Emerging from the Pack

Written By Serena Drake

Once you make your mark in the TDL Pack, it’s your pack for life! My journey began late in 2012. I was the new Groomer at Val-u-vet (later named Newman’s) and quickly became acquainted with Gisele and her rescues. I became an essential part of the pack by ensuring the new arrivals were prepped in the hygiene area. It’s also a great way to determine their behavior for grooming in general since most collies breeds do need regular hair maintenance and care. It takes a gentle yet firm hand to groom shy/fearful dogs and it was immediately recognized that my hands, were just the right amount of gentle and the right amount of assertiveness to assist Gisele with her toughest of rescues.

Although my career at Newman’s came to a halt, my consistent contribution to help TDL did not. I continued to make regular visits to Gisele’s pack to meet her new members. Anytime there was a pup who needed extra attention, Gisele knew just who to call. My visits ranged from puppy play time, TDL events to extreme grooming needs. Needless to say I have been behind the scenes since my pack initiation.

Serena and Little Grace

Serena and Little Grace

My own passion for dogs started at a very young age. I can’t remember a time I didn’t have a dog in my life. When I was old enough to get my first paying job, I knew I wanted to work with animals. My first opportunity was working at a Pet Boarding Facility in Deland. Quickly I learned that dogs were the gift of life! Knowing how important my own dogs were to me and knowing how awful it must be to have to leave your pet behind at a boarding facility. I would make sure those special pets who weren’t dealing too well, got the extra attention they needed while the family was away. At the age of 14, I was building packs. I would pick and choose which pets got to go out together for play time. The owners were impressed by my ability to observe the animal behavior and know instinctively which dogs were best with other dogs and which pups were better left alone.

As life progressed, my experience with canines grew as well. By the age of 18 I was a bather for a local Groomer in Deland FL. I spent about 16 months doing the hard job of scrubbing the dirt off of our clients. From giant Schnauzers and giant Poodles all the way down to Maltese and Chihuahuas. I enjoyed doing my job and soon wanted to learn more. After I was done with my work, I insisted on watching my mentor groom. My employer soon realized I was interested and capable of studying the way of the clippers. With close instruction and hands on training by both of my mentors, I was able to learn all I needed through experience. I was given more tasks and soon was performing full grooms on several breeds and continued to groom for several years.

Throughout those years of grooming there were many opportunities for me to work a second job while working at a doggie day care as well. This environment really help me developed my canine behavior skills alongside the ability to increase my training skills. My dog, Bernie, and I attended several basic obedience classes as well as a couple agility and advanced agility classes. Working side by side, Bernie and I became a dynamic duo. On those days Bernie wasn’t able to tag along with me, he would hang out with his canine buddies in doggie day care. There were swimming pools as well as a gymnasium with lots of ramps, tunnels and toys! We had the best of summers splashing with the Party Pack.

After some time, and through rough experiences, I realized that grooming for a career was pretty stressful. Having to rush through dogs so that I could keep up with my quota was not what I wanted. Not only did it put stress on me but on my fur clients as well. I soon realized I couldn’t allow the quality of my personal relationships with my clients suffer. I wanted each dog I took care of to know I truly cared, not that they were some object on a production line with deadlines to make money. This environment took away the personal aspect of grooming and I was not okay with that. I made the tough decision to depart from grooming as a career and instead I offered it as a specialized service. Being able to build a trusting relationship with my clients immediately returned the JOY of grooming to me. Although I do have a full time job during the week, I once again have the time I need to give each dog the love and gentle touch they deserve while being pampered and massaged.

I’ve spent countless hours in the company of the TDL pack and in the home of Gisele. Every time I visit, I get a new experience and joy in engaging with the dogs. My favorite dogs to bond with are those that need it most. Those beaten souls who have suffered trauma and who appear to have a brokenness about them, are the ones I am drawn too. My gentle approach opens up their willingness to trust while my assertive commands and gestures let them know I am a leader and they are safe with me. I allow them to make the choice. I allow them to come to me, all at their own pace. I encourage them to push the limits of life and teach them to trust again. That is what is so rewarding, being able to play a role in healing a soul and watching the transformation.

bath time Cortez!

bath time Cortez!

There have been many dogs I have assisted Gisele in healing. My most memorable was Boo Boo. She was shut down emotionally, did not want to be on a leash and tended to freak out when touched by a human. After much dedication by Gisele and her team, Boo Boo was soon ready for her first trip to the vet, which included a visit to me for a bath. If I remember correctly, my kennel assistant James and I had to muzzle her and use a lot of patience to work around her moments of terror. Once we were able to get her settled in the tub, we started lathering the soup into her, she soon realized this was nothing to be terrified of. Even though she never completely relaxed, she did allow us to tend to her completely and even leaned into the towel for some more drying love. Days later Gisele asked me to come over and spend some extra time with Boo Boo before her potential adopter arrived. This day was Boo Boo’s break through. I spent time walking her on leash, putting the leash on and off, and encouraging her to make contact with me both physically and with her eyes. She did it all. She choose to let me pet her, she choose to lay her head on my leg to fall asleep and she choose Leslie as her new Mom later that day. It was an amazing turn around.

Claire and Serena

Serena and Claire Bear

Throughout my participation in the TDL, I have always longed to do even more, to really be fully involved. Life recently has been very eventful for Gisele and myself on a personal level. With Gisele’s on going health issues she has been needing more assistance in taking care of the rescue. Our team has really stepped up and helped delegate responsibilities to other officers in the committee. I have chosen a more personal approach in my decision to become more involved in TDL. With Gisele’s approval, I am now an official part of the packs home life. I get to spend every day with the dogs that I adore. The best part for me? My dog Bernie gets to be a part of this journey with me.

Together Bernie and I are able to make sure Gisele has all the paws she needs to keep things running smooth day to day. I couldn’t be more excited to be emerging from behind the scenes and becoming a full-fledged Pack Leader. Due to Bernie’s extreme exposure to the Pack Life environment he is very well socialized and can blend into any pack presented to him. Bernie is also already marking his flair for being a Pack Leader alongside Lady Di at the TDL household.

Bernie and I couldn’t be more excited to divulge into our new roles at TDL. We hope to add a lot of spunk to the pack! To make ourselves readily available to assist with any aspect that we can and to keep the TDL alive and thriving. Thank you to Gisele for taking us in, and allowing us to help the pack grow! I know this will be an adventure and an opportunity to make life long impressions on all those around us! May anyone who meets the amazing TDL team know they have a pack for LIFE!!!

