How to Adopt From Us

Logan the Puppy and the Twins

Logan the Puppy and the Twins

Much to the surprise of many people, we do not use an online adoption application.  Instead, we rely on getting to know you by asking you a few questions in an email, and telephone interview.

Because we are a small rescue and keep all of our dogs in foster homes, we shy away from forms that tend to emphasis why someone should not have a dog. The interview process allows us to learn more about our potential adopters and their individual situations, concerns, pros and cons.

By knowing more details, we are able to place dogs into homes that other rescues might turn down, because we already know our dogs. We’re small so we don’t need blanket policies that require fences or disallow families with small children or won’t allow senior citizens. We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog.

Whether you are considering an adult dog or a puppy, the first thing you should do is read our article on Starting Your Dog Out Right. Here you will find not only some good tips but some thoughts to ponder before committing to the responsibilities of caring for a dog.

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs or learning more about it, please e-mail us at and let’s get the process going! Share information including:

Your Name
Phone Number
Address including county and zip code
Whether this is a house, apartment, condo, etc
If you rent, do you have landlord approval?
Your household composition
Current and/or past pets
Your normal work schedule
How much time the dog will be alone?
What your yard is like, and do you have a fence and/or pool?
What are you looking for in a dog?
Do you have an exercise plan?
What is your contingency plan if you are no longer able to care for your dog?
Have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten/traumatized by a dog in the past?
Is there anyone in your family, circle of friends, or anyone who lives with you that can decide if you can have a dog in your home?
If you are approved to adopt during your meet, are you ready to bring your new dog home?

We will review your email and and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!

Also, for more information about adopting a rescued dog, Please visit Let It Go for details. See more of our available dogs on Petfinder and Nutella!Join us on Facebook to get the latest updates on our rescued dogs.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.

While You Wait
While we are getting to know more about you, take a moment and get to know more about us by reading our reviews by visiting our page on Great Nonprofits.  These reviews were written by our volunteers, supporters and adopters.

Where are you getting your next dog?
If you do not adopt from us, please note that regardless of whether you get your next dog from the side of the road, Craigslist, a breeder, shelter, pound or even another rescue, these are some of the expenses you should be prepared for:

First set of vaccines and basic deworming, including office visit fee   $125
Second set of vaccines and basic deworming,  including office visit fee $125
Third set of vaccines, rabies vaccine and microchip, including office visit fee $150
Spay (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Spay $250-$275
Neuter (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Neuter $200-$225

Lord NelsonNote:  This does not include any treatment of medications for Kennel Cough, Skin Infections, Parvo Treatment, Dentals or grooming.  This also does not cover any expenses regarding transportation, or boarding.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.

Here’s an email I received this morning about other rescues’ adoption applications:

Dear Gisele,

Thanks so much for the wonderful site and information you have. My wife and I have been looking for a dog for a few months now to join our family. To say the least it has been a discouraging process. The only places I have looked are and the local pound.

Well, at the local pound you just never know what kind of dog, temperament, and so on you will get. With the adoption groups on petfinder I’ve found that the process has been more of an interrogation than an application. I love what you wrote on your web site when you said: We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog. Thanks for a breath of fresh air. You seem very reasonable and don’t have a laundry list of questions like, “who will brush the dog in the family and how ofter?” No kidding, that was one of the questions on an application I started to fill out as I shook my head in disbelief.  ~John


Vivi ~ Adopted!

IMG_0666Vivi is an 8 month old female tricolor collie who comes to us after major life changes have left her owner  unable to keep her. Vivi is already a big girl at 8 months so if you are looking for a larger size collie, she’s your girl! She is spayed and up to date on shots

IMG_0621Vivi is full of energy and loves to run and play. She will need a home which can provide her ample opportunity to exercise. She would be a great running buddy! She does get along with other dogs and cats but occasionally needs to be reminded  not to herd the smaller animals (she is a collie after all, and herding is in her blood). She would do well with another medium to large sized playmate and really enjoys bouncing and tussling.

IMG_0619Vivi is use to being crated when being left at home  and is house broken. She is very smart and with a little patience she learns quickly.

If you are interested in learning more about Vivi and beign considered as a potential adopter please read Our Adoption Process  and answer the questions presented in the article. Email answers to

Check out Vivi’s Photos on Facebook!



3/28/16 Update: Vivi was adopted by the Elliotts of Palm Coast. They have another Tri Rough Collie and a Shepherd mix at home, so Vivi will get in plenty of play time!

Barksdale ~ Adopted!

