DSC_2913Anna is one of 4 Aussie pups we rescued from Chilton County, Alabama.  They were flown in thanks to volunteer Pilot Jim Matthews. Anna has something wrong with her hind leg, she is being x-rayed today. In the meantime, we are asking for donations toward her medical care. If you can donate, and virtually foster her, please visit our Virtual Foster page.

You can see more photos of her on Facebook.

09/29/14 Update:  Little Anna will not be available for adoption.  For those of you who have donated toward her medical care, I have sent you a personal email offering to refund your donation.  Anna is not operable.  Our Vet believes she was once hit by a car, and her pelvic bone is crushed.  While her leg was also broken, that’s the least of our Vet’s concerns. Bone fragments are seen throughout her organs, and preventing her from thriving.  I am so sorry to be the bearer of this heartbreaking news.  I will be spending the afternoon with her.

The Vet does not think she can make it through the surgery, and doesn’t believe that even a specialist can save her. We think she was hit by a car. Accidents happen. Anna is a spunky little puppy, and she is full of herself! She steals bones from her siblings, and won’t share! Watching her in this video, I can’t believe she is playing with a crushed pelvis. Dogs are truly amazing creatures.

Anna, the Aussie PuppyWe make decisions about our dogs as if they are our own dogs, and Anna is no exception. Even if she were to survive the surgery, her quality of life would be incredibly low.  So why is she playing in the video?  We believe that the injury happened when she was so young, she has been used to living with this pain.

I would like to thank my son Ryan, and his friend Nikki for taking the time the visit the puppies with me yesterday.  They had a blast, and they loved the cuddles and kisses.

Anna will never be forgotten, and it’s our job to find wonderful and loving homes for her siblings. They will have a full and happy life while Anna plays with our other dogs that are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. Run along Anna, the pain is gone, be free, and spread your wings!


Zoom Zoom Oreo, over the bridge you'll find new toys and new friends to play with.

Zoom Zoom Oreo, over the bridge you’ll find new toys and new friends to play with.

05/08/14:  It is with deep sorrow that I share that Willow (Oreo) passed away yesterday. Judy wrote:

Hi Giselle.

We wanted to let you know that Oreo had a diaphragmatic hernia that we didn’t even know existed until today. When I came home at lunch she was very lethargic and in pain. I took her to the vet and they ultimately told me to take her to a board certified surgeon in Tampa. When the surgeon was able to stabilize her enough to operate they found all of her organs stuck in her chest cavity and they were dead. There was nothing they could do to save her. We are all very sad.

I’ve shed many tears since I received the bad news yesterday. The Harris family are so loving and kind, knowing that they are suffering this loss is painful for everyone. We all loved little Willow, she was so precious. Words can’t describe the shock of losing such a young dog.

Ozzie and Willow

History:  Never in my life has it been so hard to name a dog!  Never in my life have I seen an identical twin to my Ozzie!  What shall we call her?  Willow, Moo, Ozzietta, Cupcake, Snowcone, you name it, we thought it.  This precious little thing, weighing in at a whopping 14 pounds is about 5-6 months of age.  She came from Lake City, in the same fashion that Bart did, she was left in the night dropbox.  Ugh!  Holli Miller called me and told me I was going to want this pup, and I panicked. I have no funding.  I told Holli I couldn’t make any promises, and Holli shrugged.

I checked my email, and there it was… a donation from Laurie Baker.  Laurie previously adopted Courage, now Bo.  She is an attorney for Baker & Paul in Bradenton.

I called Holli, thrilled that I could, without hesitation, say yes!  A transport was arranged immediately.  I posted a transport request on Facebook, and received an email from Huck & Judy Harris who offered to transport this wee little pup.  Huck & Judy adopted Ginger Snap last December.  I was thrilled.

Huck & Willow – Love at first Sight!

When little Willow got out of their car and walked up my drive way, I couldn’t believe how small she was.  I don’t know why, but I thought the photos made her look much bigger.

