


Judge was later renamed to Sammy!

Moses the Border Collie pup ~ Adoption Update

Moses, all grown up

01/24/13 Adoption Update:  Moses was born on January 18, 2011 and we adopted him on April 18, 2011. He is just the best dog. Still puppyish in some of his behaviors, but doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He may lick you to death, but never, never hurt anyone. He loves company, especially if they are the canine variety. We’re trying to set him up with play dates with dogs that are his size and bigger. The little dogs get too defensive and aggressive. In fact, when he encounters a dog that’s smaller than he is, he gets down on belly to try to make himself their size. He’s amazing. He’s our boy.

We did get him some training, so he knows his basic commands – sit, stay, down, off, come and he stays close to us. He won’t run away. He can walk off leash a lot of the time when we’re out in a field, but won’t leave our side unless sit’s to chase the stick. But, he’s always on leash when we walk in the neighborhood.

He’s a border collie, Catahoula mix. He just celebrated his 2nd birthday. He has brought us so much love and joy – words can’t express.

Marilynn and Win Martin

History:  Moses is a three-month-old Border Collie puppy who has come to us from Hall County Animal Shelter in north Georgia. When I saw his little face in the shelter photo, my heart just broke. He reminds me so much of Odo, a puppy that I fostered around Christmas. Like Odo, he is black and white with beautiful brown highlights running through his fur. His fur is thick and soft, making him look like a little teddy bear!

Moses is the smallest of the puppies that I am currently fostering, but that doesn’t stop him from playing hard. Granted, he usually ends up on the bottom of the puppy pile, but he’s good with that as long as someone is playing with him! lol

I think that Moses would fit in to almost any household. He doesn’t seem to have any issues, and he is happily crate trained! We’re still working on the housetraining, but clearly that will come in no time at all. All this little fellow needs is a family make his life complete!!!

I haven’t been successful in getting a good photo of him that shows his brown highlights, but I’m still trying! All of his photos are in his photo album.

Moses is being fostered in Winter Park. If you are interested in adopting him, please review our adoption process, then e-mail holly.thedogliberator@gmail.com



April 18th Update:

Moses has been adopted by Marilynn and Win.  They are going to have so much fun together, in both Bokcelia and Indiana!  What adventures they will have!!!

Mr. Breeze-Good things come to those who wait

Breeze, January 2010

Have you ever been in public, and seen someone that you know you know? You think hard to try to remember their name, but can’t. You literally hurt your brain trying to remember how you know them, where you met them, and it’s driving you insane, because you know you know them? That’s what I think my rescued dogs do when they see me after a while, especially during our reunions.

During our last reunion, I could tell that Shy Sharon did not really remember us. She didn’t try to bite me when I tugged on her collar, trying to get her near me so I could pet her, but she wasn’t “sure”. Bart did the same thing. While he’s a friendly fellow to begin with, he too wasn’t sure. Maybe they have a familiar memory, but they don’t truly remember.

Flash Gordon, 2010

It’s not like in the movies where a dog comes running toward your voice and leaps into your arms, and totally recognizes you. Even in 2010 when I saw Tim Tebow again, he clearly didn’t remember me! Ironically, in 2010, Flash Gordon did!

Maybe it has a lot to do with the dog’s age, how long they have not seen you, and how long they were with you. Not that many dogs remember me in an instant, except for Mr. Breeze! I don’t think it matters how many years go by, Mr. Breeze will always remember me, and after you read what he went through, you’ll understand why!

Breeze, November 2010

The last time I edited his page, was in 2011.  I called him the big goof! Mr. Breeze is very animated, he talks with his feet, his mouth, and his eyes. He’s very much a clown!

His photo album can be viewed on Facebook.  What follows is his the story of his most Excellent Adventure!

Canyon, December 2009

Breeze came to us from Becky Harshman through Chilton County Humane Society on January 1st of 2010. He was just a pup! Back then his name was Canyon. He was adopted on January 17th, 2010.

When his owners suffered a job loss, they lost their home, and returned Breeze to me on October 15th, 2010. Even though they had no choice but to surrender him, they did so with a heavy heart.

Breeze was returned to The Dog Liberator, and was transported to Clearwater where he was fostered by Lynn Deal and Mark Whalen.  It didn’t take long for Breeze to find his new second home.  On November 8th, he was adopted again, by a family near me here in Deltona.  On November 9th, I received an email from Matthew George, he wanted to adopt Breeze, but it was too late.

They Call me The Breeze!

Breeze lived with his second family for a few months, when they noticed that their female dog was antagonizing Breeze.  Because Breeze wouldn’t stand up for himself, and submit, he became very shy and withdrawn.  This was not good.  The family could not afford a behaviorist for their dog, and they were up in arms with what to do.

After numerous phone conversations, and emails with Breeze’s second family. Inundated with medical issues within the family, they asked me what I thought was best for Breeze. Sometimes loving a dog, giving him food and water just isn’t enough, especially for the herding breed. Intelligent dogs with high energy need physical exercise, training, and a job to keep them occupied. The family simply can not meet his needs at this time, no fault of theirs. I suggested they surrender Breeze to me; I wanted Breeze back.  On February 8th, 2011, 12 months after he came to my rescue, Breeze came back to me.