12508699_10153679361684792_8625680880779691905_nBarksdale is a 3 year old male BC/Aussie mix who is neutered, up to date on medical, and is smart as can be.

From Barksdale’s owner:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to put my three-year-old Australian Shepherd mix dog up for adoption. He is a great, loving, energetic guy. However, I have to move to Washington DC for my job. There is no way that he would do well in the city. I’m afraid it would be terribly unfair and selfish of us to move him up north with us.

His name is Barksdale and he is up-to-date on shots, current on heartworm prevention, neutered, microchip, housebroken and he knows basic training commands. He’s leash trained and very, very smart. He is also great with my young daughter (18 months old), our nephew (7 years old) and our older dog (15 years old). He’s also good with larger and smaller dogs.

He is the perfect, active family dog.

1915792_10153679361839792_1240238926921948374_nIf you’d like to be considered for Barksdale, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.

Check out his Photos on Facebook!

Barksdale is located in the Orlando, FL area.



12418018_10153720820199792_7850985474006663357_n1/24/16 Update: We have another incident of Foster Failure! Barksdale was adopted by his foster family, the Cowens of Orlando this weekend. They recently lost their Border Collie, Dakota, and thought fostering would be a good way to honor her memory. They weren’t sure if they were ready for another dog yet, but Barksdale, now Charlie, won them over quickly. Such a happy story. Congrats!


Kit, the Foxy Sheltie ~ Adopted!

Kit, the Foxy Sheltie

Kit, the Foxy Sheltie

Kit is estimated to be about 3-4 years of age.  She needs some grooming, but she’s still stunning!  Kit is very friendly and affectionate.  She was transported from Alabama yesterday, so she is still decompressing a bit!  We can see that she is a Sheltie, but many of us have said she is a fox!  We will be providing you with more details about her shortly!  The shelter says she is good with dogs, cats and kids!

Kit, saying goodbye to Johanna

Kit, saying goodbye to Johanna

We have a lot of great photos of Kit, and you can see them on her Facebook page.


Kit is in excellent health and is great with basic commands. She would do best as an only dog but we are not ruling out other possibilities.



9/9/15 Update: Kit was adopted by the Colberts of Daytona yesterday. Deborah is planning on taking Kit to work with her, and on visits to nursing homes. Yay, Kit!




Irish Rose Marie ~ Adopted!

22Rose Marie has our Irish eyes smiling!

She’s a beautiful 3 year old purebred Border Collie who was given up by a breeder because she couldn’t have puppies. 

Rose Marie just arrived on March 14th, so we are still getting to know her, and will update as soon as we know more about her. Check out her Photos on Facebook!

If you are interested in adopting Rose Marie please read our adoption process and follow the steps in the post.

10410336_10153031944834792_5776699040512864740_n3/23/15 Update:  We are getting to know Rose Marie and learning all about her. She is timid and while she seems shy fearful she is gentle. She has met a few dogs and did well, even sharing a water bowl with one and drinking at the same time. She also met a cat and had no interest in it. She would do best in a home without young children as they can make her nervous.

Rose Marie has been spayed, and is getting some basic training and learning how to be part of a loving family. This beautiful girl will need a family who can provide some boundaries/consistent rules so she can feel comfortable. We have found that when timid dogs know what is expected of them they are able to blossom and often come out of their shell. So don’t let her timid nature make you shy away, This girl is stunning on every level.



4/15/15 Update: Rose Marie went home with Harriet of Central Florida! So Happy for them both!




First flight but she did well! Here is Rose Marie coming off transport!

   More updates coming soon!


Lancelot, the chocolate Border Collie

Lancelot, the chocolate Border Collie

We were going to name him Remis Lupin, keeping with our Harry Potter theme, but he was adopted yesterday!  Lancelot is a border collie pup we picked up from Camden County with Ginny!  He is FULL of energy, and he will be a lot of fun!

Lancelot was adopted by Carsen of Lady Lake, Florida.

Yes, you are coming home with me!

Yes, you are coming home with me!

You can see more of his photos on Facebook!

The Perfect Storm – I’m having a Heart Attack?

August 9th, Sarah and I

August 9th, Sarah and I

On October 14, 2014, one week ago today, I found myself in the emergency room.  A friend, Alissa, insisted that I go with the assurance that she would take care of my kids, the house and the dogs!  She dropped my son and I off and then headed to my daughter’s school.  The emergency room was full of waiting patients when the man behind the counter asked me what was wrong-tightness in my chest and difficulty breathing.  I was whisked away into a room.  After an incredibly brief EKG was completed I was taken into another room where I faced a doctor.