We sat on the front porch, it was very clear that Huck was smitten with the pup.  When the Harris’ told me they wanted to adopt her, I didn’t think they were serious.  We agreed that she would be examined by my vet, get all of her shots, de-worming, spay and micro-chip, and they would sleep on their decision.

The day after I brought Willow home from the vet, I contacted the Harris’.  They want Willow, and that’s that!

Willow will be picked up this Saturday, and go to her forever home, where she will be very well cared for.  Oh, and by the way, when I told Huck that I found Willow on top of my stove, and I have no idea how she got up there… a future in agility came to mind!

You can see more photos of Willow on Facebook.

Can’t wait for updates!


Bonnie Blue Heeler~RIP

 06/02/14 Update:  I wanted to let you know that Kiwi (Bonnie Blue) passed away yesterday. She had a heart attack caused by the mitral valve dysplasia. She was out playing and did not suffer. She was only 14 months old but since I adopted her in December she had a wonderful life on the beach and the best medical care in north Florida. The medication allowed her a better quality of life but unfortunately there is no cure for her condition in dogs. She was a very special pup with more personality than I have ever seen in a dog. Heaven gained another angel yesterday. ~ Mia

Bonnie has a new family!

Bonnie has a new family!

This little girl was said to be a sheltie/acd mix, but I can’t find the sheltie anywhere… can you? She is only 7 months old, and smart as a whip! She has gone through several training classes, and can do just about everything but make coffee. She is great with middle school-aged kids (toddlers tend to make her nervous) and loves to play with other dogs. She has great energy, weighs a whopping 16 pounds, and would make an awesome agility dog! She is up-to-date on shots, spayed, and ready to move in – just say the word! She is located in the Central Florida area.  You can see more photos of Bonnie Blue on Facebook.

Bonnie Blue

Bonnie Blue

Big George-RIP

Big George

Big George

George is a purebred, papered Border Collie. He was adopted by a local rescue (un-neutered) last year, but his owners have serious allergies, and regretfully have to give him up.

George is good with cats, but he is obsessed with water! He bolts when he hears the shower running, and will jump in the tub with you, if you’re not careful.

George is not only a blue-eyed Border Collie, but one of his eyes are brown and blue (marble eye). He is unbelievably handsome, well-manner, and fully trained.

George has been well cared for, and has many more years of loving to give. I have so many photos of George, and I can’t post them all here, so please see his photo album on Facebook to see him in action!


George is a very typical Border Collie who has OCD when it comes to controlling moving objects, this includes people. George will not hesitate to grab an article of your clothing and pull you, or place his mouth around your shoe to control your movement. He is also extremely intelligent, my daughter calls him Mega Mind! The combination of a strong drive to herd, and a high intelligence can be a disaster if not properly managed.

Obviously, George never got the memo that clearly states Humans are Not Sheep!

Paul Pipitone, animal trainer and behaviorist, evaluated George today. George is fully trained on a dime to come, sit, stay, and drop. However, he did display some nervousness when other dogs ran, and when people walk by him. This behavior is not consistent, however, which makes me even more confused.

At our annual reunion, many people, including Cyndy Doty and Cynthia Harper witnessed George being calm as people walked by to pet him, and other dogs shared his baby pool.

After evaluating George, Paul believes that George has never had a leader, therefore, when a situation arises that makes him uncomfortable, he takes charge. Paul also believes that George needs routine, and needs to know what the rules, boundaries and limitations are in his environment.

I thought to myself, what George needs is a place where he can get some rehab, but then I realized, no amount of rehab will be enough if George does not find the right home. What’s the right home? A home where his owners are true pack leaders, and are determined to correct and reward. Clearly, a dog as smart as George the Mega Mind will learn quickly. But who would take on the responsibility to adopt a ten year old dog that needs such correction?

After Paul left, I apologized over the phone to Kerri Brooks, who was interested in George. I explained that I didn’t feel that George was the right dog for her. After going into detail about George’s meeting with Paul, Kerri quickly informed me of her years experience at raising Huskies, and assured me that she and her husband were up to the task.