Breeze and Kudos

Breeze stayed with me for a few weeks, until I arranged transport to Clearwater, where he was fostered by Mark Whalen.  He was very comfortable here with me.  He remembered where everything was, he remembered the pack, and even though he was double in size, he was the same!

After Breeze was transported to Mark to foster, his true color was seen. He was happy go lucky, the main instigator for play, adored Mark’s pit and of course, Kudos. Kudos and Breeze quickly became best buddies.  Breeze was no longer submissive and withdrawn.  He was the big goof again.

I was in the process of posting Breeze on all of the adoption sites, and revamping his video for the third time when I received an email from Matthew George expressing an interest in adopting Indian. Being that four months had passed, I did not recognize the name and assumed that Mr. George was new to me! I was wrong.  

While informing Mark Whalen that Breeze was coming back, Mark was elated! Our conversation quickly focused on Indian. I explained to Mark that Matthew George was interested in meeting Indian this weekend. Mark asked me for some background information about Mr. George. I did a search for his email address and located the very first email that I had received and it wasn’t dated February 2011, it was dated November 9th, 2010. I opened the email and read it to Mark allowed:

Dog Liberator,

Please let us know if Breeze is still available, we are looking for a Border Collie that is around a year old. We currently have a Shetland / Border Collie mix that could use a friend and having years of experience with a herding dog, we feel that we will be an excellent home for a dog like Breeze. We live in Tampa and would be willing to come see Breeze at your convenience.  ~Matthew George

Needless to say, I got chills! Mark suggested I hang up and make a call to Mr. George notifying him of Breeze, and I did.

Now, I know strange things happen in my rescue all of the time; things that we just can’t explain. I know how hard we all work to save, transport, rehabilitate and rehome these dogs, but sometimes things happen, like this, that leaves us speechless.

Mr. Breeze, 2010

I called Matthew George, and asked him if he could remember when and why he first contacted my rescue back in November 2010. His immediate answer was “because my wife fell in love with Breeze, and we wanted to adopt him.”

“What if I told you that Breeze was back?”  I asked him.  Matthew did not respond.  I knew that he couldn’t believe it.

I said it again, “Breeze is back, would you like to meet him?”  Matthew couldn’t wait to tell his wife!

Stephanie and Matthew George drove to Clearwater, and they met both Indian and Breeze.  I wondered if Breeze was meant to be with them in the first place.  I wondered if that first email from Matthew was supposed to come to me earlier, or if his second adoption was supposed to be delayed for some reason.

Matthew did adopt Breeze on February 16th, and named him Coltrane.  Indian was later adopted on February 20th, his  adopters were originally interested in Breeze!

So here we have one very lucky pup who was trapped in a shelter in Alabama, and transported to me in Deltona, Florida.  He was adopted two weeks later, and returned to me 10 months later, and transported to Clearwater to be fostered.  While in Clearwater, he’s adopted again, only to be driven back to Deltona two months later, where he lived with his second family for several months.  Then, he is returned to me again, and fostered in Clearwater again.  Then, Matthew George adopts Breeze, and Breeze is back in Orlando.  But what’s up with Breeze now?

Mr. Breeze has his own baby girl



In 2011, Matthew updates that Breeze has his own new baby girl!  I had the pleasure of seeing him and his new baby at our reunion in 2011, and he was a happy go lucky big goof!




2011 – Breeze recognizes me, and Lady Di protests!

He followed me around most of the day, sitting at my feet, ready to do whatever I said.  “No Breeze, you’re not coming back to me.  You have your own family now!”  I’d tell him.

Today, Breeze is in Colorado with his forever family, and he’s loving it!  Thanks Matthew!

Breeze, now Coltrane, enjoys the snow

Good things come to those who wait!















Second Adoption Video,  including Trainer and Behaviorist, Paul Pipitone:

Huckleberry Revisited

I get a lot of email from our followers asking for updates on our dogs. Since Huckleberry’s story was so closely followed and adored, we have decided to write his entire story and publish it!  We have interviewed people, added their comments, gone back through old emails and text messages, and interviewed Huckleberry’s new family to create a complete story from beginning to present.  It’s very impressive!

We waited until after our reunion to publish Huck’s story, and it was worth it!

His book is now available to purchase on Lulu, and will be submitted to all of the major online book stores, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.  shortly! If you remember, Huckleberry was adopted right before the holidays, and I think it’s fitting that his story is available one year later!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in his very special and dramatic rescue!

Click here to read Huckleberry’s original story


I'm Your Huckleberry!

I’m Your Huckleberry!

Tiger Lily, Lovely and Loving

A unique name for a unique girl!

Beautiful even in the shelter

Tiger Lily is a 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Australian Shepherd girl that comes to us from Athens Dog Pound in Athens, AL, thanks to the help of Dale Parrent, Deb and Tom Gaylord, and numerous other shelter volunteers and supporters. Tiger Lily’s owner was unable to keep her and surrendered her to animal services, along with four other dogs that are now in foster care with TDL: Jacqueline, Shepherd’s PieFootloose, and Fancy Free. We don’t know why Tiger Lily and her pals were given up, but it’s obvious they were cared for as they are in good weight, well-adjusted, and heartworm negative.