He asked me how long I had been having these symptoms, I looked down at the ground and told him a couple of days.  The doctor looked at me in astonishment.  I was afraid that he didn’t believe me, and afraid that my son would rat me out.  I looked down at the ground again, and recanted my statement and told him it had been a couple of weeks off and on.  “It comes and goes,” I explained.  Another gentleman appeared around the corner and asked the doctor if he had time to do some intake paperwork and get my signatures.  The doctor replied sternly, “NO!”  I burst into tears knowing that I really was having a heart attack.

For months, all of my personality traits worked against me;  stubbornness, independence, responsibility, fear of leaving my children, fear of leaving my dogs.  But more than that was my lack of knowledge of what a heart attack should feel like.  That  combined with my incredible tolerance to pain, denial and fear, created a perfect storm.

While in the emergency room before transport to Florida Hospital Ormond, the doctor kept asking me to rate my pain.  Zero I said.  Seriously?  The nurses and staff all turned and looked at me as they watched my heart on the monitor.  Seriously?  So I gave them a 2 with the caveat that it was 20 an hour ago.  Yes, seriously –  I felt fine as part of my heart was dying.  Unbelievable!

It wasn’t until after it was all over, and I was resting in the hospital room, that I realized that the first time I had a symptom was on August 2nd.  I was sitting on the front porch with Lisa Rose when I mentioned that my left arm felt “lazy” and the tightness in my chest was making it difficult for me to breathe.  It went away.

These episodes continued to come and go, sometimes lingering, but they always went away.  Never did I feel pain, like you see in the movies.  My arm was never “numb” and I never felt the pins and needles.  The portrayal of a heart attack like in Hollywood movies is totally incorrect.  I thought of the Superman Movie where Clark Kent’s father checks his pulse and drops dead instantly.

October 12th, Ryan and I headed to Camden County, GA

October 12th, Ryan and I headed to Camden County, GA

During the months that followed August 2nd, I traveled to Georgia twice, and conducted business as usual while having the symptoms.  That Tuesday morning, I went to the Vet and adopted Shasta.  I warned the folks at Newman that I was going to the emergency room, in case they couldn’t reach me.  Never did I think I was having a heart attack.

Since then, I have learned a lot about how a heart attack presents himself.  You may feel pain in your jaw, your shoulder, or simply feel like you have the flu.

Did you know you can go to any fire department and ask them to check you out if you think you have having a heart attack?  So if you’re driving around with a friend who is as stubborn and pig headed as I am, just pull into the nearest fire department and rat them out!  

I am incredibly lucky to be alive, a hospital chaplain believes that God isn’t ready for me yet, and I have work to do here on earth!  I have many people to thank, my children, my friend Alissa and many TDL peeps for taking care of everything while I recovered.  I specifically would like to thank Sarah and Johanna for taking over my emails, which is no easy task and everyone who brought over healthy goodies for my family!

I’m not out of the woods yet.  Two surgeries are in my near future, and that will alter our rescue efforts.  Will this bump in the road change The Dog Liberator?  I’m sure it will.  Now more than ever we need volunteers to help us continue our mission.  Volunteers to help transport, foster, and virtual fosters.

We welcome your comments and insight regarding heart disease, you never know – someone might read this post and save a life!

Again, thank you for your support and prayers.  ~ Gisele


Update:  Here is more information provided by that I found very useful. I only wish I would’ve reviewed this site months ago!

Warning Signs

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Update:  I found a handy handy mobile app to help me find my meds super cheap, along with coupons and other offers, I couldn’t believe how affordable they were.  From your mobile phone, find GoodRX Mobile.  Type in your prescription and enter your zip code.  It’s easy and it saved me a ton!

You should also, visit if you need help with your medications.


Meet The Dog Liberator at the Central Florida Vegan Fest 2014

Visit our Photo Album on Facebook!

What an amazing Day! Dawn not only did all of the baking, but she brought her own go-to guys, Adam and Nate who helped us out quite a bit! Thank you Adam & Nate!

Dawn Sweeney went above and beyond the call of duty baking her home made vegan and allergy-free doggie treats! Our Treat Bar was quite impressive!

Jeanette and Courtney brought their gorgeous Divas, Ginger Doodle (now Spec) and Squeeze (now Echo). They were show stoppers!

We also want to thank Robin Bush for taking care of our pack! Thank you Robin!

I was thrilled to get a surprise visit from Shep, Velveteen and Bennett’s Boots!