So for now, until I can arrange a meeting with the Brooks, Paul Pipitone and Big George, the Mega Mind Border Collie, I cross my fingers, and think that Kerri Brooks is my hero!

George reminds me of another very famous Border Collie, named Wrigley, and maybe this is the type of job that George really needs. He needs his body and his brain to be exercised, and to prevent boredom. Meet Wrigley!

Enamoured, that’s the word. I am enamoured by George’s focus and intelligence, he is the poster child of Border Collies, and he WAS adopted today by Kerri Brooks amd her husband. It was very beautiful to see him obey every command, and go up to them as if to say, “are you my human?” At the end of the adoption, he looked at me as if to say, “I’m their Huckleberry!” I’ll miss you big boy, here’s your big chance, to finally be with the right people. Can’t wait for updates!


10/22/13 Update: Hi Gisele,

I’m so sad to tell you George passed away this year. He had spondalosis beyond his 13th vertebra and severe arthritis is his hips. He had no synovial fluid in his joints. We were taking him to the vet 3 times a week to get Adequin shots to try and replenish the fluid but the shots didn’t end up helping. The poor boy couldn’t walk, he would scoot across the floor and he would fall down when he went to the bathroom (we had to hold him up). We had to finally put him to sleep, as he was maxed out on pain killers, and still in pain. He was such a trooper though.

I’m really sorry I didn’t email you sooner about this. Every time I thought about it, I would put it off because I just didn’t want to think about losing him. In fact, I’m crying as I write this. He was the best dog we’ve ever had. He really turned out to be such a sweetheart and obedient dog. He loved our cats and was fascinated by them. He would follow me around everywhere. He truly became my best friend. I think we both taught each other so much.

I knew that when we adopted a 10 1/2 yr old dog we wouldn’t have him as long as we would a younger one, and I feel blessed for the time we had with him, even though it was short. We miss him so much, but I’m glad we were able to give him a wonderful life for his last few years.

I also want to thank you for rescuing Georgie and giving us the opportunity to adopt him. What you do is amazing – keep up the great work – Kerri 🙂

Mr. Spock… Fascinating – RIP

Gregg contacted me yesterday, and gave me the news, Bailey passed away suddenly. He apparently ripped his spleen, but the complications were originally due to cancer on his pancreas. This is a real blow to the Carlson family, they recently lost their other TDL dog, Iris. Our prayers are with them, and Bailey will always be remembered.

History:  Spock was transported to us by Michael McGrath, a Pilots N Paws pilot, who after weather would not allow him to fly Spock, he literally fostered Spock over night at his home, and drove him for us! Serena had the privilege of meeting Mike after several hours of being on the road!

We want to thank Mr. McGrath for his dedication and efforts to help this young boy, known as Bailey, and now renamed Spock.
Spock is approximately 2 years old. He is fully vetted and neutered. I’m waiting to receive details regarding his history, which is still a mystery. Regardless, today is a new day, and today he starts his new life here with us, and has nothing but hopeful and positive days ahead of him to look forward to.

I did not name him Spock because he has large pointed ears, I named him Spock because even though he does not show emotion, it’s obvious that he processes every sight and sound around him. Nothing escapes Spock. Right now he is spending every second absorbing his surroundings and determining if we are “good people”.

I can’t help but be reminded of our Flash Gordon every time I look at Spock.

Because Spock is not an excited playful dog (instead he is cautious and reserved) I will give him plenty of time before I introduce him to the pack.

Spock will find his grove in due time, and he will show me what brings him joy. Until then, we’re going to give him his space, and allow him to relax and put behind him the trauma of being at the pound, and allow him the time that he needs to forget his past, and move on.

Update: Mr. Spock is adjusting quickly and showing a lot of affection. I do not believe he was ever abused in anyway, I believe he was unsure of all of the changes that were taking place, and needed time to feel safe in his new surroundings. He is very cautious but wants to please and be loved.