You can visit Serena and TDL’s Snap Chat by downloading the App or contact Serena.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Sarah Veilleux

Chef Sarah at Three!

Chef Sarah at Three!

I’m not one to brag, but it’s amazing to look back over the past four years and realize that my children have had as much of an impact on our rescue efforts as I have.

With regard to Sarah, at first, letting go was hard for her. She would say goodbye, one dog at a time, sometimes she shed a tear, but the more dogs we rescued, the easier it became for her to process. I think after she experienced our first reunion, and she got to see all of the dogs again, she realized that it’s never really goodbye… it’s more like, I’ll see you later!

Sarah with a Shwestie Puppy 2009

Sarah with a Shwestie Puppy 2009

Speaking of reunions, Sarah would pride herself at being able to “name that dog” as they arrived. One by one, she knew them all… well, except for one. When Ron and Dawn Sweeney arrived with Baby Bling, we were all stumped!  The last time we saw Bling she was just a fluffy little white bundle!

Sarah with Jet 2009

Sarah with Jet 2009

As a Mom, it was really hard to keep Sarah away from the new arrivals. I remember reviewing Jet’s intake paperwork, and there in large print, it stated “not good with children.” I looked over at my daughter hugging Jet, and shared with her what the paperwork said. “Seriously, Mom?”

You know how at school, kids always talk about what their parents do – my Dad works at the hospital, my Mom works at the bank.  When Sarah shared with her friends that we rescue dogs… the conversation got a bit complicated.  She explained to her little friends how important it is that we spay/neuter all of our dogs, and that generated even more questions.  When one little boy raised his hand and asked the teacher what spay and neuter meant – the teacher was not very pleased!

Sarah and China 2010

Sarah and China 2010

As Sarah got older, she invited many of her friends to our house to meet the dogs, which gave me a break!  I may have had to put more hot dogs on the grill or peel a few more potatoes for them, but watching a bunch of kids play with the dogs is awesome!

In August of 2010, we rescued a deaf Aussie, China, and something happened.  Sarah and China had a bond.  At the time, Sarah was being picked on at school, and her whole world was all about China.  China, on the other hand, needed Sarah, to the point where it looked like China was surgically attached to my daughter!

Mother's Day 2010

Mother’s Day 2010

While China was terrified of every human being on the planet, she was not afraid of Sarah, but she used Sarah has her shield.   What I noticed when I snapped the photo shown on the right was Sarah’s self-esteem.  China did something for Sarah that no one ever could.  She gave her unconditional love, and a sense of pride.  They were bonded.  Several months later, against my will, I told Sarah that China belonged to her, permanently.

Eventually, China learned to trust other people, especially adults, and her story was so compelling, I actually published, Deaf Dogs Hear with their Hearts.

Sarah, Baby Ga Ga and China 2011

Sarah, Baby Ga Ga and China 2011

Since 2010, Sarah has taken a personal interest in all of the deaf and/or deaf/blind dogs we have fostered.  She simply doesn’t see the glass as half empty!

With the number of dogs we have fostered and adopted, it’s amazing that Sarah has not been hurt. Dogs that come here have been through a lot, they are scared, nervous, and unsure. Even though I have warned her about specific dogs, asking her not to interact with them unless I am there with her, for the most part, she listens to me… but not always!

Sarah with Marbles, 2012

Sarah with Marbles, 2012

As in the case of Boo Boo, no one could put a collar on her, or a leash.  Boo Boo was terrified.  I told Sarah numerous times to give Boo Boo her space and not to interact with her.  One morning I woke up a little bit later than Sarah, and she was sitting on the couch playing with my Ipad.  She informed me that all of the dogs had been let out  (in shifts) and they had all been fed.  I thanked her, and walked into the kitchen to make coffee when I quickly back tracked and asked, “what about Boo Boo?”  Sarah didn’t even look up at me when she blurted “I let her out too”.

“How?”  I asked.  She looked up at me like I was an idiot.  “I opened her crate, I put a slip leash on her, and let her out!  I fed her, and put her back in!  Mom, this isn’t rocket science,” she answered.  “But how?”  I asked her again.  Sarah went back to playing on the Ipod and without any emotion she answered, “she trusts me.”

This is a private party Mom!

This is a private party Mom!

We fostered Boo Boo for a few weeks, giving her the time she needed to trust humans, so she could go to the Vet.  While at Newman Veterinary Center, Boo Boo would not let anyone put a collar, leash or muzzle on her.  Nope.  It was not going to happen!

Ryan with Bart 2012

Ryan with Bart 2012

Many have left comments on Facebook that Sarah is a natural, and in many cases, she is!  While my son Ryan loves the dogs we foster, and he has his favorites, he doesn’t gravitate to them like Sarah does.  Ryan focuses on fixing things, moving things, cleaning and making things better!  Can you imagine how many holes he’s filled with dirt?  Ryan would rather not get his picture taken, and prefers doing behind-the-scenes stuff!

Sarah holding Ralph

Sarah holding Ralph

The Dog Liberator truly is a family affair, we talk about the newbies that are coming, and brainstorm on finding new names for them, we discuss the music we will use when it’s time to publish the dog’s video, and we share our opinions with regard to what the dog needs to become balanced.

Recently, we rescued a little Poodle, Alfalfa.  Clearly, Alfie has learned a lot from Sarah, and in the past few days he is eating, playing, and has found his joy, all because of Sarah’s efforts.  Recently, Sarah has been taking Alfie for walks with the pack, and that really helped Alfie’s self-esteem.  It’s amazing!

Sarah and China 2013

Sarah and China 2013

We have written many touching stories about our volunteers, and every time I marvel at the amount of sacrifice people will make for our dogs.  They drive to Timbuktu to transport, or foster for us.  Some deliver donated items to my door, while others have clicked on a button from their computers to help us out… but I can’t ignore and must share who really has become quite an important figure at TDL… my Sarah!

Sarah been asking me if I can teach her some of TDL’s administrative tasks.  She wants me to teach her how to update the calendar.  Maybe one day she will want to tackle more duties, like keeping up our micro-chip database, and possibly one day, she will post for TDL!  I’m not going to push it though, I know that Sarah’s dream is to become a chef, but in the meantime, helping Mom with the dogs is fine with me!