Of the three dogs we pulled on this rescue run, I think the extended time at the shelter affected Tiger Lily the most. For the first two days, she seemed to be in shock and pretty much shut down (only picking at her food, panicking when I got out of her sight, waiting by the back door for me to let her in, ignoring the other dogs when they played). I decided to wait another day or two before I made any judgements as to her personality; this behavior isn’t unusual in dogs coming from a shelter environment and cattle dogs can be more intense than many other breeds.

Goofy smile for the camera

Boy, am I glad I waited to write this foster diary — this morning Tiger Lily found her puppy joy again! She ran and played and roughhoused with the other dogs for over an hour. They were moving so fast, try as I might I couldn’t even catch them on film. I’ve never seen so many play bows at one time. Oh, happy day — I just love watching a timid dog break out of her shell!

Tiger Lily is leash, crate, and housetrained, and enjoys riding in the car. Obviously, she gets along well with other dogs (I have six at my home right now, four fosters plus my own two dogs). She is loving and attentive, very focused on her person/people, which is what you’d expect from a cattle dog. A good size, she weighs in at 38 lbs.

You can view additional photos on her Facebook photo album. If you think you may be interested in adopting Tiger Lily, please review our adoption process and e-mail me at gisele.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Things are looking up!

Dec. 4, 2011 Foster Update: Any trace of shyness that was left in Tiger Lily is completely gone now! She’s quite the friendly little attention hound now. She’s the first to greet strangers and demands that they pay attention to her. Doesn’t matter if you want to scratch her ears or rub her belly, you just better be ready to do some lovin’ on this dog.

The Cattle Dog is really starting to come out in her, too; when the pack is running and playing, Tiger Lily’s running and playing … and trying to heel them all! It’s quite comical to watch, really. I keep trying to get it on video, but these dogs move too fast for my camera!

Here’s a holiday video I did today with all of my fosters, including Tiger Lily. Check it out!

Dec. 8, 2011 Foster Update: For some reason, I had a difficult time choosing a song for Tiger Lily’s video. I couldn’t make a decision between this song and one other tune. Well, Tiger Lily chose for me: I was replaying this song for the umpteenth time when she threw her head back and howled. I took it as a sign of approval! Enjoy!



December’s Successful Adoptions Video

Fancy Free

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, transporters, fosters, supporters, veterinarians and their staff for making all of these dreams come true!







Happy New Year


We have rescued and re-homed approximately 278 dogs this year, all because of your help, support, and dedication.  We have shared moments of joy and despair.  I’m sure you will all agree that we have created a fantastic team and made a difference in the number of homeless dogs, who have a lot of love to give in their new homes.

Thank you,





Footloose and Fancy Free, Aussies from Athens

Footloose chillin' in the car.

Sibling rivalry? What sibling rivalry? These two Australian Shepherds go together like peas and carrots!

Footloose and Fancy Free are 3-year-old Aussie siblings that come to us from Athens Dog Pound in Athens, AL, thanks to the help of Dale Parrent, Deb and Tom Gaylord, and numerous other shelter volunteers and supporters. The dogs’ owner was unable to keep them and surrendered them to animal services, along with three other dogs that are now in foster care with TDL: Jacqueline, Shepherd’s Pie, and Tiger Lily. We don’t know why Footloose and Fancy Free were given up, but it’s obvious they were cared for as they are in good weight, well-adjusted, and heartworm negative.

Footloose is the male Aussie. The larger of the two, he weighs 38 lbs. He is shy at first, but after he warms up he’s loving and friendly with both people and other dogs. A big player, Footloose already enjoys romping with my two guys, Chas and Shelby, and my other male foster, Johnny Cash. He has prick ears and no white on his nose.    

Fancy Free, the back seat driver.

Fancy Free is the female Aussie. She is petite and delicate, weighing just 30 lbs. Somewhat shy, she is nonetheless a love bug that craves attention and looks to you for guidance. Fancy Free has semi-prick ears and a spot of white on the top of her nose.

As I said before, Footloose and Fancy Free are both heartworm negative. They’ve been fully vetted and have wonderful personalities. They get along well with other dogs and are leash, crate, and housetrained. Oh, and did I mention they love riding in the car? No crate required — all you need is a back seat!

I’m fostering these adorable Aussies at my home in the Ocala area. You can view additional photos on their Facebook photo albums here: Footloose and Fancy Free. If you think you may be interested in adopting one or both dogs, please review our adoption process and e-mail me at amyb.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Footloose chillin' in the yard.


Dec. 4, 2011 Update: In the week that Footloose and Fancy Free have been with me, their personalities have definitely come through.

Footloose is so playful. He really enjoys roughhousing with the guys. He’s the first one out of his crate in the morning and the last one in at night. And talk about a healthy appetite — this boy eats anything that doesn’t eat him first! And he’s quite the talker. I think he actually believes he’s carrying on a conversation with me using a range of barks, growls, whines, and howls. It really is the funniest thing the way he carries on!

Fancy Free prefers the couch!

Fancy Free, on the other hand, is a princess. She’s dainty and docile, prancing around the boys while they play or curling up contentedly to watch the rest of the pack run around like they’re supercharged. Still shy, Fancy Free is slower to warm to strangers and is sometimes overshadowed by the more boisterous brother when folks come to visit. But once she gets over her initial shyness, she’s all love bug. I think she really just wants to be someone’s lap dog, although at 30+ lbs. she’s already surpassed the lap-dog weight limit. She is a good snuggle size, though, and really enjoys sitting on the couch with you … or without you, as you can see from the photo! lol

Here’s a holiday video I shot today with all of my fosters, including Footloose and Fancy Free. Check it out!