Update 12/3/09: Mr. Spock was surrendered by his owner, after his owner became very ill and hospitalized. He came to us at the request of his rescuers. His moments spent at the pound, surely affected him, however, we believe that Spock has never experienced a well-balanced life, in short, never experienced other dogs, and travel in general.

Mr. Spock spent his first few days at The Dog Liberator’s Border Collie Boot Camp just getting used to his surroundings and the founder of the rescue, but now it’s time for him to be properly socialized.

Paul Pipitone helps The Dog Liberator by introducing Spock to different experiences. Much to their surprise, Spock responds well, as he learns to play and trust unknown humans.

Spock is very intelligent, fully vetted, and neutered. He is housebroken, very calm, quiet, and would make a great companion to anyone who is looking for a trained Border Collie.

Update 12/10/09: Spock (Bailey) was adopted today by the Carlson family who drove from Cape Coral to meet their forever dog! Looking forward to receiving updates and photos!

Update 12/20/09: Spock, whose real name is Bailey, is enjoying being the puppy he never was. We do believe he experienced some sort of abuse, through simple training errors that left him afraid and confused. Now, he is learning to play with balls, frisbees, brooms, plastic bags, and stuffed animals – which is exactly what he needs.

Crystal – Zoe, RIP

ZoeHi Gisele,

It’s with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that our beautiful Zoe died of pancreatic and liver cancer today. You have rescued so many dogs that I don’t expect you to remember me or my daughter when we drove down from Amelia Island, Fl. and fell in love with a beautiful border collie with crystal blue eyes, 3 years ago. In fact, that was name you had given her, Crystal.

ZoeWe have a small bed and breakfast with guest arriving from all over the country and world. She brought joy to everyone that met her. She was always friendly and welcoming to all who came to our home. Her blue eyes would sparkle and ears perk up whenever you mentioned, car, walk, squirrels, shoes, leash, keys, or someone approaching the door.

Here are just a few of the many comments made by our visiting guests:

Everything was PERFECT & Deborah & Bobby are great. Oh, Zoe (their dog) is really a sweetheart too!  THANKS Deborah & Bobby — I really enjoyed staying with you! 🙂 Cheers…   Brian Atlanta, GA

Zoe, is a sweet dog! Perfect stop for Florida beach-hopping!
Mary Sue, Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Their doggie is really sweet too!
Lindsey, Roanoke, Virginia

ZoeThey treated us more like old friends than strangers and their dog Zoe is wonderful.
Rogert, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

The dog is sweet, never even barked at me. I had a great time, would definitely stay again.
Jo L, London, UK

A sweet and mellow dog, Zoe, greeted us.
St Augustine, Florida, United States

ZoeTheir dog Zoe was the best behaved indoor dog we’d ever seen – no bother at all (and we don’t even like indoor pets.)
Kurt and Edina, Columbia, South Carolina, United States

We had a wonderful time with Deborah + Bobby, their family and of course Zoe, their funny, squirrel addicted dog. Raphael, Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

Zoe is just the sweetest thing.
Karen, Heiloo, Noord-Holland, The Netherland

ZoeWe will miss her so much. I’ve been crying all day so it’s been very hard to write this letter, but I thank you, Gisele, for giving us the opportunity to love and be loved by a wonderful sweetheart, our little girl, Zoe. We will not forget her….

My immediate answer to Deb was, “My dear, I never forget my dogs.  I forget people.  I remember sweet crystal. ”  I asked her to call me.

I spoke with Deborah this morning, she held the tears back and she explained to me what happened, and how sudden it was.  What a great loss for all of us, but looking at Zoe’s photos, and realizing where she came from versus where she left, she sure lived a great life, didn’t she?  She will never be forgotten.

After reviewing photos of Zoe, I realized that she was to Deb and her family, my Reckless, so I did this video:

And I wrote: On the way home tonight, I witnessed a gorgeous sunset, yet it wasn’t long ago that its beauty didn’t phase me… it was when my dog died. While I was only Crystal’s (Zoe’s) foster, I know too well the pain her owners feel today.