Sarah solicits friends to show Alfie how to walk with the pack!

Sarah solicits friends to show Alfie how to walk with the pack!

How many ten year-old kids would do this?  I’m not sure, but I bet it’s more than you think!  So if you’re a friend of Sarah’s and you want to come over this weekend, just be warned, you’ll be taking a dog for a walk!

Kids have trouble in school, they have a hard time fitting in, maybe they have low self-esteem or even the opposite!  Maybe they are full of themselves and think they have nothing to learn… but when a kid bonds with a dog, everything changes.   I’ve seen it.  I’ve seen Sarah have a bad day, and come home straight to China!  The right dog can help a child feel proud, yet humble at times.  When a child earns the love of a dog, they aren’t as afraid to try new things, because should they fail, their dog still loves them!

I always have my camera handy, and if I don’t, there’s always my cell phone, but I rarely can get a photo of Sarah without having China in it!

Sarah and China 2013

Sarah and China 2013

So, cheers Sarahlooch, for letting the dogs out late at night, long after I’ve gone to bed, and for getting up early to a crying puppy that needs her company.  For leash training a dog just because she feels like it, for giving a dog a bath so it will smell nice for its new people!  Now if only I could get her to empty the dishwasher every day!

Click here and Read about Sarah’s first solo adoption!

Click here and read all about Bennett’s Boots!

Sarah loves her Shirley Temples!

Sarah loves her Shirley Temples!

BoBo Gives Back

TDL Transporter, Laura Leigh Burke

TDL Transporter, Laura Leigh Burke

Written by Laura Leigh Burke

Sometime in 2011, my Facebook feed introduced me to the Dog Liberator with the story of Chance (Rhys).  I remember reading his story and sobbing at my computer desk.  I could not comprehend how anyone could do such a thing to any living creature but I was so happy to know that he was safe now.

From that day I frequented the Dog Liberator blog and Facebook page taking turns sobbing and laughing.  I always found it comforting in this crazy and most often un-explainable world that no matter how desperate the situation or how far away the dog was, the people here found a way to help.

In March of 2012, my daughter brought home a stray black lab she rescued from being hit by the school bus.  I had always had dogs but I was not prepared for the bad habits this one brought with her.  Gisele was a wonderful source of support and information.  Things went back to normal and I often stalked her page liking this and commenting on that.

In April of this year The Dog Liberator posted Bobo’s need for transport from Lake City to Deltona.  I felt so sorry for this beautiful boy home alone all day because his owner, Sherilyn was in the hospital.  I was sure that someone would come through to transport BoBo to Gisele.  I watched and I waited and still no transport and I finally realized why.  I had been praying to find a way to help since I read Chance’s story and this was it.  So nervously I emailed Gisele and told her that if it was ok, I would transport him.  She emailed me back to let me know that she was trying to put together something and would let me know when.   Well, I thought, she did not tell me no so I emailed her back to let her know that if she could not find anyone else to help, I would go get him and bring him to her the whole way.  And that is just what my son and I did.

On April 7th we arrived in Lake City and met with the woman, Belinda, who had been checking on him every day.  It was emotional.  She was crying and I was nervous.  BoBo suffers from separation anxiety, and he cried every time Belinda would come to check on him.  BoBo needed more than a kind person to visit him, he needed to be in a home where he could feel secure.  Once I got BoBo in my car, the further we got from his house, the more he cried.  He knew, we were taking him away from his home.  I called Gisele, I didn’t know what to do except keep driving.  She reassured me that he would be fine and so it was.   It was a long day but it was such a great feeling to know that I helped him and he would not be alone anymore.

Strangely, once BoBo arrived at Gisele’s house, he wasn’t nervous anymore.  He walked in, greeted her dogs, and acted like he had been there forever.  Her house is where BoBo started.  He was rescued from Panama City, Florida and was fostered by Gisele for a while back in 2010.

Osbourne transported from Alabama

Osbourne transported from Alabama

Since then I have helped Gisele with the transport of Osbourne and Maggie May.  It gave me a chance to see and check on my very first passenger.  Osbourne looked wonderful and was much happier than that poor boy who cried all the way from Lake City to Deltona.

BoBo had a blast at Gisele’s house, and when things got busy for her, Bart’s Mom volunteered to foster BoBo.  BoBo and Bart had daily frat parties!  Funny how Bart made BoBo play, and BoBo taught Bart some manners.

Bart and BoBo, BFFs

Bart and BoBo, BFFs

On Friday, June 21st I got the privilege of bringing this story full circle.  I got to take Bobo home to his Mommy in Lake City.  To top it off, I brought him a wife as well.

Gisele called me Friday morning about my trip to Deltona to pick up Bobo and we discussed the fact that his Mommy had decided to get a foster dog to keep him company.  That same morning Gisele had been contacted by a woman in Marion County who could no longer keep her 8 year old Border Collie female due to divorce and the resulting housing issue.  She had taken her to Marion County Animal Control and they referred her to the Dog Liberator.


BoBo going home

We discussed how perfect it would be if this girl could go home and be fostered by Bobo but Gisele did not want to just send this dog to Lake City without having the chance to evaluate the situation and I agreed.  So I reminded her that at the moment I was in Marion County at work (I live in Citrus) and could go pick up the dog on my way to get Bobo and we could see how things went from there.  We made contact again with the dog’s owner in Marion County and at 4pm I was there to evaluate things.  She was very stressed about having to rehome her dog.  She had been with the family for 8 years and I could tell she was loved however, the stress was tangible.

BoBo and his new foster, Lovey

BoBo and his new foster, Lovey

I could feel it, the owner was overwhelmed with it and the dog was being affected to.  The dog’s name was Shebba and she seemed to know why I was there.  I got the necessary paperwork, loaded her into my car and we were off to Deltona.  I can not say it was love at first sight.  They sniffed and circled for a moment but Shebba was still overwhelmed and needed to adjust.  So, after a wonderful dinner with Gisele and her family, it was back in my car with both dogs this time and home to Crystal River.


The next morning we were all loaded up into the car by 9am and headed to Lake City.  Like dogs do, Bobo and Shebba took turns creating nose art and sleeping.  For the most part the trip was uneventful, that is at least it was until we got to Lake City.  We were about 7 minutes from our destination and my daughter opened the window.  Suddenly Bobo looked like he’d just drank cappuccino.  He began to excitedly sniff the air and pace my back seat.  We looked at each other and I said “Do you think he knows?”.  The closer we got, the more excited he got.  In fact, due to parking issues I had to pass his house and turn around on another street and he nearly went crazy.  BoBo started crying!

