Spotlight on Vicki Truelove

Vicki Truelove began training dogs when she was born! That’s right, she was given a purebred collie pup as a present the day she came home from the hospital. She and Rex were inseparable and they say she was giving him commands at age 3 and he always obeyed. The grandparents told stories of the connection these two had and how Rex never left her side.

Vicki was told by an animal communicator once that we all have the ability to communicate like the animals do, but that we lose it by age 5 because we don’t use it. Vicki believes it is because of Rex that she is still able to use hers. She has always had the ability to understand dogs and horses in a way others don’t.

Vicki grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, graduated Gainesville High School and the Univ. of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Dogs and travel having been her passions she found a way she could do both. She became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines and began training dogs for obedience competitions. All the family dogs had been trained by her and her first two obedience dogs were her Yorkshire Terrier “Muffin” and her dad’s rotti “Jag” Vicki is a certified Dog Trainer and has continued to train dogs for the last 20 years. She currently is the lead trainer at Petsmart in Gainesville.

Upon moving to a real “farm” about 23 years ago, Vicki began working with border collies on the farm herding the cattle. Vicki and Sox began training for herding competitions. Sox was the subject of some children s books she wrote about life on the farm.Vicki and Sox would entertain at local schools by reading the stories about Sox while the children petted Sox and listened intently to the story about the dog in front of them. Sox would then perform tricks for them and scenes from the book. This was before they had hippo-therapy in schools!

Vicki then began an Equestrian Center where she took care of 50 horses and provided training, boarding, and hosted shows for hunter/jumper, dressage, and cross country. Her business was so successful she had 30 horses at the end of her first year of business, which had been her goal at 5 years! During this time, along with dog rescue, cat rescue, Vicki also rescued and re-homed horses mistreated by their owners.

Vicki and her horses, Tuffy, Ace, and Susie competed around the state in jumper and dressage shows and won various championships thanks to her wonderful horses! During this time she was also training with her Austrailian Shepherd “Avalon’s Driving MIss Daisy” in Agility and Herding. She and Daisy went on to win multiple titles and championships in AKC, USADA, NADAC, Culminating with their qualifying for Nationals in the Grand Prix for the United States Agility Dog Association.. They were never able to compete because shortly after qualifying Vicki was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo surgery and chemo.Having lost her mother and aunt one month before to breast cancer Vicki set out on an aggressive surgery and treatment of her cancer. Nothing was left to chance. But Daisy was right by her side. Daisy and Kyma her two aussies were both rescues from breeders.Kyma is agility trained as well as her grandpuppy Raider. Kyma and Daisy do frisbee,obedience, and agility demos at Petsmart. Sox her border collie was a rescue who was found dropped off at a flea market.

Rescuing dogs has been something she has always done and her home was never with out one. Countless dogs that just showed up on the farm have been rehomed. Dogs from the side of the road, the dump, Vicki has always had a heart for rescue. Having cancer had made Vicki realize that she had been given a gift of time and wanted to leave this earth having made a difference here, not just existing. So once she had won her battle with cancer she started a new one. The battle to save the lives of dogs in our shelters. During her life Vicki has felt abandoned by people she cared about, some walked away and never looked back, as if she meant nothing to them. They went on with their lives as if she never existed and cared not what happened to her.

Vicki began working with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, transporting, fostering, and cross-posting, never stepping foot in a shelter except to pick up a dog and run. Then one day Hall Co. Animal Shelter called her. They had noticed how many dogs she had saved and wanted her help at the shelter. They had virtually no rescues pulling from there and a high number of euthanasia’s. In fact, that year, out of 6,000 dogs that came into the shelter, over 5,000 were put to sleep. The vet at the shelter was organizing a transport North to Connecticut for a big adoption event and they needed fosters desperately to save dogs. Vicki agreed to foster and made her first trip inside the adoptions rooms, with a list in hand of dogs who were in danger, but had a chance at a life if someone would foster them.

As she walked thru the rooms, time stood still. She could hear the pain, anxiety, and feel the fear of these beautiful angels who had been tossed and forgotten by those they trusted and loved. Her heart ached, she knew what that felt like, the confusion of why, she ran from the rooms in tears, bent over in pain, because somehow she had felt the emotion of each dog she passed. She could hear and feel their pleas for help, she could feel the desolation of those who had given up. How could she pick? It was impossible, the vet offered to go with her, so trembling she went back in. Five souls spoke to her so she took them out to the yard to watch them play and see how they might be in a pack. Those 5 went home with her and then to Connecticut to amazing homes!

The next time she walked thru the adoption room there was an 8 month old austrailian shepherd. He was beautiful. She went back a few days later to get him and was told he had been pts. Devastated she walked back to the vets office in tears, the vet smiled and said, “you mean this guy” and walked her over to quarantine. There he was, she told the vet, give me 24 hours, i’ll get him out. I’ll show you what rescue can do.!” It was Thurs afternoon, Cosmo had until Friday afternoon. By noon on Friday, Vicki informed the shelter that she had Foster, transport, and rescue for Cosmo thru New Spirit for Aussies. She had sent out a video and pics of him to an email list and Facebook . The help poured in but so did the complaints. People in Hall County did not realize they euthanize dogs there. They took offense to a video of a happy young pup playing when he was going to die the next day. The shelter chastised her for telling people that they kill dogs there.

This begs the question, if dogs are not at risk for euthanasia, why do rescues and their volunteers work so hard to save them?