I remember not wanting to come home to an empty house. I remember waking up in tears every morning. For being without my dog was too much for my heart to bare. It wasn’t until I dedicated my life to rescue dogs that I put those emotions behind me, until now.

Seeing Zoe’s photographs brought all of my emotions back, they brought me back to February 9, 2009 when I lost my best friend. I did this video in honor of Zoe because I believe that her owners feel today, the same way I felt then. How do we move on? We don’t.

But we can open up our hearts, and help another animal find joy and love, and allow that animal to give us the same. We deserve it, and we can help our “heart dog’s” memory live on with every new dog we accept in our hearts.

I have to date rescued over 700 dogs, and every one of them have touched my heart. It pains me to see their owners say goodbye. But like Sarah White said today, if you don’t cry, you don’t feel.

We miss you Zoe, and you will never be forgotten.

Ironically, our Bailey Boy died today as well. Rescue is not all about puppy breath, kisses and tails wagging. Zoe, you were the Caroll’s family heart dog. And not many get that title!
2010 History: Crystal (aka daisy) is a papered, pure-bred blue-eyed Border Collie.

You won’t be surprised to know that she is extremely intelligent and has tremendous focus. What might surprise you, however, is that she is not a high-drive dog. Rather than looking for a job to do, she is looking for a person to love. She is what we like to refer to as a “velcro dog” ~ her favorite place to be is next to her family.

Crystal was adopted, and I can’t wait for updates!

You know, you just don’t find a lot of Border Collies like this. I mean, we love BCs, but the reason they end up in rescue is that they are so intense, so busy, the average family just can’t handle them. Crystal has all the looks and intelligence, all the upside of the breed, without all the “What can I do? What can I do? What can I do?” compulsion that can drive the unprepared person nuts. She even ignores cats! Wow! Fully trained and fully loved, this dog is wonderful! More photos of her can be viewed on Facebook.

Foster Update:

Crystal wants to be with her “person” and strives to please. She isn’t that keen on other dogs being in her space (her crate) but she is not dog aggressive. She wanders the house with my other guys, no problem. Thunderstorms distress her and she needs to be watched and cared for during them. I wonder if she has the potential to be an escape artist: she scopes out the parameters of her world and examines possible exits ~ typical Border Collie! Crystal is highly intelligent, understands commands, watching her person’s face and trying to read what is going on with them. She loves to play in the water, biting and barking at a squirting water hose. lol. She loves watching the other Border Collies playing tug of war with toys and will bark at them, but is not necessarily interested in playing with toys one-on-one.

Adoption October 21, 2010 Update:

We changed Crystal’s name to Zoe. She is already recognizing it. She was perfect on the 3 hour trip home with a stop at PetSmart. When we finally got home she didn’t want to go for a walk and was kind of fighting the leash. So, I brought her in to meet Bobby and show her the house. My bedroom is off limits for her until I see how I manage with my allergies. She will come to the door of my bedroom but I’ll gently say “no” and point and she turns around. We have only heard her bark once and that was when someone rang a door bell on a TV show…lol. I got up this morning at 6:30 and made coffee. She just raised her head up and waited for me to open her crate. I got the leash and took her for a walk in which she was perfect; stayed right beside me, even when I started jogging. Now she lays in my studio while I work or on the tile in the dining room. She loves her crate too. She really is a couch potato! I have to make her play but within minutes she rolls over on her back. I tell her she needs to get up and exercise and she’ll put her paws over her ears like she doesn’t want to hear. She just like my husband! Here are a few photos in her new home…

Adoption October 31st, 2010 Update:

I took her to the beach yesterday and she seemed excited and was OK except she avoided the water as it came in. It was low tide and the waves were calm. She didn’t mind walking in the wet or dry sand. She’s walking a mile every morning and evening and sometimes during the day. If we just say the word “walk” she gets excited and starts for the door. Squirrels are the only thing we have to watch for. She wants to chase them…lol.