My son, Ryan and his friend Nicki helped setup and breakdown. Getting everything ready and packed is no easy feet, and my daughter, Sarah helped Dawn sell treats literally all day long! Rosie, our Chihuahua was an awesome TDL representative, letting everyone give her kisses!

Aussie, Niall had a meet at the event, and was later adopted by Joey, Woo Hoo!

Also, Romy Hurtado from Crystal River won our Raffle Basket, which was a stunning Pack Pack!

Our next Event is the Deland Mardi Gras Dog Parade, on January 18th. This is an annual event that we really look forward to! This year’s theme is the British Invasion and we can’t wait! Visit our Event page on Facebook for details.

No Wheat All Vegan!

No Wheat All Vegan!

Click here for details:

Holy Sweet Potatoes, TDL is doing it again! Dawn Sweeney, TDL Adopter and the Gordon Ramsay of Home Made Doggie Treats is heading our Doggie Treat Bake Sale!

Sweet Potato FriesThis year, Dawn has a special treat in store for us!   Sweet potato fries with cinnamon and ginger.  “They smell so good,” she says.  I wish we had smell-a-vision!

Here are some of the ingredients we are using this year, and why:

Sweet potatoes have potent antioxidants that aid your dog’s healing, help prevent cancer and are a source of dietary fiber.

Coconut oil helps their skin and allergies, improves their digestion and immune system.

Oat bran and oat flour was used because it is an excellent source of antioxidants, aids their bones and teeth and soothes their gastrointestinal system.

Flax seed meal benefits their coat and immune system, while it also helps with anti-inflammatory and joint issues.



Home Made by our adopters from their own kitchens, our Favorite Healthy and Vegan Dog Treats approved and enjoyed by TDL Dogs!

TDL Approved!

TDL Approved!




Stop in, say hi, and check out our Vegan dog treats:

Banana Carrot
PB&B (peanut butter & banana)
Sweet potato & Peanut Butter
Sweet Potato Fresh Breath treats
Sweet Potato Fries Chew (new)

We usually run out every year, so get there early! Treats can’t be more fresh than this!


TDL at CFVegan Day!X Marks the Spot!  Here’s where we will be!  Come by and see us and sign up for a raffle to win a Mega Pack Pack!

Central Florida Veg Fest is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Orlando Festival Park near downtown Orlando on October 25, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Veg Fest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, and smoke-free event. Veg Fest, now in its 9th year, is one of the biggest and best vegetarian festivals in the country!

Join us!Click here to RSVP on Facebook.  Want to help?  Send us an email, and we will put you to work!

Central Florida Veg Fest will draw both committed vegetarians/vegans and those who want to learn more about how veg-living enhances our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. Come enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisines and lifestyles. Discover new products and ideas fromover 150 vendors and 100 contributors and enjoy a wide variety of presentations and food preparation demos.

Win a Mega Pack Pack

Win a Mega Pack Pack

Not a vegetarian? Whether you’re looking for new ideas to add color and variety to your meals or you’re a “seasoned” vegetarian interested in expanding your knowledge of nutritious and ethical foods, this is the place for you. Please RSVP on the Veg Fest Event page and join the Veg Fest Community page for regular updates about the event. And please share these pages with your family and friends.

Enjoy speakers, food preparation demonstrations, a veggie kids zone, a humane education center, an animal haven, an artist corner, music on an acoustic stage, lots of other activities, and many veg-friendly vendors. There are so many fun and interesting things happening at Veg Fest you will want to stay all day.




Beyond Gorgeous!

Beyond Gorgeous!

Wow, this guy is stunning.  Animal Control doesn’t understand why such a gorgeous dog was not re-claimed.  He was not matted, or dirty, and his nails had been recently manicured… and once I met him, I couldn’t figure it out either.

At first we were convinced that Niall is both deaf and blind, but I don’t think so yet!  He appeared to travel sound and be able to see quite well, but remember, these deafies are super smart and intuitive.  Deafies are so smart, most of the time their owners don’t know they are deaf!  Niall is one of those.   The only true way to see if a dog is deaf  is when they are alone, and asleep.  You enter the room, make slight noises (not vibrations) and see what happens!  Here’s what I do know… he responded to sounds and he did not “bump” into anything, and he came right to us repeatedly.  Much like China, he has adequate vision.

Can I come out and Play?

Can I come out and Play?

Niall is very young, maybe 1 less than 2 years old.  He is a real cuddle bug and has the Aussie Wiggle Butt.  He has been fully vetted, neutered, microchipped, however, the vet found that he is heartworm positive.  Heartworm is so easy and inexpensive to treat, I wonder if his owners got scared and gave him up thinking the treatment is expensive.  Niall will start his heartworm treatment and be negative in about 6-12 months.