A mass email was then sent out by Vicki explaining what “rescue” is and how it works. That, yes, dogs die in shelters. She asked the question, “is it easier to turn your head and pretend this problem doesn’t exist? Yes. But can you in good conscience ignore it now that you know the truth.  Instead of complaining, do something about it!”  She then gave a list of volunteer opportunities at the shelter, the Facebook page was started, pictures were finally taken of the dogs, kennel cards made, fosters found, and rescues started coming in.

After begging for a euthanasia list from the director she finally got one, all were saved….the next one came, all were saved….the next one came and at the end of an adoption event at Petsmart Vicki knew that any dog that went back to the shelter without adoption, rescue, or foster commitment would be euthanized. She went to the table and asked “How Many without commitment?” Eight was the answer, “Show me which ones please”, so they walked the row of happy dogs in their crates and she looked in the trusting eyes of those who had no one…”I’ll take them all!”  Hence the rescue barn was born, and what started as 8 ended up to be 13.  A local rescue had worked with a rescue in Vermont and had told them of this crazy volunteer that took all these dogs. Vicki was posting videos and pics of them daily on Facebook so Teal took a look.

Good Karma contacted Vicki and said they would like to help. The first transport to Vermont to Good Karma on P.E.T.S., LLC was an exciting one! 6 of Vicki’s dogs went on that trip. Well, its a year later and Vicki has sent 6 dogs every two weeks to Good Karma Rescue in Vermont, fostering them until they could transport, nursing them back to health, teaching some manners, potty training and loving them. At the same time, still rescuing and fostering with Angels Among Us.

One day, she posted a border collie that needed rescue. That dog was Bolt (Rex). A performance friend on her Facebook sent her a message and said, “You need to hook up with Gisele and The Dog Liberator!” So she sent Gisele a message on fb and the rest is history! Vicki has always rescued herding dogs from the shelters and now she had a rescue that could help her do that!!!! Together we could save these wonderful smart dogs from these horrible places! So Vicki, Kathy, Khaz, Holly, Gisele, and Larry teamed up to start a freedom train from Georgia shelters to safety in Florida.

Along the way, another rescue Second Chance had come in to the shelter as well, transporting dogs north to good homes. Vicki worked with them all. Through the work of great volunteers, committed rescues, and volunteer held adoptions the dogs saved at Hall alone tripled and quadrupled.

People are always asking her how many dogs she has saved. Her answer is simple ” I don’t keep count, if i counted it would be discouraging, because the number would be so small compared to the the thousands every day that die with out rescue……”

We are honored to have Vicki, not only help us rescue dogs, but represent our rescue in such a professional manner.  Her honesty and hard work is appreciated.  We are blessed to have so many volunteers work together to pull, transport and foster our dogs. For me, watching the way Vicki, Kathy Keith, Khaz & Steve, Larry, Amy, and Courtney work together to save these dogs is like watching an underwater ballet!  They are our TDL Peeps!

Khaz Brooks, Atlanta’s Dog Liberator

 

Khaz and Brushfire!

Khaz was born and raised in suburban Kennesaw, Ga, and graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School, where she played in the high School drumline.  Though she now resides in Atlanta, she still attends Kennesaw State University and plans to graduate in the fall of 2012 with a degree in Forensic Anthropology.

Growing up petless for the first six years of her life, she has compensated greatly for what she considers “lost time”, for even as a little girl she knew working with animals was her calling. Currently, she works at K-9 Coach Bed and Bark, Cobb County’s top dog training, boarding and daycare facility, and winner of Cobb’s Best Small Business award in 2011. She hopes to earn a training apprenticeship in the coming months.

She enjoys reading and painting in her spare time, and has a strong affinity for the outdoors and the environment. Animals have always been a passion for Khaz and she has aspirations of one day attending vet school, and continuing her efforts for marine species conservation. Her partner, and best friend is Steven Golden, an Emory Undergrad who will be attending Georgia State Law School in the coming semester.

Khaz giving kisses to Knish!

Though not in the same category as saving sea turtles and whales, Khaz has always held a deep fondness, and appreciation for rescue, and was always in search of ways she could help out.  When she was eighteen years old, she began searching for local rescues in need of volunteers, excited to finally be considered an “adult”, and very willing to learn. Much to her chagrin, her local rescues did not see her passion for animals as it truly was, and wrote her off as being too young,  too irresponsible to handle the complexities of dog rescue.

Memphis Blues

Disheartened, but not quite ready to give up, her discovery of  The Dog Liberator was somewhat accidental.  A google search of the word “Borzoi” brought her to a photo of one of The Dog Liberator’s then-adoptable dogs, Kudos.  It was love at first sight for Khaz, and she continued to follow the dog’s progress through the facebook fanpage.

“I was quickly drawn to the warm, friendly, and open manner of the rescue, and I quickly developed a weekly routine of browsing through all the new and wonderful dogs that passed through TDL’s doors.  Since I had become jaded as to the efficacy of  rescues in my area, I was impressed at the manner in which TDL conducted themselves, and even more impressed to discover that their methods worked,” explains Khaz.

It has been nearly a year since her initial discovery of The Dog liberator, and she is still just as impressed with their continuing compassion, level of care, and commitment to each dog as she was on that first day she unknowingly clicked in to the world of rescue.

Khaz & Noodle

Today Khaz and Steve are our Atlanta hub.  She and Steve hold down the foster-fort in Georgia, and sometimes transport dogs to Florida.  She has been posting transport photos and updates on Facebook for us, and now she will be posting on TDL’s website.  Her first post will be about a gorgeous English Shepherd named Sonnet.