Dec. 10, 2011 Update: Footloose and Fancy Free are doing so well. They’re both excellent on-leash and a joy to walk. Just to show you how easy they are, I made a “leash training” video starring the dynamic duo and Johnny Cash (who was adopted earlier this week). I hope you enjoy it — I can promise you I was laughing the entire time!


Dec. 20, 2011 Update: Footloose and Fancy decided to play games with me today. First one, then the other, got on the couch. Then Footloose pulled all the toys out of the toy basket. It was all in good fun, though! They’ve turned into quite the little jokesters. I managed to snap two cute photos and film Fancy Free telling me “good morning.” These two dogs have become so easy to foster, it’s like they’re part of my own pack!

Fancy Free is adopted!

Dec. 21, 2011 Update: ADOPTED! Fancy Free just left here with the lovely Doyle and Cheryl Carlton and their daughter, Heather. Our girl is in good hands with Doyle and Cheryl — I just know she’ll have a wonderful life in their home on the St. Johns River! Debary, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog!



Holyfield, Fighting for Love ~ Adopted

How did i get here?

What did I do wrong? Why am I here? I don’t understand….I gave all my love to my family, played fetch, laid at their feet, looked after them while they slept, nuzzled and licked and loved all they would let me. I didn’t potty in the house. I just don’t know why they don’t love anymore….This place is so scary to me, I miss being loved.

Do you think you could love me for a while? They say I am close to 10 yrs old. HW negative whatever that is…they say that means someone took care of me for a while.
I still like to play, ride in the car, take long naps with you, watch tv, go for walks. I have so much love to give! Do you need some? Cause I will share, I have plenty!

Holyfield is missing part of one ear. I can only imagine that he had to get away from something terrible to survive. Dumped by his family after years of loyalty. He was so scared and had to fight to keep from being dinner for something else. He was so hungry when he got picked up by A.C. Unfortunately, it was a high kill North Georgia shelter that was full.

Because of his age he was at high risk to be put down quickly. People just don’t adopt older dogs. I don’t know why because they are the best most loving dogs, and so grateful.
My dog Daisy is 10yrs old, I love her with all my heart, I could not imagine her in a shelter after all she has given me. Holyfield pulled at my heart, I couldn’t let his life end there….

Won’t you open your heart to this wonderful boy? He is house trained, neutered, UTD on shots and just a love who deserves a loving home to live out his years.

For information on adopting Holyfield contact Vicki Truelove at vicki.thedogliberator@gmail.com

more photos on the way!

Update Nov. 10: Holyfield continues to be a love. No issues except he needs a family to bestow all of his love on!

Update Nov. 26: This boy is wonderful! Great with kids, cats, people, dogs! so very loving and still spunky! Can you give him a home for the holidays! Please!

Check out this super foster update, and some new photos for Holyfield, our grandpa Aussie! Don’t let the grey face fool you, Holyfield has got a few great years in him left, not to mention senior pets are the most loving. He’d be forever grateful to share your home for the holidays!

“I put the pic of him and the dogs to show he does great in a pack.
He is also completely cat proof. We have two and he was not interested.
He is completely housebroken, crate-trained, and loves everyone, especially children! From the way he acts, he has several good years of life in him. A great dog!”

View Holyfields photo page



Update:  Holyfield has been adopted!

Cindi Loo Hoo, Shot by the Grinch~Adopted

Cindi Loo Hoo,

Last week was a week of last chances. Gisele forwarded an email that she originally received from Marjie Wolfe.  There was a one year old collie girl there that the staff had fallen in love with, but she had been labeled aggressive and was to be put to sleep.  I called one of my fosters Dawn, who volunteers for that shelter, and she got them to hold her for an evaluation by me.  Her story started long before she wound up in the shelter.  She never received the love and attention she was so deserving of, never had a job, never had a safe place to stay.

So little Cindi Loo Hoo ventured out one day to see what else the world had to offer. Curiousity got the best of her and soon she found herself face to face with the Grinch, his gun and his wicked smile.  Try as she might she could not hear his heart beating, nor could she feel the warmth she was seeking. As she stared into his eyes she realized the Grinch’s eyes were cold and unfeeling.  Without even a blink, she was shot.  She felt the stinging pain in her paw and across her chest.

Cindi Loo Hoo ran and ran hoping the pain would stop until she found shelter in a barn. Cindi Loo Hoo had no idea how far she had run but her foot was throbbing.  The owners of the barn found her there.

When they brought her to the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, and said they could not afford to feed her, that they she was a stray.  The shelter did an examination and found that Miss Cindi had been shot.  Something that the people who turned her in did not mentioned.

Pick Me!

A local vet agreed to do the surgery on her foot.  Unfortunately, they had to remove a piece of her foot to successfully remove the bullet.

While she was recouperating at the shelter, the director let Cindi hang out in his office alot. She received extra attention at this small shelter because of her surgery and she was loving it.  The directors daughter fell in love with her and they were considering taking her home.  Needless to say, Cindi Loo Hoo had become very attached to the kind director who had given her so much attention.