Niall is so much like my China, I just know I’m going to fall in love big time!  And by the way, I thought Lilly was deaf/blind too, and she marched right into our rescue and never was!

Cuddles with his toy

Cuddles with his toy

You can see more of his photos on Facebook.

Update:  Niall is being fostered by Courtney, Ginger Doodle’s Mom!  He is incredibly affectionate and friendly.  He is learning everything super fast, including stairs!  He is housebroken and has amazing manners.  We will have more updates shortly.

Mr. Niall and Joey, his new name is Ban Joe!

Mr. Niall and Joey, his new name is Ban Joe!

10/27/14 Update:  We had a lot of great people who wanted to adopted Niall, and choosing wasn’t easy.  Niall was adopted yesterday by Joey!  We’re looking forward to updates soon!

Rebecca the Border Collie ~ Adopted

RebeccaThis gorgeous girl was quickly adopted by Gary Henderson of the Villages.  Gary has been waiting for that perfect Border Collie to call his own!  You can see more of her photos on Facebook.

Dodger, the fully-trained Border Collie, Heeler~Adopted

I love a fully-trained dog!

I love a fully-trained dog!

Dodger is 10 years old this month. He is fully trained and is being fostered in Orlando.

Dodger is a very good companion. Dodger has lived in houses and apartments, and has always been a good renter. He is great with cats, kids, and seems to especially love elderly people! Dodger is happiest with his pack, when he can keep an eye on all the people in the house and just chill. My dad passed away from cancer last year and Dodger stayed by his bed for days, loyally not leaving his side until Dad died.

He is mellow and relaxed most of the time, but still has enough energy for playtime.

Dodger is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations and is on flea & heartworm treatment. He is neutered and in good health.



He is generally obedient (he finds going through trash very tempting if left out of his crate when home alone). He is crate trained and will respond to the command “kennel up” to go into his crate when you are ready to leave home. He walks well on a leash when paired with someone who can keep up with his eager pace, and is especially happy in a fenced back yard if possible. His best friend is a miniature poodle, and he gets along well with most dogs.

You can see more photos of him on Facebook.

Will you be my mommy?

Will you be my mommy?




10/11/14 Update:  Dodger was adopted today by Barbara Knies!  We can’t wait for updates!


I can’t tell Kristoff and Anna apart! They are twins! Kristoff is an Aussie boy, about 8 weeks of age. he is one of 4 of our Frozen puppies, 2 males and 2 females.  You can see more photos of him on Facebook.  We will have updates shortly!

Strike a Pose Pretty Boy!

Strike a Pose Pretty Boy!

Should Kristoff be on the cover of GQ for dogs?

10/02/14 Update:  The last of the Frozen puppies was adopted today by Chuck Viggiano of Clermont. Chuck and his wife are going to have a lot of fun with Kristoff. They have several grand children that can’t wait for school to be over today! Chuck recently lost his dog, and he described the emptiness of the house… not any more!!!

I'm going home!

I’m going home!

Isn’t it super cool to watch these unwanted dogs, full of fleas, worms, and emaciated be transformed into gorgeous creatures? We get to watch them to go wonderful homes where they are totally wanted and appreciated… where they will be well cared for and adored.


Sven, one of our Frozen Puppies

Sven, one of our Frozen Puppies

Sven, a male, is Aussie maybe Shepherd. He is a very calm and quiet puppy (so far) He loves to snuggle. He is about 8 weeks of age. He is one of four puppies, 2 males and 2 females. Sven is a real charmer and because of his dark coloring, he’s hard to photograph.  You can see more photos of him on Facebook.

Update:  If you are going to Disney and take your kids to the Frozen Sing-a-long… you’ll probably meet John – because he works there! John adopted Sven and Elsa and does not have plans to change their names!

Sven, Elsa, and John - everybody sing a long!

Sven, Elsa, and John – everybody sing a long!


Captain Jack Sparrow, the Sheltie Boy~Adopted.

Captain Jack Sparrow, the Sheltie

Captain Jack Sparrow, the Sheltie

Captain Jack came to us from Miami-Dade thanks to Patty Duenas who pulled him and transporter Jennifer that drove him to his foster. He was picked up as a stray and was described as very, very scared in the shelter environment.

This little Sheltie boy was in serious trouble, and we didn’t even know it.