To date, Khaz has transported and fostered numerous dogs, but her first pull for TDL was Noodle, in 2010!  Holly and I had seen Noodle on a petfinder site in the Atlanta area, and her photo made us laugh.  The joke was on us, when a week later, Khaz told me that she wanted to pull her, “I can’t stop thinking about her.”  I gave Khaz the green light, and Noodle proved to be an awesome dog!  A few dogs later, Khaz then pulled Memphis Blues, a young pup who had not been properly socialized, and labeled not adoptable.  He was adopted within weeks. Another great save by Khaz!

Khaz and Rhys

 

Recently, both Khaz and Amy Benz were paramount in the transport of Rhys.  It was a very joyous day for me personally, knowing that our own TDL peeps were coordinating transports and making arrangements for our rescued dogs, working together like a well-oiled machine.  Their professionalism throughout this transport was impressive!

We are honored to welcome Khaz & Steve to The Dog Liberator!

Spotlight on Sarah White

on Transport!

Sarah was born in Richmond Virginia and went to college in Newport News Virginia (Christopher Newport University). She has one sister who was married last May.  Sarah is in Virginia right now, and getting married this May 21st.  She writes, “my parents continue to be my greatest support, and they also follow The Dog Liberator as does our family dog, Henry (a doxie packed with personality).”

Sarah’s first dog Skippy, was an English cocker spaniel.  She still misses him.  He had the most gentle temperament.  “We were best friends since I was about 3 and he lived to the ripe old age of about 16, was blind and deaf, and still could find you in the house and wiggle when you came home.  Never let a dog’s  disability make you think they are ever any “less.” Skippy was my best friend and partner in crime, and when little Henry joined him, he tolerated the overactive pup’s “invasion” of a one dog home (of 14 years) with nothing but love and happiness.”

Sarah came to Florida with her Fiancé for graduate school. He is at Barry Law and I am in Barry University’s master’s program in Marriage and Family Counseling.  She actually found Dog liberator because she was terrified to move from Virginia.  She had never lived more than 2 hours from home.  She was comforted with the possibility of having her own dog at some point.  As the time to move came closer, she searched Petfinder and kept finding the most adorable dogs.  She soon noticed that every single one of them was from the same rescue, “The Dog Liberator.”

Home Sweet Home

She went to the Facebook page and began following the different dogs. The move to Florida was smooth but she quickly discovered how tight finances could be. After doing the math, she decided it wouldn’t be fair to bring a dog into the home. “We couldn’t promise to always have enough, and so I pouted and continued to follow TDL, watching beautiful dogs come in, and go home.”

I followed and followed until one morning I logged on, and there was a request for “transport” from Deltona to Clearwater. I’d never gone more than 10 miles from our apartment but I contacted Gisele and told her I was available.

The next day (Dec 5th) I picked up Johnny Ray and Sugar Ray, two big sweet lovin boys who traveled like a charm. I was hooked. Nine transports and 22 dogs later, I love being a transporter. I may not be able to bring a dog into MY home right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring them home.”

Sarah's Bridal Shower

Sarah has since created her own Blog, and shares her experiences with every TDL dog she meets.  We all want to congratulate Sarah on her upcoming wedding day, and we can’t wait for her to share more photos, and come home!

 

 

Spike’s Miraculous Journey

Spike at the Shelter

 

Spike’s Story, by Darcy Heston

A few of you might remember this beautiful baby boy named Spike.  He was inmate number A12258259 at Hall County, Georgia doggie pound.  Spike has an amazing story to tell and I can tell you, I couldn’t be more thrilled and overjoyed with the outcome!

I posted Spike and a few other puppies who were in the puppy room at the shelter.  Spike was maybe around 6 months old.  A rescue effort was arranged and we worked on having 7 + puppies pulled for a rescue in PA.  Spike was one of them.

When the call was made to the shelter to place a hold on the 7 + puppies, the rescuer was told that Spike “was no longer available”.  I can tell you that usually means only one thing.   I literally cried as this boy had my heart.  I moved his picture over to my RIP album.  Quite a few of us was very sad for Spike.

About 6 weeks later, I am looking through Hall’s albums and I SAW SPIKE!!  He had apparently “gotten lost in the system”!!  I could not believe my eyes!  I vacillated between being angry at such a careless mistake and relief that he was still alive.  The poor little fellow had been sitting in a cage somewhere marked off as “no longer available” in the computer system…  How he wasn’t actually euthanized is a miracle in itself as pups do not last that long in that place, in the system or not!   HE WAS ALIVE!!! AND HAD GROWN INTO SUCH A HANDSOME LITTLE MAN!

The mad scramble was on to save his life because now that they ‘found’ him, he didn’t have much time until D day.  A woman in Florida wanted to adopt him.  The Dog Liberator offered transport to Florida, and Vickie Truelove offered to foster Spike in Georgia while arrangements were made.  Just one week later, Spike was transported to The Dog Liberator, and Maria DeRosa stepped up to the plate to foster him while he waited to go to his new forever home.

Then the next ‘hiccup’ happened….

…. the ‘adopter’ never followed through for various reasons (or excuses).  Maria was now holding Spike until a new forever home could be found for him.  There was a slight problem:  Spike did not like her husband.  He was fearful and didn’t like men.

Maria sent me this in a PM and has given me permission to share Spike’s story and “Why We Kept Him”.  This  story had me crying tears of joy and gave me goosebumps!  I just had to share Spike’s story with you… I hope you find it inspiring too!  We need to read the good stories to balance out the bad ones we read about every day.