One day he took her home to meet his Husky.  The Husky didn’t care for Cindi’s company and went after her, protecting his territory.  Scared to death, little Cindi Loo Hoo tried to defend herself, hence, she was now labeled “aggressive”.

This little girl, who had been starved for affection and attention, finally got of both, and decided it was worth defending.  This action sealed her fate, for she was labeled not adoptable, and therefore, scheduled to die.

When I met her at the shelter, the only thing I saw in her eyes was pure joy that someone had come to see her. Limping slightly still from her surgery, she happily wiggled and turned circles and offered kisses.  I walked her down the aisle where others were barking and she paid them no mind.  The director brought out another dog, to test her, and she did not react.

Shelter Photo

He agreed since I was a professional dog trainer, that I could pull Cindi Loo Hoo.  Our wonderful volunteer foster, Dawn, picked her up on Tuesday and she will be going for her spay surgery, and she is is awaiting transport to Florida.

Cindy Loo Hoo knows that Christmas is not a place, or a thing, but is something that lives in your heart and in those who love you. Could you give her Christmas?   -vicki

Her photo album can be viewed on Facebook.

If you are interested in adopting, please read Starting your Dog Out Right, and How to Adopt from us, and then email me at thedogliberator@gmail.com




Dec. 20, 2011 Update: Cindi has been adopted. Upon examination, during her spay the vet noticed black marks on her belly… it was buckshot. He has removed the damage, and Cindi has been adopted by Patty Beverage, and our wonderful volunteer pilot, Brett, has offered to transport her from Georgia to her new home in South Florida on Christmas Eve!
update Dec.29th~ cindy loo too finally made it home! Weather prevented her christmas eve flight which was a disappointment to everyone! But she is home now and sooo happy! Bradenton Welcome your newest DogLiberator!!!!-vicki

Tiny Tim the Corgi-Lier~Adopted

Tiny Tim the Corgi-Lier!

Tiny Tim comes to us from Athens Dog Pound, Alabama.  He weights about 25 pounds, and is approximately 1 1/2 years of age.  Megan is fostering him in Deltona and she believes that he is a Corgi/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…. therefore we’ve defined him as a Corgi-lier!   He is Corgi legs and a King Charles face.  He is very happy romping around the house with Megan’s dogs.  Tiny Tim is very friendly, playful and loving.  More updates coming soon!

Special thanks to all who helped rescue Tiny Tim, especially our Sarah who transported him to us!

If you are interested in adopting, please read Starting your Dog Out Right, and How to Adopt from us, and then email me at thedogliberator@gmail.com

Click here to see more photos of Tiny Tim on Facebook.



Isabella and Rasha (Tiny Tim)

Update:  Tiny Tim has been adopted locally, in Deltona, FL!

The Christmas Collie

waiting to feel better

Last night, December 12th at 5:30 PM, I received a local call from a gentleman named Phil. There was a slight urgency in his voice and I prepared myself for the typical, “he’s such a sweet dog, and I’m moving.” Not this time. Phil told me that on Saturday, December 10th, he was renovating a rental property and he saw a collie in the middle of the road. “She was on Saxon Blvd., and that’s a very busy road. It took me some time to catch her, and I brought her into the back yard. We placed an ad on Craig’s List, hoping her owners would come forward, but they have not. I even searched Craig’s List for lost dog ads, and I didn’t see  a missing Collie,” Phil explained.

I wasn’t convinced that Phil had a purebred Collie, as those are very rare in Florida, even more rare in Deltona. I asked Phil to describe her for me, and his answer was simply, “Lassie.” Phil then described her medical condition. “I think she has the mange, I think she’s deaf, she has sores all over her body, ear mites, and she’s emaciated.”

I still could not believe that a stray Collie, was found in my town, less than one mile away from my home. The first thing I thought of was to alert Val-U-Vet and get an appointment to see Dr. Oliver, it was only 5:30 and they close at 6:00. I shared with them what I knew, and made an appointment.

I called Phil and he asked me several times if I’d like to see her, and even though I had not made dinner for my family yet, and I was exhausted, I called Megan and asked her to go with me. I left abruptly, telling my daughter Sarah that I’d be right back. “What is it?” She asked. “It’s a collie,” I replied. “What’s wrong with the dog, Mom?” She yelled from the front window. “That’s what I’m going to find out.”

Eating for Megan

The fear that this dog could be heartworm positive was more than I could bear. How do you treat a Collie with ivermectin? You don’t. Most vets believe that heartworm disease is a death sentence for a collie.

I brought a can of prescription dog food with me, and the moment I saw her, I was in shock. Her ears were swollen, her hips were so thin her bones literally protruded. Phil was right, she was totally deaf, and we believed that she only saw shadows. Megan started to feed her from her hand, and her appetite was unbelievable.

Phil described the dog’s condition on that Saturday.  “I checked to make sure she was alive, she wouldn’t move, and I made sure she was still breathing.  I had a bacon and egg sandwich, and I gave it to her, she took it so gently.  I’ve been feeding her twice a day, and her recovery is remarkable, so while you think she’s in bad shape, you should have seen her last Saturday.”