Bobo was one happy boy to be home.  He pranced around his living room while Shebba, now called “Lovey”, explored the house.  When I finally said my goodbyes, Bobo and Lovey were laying on the living room floor in front of the air conditioner side by side.  This was the happy ending I had hoped for for BoBo, and a great new beginning for Lovey!

Shebba now Lovey

Shebba now Lovey

06/26/13 Update:  I received a photo from Bobo’s Mom, (Sherilyn) of his new foster, “Lovey”.  The two dogs are getting along very well, but BoBo is a bit shy.  BoBo would like to proudly introduce to you, his new foster, Lovey, who is available for adoption!



Click here to read BoBo’s original post.

Leonard Sharp Needs Our Help

Leonard Sharp has volunteered transported thousands of dogs from hell to safety

Leonard has transported thousands of dogs from hell to safety

  We have a FRIEND in need.  His name is Leonard Sharp.  Ohhh, you may know him just as “Leonard” . . . .but he is a dear friend to all who know him.  He is a crusty, old, retired Army pilot but a pussy cat, really, especially to the animals.  Last weekend, Leonard’s house burned.  If there is a “fortunate” to this story, Leonard and all his animals and foster animals were not harmed.  For that we are, eternally, grateful.

Attached are pictures of the fire.  It destroyed his kitchen and part of two living areas.  The rest of the home is smoke and water damaged.  The city inspector said the entire home will have to be repaired AND brought up to code.  Unfortunately, Leonard had just cancelled a “full coverage” insurance policy less than a month ago, to a basic . . .  which means, not much coverage . . .  to save money. Therefore, Leonard will be bearing a large part of the expense to satisfy the city inspector.  Leonard is 83 years old.

Since 2004, Leonard has traveled from Wisconsin to Maine to Florida in his own van, at his own expense. . . . .  driving animals to safety for Southern shelters who would have had no choice but to put the animals to sleep.  The number is in the thousands as his van will hold about 50 dogs each trip and Leonard, now,  has 260,000 miles on that old “dog” van.  But just mention a transport to “it” and “it ” is up for the job because Leonard has replaced the transmission, wheel bearings, tires many times and made front end and back end repairs. . . . again, with no help from any of us.

Leonard can be caught helping people, too.  He’s been encouraging and mentoring a few troubled youths in his neighborhood; friending a mentally handicapped youth who has no Dad and when adults stop by asking for work . . . .he can always “find” a project they can complete, for which he gives them a good day’s wage.

Now, Leonard needs us.  He is retired and has only his military pension which isn’t much since he retired many years ago.  Since his wife passed away several years ago, it is only Leonard and the dogs . . . .but they need their home back.  They will not be allowed back in until the house is repaired AND brought up to code.




    If you have been blessed by circumstances or by God and able to share your “wealth” . . . please think about giving a donation to help Leonard repair his, and the dogs’, home.  The collection plate is passed every Sunday for just this purpose . . .except to whom your generous gift is going, you do not know.  This time, you do.  He is “one of our own” and he needs our help.

Thank you for caring.  Please make a donation using one of the following three methods :

1.  A Savings Account, set up in Leonard’s name with a routing and account number at the Navy Federal Credit Union
2.  A PAYPAL Account that Kym Grogan, another rescue friend, has volunteered to sponsor for Leonard on her website   www.divinebigpawzrescue.org
3.  USPS regular mail



HOW TO DONATE to the Savings Account using: 

Bank to Bank Wire;  Bill Pay Online; Electronic Transfer ACH, by check, or visit a Navy Federal Credit Union near you.
ADDRESS:  Navy Federal Credit Union, 621 Boll Weevil Circle, Ste 6, Enterprise, AL 36330
PHONE: 888-842-6328, ask for the Ft. Rucker, AL, branch.ACCOUNT NAME    Leonard Sharp
ROUTING NUMBER:  256 074 974    for Wire, Bill Pay, ACH, to Navy Federal Credit
SAVINGS ACCT NUMBER:  3038609065HOW TO DONATE using the PAYPAL on this website, simply click on the link  www.divinebigpawzrescue.orgHOW TO DONATE using:   USPS Regular Mail:

  Leonard’s Home Address:
    Leonard Sharp
101 Kentucky Street
Enterprise, AL  36330
Cell:  334-389-3474

Signed // Leonard’s Rescue Friends

Prayers for Paul

Dawn, Cooper, Nougat and Ron Sweeney

Ron & Dawn Sweeney have been very active in our rescue for many years.  They adopted Bling, now Nougat in 2010 and then Noah, now Cooper.  I can always count on their support.  Recently they have been donating Baseball tickets for TDL to Auction, and during Earth Day, Dawn made home made doggie treats, they were a major hit!

The Sweeney’s are very family oriented.  I always get an update on their nieces, whom they adore, and their brother, Paul.  Two days ago, however, I received a horrific email from Dawn, that her brother had been attacked by a gator.  I didn’t hear from Dawn again until last night.

The Dog Liberator folks are very close, a family in and of itself.  I’ve seen what prayers can do, so I’m asking all of you to sending healing thoughts and prayers for Paul’s recovery.    Here’s what Dawn wrote to me last night:

Paul, and daughter Lily

Here is an update on my brother, Paul, and a clearer picture of what happened and how lucky we truly were that there wasn’t a different outcome.

He was fishing from his kayak in one of his favorite spots, over at the Space Center. He was straddling the kayak with his feet in the water and a fish brushed by. Then Paul felt a thump on his foot, thought maybe he had hit a log. Felt pressure but no pain. Pulled his right leg up and found a gator attached, it’s head was about 3 feet, so that puts its size at 8 to 10 feet. It was a male gator that mistook his foot for the fish, much better than a nesting female. Then the gator started to pull him under, he grabbed hold of the kayak to keep him self above up. The gator started to roll, ripping open his foot. He’s not clear how or why but the gator let his foot go. Luckily, with being in shock, he didn’t feel any pain and paddled to a father and son who were out there. In his 15+ years fishing there this was only the 2nd time someone else was out at this spot.