 

Why We Kept Him, by Maria DeRosa

You have been following him pretty closely, so I am sure I don’t need to tell you everything…. well that little guy hid under the furniture and wouldn’t let anyone touch him other then the kids for 3 days. On the 4th day, he reluctantly let me touch him….. after 10 days, he would still run and hide if my husband came into the room. 10 days and my husband still wasn’t able to touch him at all…. as much as I loved him and wanted to keep him – I wouldn’t consider it. 1, it is not appropriate for me to ask my husband to live with a dog that fears/doesn’t like him and 2, it is not fair for Spike to have to live in a home with someone he is afraid of. I had come to terms with the fact that mine was not the right home for Spike and I released him for adoption through The Dog Liberator after 3 days of consideration. I cried my eyes out. I also advised them that he had absolutely no training and was not even housebroken….. if we adopt him out, he is going to come right back or worse….. we collectively decided that he would stay with me for a month to be trained before listed on the website. I cried some more….

My husband kept telling me to keep him because I loved him so much and was so upset by it but I was sticking to my guns on it and would not even consider changing my mind.

Rescue is my project…. not my husbands. He tolerates me bringing all of these animals in and out of our house. We had decided that even though we are dog people and missed our dog (she died 2 years ago) we were not going to have a dog right now. Fostering is the best of both worlds because I can still go on vacation, don’t have a vet bill, etc. We still have a dog around the house, etc but every few weeks we can enjoy an empty house…. my husband could care less if there was a dog around….I sort of need them around.

So, I share something I learned at rescue training with my husband…. when a dog has been abused and fears you (after a few days of settling in, of course) the best thing you can do is either use a leash or wrap them in a blanket and hold them close to you…. hold them close and hold them down. Do not speak to them, pet them or look at them…. watch TV while you do it. When you feel the animal relax, give a treat, pet and say good boy/girl. Repeat the process 2-3 times a day for 15 minutes each, until the animal will stay with you willingly. I asked him to do this for Spike… he was so terrified of men… he needed to get over it. My husband said no, understandably. He said that if Spike were a bigger dog, he would be scared of him because of the way he looked at him….it was a mean look out of the corner of his eye. He said he would just leave him alone until he found a home but he didn’t feel comfortable with it…..and he ignored him.

The Dog Liberator asked me to foster Cream Puff.   Cream Puff’s introduction was a blessing in disguise. She taught him how to be a dog…. my husband observed them together and said “Its a shame he doesn’t like me – he is a really cool dog. Great with the kids and loads of personality….”. I reminded him what needed to be done…. he still wasn’t interested.

I have 2 little girls – they are 7 and 10. Every day they come home from school at 2:30 and they walk Spike. They take turns….because they enjoy it. Then they take him in the back yard to run and play. Since we got Creme Puff in, they each have a dog to walk. Last Friday the girls came home from school…. they each took a dog, walked down the driveway and parted ways.

My 7 year old had Spike…… my husband said within minutes of them leaving, he heard a big dog barking, snarling and growling – attack language. He said the growl was big and had base…. he expected to see Rottweiller, Pitt Bull, etc – mean large breed of dog when he looked outside. He expected to see a very large dog attacking either Spike or Creme Puff; with one of his daughters holding the leash…. he ran to the door and looked outside. There was a car stopped in front of my house and a man had gotten out and was standing in front of my daughter (the 7 year old). All that noise was coming out of Spike…. she had both hands on his leash and was leaning all the way back to hold him back from this man, who was not at all afraid of Spike….. and Spike wasn’t afraid of him either – Spike HATED him…… but when my husband opened the front door – the man was suddenly startled and jumped in his car and drove off. Spike snarling and growling in the rear view….. I cannot think about what was about to happen to my little girl. My husband went outside and asked my daughter what happened. She said the man stopped the car to ask her about her puppy and Spike went nuts. He looked down at Spike, who this time did not cower. He stood proud and wagged his tail for my husband and then walked up to his feet and sat.

He is very proud of his “sit” and the night he learned sit, he ran the house sitting for everyone, except my husband….. he had a happy “look what I can do” face on and just ran around planting his butt in front of everyone.

My husband scooped him up, brought him inside and sat on the couch with him, telling him he was a good boy and he fed him almost an entire bag of his favorite liver treats.

When I got home, my husband was sitting on the couch, with Spike stretched across his lap, on his back, getting a belly rub.

I knew nothing of what had happened….. I smiled and asked him, “You made friends???”  He said “This dog has found his home – he goes NOWHERE. Happy Birthday.” Then he told me what he did….

I have always believed that a rescued dog is more loyal then any other…. they will love you and protect you more then any other dog could even dream. Spike is proof. He earned his keep 🙂

He was also the best birthday present I have ever gotten 🙂

We have found a home for Creme Puff and she is to be picked up tomorrow night. Spike’s “boot camp” will start weds morning. My goal is to get him housebroken completely by the end of the month while we finish obedience training. He can get lots of 1 on 1 attention then.

Loyalty and love for a child is what brought him home. He did it all himself … I deserve no thanks for this.

Spike now follows my husband around the house, he listens to him, he wags his tail when he sees him and when he is feeling intimidated, he will hide behind him. His fear of my husband is all gone…. its only the rest of the world to contend with now but I know that when it counts, he will not fear the person trying to hurt our family. In Spike’s mind, he put his life on the line for her. You cannot ask for more from a dog.

I LOVE YOU, SPIKE!!  You’re a good boy and you found your Mommy and family, as that was where you were meant to be ALL along <3  You were resurrected from the RIP album to pride of place in my Happy Tails album and I couldn’t be more excited and happy for you little man. 🙂  Woof!!

 

Spotlight on Mark Whalen

Mark and Kudos

Mark Whalen lives in Clearwater with his wife Leslie.  He is a father of two grown boys.   A disabled Navy vet, Mark grew up in western New York in a farming community where he worked on his family’s farm and local farms during the summer. 