Skin infection due to fleas

As Megan and I talked with Phil, we tried to unravel the mystery of this Collie. We agreed that it is impossible for a deaf and visually impaired dog, of this size to be a stray for very long in Deltona. There are police cars on every corner, code enforcement vehicles driving by and the traffic alone would not allow a dog to survive on the streets for any length of time. Stray dogs in Deltona do not have wooded areas to hunker down. It’s not like rural Georgia or Alabama.  Deltona is a bedroom community, and stray dogs are either picked up by Animal Control, taken in by citizens, or hit by a car.

This Collie has not been a stray for long. It wouldn’t surprise me if she lived in the area in which she was found, close to Phil’s rental property.  Therefore, there are only a few possible scenarios:

A good Samaritan opened a gate, or untied a chain, and gave her freedom from starvation, she was left behind in a foreclosed and abandoned property, a maintenance worker for the real estate company released her from the property, or her owners were simply done with her, possibly all of the above.

Regardless, whoever did this should be prosecuted.  If you are reading this, and you know who owned this dog, please contact Val-U-Vet Deltona, you can remain anonymous.

I asked Phil to bring the Collie to Val-U-Vet Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM.  When I returned home, my children waited for details.  I shared with them the photos from my cell phone, and they started asking questions.  I told Sarah that I didn’t know if this Collie would make it.  I told Sarah that it was up to Dr. Oliver to tell me what’s wrong with her, and if she can survive.  I told Sarah that this dog is not adoptable because she is old, and very sick.

Sarah went to her bedroom and brought me one of our favorite books, The Christmas Collie.  The story about a young boy who receives a Collie for Christmas, who later gets his young son a Collie for Christmas.

“But Mom, if she’s not adopted, and she dies, she can’t go to the rainbow bridge,” Sarah said to me.  “We have to keep her.”

I didn’t sleep much last night, waking up every hour wondering if I was going to have to euthanize the Collie, wondering what I was going to tell my daughter.

Phil and I arrived at the vet at the same time.  The Collie was greeted by the staff, and they were outraged by her condition.  What’s really sad is that this Collie is not my worse case.  Jackson Browne, Collie Gisele, Shy Shannon, Maureen’s Hope, Goldie Hawn, Frances, and of course, Stella are some of my worst cases.  I called Maureen,  told her about my situation, and promised to call her after I had some definitive answers.

Waiting with rescuer, Phil

This was not my first rodeo, and I kept telling myself I can get through this.

I was introduced to Sean, a new Vet Tech, and thought to myself, this guy is brand new, and he is going to have me as one of his first clients, and one of the hardest cases?  This isn’t the way to start your new job!

I immediately asked for the dog to be scanned for a micro chip.  I was so hoping we would find one, so I could locate the Collie’s original owners.  Sorry, but I was hoping for a little bit of vengeance.  No chip was found.  Sean and I began to  review the different procedures that would be necessary for a treatment plan, but I wanted a heartworm test first.  Forget everything else, let’s get her tested first.

As we waited for the heartworm test results, Sean examined the Collie’s teeth, and much to my surprise, they weren’t as bad as I expected.  Her skin condition was probably the worse I have ever seen, she smelled of infection, a chunk of her ear is gone, and very swollen.  There were crate sores on her back paws, and severe hair loss and swelling around her neck.  Sean weighed the collie; 36 pounds.  Phil said his cat weighs 30 pounds!

“I didn’t want to call Animal Control,”  Phil repeated.  “I knew she would’ve had a chance then, they would have no choice but to put her down.”

Sean checks her out

The results were in… she is heartworm negative.  I covered my eyes and fought off my tears.  I couldn’t believe it.

Dr. Oliver walked in, and like I have seen  many times before, he leaned on the counter top, crossed his arms, and looked at the Collie, just like Dr. Susan Wayne did when she met Jackson Browne over two years ago.  “You did say you were ready for a challenge, right?”  I asked him in jest.

Dr. Oliver examined the Collie from head to toe, estimated her age to be nine years.  He provided me with a treatment plan, which includes fluids, antibiotics, Vitamin B, Medicinal Baths, fecal check, ear treatment, and full blood work.

So now we wait.  The Collie is in good hands.  She has a great chance of recovering and living a normal life, but who would adopt a nine-year old deaf Collie?  I think about all of the deaf dogs, and senior dogs that we have successfully re-homed, and I believe that if I give this Collie a chance, someone will also give her a chance.  In the meantime, once again, Maureen has offered to sponsor her treatment, and foster her.

Lady Saxon

I don’t know what we will name her, but for now, we’re calling her Lady Saxon.  It’s hard to be patient waiting for the results of the blood work, but I know that she is safe, and every day will be a better day for this Collie, thanks to people like Phil, Maureen, and the people at Val-U-Vet.

If Phil found me on Google, her owners could have found me just as easily. She was found only two miles away from my home, and all of her suffering was unnecessary.





It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of our Christmas Collie. While she was making some progress, months without food and water left her in a very weakened state. She knew she was loved by all of us, especially me! I ask that you visualize her playing at the rainbow bridge with our dogs that have passed on, the dogs that we loved and miss so very much. She is home for Christmas, with our Creator. ~gisele

Ginger Snap – The English Shepherd Cuddlebug~Adopted

Happy Go Lucky!