Earlier he had seen the father wasn’t have much success so Paul showed him the path to his secret spot. Fishermen reluctantly give away their fishing spots but in this case it helped save his life. He knew exactly where they were, they helped get them into their truck. The father had to put wading waiters on the floor of his truck to catch the blood and then rushed Paul to the hospital. Before leaving Paul gave his truck keys to the son who packed up all of their belongings and Paul’s and then brought Paul’s truck to the hospital to meet up with his dad.

the other photo, prior to the stitches, was too graphic for me to post

Regarding the injury, there are puncture wounds on the bottom from the gator’s teeth which were the size of Paul’s index finger. The top of the foot was torn off, baring all the bones, ligaments and such (this happen when the gator started its turn). From what they could tell from test so far, remarkably no bones seem to be broken. Other damage is unknown until swelling and infection go down. He has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow but not sure if they will know anymore damage wise plus the focus needs to be on getting the infection out. We do have photos but thought we should ask before sending them since they aren’t pretty to look at.

 I’m so tired from little sleep overnight and emotionally and mentally exhausted from the weekend’s events. 

Congrats on Yaz and Jeter being adopted.   ~ Dawn

Since Dawn sent me this email, her update says that Paul’s foot is swelling at an unbelievable pace.  “Gators have one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom 500 PSI,” she wrote.  Paul survived the gator attack, now he must overcome infection, countless surgeries, and therapy.  Please send your prayers for Paul’s speedy recovery.

The Wilson Pack

My Sarah saying goodbye to Nitro on November 29, 2009

On November 24, 2009 a gorgeous Aussie boy, that I named Cool Hand Luke, was surrendered to me by his owner.

After he was vetted and neutered, on November 29th, I posted his photos on Facebook.  I immediately received an email from the Wilson Family.  They dropped everything and drove to my home me meet the dog and arrived within the hour!

At first, I was concerned… this 12 month old Aussie was big, strong, and had a lot of energy.  I viewed him as a handful.  But the moment Bill met him, he was in love.  “I’m surrounded by women, I have a daughter, a wife, and two female dogs at home… I want a dog that can play with me, be rough, and watch football games with me!”  It was done!

It was about two weeks later, Bill notified me that they had renamed him Nitro… Nitro Wilson.  Nitro has been a gracious foster host ever since!  Here’s a closer look at the Wilson family through the eyes of their daughter, Kierstin:

Written by Kierstin Wilson:

My parents both grew up in Daytona beach, where we currently live. I am their only child, so naturally I have always had pets. My freshman year of high school, my mom found Nitro on The Dog Liberator page, through a mutual friend. We had already had 2 Australian Sheperd dogs, and we felt the time is right to love another.

Nitro Wilson

My parents warned me about going to meet with Nitro- typical parent stuff. “Don’t get attached he might not like us, we might not adopt him today..” etc. But of course, all of us fell in love with nitro as he did us.

On the ride back home to Daytona I sat in the backseat with Nitro, happy and excited! Nitro quickly took to our other dogs, and things became normal. About a year and half later my mom and I started to pay close attention to The Dog Liberator’s page, noticing Lethal Whites (blind/deaf) Aussie puppies.

These dogs were so beautiful yet their stories were laced with stories of heartbreak. My mom and I fell In love with Baby GaGa(So gorgeous), but the timing wasn’t right.

About 3 months later my mom spotted Fiona on Gisele’s page.  Terry Watts, rescued Fiona.

Kierstin and Fiona

Gisele put us in touch with Terri, and the deal was sealed!  My mom and dad drove about 4 hours, in the middle of the night, to Tallahassee Fl to get Fiona and transport her home.

I stayed up of course and out of the car popped this little white fluff ball. All of us were fairly nervous because owning and deaf/blind dog was never something we planned. Outsiders have this vision that all deaf/blind dogs act differently or feel differently than other dogs, but we have come to know more than anyone that they certainly do not- and they certainly LOVE the same.

Fiona quickly took to hand motions and movements and trained very easily. Today, triple the size the little fluff ball once was, she is a typical mommy’s girl.

Bill Wilson and Puppy Fiona

After having Fiona and leaning more about our true love of deaf/blind dogs, we agreed to foster, Chance and Indy (Dundee and Irwin).  We saw photos of these dogs, our hearts hurting. Once cleaned up they too took to our pack like it was no big deal.

Dundee, now Chance, was adopted by my mothers parents in the same week – who can stop love!

Indy was also adopted a few weeks, which was one of the hardest moments of my families life.

We had never truly fostered a dog, trained them, fell in love with them and have to watch them go. It was heartbreaking, but the feeling you get when you see a dog happy because of you is like no other. But things didn’t work out with Indy, and he was returned.  We decided never again, so we’ve kept Indy!  He is Fiona’s (and my dad’s) best friend.


A short time after we rescued Shrek ( AKA Falcor).  My mom and I drove a little while to meet him and take him home. The poor guy had a bladder infection and peed- EVERYWHERE.

Regardless, Falcor was one of my favorite dogs to foster, When he first came to the Wilson ranch he had no idea what a bed even was, and after the month with us, he became a bed hog!

Seeing him be adopted hurt a lot less; not only was he happy, he made his new family happy. My mom still gets the cutest pictures with Falcor and his forever family!

My parents and I have fostered many others for the Dog Liberator, (Lilly, Knish, Delilah), and just recently my mom and I rescued Anderson Cooper!

Jennifer with Anderson Cooper

The day we met him was a life changing moment. Sitting in a dirty, loud, smelly animal control office was definitely short of a good time. It was heartbreaking. I sat outside with Anderson for about an hour, while my mom wheeled and dealed with paperwork so we could bring this guy home for a bath- which he needed BADLY.

Anderson was a little defensive meeting other dogs, but he got used to them, and was trained (and washed) very well. He was adopted a few weeks ago, and I’m hoping he is having the time of his life with his new family. Deaf/blind dogs are no different than other dogs and I’m wishing people would understand that.

While at the shelter with Anderson, a man came up to me and made the comment,  “He’s a sweet dog, but you can tell he’s deaf so…”  SO what?  This should have no impact on a dogs life whatsoever.

I am going to be attending college next year and I plan on becoming a vet, and saving these animals will always be in my family’s heart. While it can be a tough thing to do, fostering, adopting, donating, ANYTHING you can possibly do help and animal in need is the most rewarding experience. A dogs love is the best-because if you love and help them, they love and help you right back.  ~ Kierstin

More About Fostering:

You may or not realize that while all of the dogs that the Wilson’s have fostered may have been able to be fostered by me personally, the fact that they weren’t allowed another dog to be fostered.  While Anderson Cooper was safe with the Wilsons, I was able to foster other dogs!  In rescue, it’s all about funding, space, and foster experience.  Space is valuable in rescue.