Patty Wrote: He has a few staples on his neck that need to be removed in a week. He had a cut on his neck. Vet said that the “dreads” he had were pulling his skin apart. They weighed a lot. This dog broke my heart. I bathed him on Wednesday. He is so sad. He was not doing well in shelter environment. Can’t wait to see him flourish in a living home.

I’ve never heard of a dog needing grooming so much that it literally split his skin… that’s gross.  Michelle Kamber in Boynton Beach is fostering this little boy, and  he immediately was invited to play with her dog, Trixie!  While he was terrified at the shelter, he’s playing in foster care!

Happy Boy on Transport!

Happy Boy on Transport!

While we see the Sheltie in him, his ears and nose has us a bit confused.  He doesn’t have short little legs, so your guess is as good as mine! Jack is 25 pounds and while the shelter thought he was  5, we disagree and feel like he is  more likely about 3 years old.

9/14/14 Update: Michelle writes: “As soon as he got to our home, his tail started wagging and hasn’t stopped much since. I was prepared to spend a few days helping him get over is fright but that wasn’t necessary.   He was happy to explore the yard and loved meeting our dog. He seems to like other dogs a lot and has been following our pup Trixie around like a shadow. He’s met the cats too but couldn’t care less about them.

Captain Jack is not overly clingy to the humans but will come around for affection every so often and then is happy to go play with the dog. He’s more likely to follow another dog around the house than the human. He has a very sweet personality and has been perfectly behaved so far. He’s potty trained, gentle, quiet, playful with other dogs and loves to have his ears scratched. Jack is not too sure about toys, it’s like he’s never seen them before. We are working on getting him to realize the fun of all the toys in the basket. My baby nephew came over yesterday and he was perfect with him as well.

Captain Jack Sparrow

He is a fan of the couch!

9/28/14 Update: Michelle writes: “We’ve had Captain Jack for a little over two weeks now and boy has he come out of his shell!  He’s one of the most loving, sweet and easy dogs I’ve fostered.  He got his staples out from his neck boo-boo last week and was a star at the vet’s office.  Everyone fell in love with the good nature and cuteness of our Captain.
He has become super affectionate.  He loves to be pet and scratched all over and will melt his body into your legs for more.  Captain Jack is great with dogs, cats, and people of all ages.  He also gets very excited about car rides and when the leash comes out.

We will get more updates soon, but in the meantime, you can visit his photo album on Facebook.

Captain Jack is going home!

Captain Jack is going home!

Update:   Captain Jack was adopted by Rick of Fort Myers.  He’s making himself at home and creating a relationship with Rick’s cats!  Can’t wait for updates!  You can see more adoption photos on his facebook album.





4/7/16 Update: It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Jack’s passing. 3 weeks ago he was diagnosed with a heart issue which ultimately became too much. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family as they grieve his loss.



Olaf, the fluffy puppy~Adopted

Olaf the fluffy puppy

Olaf the fluffy puppy

Because of your donations on Frappe Friday, we were able to sneak this little boy on our transport yesterday, so Thank you!  We estimate he’s between 9 – 12 weeks of age, and he’s a cutie pie.  After careful research, we are confident in telling you he is a Great Pyrenees/Collie boy.  There is a bald spot on his back which may be where someone applied a topical flea preventative… and it burned his hair.

Lanie with Newman Vet says I'm the cutest puppy ever!

Lanie with Newman Vet says I’m the cutest puppy ever!

You can see a lot of photos of him on Facebook.


Update:  Michael Scott and his family drove from Gainesville to meet and adopt Olaf!  Michael adopted Osbourne, the Border Collie, and it was time to add a new member to form a pack!  Olaf now has his own little girl to play and cuddle with.  To get updates and watch this pup grow, visit the photo album!

Olaf Meets His New Family

Olaf Meets His New Family

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

Angel Pup at the Vet being well cared for

Angel Pup at the Vet being well cared for

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

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

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

Pup Thrown from Moving Vehicle

Pup Thrown from Moving Vehicle


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

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

Can you help, and donate to our Veterinary Care Fund?

Angel Pup now Gabriella

Angel Pup now Gabriella

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

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


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


Are you my Mommy?

Are you my Mommy?

Thank you for Central Florida Earth Day!

Nougat wants a cookie!

Where do I start? First, I want to thank:

Ron and Dawn Sweeney for helping us setup our canopy and unload our stuff! Dawn made home made doggie cookies, they were a huge hit. Ron made hand made dog toys that the dogs just loved.  Of course Nougat and Cooper were there, getting a lot of pets from people!  Who could resist?