Ginger Snap is a beautiful English Shepherd mix. She is a complete cuddlebug who wants nothing more than to curl up on the couch next to you while you watch TV or read a book. She loves the company of people, she is a complete joy to be around! Her story is written on her face. Look into Ginger’s eyes and you’ll see a dog that hasn’t had a great life up to now, but one that knows and trusts that she’ll have a wonderful future. Her heartshaped nose tells you what her goal in life is, to make everybody in the room fall in love with her. Finally, that contagious smile, a smile that makes you want to hug her whenever you see it. So you see, Ginger Snap was built to be cuddled!

Great with other dogs!

Foster Updates
12/12/11: Ginger is absolutely wonderful with other dogs. It appears that her happiness isn’t just contagious to humans, but to dogs as well. My dogs have welcomed her into the pack like she was always a part of it. It’s not really surprising, I mean, there’s absolutely nothing intimidating about a smiling face, wagging tail, and a wiggly butt.


ADOPTED 12/14/11: Ginger Snap was adopted by the wonderful Harris family of Lakeland! Ginger Snap was absolutely smitten from the moment they walked through the door. She spent 95% of the time that they were here on her back getting her belly rubbed, which she LOVED. The Harris’ are looking forward to being able to take Ginger on their long walks and jogs, and the “occasional” ride in the front seat of the car 😉 Lakeland, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog!

Ginger Snap is being fostered at my home in Kissimmee. To view additional photos, visit her Facebook photo album. If you think you may be interested in adopting Ginger Snap, review our adoption process and contact me at kevin.thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Snowflake – The Fluffy Footwarmer~Adopted

"Hello, I'm Snowflake"

As you can see for yourself, Snowflake is stunningly beautiful. With her beautifull fluffy white coat, we believe her to be a mix of Australian Shepherd and American Eskimo. Regardless of what breed she is, she’s the softest, sweetest footwarmer I’ve ever had. She is so affectionate, and loves nothing more than to curl up at your feet while you are on the couch. Suprisingly, she’s the only one of my dogs that has shown no interest whatsover in jumping up on the couch. I’ve come to the conclusion that no couch will ever be as comfy as her fluffy coat, so she doesn’t care where she lies down.

"Do you hear what I hear?"

Snowflake is a complete riot! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at one dog. On only her second day with me, I had to put her outside of the pool screen with the other dogs. She proceeded to transform into Tigger, and started bouncing up and down. It was like she was saying “Hey, don’t forget I’m out here, Okay?” It was the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! She is the perfect companion if you need something to keep you smiling throughout the day!

Snowflake LOVES Kids

Foster Updates

12/12/11: Snowflake has really settled in well with our pack. She joined in the fun with my dogs today for the first time. She has been great with my dogs from the start, but just needed to feel comfortable enough to play with them. She met my nephew yesterday, and really took a liking to him. She definitely checked off the “Likes Kids” box. My nephew was ALL over her yesterday, and she let him do whatever he wanted to do.


12/14/11: ADOPTED – Snowflake was adopted tonight by Oriana and Caleb of Tampa! Oriana and Caleb had the near impossible task of choosing between Snowflake and Ginger Snap, and they did not take that decision lightly. In the end, they felt that Snowflake was the perfect match. And so it was! I am so excited for Snowflake to get home and explore her big new backyard! I now know a couple who will never have cold feet in the wintertime ever again! Tampa, please welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog!

Snowflake is being fostered at my home in Kissimmee. To view additional photos, visit her Facebook photo album. If you think you may be interested in adopting Snowflake, review our adoption process and contact me at kevin.thedogliberator@gmail.com.


Shepherd’s Pie, the Easy BC Puppy ~ Adopted

The Perfect Border Collie!

A Keeper!


This little girl comes from Athens Dog Pound, AL, and we are convinced that she is Jacqueline’s litter mate. Both are the same age, look identical, and have the same wonderful temperament. Previously called Sweet Pea, Shepherd’s Pie is 4- to 6-month-old, quiet, crate trained and easy to train. She is doing very well with Sam’s pack in Gainesville, and both Sam and I agree that these are easy peasy puppies!  Updates coming soon!

Shepherd’s Pie is being fostered at Sam’s house in the Gainesville area. Her photo album can be viewed on Facebook. If you think you may be interested in adopting Shepherd’s Pie, review our adoption process and e-mail thedogliberator@gmail.com.

the perfect puppy!

Nov. 23rd Foster Update: This puppy is so smart! She already plays fetch, goes quietly into her crate, and sleeps through the night. She plays well with my pack.  I call her the “rubber-band puppy.” She bounces all over the place! She loves giving kisses and bringing me toys. She had her first bath and was just stinkin’ cute. Yesterday she kept jumping on the footstool and launching herself into the air to tackle my puppy. Kept me laughing forever! Another wonderful trait is that when it is quiet time, she is quiet! She will easily fit into any home. This puppy is SO easy to correct and well behaved. I am so grateful that TDL rescued her and giving me the opportunity to foster.




Murphy, the Family Dog ~ Adopted

Note: 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.

Murphy was found wandering a neighborhood near Birmingham, AL, on October 2nd. He walked with a slight limp. A local vet examined Murphy, and determined that he is not in any pain and to operate on him would be a risk. According to the vet, “It’s a very old injury, and it’s healed very nicely on its own.”