I don’t think that on that day, back in November of 2009, the Wilsons thought they would ever be fostering, but look at the impact that they have made.  They have not only saved these gorgeous and deserving dogs, they have made many families very very  happy!

Today, Jen and I are working on adding new four-legged members to our rescue!  We’ll have more news in the upcoming days!  Stay tuned!  ~ Gisele

For more information about Deaf/Blind dogs, click on “the Chosen Ones“.

Now Available, “Deaf Dogs Hear with Their Hearts” by Gisele Veilleux

Also, Visit “Preparing your dog that is going to be blind or deaf” by Cesar Milan.

Read about ALL of our rescue’s Deaf/Blind Dogs!

Donate to Rescue a Deaf Dog!



Great News!  Laura Leigh Hoening Burk has offered to drive BoBo from Lake City to me in Deltona, where he’ll hang out with my pack and my family until his Mom gets better.  BoBo’s adopter has faced multiple surgeries on her knee lately, and the amount of physical therapy she will need will be brutal.  I can’t wait to see BoBo again, and we’ll get him back home when his Mom is better…. BoBo is an amazing therapy dog!  Thank you so much Laura!

I’m taking a lot of  photos of BoBo while he’s hanging out with TDL to share with his Mom, Sherilyn who is in the hospital.  We need a lot of prayers for her surgery today.  BoBo’s photos can be seen on Facebook. 

BoBo with the pack



BoBo lives in Lake City, he was adopted last year.  Unfortunately, his owner has been in the hospital now for three weeks, and she is facing another surgery.  Although BoBo has someone checking on him every day, and he has a doggie door, his owner is worried that he will get lonely.  BoBo is an awesome dog, I fostered him for a while, and fell in in love with him.  He’s a very good boy, great with kids and other dogs.  He was formerly known as Tater.

You can see more photos of BoBo on Facebook.

If you live in Lake City, have a fenced in yard, and can take care of BoBo for us, for just a few weeks while his owner recovers, please email me at thedogliberator@gmail.com


Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

Chaos, February 2010

July 22, 2012:  I slept with one eye open last night again.  Bart was coughing quite a bit, but in just a few minutes, he settled down and was quiet.  I think I heard him cough 10 times throughout the night, but it was only one good cough every hour versus constant.  I think all of the medications are kicking in, the chicken stew is making him stronger, and the humidifier made a difference too.

I fed him breakfast this morning, gave him all of his meds, and we went outside together to enjoy the sunshine.  As I was watching him I did a lot of reflecting.  After all, I have three years to reflect upon and almost 600 dogs in my memory banks to think about.  When I’m worried about something (like Bart) I either clean, or I write.  I cleaned yesterday… today, I write!

You know the ups and downs in rescue is enough to drive anyone insane.  Rescue is not a job like stocking shelves, selling insurance, managing a store, or computer programming.  I know I’m just beating myself up here, but I sure wish I the resources that I have today, three years ago.  Three years ago I was running around from vet to vet trying to save Goldie Hawn.  Try this, try these, we don’t know what’s wrong with her, she’s getting better, she’s getting worse.  I had a vet that was closed on Wednesdays, another that was closed on Fridays and a third that was closed on Mondays.  It got to the point where we were calling it “driving miss Goldie”.  I only wish I knew about all of the medications that I know today.  I wish I knew about chicken stew, and I wish I knew that doctors can’t fix everything, sometimes it’s Mommy that knows better.

I used to be overly emotional when I first started three years ago, but I’m not anymore.  I guess there isn’t anything that I haven’t already gone through.  One thing is for sure, we can’t please everyone, and when you’re in the public eye, you are scrutinized for everything you do, and everything you don’t do.  No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!   It seems that every few months, someone takes a stab at us for some reason.

Twilight and Eclipse, July 2010

I reviewed an old post, Hate Mail and Adoption Fees, and even though it it says a lot, it still doesn’t explain how emotionally vested we are every single day, in our job as rescuers, with our animals, and with our adopters.  At least once a week I hear criticism, and at least once a week, I am verbally attacked over our adoption fees.  Once again, we do not get $19/a month from thousands of donators , we do not have fancy tablets, expensive websites, fancy lawyers, a 1-800 number, we do not drive BMWs or have expense accounts.  We pay vet bills just like everyone else does, buy dog food, pay for gas to transport dogs from here to there, and yes, we make Chicken Stew!

I even reviewed If Dogs Could Write Memos, a story about Rhys.  Again, that post didn’t get my message across.  I guess sometimes I’m afraid to really say what’s on my mind.  I seem to tip toe around hoping people will read between the lines.

Did you know that Bart loves bananas, and even at 4 months of age, he will not wee wee or poop in his crate?  Bart likes to hide and do his business in the bushes where you can’t see him!  Did you know that Shy Sharon won’t eat a french fry?  It’s true!  KiKi felt threatened around little boys, Shy Shannon was a nipper, and Rocco is awesome with young children?  Can you get that much detailed information about a dog on the internet, can shelters and pounds tell you if a dog is housebroken, good with cats, leash trained, food aggressive, or they will bite your hand off if you take their bone away from them?

China, August 2010

When Amber Halsey called me about a terrified Aussie female she had, Amber was upset because the dog had been labeled unadoptable, a fear biter, and was going to be put down.  She described the dog and I knew she was deaf.  Amber asked me how did I know?  I don’t know how I know, I just know!  I asked her to send me a photo.  She sent me a horrible photo of a terrified fearful young Aussie and I realized right away that she was also blind.  Again, Amber asked me how did I know?  I just know that I know!  She expected me to tell her that I couldn’t take the dog.  She expected me to agree with the shelter, and put her down.  I took her, and I was right.  She is completely deaf, and has no vision in one eye, limited vision in the other, and her name is China.  And you all know that I kept her!  Since China we have rescued and re-homed dozens of deaf/blind dogs.

I know that Rescue is an Effort, not a Science, but for one day I’d like to carry a spray can with me that I can just use on negative comments, negative thoughts, and negative people.   People say we only rescue beautiful dogs.  They sure are beautiful after we’re done with them!  We don’t have a magic wand, we invest in our rescued dogs, as if they are our own dogs.