Lilly and Dusty

Dusty and Mike were there and helped us get sign-ups for our raffle, and were our professional TDL representatives, talking to total strangers about our rescue! It was cool!

Of course, my kids were working the crowds, they were amazing!

Handcrated Soaps

Ernestine Styron was selling her handcrated signature soaps, and the dog soaps were a major hit!

Brittney Myers was busy doing everything I forgot to do, and taking amazing photos!

Sheila Coffman allowed us to borrow her canopy, and donated the amazing raffle basket! Thank you Sheila!

Jake, Sammy and Abel


A TDL Follower, Robin, won the Raffle of doggie goodies! Sheila also arrived with her two dogs, Sammy and Jake. They got a lot of attention from the passers by!

I also want to thank Dale Johnson for allowing us to borrow his tables, we really needed them! Thank you Dale!

We did sell some TDL t-shirts and books!



Shep now Alfie and Lady Di flirt again!

Who surprised us with a visit?

Shep, now Alfie, and his Mom Johanna surprised us with a visit. He was nervous at first, but he was a show stopper. Everyone wanted to meet Shep. Shep has put on a lot of weight, his coat is amazing, he just looks great.


Anderson Cooper


Anderson Cooper also brought his parents. They just adore that dog! It was so nice to see him, and I was amazed with how quickly he has adjusted to his new family.

Velveteen and her Mom, Patina, stopped by for a visit. Velveteen looks amazing. Patina shared with me that Velveteen’s fear of new people and new dogs is growing. I suspect that because of her age, her vision is getting worse. Regardless, she sure loves her Mom, and sought safety behind her quite often. What a success story she is.

Bart tried to make it, but when his Mom opened the car door, and he saw all the strangers, he was simply too scared.  Poor little guy!  I kind of don’t blame him!


Ozzie being himself!

Ozzie, Lady Di, and China made a lot of new friends.  Ozzie got fed up being on leash, and ended up sitting in a chair most of the day!  China did great some strangers, which is always amazing!

What was amazing is the majority of our dogs were Aussies, Ozzie being the only Border Collie.  And of all of the dogs that were there, three were deaf/blind.

Ryan and Lilly

We handed out a lot of Flyers and Business Cards.  I don’t know what kind of an impact we made, if any, but I can say that it a great opportunity for us to hang out together.  I am truly amazed with who dedicated and devoted TDL volunteers are.  I could’ve never done it myself, I couldn’t even put up the canopy or carried a table alone!

I wish we could identify a place where we can go maybe even once a month, to reunite with people, and make it easier to stay in touch – in person.  If anyone has any suggestions, speak up!

Can’t get enough of a good Collie!

Thank you everyone, for a very wonderful and fun filled day!


I don’t know who this is, but it’s my favorite photo!









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Anna’s Pack


Bring your dogs, and join us!

Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT

Lake Eola Park

195 N. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

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Let it Go – Stop Feeling Sorry For Your Dog

This article explains why it is unhealthy to pity or feel sorry for your dog. No matter what your dog has been through, pity will create behavioral issues. This article explains that most dog-owners, especially those who have adopted a rescued dog, don’t realize that feeling sorry for your dog does emotional harm.

All Dogs Should Be Expected to Behave


I was listening to Cesar Milan on a radio station a few weeks ago trying to answer the question, “why do you think so many dogs get returned from shelters and pounds?”  What Cesar tried to explain was that people feel sorry for the shelter dog, and when they bring the dog home, they treat it with a tremendous amount of pity, they treat it like an orphan, and let it get away with very bad behavior.   They won’t correct the dog, because it has been through so much. As I was listening, I realized that he really wasn’t explaining it well enough for the average person to identify with.  I felt that people listening would say, “oh, I would never do that,” when in fact they do!  I don’t think people truly realize what they should and should not do when they bring a dog home.


Be Proud of Your Dog

If you think about it, and you purchased a pup from a phenomenal breeder, you would be proud of your new pup, showing it off to everyone and bragging about its bloodline, the titles its parents have won, and your dreams for your new pup.  But that’s not how people act or feel when they bring home a pup from the pound; a pup that is emaciated, maybe is full of worms, has runny poop, cries all night long, and is confused.

Do Not Reward Fear

People who see a dog cower at the sight of as human hand for some reason want to embrace it, pet it, tell it it’s okay, and that just makes the dog even worse.  The dog has actually been rewarded for being afraid of the hand. I have had many people come to my home with their adopted dog, asking to adopt a second dog from me to keep their dog company.  Many times the potential adopters discuss in detail the horrible conditions that their dog originally came from.  They treat their dog like it’s still being abused, in other words, carrying the pity that they have for their dog in their heart and on their sleeve.  It doesn’t take me very long to realize that their dog is neurotic, and stuck.