"Woo hoo — life is good!"

Murphy is 3-5 years of age and is good with other dogs, children, and cats!  Due to his healed injury, going for walks and swimming would be excellent for this boy!

Murphy is being fostered by Sam Mauldin in Gainesville, FL. Her initial desciption of him is that he’s a “couch potato”!

Additional photos of Murphy can be viewed on Facebook. If you think you may be interested in adopting Murphy, please review our adoption process and e-mail thedogliberator@gmail.com.

Nov. 23, 2011 Foster Update: Murphy is a wonderful boy who wants to be a couch potato. He gets along great with my pack, plays for a while, and then just wants to chill. He sleeps quietly in his crate and I still haven’t heard him bark. He loves to give hugs…when I call him; he trots to me and puts those goofy paws up around my neck. Murphy is very affectionate and not overly clingy.

"Exploring my foster mom's yard."

This boy sat and watched my cat sleep for over two hours! He is enthralled and puts his nose on the ground towards the kitty (who is under the patio furniture.) It’s like kitty television! He is well behaved and doesn’t have that “I want to eat the cat” look, he just likes to stare. When my kitty went further back under the furniture, Murphy moved that part for a better view and went back to the stare mode.

He is a bit sensitive. When I tell him “no,” I am careful because he really pays attention. It only takes a tiny bit to correct him… If I am too stern, he looks at me and rolls over showing his belly.

Murphy is good on a leash and would make a good companion dog for someone who isn’t overly active. He doesn’t pull on the leash or try to “meet and greet” everyone around the neighborhood. He’s friendly yet more attentive to what I am doing rather than focusing on everyone else.

"Charlie and Boomer want to take me for a walk."

I am pleasantly surprised that he has not joined my dogs in digging up the yard. Murphy could care less. He counter-surfed one time grabbing a pizza box while I went to the store. Considering he was found running stray, I can’t blame him.

To sum up: Murphy is wonderful needing a home that doesn’t want a high drive dog. He is smart, listens well, and is good with anyone. He plays well with others and doesn’t seem to care about anything other than getting affection. He loves to nap, watch the cat, and just hang out!





Murphy Goes Home!

Dec. 10, 2011 Foster Update:  Murphy was adopted today!  Murphy just left with his wonderful new family! Can I just say that he BOLTED out the front door with them!

#116043 I’m your Huckleberry~Adopted

On Monday December 5th, at 11:16 PM, Vicki posted a dog that she wanted to rescue. I was in bed! Our TDL team went into action, and it was quite remarkable. We didn’t know this shelter, their protocols, or the true status of this dog, yet there was something about him that made everyone excited. The post indicated that he was scheduled for euthanasia on December 6th, at 8:30 AM. Can you rescue a dog overnight? I think the answer is yes!

But I’m a TDL dog

Here’s what Vicki wrote the evening of December 6th:

Last night was one of those nights. One of those nights in rescue when furry faces are pleading with you from your computer. My heart was aching, stomach churning, fingers typing furiously trying to find rescue for some dogs in a High Kill Shelter in Georgia that were slated to be pts this morning. Rescue volunteers working together for the sake of these furbabies.

One in particular stood out to me. His picture wasn’t a good one, but you could still see the confusion in his eyes. It was 3:00 AM. and I need to sleep. I took one last look at this boy, referred to as #116043, and hoped someone would save him. This shelter doesn’t hold dogs, you have to be there by 8:30 AM. If you are not there, once the vet arrives, it’s over.

Maria the Marvelous, is a volunteer rescue coordinator for this shelter. She was still up after 3:00 AM and was messaging me and others.  She had worked tirelessly to get as many dogs out as possible. She said to call her in the morning.  I was going to pick up a dog from the vet for her that was near me, she was going to get #116043 for me and we were to meet and swap. When I called her, I woke her up. She was upset,she had overslept, and had little time to get to the shelter to help rescues get dogs out. I had never talked to her before, but I guess it was meant to be that I woke her up.  The result was that 20 dogs were saved! I knew then I had to go, no time, leave nothing to chance…..

I was racing against time with heavy morning traffic, rain, and the fear I wouldn’t make it. Yelling at my GPS which had sent me round and round the long way, wishing I knew the roads better. Maria called me and informed me that the shelter knew I was on my way, but there are no guarantees. I was almost there, when Maria called again and said she was leaving the shelter,  the vet was there to do her job.  Maria had to leave, but promised to come back to beg for #116043.

I was slowing to a red-light when I got Maria’s call, I was one block away…..as her words rang in my ear, my foot stepped on the gas.  I ran the light just as it turned, but I couldn’t take the chance, the chance that one red-light would make me too late.

When I arrived, the office was silent. The staff looked at me and said they were sorry but it was too late. Well, anyone that knows me knows that I have never taken no for an answer.

An animal control officer was standing at the door to the kennels, I could see the anguish on his face. I begged, showed him my info, and pleaded nicely. I could tell by the look on his face that he thought #116043 was already gone.  But all of a sudden he said “I’ll try”, and he rushed through the door to the back of the shelter, where he was not allowed to enter while the vet was putting dogs down.

For more information about this epic rescue, visit http://thedogliberator.com/huckleberry-revisited/


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