Currently, Mark lives on five acres and owns three dogs; Hershey, an 11 year-old Chocolate Lab who is the Alpha Female.  Kino, a 2 year-old blue-nosed Pit Bull who he describes as the big kid of the pack who is small in stature but has a big heart, and of course, Kudos, a Border Collie Saluki who is 1 year old.  Kudos was Mark’s first foster failure!  Rescued from Huntsville, Alabama by Stephanie Walker, Kudos spent his first few weeks under Mark’s foster care convincing him that he was a keeper!

Mark evaluates and socializes newly rescued Dog Liberator dogs.  He interviews and conducts meets with prospective adopters and has a sixth sense about “the right match.”  Mark’s fostered dogs are immediately exposed to his pack.  The dogs are then exposed to other neighborhood dogs, his cats, horses, and chickens.   He believes in exposing all of the fosters to as many new experiences and social activities as possible.  His neice and nephew are a very big part of his life, and visit regularly.  They are Mark’s official kid-testers when he gets our new dogs in to foster.

Mark is incredibly intuitive about people, and his ability to patiently observe the new dogs makes him the perfect foster.  Because of this, Mark has been asked to take on a new responsibility, to match our rescued dogs with new volunteer fosters!  Future dogs that come off of transport throughout the Southeast, will head directly to Clearwater, where they can spend a few days resting and having fun.  Then, the dogs will meet either their potential adopters, or their new foster family.

Increasing the number of excellent foster homes is paramount to saving more dogs.   Mark will graciously do what he does best – create the perfect match!

To date, Mark has fostered dozens of dogs, and all of them were successfully adopted.  Star, Flirt, Johnny Ray, McQueen, Indian, Sugar Ray, Madigan, Joey, Breeze, and Roxanne, just to name a few!

Mark’s new pack is getting ready to make their trip to South Florida, Easy Peasy  Penny, Jake, and Mojo. 

We want to thank Mark, not for just fostering dogs, but for increasing their chances for adoption, thus changing their lives guaranteeing they will never end up in a shelter or pound again.  There is a huge sense of victory and accomplishment after a successful adoption, and I can’t tell you how many times Mark has called me to share the excitement of that perfect match that was meant to be!

Thank you Mark Whalen!

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Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital

Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital is one of our primary veterinarians. W e have been so blessed by them!

Dr. Murray is the lead vet. A very knowledgeable and caring man, he truly loves animals. I remember seeing a young woman come in with a pet in a small carrier. Genuinely concerned about her animal, he spoke to her at length, the condition and various options available, leaving the final decision up to her. Wasn’t I surprised when everyone stepped back and I realized they were discussing a rat. Don’t get me wrong; if rats are your thing, more power to you. It’s just I figured it had to be someone’s prize Persian cat for all the time and empathy he was expressing!

Dr. Donastorg and Dr. Hurley are also simply wonderful too. They always take the time to explain the situation to me without making me feel stupid. They’ve pulled out books, shown me photos, whatever it takes to help me understand. I really appreciate that; I can’t stand when I’m expected to do something without any explanation just because someone said so!

As great as the vets are, it is the staff that makes the place run so well. When I call, I know that Anna or Sheila will do their utmost to help me. And the vet techs? Wonderful! Brenda, Kim, Chris, Niki,…. they are a wealth of knowledge. They have never failed me. Once, when I called in tears because I thought one of my puppies was deathly ill, they had me rush in and quickly took samples, determining it was a simple bacterial infection.

Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital has a true heart for rescue. They really work closely with us to help us save as many pets as possible. Dr. Murray understands that the solution for decreasing the number of abandoned pets does not lie in rescue but in controlling pet population. With an eye toward that, his cost for spay/neuter is far, far below that of most vets in our area. And in order to keep pets healthy, each Saturday at select locations, Dr. Murray conducts a vaccination clinic with no exam fees or office charges. There he offers a full line of heartworm and flea and tick products along with all yearly vaccines. This is huge. Do you have any idea how many people don’t spay/neuter and ultimately surrender their pets because they can’t afford services? Thank you, Dr. Murray!

Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital treats animals of all species and size, including birds, horses and ferrets. And rats. Did I mention the rats? They provide grooming services and boarding. Located where SR417 passes over Aloma Avenue, they keeps late hours for those emergencies. Of course, I recommend that you always call ahead to ensure the vet has not been called away on an emergency.

 

Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital
3370 Pet Country Court
Oviedo, Fl 32765
407-671-1183

Pilots N Paws


As you know, most of our dogs come from rural kill shelters in Alabama and Georgia. It isn’t easy getting them here. So many people are involved:

  • the folks who first let us know about them;
  • volunteers who physically go to the shelters and pull them;
  • locals who open up their homes to foster until transportation is arranged;
  • transportation coordinators;
  • drivers;
  • so much more

It really is a huge effort. The dogs are usually driven to us in cars, 10 legs each driving about an hour. You can just imagine what all is involved!

And then every now and then something simply wonderful happens: Paws N Pilots!

Paws N Pilots is a loose-knit group of pilots who volunteer to give rescued animals a lift. They can turn a multi-day transport into a matter of just a few hours. They are amazing!

Today we were supposed to get a litter of Border Collie puppies driven to us from Alabama. Instead, Jeff Bennett of Paws N Pilots flew them and several other dogs the distance. We were just one rescue and one stop along his way.

He told me he was a bit surprised to find 9 more dogs for pick up than he was told to expect (he puts things so mildly!) but he took it all in stride. Watching him pull the dogs out of his plane was like watching Mary Poppins unpack her carpet bag!!!

The night before the plane headed our way, I was asked if I could overnight a beagle who was destined for a rescue in Tampa; that stop was canceled and drivers were arranged from Orlando, but not until Saturday. Sure! What’s one more dog? Ya gotta be flexible in rescue!