Don’t Make Excuses For Your Dog’s Behavior

What I witness is a very nervous and unsure dog.  The owners make up excuses for their dog.  Their dog may growl at another dog, or show it’s teeth at me, and they make excuses for their dog.  Their dog may be food-aggressive, and they make excuses for their dog.

Is Your Dog Stuck, Living in the Past?

A few times, I’ve literally asked the couple to leave their dog with me, “go have lunch and leave me alone with your dog for an hour so I can properly introduce the two dogs to each other,” I beg, because I know that it’s their energy that’s preventing the dog’s joy.  They refuse to leave, they refuse to give me a chance, they refuse to give their dog a chance, because they enjoy seeing their dog needy, confused and unsure so they can be their dog’s savior. Their dog is stuck living in its past.  To the dog’s owners, he’s always seen as the pathetic, needy, starving dog they brought home from the filthy pound, and that’s NOT what your dog wants – and that’s not what your dog is today.


Make Your Dog’s Pity Party Brief

Since I recently worked with Winter, Shep and even before then Shy Sharon, I go overboard with potential adopters explaining to them that under no circumstances are they to feel sorry for their dog.  Even in the worse cases, like Bart and China, for example, I too feel a lot of empathy for the abused and neglected dogs that I rescue… but only for 24 hours.  After that dog is with me for a day, I brush it off and the dog and I begin a new day, begin a new journey, and the dog knows that there is not one ounce of pity in my heart for him any longer.  Those days are gone, it’s time to move on and be proud.

They call it tough love

Only on a few occasions I’ve allowed someone to adopt from me not knowing that they want the dog because they felt sorry it-it always ends in disaster.  Yet people are more attracted to the damaged dogs than the perfectly fine dogs.  Dogs like Chaz, for example, has never been in a pound, he was never abused or neglected, he’s just a great dog.  Yet 99% of potential adopters want to adopt the sad abused and neglected dogs, like Shep. While I was trying to explain this to a friend last week, I used an analogy that just came out before I realized I had just had a major Ah Ha moment.

Tiny Dancer

Your Dog Is Not an Orphan Anymore

As a young teenager, I was quite a handful.  I was disrespectful and rude to my parents; I thought I knew everything.  I didn’t appreciate how hard they worked for the family, and how lucky I was.  Every heated argument ended with my Mom or Dad saying, “if it wasn’t for us, you would have died; we saved your life.” Those words always ran through my veins like ice.  Instead of being grateful that they adopted me (a sickly three month-old baby abandoned by her mother and given to a catholic orphanage) it did the opposite-I resented it.  I did not ask to be there, I did not ask to be adopted, and at three months of age, I certainly had no say in selecting my family.

My Collie, when I was just a kid

My Collie, when I was just a kid

The statement itself infuriated me.  Why?  Because I did not want to be seen or treated like that pathetic and unwanted orphan.  I wanted to be appreciated for who I had become.  I did not want to be a sickly orphan, I wanted to be their healthy yet combative teenager daughter! I remember thinking to myself, if they were so unhappy with me, why did they adopt? Today, of course I realize that this was normal teenage rebellion and if we wouldn’t have fought about that, we would’ve fought about something else!

But I do understand that when a dog is adopted, he should be adopted because he is wanted.  He should be adopted because he will add to the family, not give the family a sad story to hang onto.  Stop the Drama!


If you have ever met me, and met China, you’d understand my energy.  China is probably one of the most abused dogs I’ve ever rescued, yet when I introduce her and show her off to people, I do it with great pride.  I don’t dwell on her past, I don’t want people to feel sorry for her, I want people to see her beauty, recognize her intelligence, and more importantly witness her incredible loyalty and joy. Yes she was unwanted, abandoned, surrendered to a kill shelter, scheduled to be put down and deemed un-adoptable.  Yes, she was beaten and took months to rehabilitate, but that shroud does not follow her because we will not pity her.

I work very hard when I rescue and foster a dog with a horrible past to close that door and lock it permanently.  If you are thinking of adopting a dog from a shelter, rescue or pound, or if you are getting a dog off of Craig’s list, or a parking lot, realize that if you’re stuck in the dog’s past, your dog will never grow emotionally, because of you.

It matters not where your dog came from, it’s up to you to undo the past, and help your dog find joy.

There is no joy in pity.

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