Did you know that some of our fellow rescuers think I pulled Bart because he was sick?  Rumor has it that I took him for donations.  

Bart at the Shelter

Hollie Miller sent me an email that was loaded with catahoula pups, and one little collie.  My reply to her was “I want that collie pup.”  She called me immediately and laughed at my one sentence response, and we worked on transport right away.  A few days after Bart was pulled and in her foster care, she noticed he had runny stool and she called me right away.  Hollie was nervous, and maybe she expected me to back out.  “I want that collie pup!”  On transport Sarah White told me he had vomitted and it smelled  metallic.  Bart was taken straight to the vet, and tested positive for Parvo.  It was several days later that he developed Pneumonia.  Bart went straight to the vet.  I drove to the vet to meet him, and met with the staff, and said, “I want that collie pup!”  Even thought his chances for survival at that time were not good.

Sometimes you rescue a dog just because you want to rescue that dog!  Vicki Truelove worked throughout the night with TDL folks to rescue Huckleberry.  She wanted that dog!  Khaz was going to stop at nothing to get Athena and Eos.  And I was going to stop at nothing to have Shy Sharon and Bart.

We have re-homed approximately 600 dogs in three years, and many of them had expenses that were triple the cost of their adoption fee.  Rescue is a money pit.  Just recently,  BB alone cost over $600,  Goldie Hawn cost over $3,000.   I can’t even begin to tell you how much veterinary care we spent on pups that we lost to Parvo.  I have no idea how much Bart’s expenses will be, but the donations that we have received for his medical care has saved his life, and I am forever grateful.

Goldie Hawn's Shelter Photo

I am not ashamed to admit that in reality, Bart and Shy Sharon rescued me.  The major blows and rumors that our rescue suffered several months ago put me in a state of defeat.  I shut down, while Vicki and Khaz watched me experience the pain that others inflicted upon me.  I will not apologize for having feelings, and caring about people, and being hurt when they lie about me and my rescue.  Shy Sharon brought me back to a time of pride and joy, like I remembered when I had Shy Shannon.  Bart has brought me back to a time of hope and love, when I had Goldie Hawn.  For years I have forgotten the joy that I once had when I started this rescue.  The minute Shy Sharon came to my home, she reminded me of the joy, the excitement, and the pride that I once had.

Bart and Sharon truly rescued me, and I can’t thank them enough.

People ask all the time isn’t the hardest thing in rescue giving them up.  The answer is no.  These dogs are a gift.  I am honored to have had all of these dogs pass through my home, my life, and the life of my children.  Dogs like Jake, Rhys, Shannon, Goldie, Bart and Sharon are a gift.  The greatest gift I have been given these past few weeks, are the emails that I’ve received from people who remember Goldie Hawn.  Their memories were sparked when they heard of Bart, just like mine was.  The moment I saw him at the vet I felt Goldie from my head to my toes.  And to know that she is remembered by others, if truly the best gift ever.  Her burial marker reads “you are not alone”, and I know she isn’t.

I want to have one day where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor, where I can be proud of what we have accomplished.  Even as I look at Bart, and marvel at his recovery, his intelligence, his love, somebody had to ruin it with a rumor.  Why must people rain on my parade?  Bart is my parade!

What’s that you say?  Don’t worry about what other people say about you, your rescue, your methods, your dogs?  I will stop, when people stop believing what they hear.

And Bart truly loves Bananas!



Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid ® is an Album by Collective Soul 




What’s New?

Ryan, Lady Di, Gisele & Sarah

We Did It!

Not only were we approved by the State of Florida to receive donations, but we have been recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization, i.e., a 501c3 tax-exempt rescue.  Woo Hoo!  This took a lot of work to prepare and file.  I want to thank Jennifer Grady for her help in getting the ball rolling, and my CPA/Accountant, Kingsley Shinner for his help.

Being approved as a 501c3 generates a lot more paperwork and fees, but the dogs we rescue will not know that anything has changed.  The general public believes that if you’re not an approved non-profit organization you’re not a reputable one, and that isn’t so.  If you find a dog or stray cat on the side of the road, bring it into your home, care for it and find it a good home, believe me, you are reputable!

I want to thank all of our volunteers, for their work is appreciated.  In the next few days, I will be announcing new members of our team, which I’m very excited and proud of!  I especially want to thank all of our new Georgia volunteers!  Their help and impact for Georgia dogs has been huge!

Since mid-December, I’ve been trying to scale down to take a much needed break.  During this time, I will be working on increased communication, and reviewing our procedures and protocols.  This will help us make an even greater impact in the rescue community.

We are always looking for volunteer transporters, and fosters, but no offer to help is too small.  If you are interested in volunteering for The Dog Liberator, please review Volunteering 101, and send me an email describing your interests, thedogliberator@gmail.com.

We are also looking for ways to increase funding, by requesting Grants so that we can create new programs that will help our communities.  If you have experience in Grant writing, and are interested in helping, please email me!

In the past few months, we’ve experienced many set backs:

McCartney‘s botched neuter produced a high fever which took one week of hospitalization to control

Boyd being heartworm positive

Curry’s Leg Surgery

My deep sadness when we lost the Christmas Collie

Parvo Exposure with the Top Gun Puppies

Einstein’s unexplained fever

Magpie’s disappearance (she was stolen and returned)

The recent news that Bonnie Collie will not only have to have surgery on her knee, but doctors will have to explore why her spay surgery was unsuccessful.

All of these incidents are normal in rescue, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not emotionally and financially draining.  Even though we’ve had to take our lumps, we did place many awesome dogs in wonderful new homes.

Like many other organizations, the economy has effected rescue.  Adoptions are slow, vetting prices are hard to afford, gas and food prices are going up, and the challenges are great.  Yet more and more people are leaving their animals behind as they find that they can’t afford to keep them.  There simply aren’t enough rescues, and until the general public cries out for affordable spay/neuter, until we stop supporting pet stores and the puppy mill industry, the help that we offer is a drop in the bucket.

I’d like to thank all of you for your prayers, support, and donations.  I looking forward to the new and improved Dog Liberator!


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Fostering for TDL

Sarah with Baby GaGa and China

Every day there are thousands and thousands of dogs needing homes. We have to make ours stand out, and we do that by providing all the details that we can. It is why we do not aspire to ever have a shelter, but to remain a network of fosters. Only fosters can provide intimate details on how a dog behaves in a home environment. Shelters do the best they can, but they are truly limited in this area.