Thank you, Jeff, Paws N Pilots, and all the volunteers who make this and other transports possible! You are the best!!!

Spotlight on Val-U-Vet of Deltona

Less than a year ago, someone recommended that I introduce myself to Val-U-Vet in Deltona. Driving dogs back and forth to affordable spay/neuter clinics was becoming a nightmare.

After talking with Val-U-Vet’s corporate office, we agreed on pricing for services, and defined what my standards would be for every dog that came into their office. Today, the number of dogs that they have vetted is in the hundreds!
Many of our adopters have continued to use Val-U-Vet after adoption. Their offices are located in Deltona, Sanford, DeLand, Ormond, Daytona and a new office will be opening in Edgewater.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kim and Dr. Oliver in the Deltona office, as a matter of fact, the level of care that the staff has given my medically fragile dogs like Maureen’s Hope, Guenther, and Frances was amazing. Dr. Evers of the DeLand office helped me diagnose Logan, and took special care of Cookie Dough’s delicate surgery.
Although we have never met, some of our adopters have expressed their gratitude to Dr. Charlie from the Sanford office. After Lola was adopted by the Bryant family, she had problems with her stitches, and Dr. Charlie did a remarkable job taking care of the little pup.
What really makes Val-u-Vet valuable is their staff. They know my dogs! When I walk into their office with a new dog, it’s amazing that they know the dog’s name! From time to time, they will ask me about dogs that have been adopted, and we reminisce a bit!
On New Year’s Eve, Melissa Keister, the Customer Service Representative from Val-U-Vet personally drove to meet a transport, picked up 3 adult dogs and drove them to her home, bathed them that night, and brought them to the clinic for us. Those dogs were Courage, Madigan and Katie! They were put on antibiotics immediately, heartworm tested and evaluated by Dr. Oliver. “No vaccinations, and absolutely no spay or neuter for Courage or Katie. Only Madigan was healthy enough this time. What was really cool was how excited the staff was when all of them tested negative for heartworm!
Just a few months ago, Melissa reviewed the heartworm results for Moonpie, and called me immediately. Something about the test made her nervous, even though it clearly stated that Moonpie was heartworm negative. She tried to explain to me why the test might be flawed, but it all went over my head! I approved another heartworm test and Melissa was right, Moonpie was positive.
To be successful in rescue, you need great dogs, quality fosters and awesome Doctors!
With the help of Cristina Florez, a Dog Liberator supporter, we recently had custom made plaques for our Vets to show our appreciation. So hanging up in Val-U-Vet’s Deltona office, is The Dog Liberator!

If you’re in the Central Florida area, check out their mobile shot clinic schedule and pricing!

Volunteer Spotlight on Lynne Deal

I received an email from Lynne Deal in December of 2009. She was captivated by one of my rescued Border Collies, Chelsea. Chelsea was pulled from the Humane Society of Camden County, Georgia. Along with Chelsea, I pulled a Sheltie named Brooke. I had never met or spoken with Lynn Deal, yet she sent me a donation to help pay for Brooke’s heartworm treatment.

I later converted the email into a video (shown below)!
During our first phone call, Lynne explained how Chelsea reminded her of Zoey. I immediately saw an opportunity for little Chelsea, so I asked Lynne if she wanted to adopt her! Two weeks later, Lynne did come to my home and adopt Chelsea on December 24, 2009.
Less than one year later, Lynne saw a very emaciated puppy who we believe had been shot in the knee. We had named her Zondra.

Ironically, Chelsea and Zondra look a lot alike. On August 10th, 2010 the injured pup named Zondra was transported to Lynne and renamed Jetta! Why Jetta? Holly told her she should name her Jetta because she had to have been hit by a car low enough to scoop her up and throw her rather than run her over!

Today, Chelsea and Jetta act like siblings and they play constantly. Jetta actually helped Chelsea become more sociable. But there’s more.

Several months ago, Lynne offered to help setup a foster home for us, that literally
became a dream come true. She purchased crates, food, collars and leashes, and setup at her employee’s home, a mini Dog Liberator foster home. Leslie, who is Lynne’s employee at The Corner Bar and Grill in Clearwater/Largo, and her husband Mark were eager to help. Mark and Leslie live on a farm, with several acres. Leslie has a natural talent to train, and Mark is an amazing pack leader. When you combine the three of them together, you have a winning team.

What also developed quickly, was Mark’s ability to determine if the adopters were the right match for the dog. Sometimes an adopter comes to meet a specific dog, but they go home with another one. Mark quickly learned what we try to explain, but can’t, and that is that the dogs pick their new owners!

Since October 23, 2010, this team has fostered and adopted a lot of our dogs!
Kudos, by the way, was adopted by fosters Mark and Leslie. We were surprised? No!
The following dogs were personally fostered by Lynne Deal… but there’s more!

Today, Lynne prepares and paces for the big day! Katie, one of the Rome, Georgia Border Collies that arrived emaciated and suffering from upper respiratory infection, is due. Days after she arrived into our rescue, Lynne’s vet confirmed that Katie was about 40 days pregnant.

All of the work that Lynne does is her donation to the rescue. They all are professionally groomed by Mobile Pet Grooming by Tammy and Mike, and vetted by Dr. Mac McGlamery of Park Animal Hospital in Pinnelas Park.
As a matter of fact, we are convinced that without the care that Dr. McGlamery and his staff provided Miss Miami, she would’ve died from Tick Paralysis.
Going back to Katie for a moment, just to reiterate Lynne’s commitment to the animals, she ordered Katie her very own whelping box, and she’s spending her free time coming up with wonderful names for her new pups!

What Holly and I have not told Lynne yet, is after purchasing that wonderful whelping box, and knowing that she will soon be gaining whelping experience, and trained on how to rear puppies, we’re going to be putting her to work!!!!!

So the Spotlight is on Lynne Deal, because she understands our core values, our mission, our standards, our history, and carries with her the DNA of this rescue!

KUDOS LYNNE, YOU ROCK!

Our Rescue Video published December, 2009

Volunteer Spotlight on Tom Mueller

This will be the first of many spotlights to come. The purpose of these posts is to introduce and recognize our wonderful volunteers, the first being Tom Mueller.

Tom Mueller literally fell out of the sky. I can’t remember how he first found us, but his active involvement started when he volunteered to help Ghost, a dog in need. From there, he continued to transport and foster for us. No matter what I asked, the answer was, “Sure!”

I first met Tom face to face in the parking lot of Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital. He’d come to lend a hand with an incoming transport. One of the dogs that emerged was 50 pound Shiloh! Since Shiloh’s photo made him look like a smaller dog, I guess I kind of panicked! When I asked Tom if he’d foster Shiloh for me, Tom said, “Hey, that’s nothing, I do Saints!” I was thrilled!

Not only has Tom fostered Shiloh, Emmitt, and Jasper, but he has transported many dogs to and from!

In an email from Holly to Tom, congratulating him for Jasper’s successful adoption, Tom did not toot his own horn! Holly responded with:

Tom, you make it sound like it was no big deal, but it was. There aren’t a lot of people who are willing to foster. There are even fewer who will take a dog that has issues. And there are just a fraction who will take one who displays any aggression. When I say I appreciate you, I say it knowing how special you are! ~Holly

Tom Mueller, sometimes known as simply “Big Tom”, has fostered and/or transported nearly thirty dogs over the past three years, many of which have been neglect or abuse cases. Tom is always thrilled to lend a helping hand to rescues, especially with “special cases” (aggressive, abused, ill, deformed, etc.)

A graduate of Florida State University, not many could guess that Tom has his Master’s Degree in Library Science! A native of Chicago, Tom’s first Saint was named Karma, after whom – nearly 40 years later – he named his dog rescue: Saint Karma’s Dog Rescue.

With each and every dog Tom fosters, he strives to find what he and his daughter call the “Perfect Home.” In the past he has found the Perfect Home for nearly every dog he has fostered, and continues to do so with no benefit to himself aside from the reward of knowing those dogs are happy and loved by their new parents. He is very close to each dog he cares for. Parenting (for human-children and dog-children) is more or less an art.

Aside from the dog life, Tom always enjoys a good cup of strong coffee with a good book. He loves various artists such as Joan Baez, Joan Jett, Neil Diamond, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Dresden Dolls (of which his daughter is proud to say she introduced to him), and Storm Large. Thanks Tom, for all of your hard work, and you can do attitude!

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.

A Very Special Thank You to our Volunteers

Every once and a while, either when things get slow, or before things become crazy, I stop and think about how all of this started, where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s going. I do a comparison from then and now, and marvel at how much has been accomplished in such a short period of time. Imagining where we’ll be a year from now is impossible. But I will tell you that I am not only shocked but honored by all of the volunteers we have. Without you, only a fraction of the dogs would’ve been saved.

Thank You!

Gisele and the dogs

An Afternoon with the Riglers!

The purpose of the visit was to educate all of us on how to identify a potential disc dog. Jason provided us with a lot of information, and together, he and Andrea showed us how to get a puppy interested in the disc when they are very young.

So while Holly will be putting together videos for us to learn I put together a video for us to enjoy how the big dogs do it!

You can visit the Rigler’s by using the following links:

http://www.Facebook.com/discdogblog
http://discdogblog.com

Olivia Frost Helps the Dogs!

Olivia Frost, a photographer, came over last week and offered to take photos of some of our dogs. Can’t wait for her to meet up with our Lindsey Mains and take photos of her pack. Olivia’s work is spectacular, and we all thank her for helping us!

China

Lady Di

Crystal

To contact Olivia, you can email her at liv.fortoday@yahoo.com. Visit her blog, http://www.lickety-split.org/ or join her on Facebook!

Caitlin Rescues the Rescuer!

You can visit and follow Caitlin on her new blog Caitlin, On Mission

My Mom and Gisele Veilleux run a dog rescue called The Dog Liberator that saves death row dogs throughout the Southeast. Gisele, the founder of the rescue, needed some serious help. She has been so busy launching this rescue, that she found herself in a pickle. So while she was away on vacation, I executed my plan!

First, I reorganized her kitchen and bathroom, then I helped her reorganize and clean her garage. Just that task produced at least 24 bags of unwanted items that were tossed to the curb for garbage pickup. A van load of other items, however, were donated to New Tribes Mission.

Later, I helped 7 year-old Sarah go through her closet, drawers, and sort through her unwanted toys, etc. That produced another 6 bags of items to be donated.

Sarah was very proud of her clean and organized room!

Once we were on a roll, I then did every stitch of laundry in the house! Sarah and I folded, and put it all away neatly.

When Gisele returned, she thought she was in the wrong house!

All in all, I had a blast! Sarah and I jogged, made cookies, learned the dances to VBS songs, watched princess movies, played Monopoly, read fairy tales, made hats, made paper fortune tellers, played Wii, had staring contests, an “indoor” picnic, painted nails, and read some of a children’s Bible. As a matter of fact, we were so busy that Sarah didn’t watch television for 4 days in a row! Here are some videos of Sarah and I learning the dances to some VBS songs, but what she enjoyed the most was our tea party complete with sugar cookies!