We don’t have a lot of fosters. We wish we did, but we require quite a bit of them. We are not looking for people to simply house a dog. Nor are we even looking for people to rehabilitate a dog. We need them to communicate with us on an ongoing basis. They need to take photos, good ones! They need to send us updates on the dog so that we can post it.  We need to address any issues so the dog can be adopted. And they need to be able to let it go when the right family comes along.

We count ourselves blessed by the fosters that we have. And we welcome more. If you are interested in fostering with us, please let us know!

What we expect from our fosters:

Besides good photographs, video and regular updates, we require that our fosters crate-train our dogs to increase their success after adoption.  We require that they work on housebreaking, and provide us with the dog’s status with regard to housebreaking.  We also require a complete update with regard to temperament, for example, toy guarding, food aggression, leash walking, barking, jumping, and to share with us what the dog loves to do.

When we can identify a behavior problem, we coach our fosters and provide techniques to correct behaviors.  While we are not professional dog trainers, we do share all of the information about the dog while its been in our foster care.

We understand that every dog acts differently in different environments, the more details we have, the more we can do our job to create the perfect match.

Khaz with Knish

First, please read Starting Your Dog Out Right!  Next, review Over-the-Counter Medications.  It is very important that you also review Our Adoption Process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q – Where do I send my photos, videos or updates on my foster dogs?

A – All of the information about your foster dog should be emailed to your TDL representative.  Once the information is posted on the TDL Facebook Page, and the TDL Website, you can share those pages on your personal Facebook Page.  Do not post photos of your foster directly onto your Facebook Page, this confuses potential adopters.


Q – Who pays for the veterinary care, medicines, shots, spay/neuter?

A – TDL pays for the medical care of the dog.  Vet appointments are made by a TDL representative.  The treatment plan is reviewed between the vet and the TDL representative.  A foster should not take a dog to their own vet without TDL approval.  In case of an emergency, the foster should use their discretion, try to reach a TDL representative, however, if immediate medical attention is necessary, a foster should treat their foster dog like their own.  While emergency care is expensive, TDL will take all necessary measures to reimburse the foster in a timely fashion.

Note:  If you have to cancel an appointment, please contact the vet as soon as possible.  Animal Hospitals go out of their way to help and accommodate us in many ways.  Not providing them with a courtesy call that you have to cancel your foster dog’s vet appointment could result in a severed relationship with that vet.


Q – Who pays for the food, toys, crates, etc.?

A – While fostering is a volunteer position, if dog food is needed, TDL will provide food or reimburse dog food expenses via a receipt.  We suggest that new fosters scout websites like Craig’s list for used dog crates, toys, etc.  Regardless of the expense, if you expect to be reimbursed, have a receipt and it’s always wise to check with your TDL representative before accumulating expenses.  If you need leashes, collars, etc., your TDL representative may have some extras on hand.

Note:  If you spend your own money, make copies of all of your receipts and keep track of your mileage, i.e., trips to the vet and back.  If our out-0f-pocket receipts total over $250 in one year, today’s tax laws will help you write these expenses off!  You’ll need to provide TDL with a total, and TDL will write a letter that you will submit with your tax return.


Q – What if a neighbor, co-worker, family member or friend of mine wants to adopt my foster dog?

A – All inquiries about the dog should be directed to a TDL representative.  “Showing” the dog to someone who has not yet been approved is not recommended.  Our Adoption Process is designed specifically to prevent “impulse adoptions”.   We recommend that you share our Adoption Process before getting anyone’s hopes up!  Many times people are interested in a dog because of the way it looks, and that dog may not be a good fit for their environment.  Getting people’s hopes up, only to be told that the dog is not a good fit, is very discouraging to an adopter.  Today, the adoption process in rescue has become very complicated, labor intensive, and includes lengthy applications.  TDL tries to make the adoption experience simple and painless!  Ask your TDL representative for some of their business cards, give them to interested adopters, and encourage your potential adopter to contact your TDL representative to get started!


Q – Does anyone get preferential treatment fostering from TDL?

A – Only former adopters.  Because former adopters have already been processed and approved, they are more likely to be approved by TDL to adopt again.


Steve with Priscilla

Q – Who is responsible for finalizing the adoption of my foster dog?

A – Your TDL representative is responsible for qualifying and interviewing all potential adopters, setting up appointments, and finalizing an adoption.  If for any reason, a TDL representative is not present during a meet, you should contact them before proceeding with a formal adoption, and before executing an adoption contract.


Q – Who is responsible for doing a home visit for potential adopters?

A – Your TDL representative.


Q – What if I don’t think the potential adopters is a fit for my foster dog?

A – It is very important that you share information about your foster dog to your TDL representative.  While your foster dog may not be a fit for a specific adopter, another dog within TDL might be perfect.  Never discourage a potential adopter about your foster dog, especially if your dog is new to you.  Give your foster dog time to settle in before labeling him/her. Many times, behavioral issues can be corrected  with one phone call.


Q – What do I do if my foster dog is not fitting in with my family, my home, or my pack?

A – It is not uncommon that certain dogs need a specific environment.  Your home may not provide the environment that the dog needs.   Contact your TDL representative to discuss moving your foster dog to another foster.  Never take your foster dog to another home, or property without the permission of your TDL representative.

Gisele with Chaos


Q – What do I do if I want to keep the dog that I’m fostering?

A – This is what we humorously refer to as a Foster Failure!  Contact your TDL representative and discuss adoption options with them.  Fosters should decide if they want to adopt before anyone has a scheduled meet.  It is unfair to ask a potential adopter to make a u-turn when they are already on the way to meet their future dog.


Q – There are so many volunteers within TDL, who has the permission to pull, select fosters, vets, and approve adoptions?


A – Good Question!   To date, only Gisele Veilleux who is President and Founder of TDL and she is located in Central Florida.

Sunday Evening with The Dog Liberator

Puppies are a lot of work, but they’re a lot of fun too. It is so wonderful to see the puppies play with each other and us. It is what makes them so ready for their forever home!
In this video are KitKat the Border Collie, Cricket the Kelpie, Kipper the Rat Terrier, Pippin and Pompy the Dachshund puppies, and visitor Tucker the Bichi-Malti-Poo.


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