Terry Watts Searches for Answers

Last week, I introduced you to Hope Master, today, I introduce you to Terry Watts from the Panama City, Florida area. I post this not out of design, but out of necessity because Terry has asked for our help. Who is Terry Watts? Here is the short list of dogs that she has either pulled, fostered, transported, or asked me to take into our rescue: Tater, Boscoe, Gisele the Collie Girl, and Jaffe. Impressive, list isn’t it?

Late Wednesday night I received an email from Terry, which was a bit confusing, so I called her immediately. She explained that a Director of an Animal Control, will no longer allow her to pull, help transport or coordinate saving dogs from his shelter after she made a comment on facebook about a horrendous, horrible murder of a Pet Pot Belly Pig that was picked up by an Animal Control Officer. The pet pig was in their possession for stray hold. The Officer took the poor baby home, butchered it and ate it! He was not fired for this behavior.

Terry explained to me if she can not pull or help transport dogs from this pound, less dogs will get to rescue, and more will be euthanized. While on the phone with Terry, she elaborated that the pet pig’s family had returned to Animal Control looking for their lost pet, but it was too late. The pig had been allegedly murdered prior to the mandatory 5-day hold that this agency places on lost strays.

In a Blink:
So in one split second, Terry Watts, a long time animal rescue volunteer is being prevented from doing what she does… saving animals. This afternoon, Terry provided me with three email address that we can use to asks that someone steps up to uncover this mystery. Did it really happen? We simply do not know. If this is all a joke, then why not say so?

ggainer@baycountyfl.gov
devernham@baycountyfl.gov

My last update from Terry was just a few moments ago. She reports in a text message that a news station is coming to do an interview! I’m so proud of her! I’m not sure what I can do to help Terry find the truth, and the closure that she needs, or what I can do to help her continue to rescue from this shelter.

My greatest concern is the cavalier attitude with which a government employee terminated an effective relationship with a private citizen. If this behavior is allowed, if pound administrators are permitted to control the speech of the rescue community through bullying tactics, who will be the voice of the animals? Are rescues just supposed to be quiet yes-men to these people? Who works for who? Where is the accountability?

Hopefully we will learn the truth of the allegations in this specific case, but let us not lose sight of the bigger picture. Rescues and volunteers should do more than just pull individual animals out of kill shelters. There should be a partnership with them, one that encourages and enables them both to be more effective in saving lives and raising awareness of responsible pet ownership.

Gisele

Update: One clarification is that a family was coming to adopt the pig before his demise, not the original family that lost the pig! Terry has been interviewed and will be aired this evening. I will provide a link if it’s available.

News story available http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/100660434.html

Well, today is Terry’s birthday. The director of the shelter has resigned. She has been given her rescue rights by a Commissioner. Details to Follow. Thanks to everyone who believes in the right way to rescue! Love you Terry! Now… let’s get back to work!

Terry Watts Vindicated!

Hale County Humane Society, Alabama


You may or may not be aware that many awesome dogs were sent to us by Dee Sullins, Director of the Hale County Shelter, for example, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, blue-eyed Natalie, Sir Winslow and recently Holly’s White Fluffy Puppies. I had the pleasure of visiting this state-of-the art shelter. Because I’ve had a first-hand look at shelters and pounds throughout the U.S. and Canada, seeing this shelter for myself was just as wonderful as it was depressing – depressing because I wish all shelters were like this one. The open air design and sunlight that the shelter provides ensures the animals’ health. While I was there, volunteers were floating around not only taking care of the animals, but keeping it clean. More information about the shelter’s design can be found on Dee Sullin’s blog.

While originally I thought that my tour of the shelter would be the highlight of my trip, I was amazed with the landscape, and the animals, but the smell of pine, combined with the armona of the earth was to die for! I met some amazing and warm people, and felt at home.

The day I left, I got to count nine little peeps that had just hatched, but the day after I left, I was bummed to learn that I had missed out on watching a donkey being born. Wouldn’t that have been cool!!!

While I was there, I learned that this shelter has the opportunity to utilize a fantastic state-of-the-art transport vehicle. Plans are in the works to create an animal transport service that I’m sure many shelters throughout the Southeast would utilize to save and transport the animals to receiving rescues.

It was a great vacation!

Professional Groomer Erika Elfstrom Joins the Team!

When I called Erika and discussed Frances’ condition, she shuffled her schedule and came over to meet him the next day.

She not only spent hours with Frances, and educated me throughout the entire grooming process, but she managed to bathe Diego as well… in the middle of a thunder storm no less.
Driving back and forth to the vet, sometimes several times a week is enough to spread my time pretty thin. Having a mobile groomer is really a life saver. Erica serves the Central Florida area and be contacted through her website, Bath And Doggy Works. Or she can be directly emailed at bathanddoggyworks@yahoo.com. Here is a detailed look at how she groomed Frances. I know I could’ve bathed him, and tried to brush him out, but to be honest, with the number of ticks on this little boy, I just wanted it done right. Looking back, there would’ve been no way I could’ve done a good job, and he deserved the best. This is one time that a dog REALLY NEEDED GROOMING for health and emotional reasons.

The Introduction

Prepping Frances

The Bath

The Big Finish

To read more about Frances, click on his personal blog page.

Just Showing Off a Bit!

With a probable 18 successful adoptions for the month of January, we wanted to celebrate. Serena brought over her Mia Hamm and we had a little fun! I think it’s very fitting for Mia to be one of TDL’s mascots, don’t you?

Look closely, you’ll see several times that Mia wanted to give ME the ball, but I was sitting on the ground holding the camera, and she got me!

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