2013 Rainbow Bridge

Maggie May

Maggie May

Remembering all of the friends that we have lost.

Farewell Maggie May~Adopted~RIP

A Perfect Border Collie

A Perfect Border Collie

Last Friday, Laura picked up Maggie May from transport via Becky Harshman, kept her overnight, and brought her to my home.  I spent the weekend with Maggie, and I was impressed with her overall condition.  She was clean, no matted hair, her teeth were white, her coat shiny and she was fully trained; crate trained, sits, speaks, shakes, you name it.  This was the perfect dog.

on Transport

on Transport

I noticed on her paperwork that she growled and snapped at a kennel worker, and Laura mentioned that she growled at her daughter as well.  I gave Maggie her space, and didn’t push her into doing anything she didn’t want to do.  Maggie warmed up to me quickly, giving me kisses and wanting hugs.  She showed no food aggression, and was comfortable with other dogs.

Yesterday, I invited Debbie and her husband John to meet Maggie.  I thought they were a perfect fit.  Debbie has been wanting a Border Collie for years, and she wanted an older female.  Normally, I don’t allow adopters to meet their dog until after spay/neuter, but in this case I really wanted Debbie and John to meet Maggie before her surgery, so they can see for themselves how this seven year-old dog didn’t look or act a day over four!

Debbie fell in love with Maggie immediately, and the feeling was mutual.  Maggie was perfect, she showed Debbie that she can sit, shake, speak, and roll over.  She was a very calm dog, and it was a go for the adoption contract.  Debbie had already bought a crate, leashes, bowls, etc.  We completed the adoption contract, Debbie wrote the check for her adoption fee, and we were set for her to pick up Maggie Wednesday.

Debbie & Maggie

Debbie & Maggie

This morning Debbie sent me a text, “Give Maggie a hug for us this morning.  We’ll be thinking about her.”

I took my daughter, Sarah to school, and had to return for her awards ceremony.  Sarah got a ribbon for Reading and Honor Roll.  After, we went home, put Maggie in the van and took her to the vet so she can have all of her shots, be spayed and microchipped.  I checked in on our Parvo Puppy, Meredith, and left without any concern whatsoever.

On the way home around 12:30 pm, Newman Veterinary Center called me about Maggie.  Kerri explained that there was a large amount of unexplained fluid in her abdomen, and Dr. Kim wanted to know why.  It was not normal, and suggested an exploratory surgery to see what they could find.  I don’t know why, but I still wasn’t concerned, the people at Newman are the best.  Twenty minutes later, however, they called me with the news.  Maggie had tumors, many tumors.  One had ruptured, and they were located on her liver, and other places.  Of course, I didn’t really know what that meant.  Can’t we remove them? But it’s not that simple.  The cancer had spread and they recommended euthanasia.

John & Debbie Adopting Maggie

John & Debbie Adopting Maggie

I pictured the warm and loving exchange between Debbie and Maggie, and my heart sank.  I called Debbie, and gave her the bad news.  In tears, she said she didn’t want Maggie to suffer.  She had seen another dog go through the aftermath of cancer surgery, and she didn’t want Maggie to go through it.  I altered my course and drove straight to Newman Veterinary, where Kerri was waiting for me.  I signed the necessary paperwork, and the staff let me go back in to the surgery room, where I said goodbye to Maggie.  Most of the Veterinary staff was in the room while I said goodbye.  I don’t cry very often, but this time I bawled.  I thanked everyone, and hugged Dr. Kim.  She said this was the best thing to do for Maggie.

I’m so confused, because Maggie was so well cared for, so trained, so smart, and she looked incredibly healthy.  My daughter Sarah, of course was hysterical.  “It’s not fair,” she said the entire drive home.  As I write this, Sarah has sneaked into my bed with all three of our dogs, and Squeeze.  I don’t sugar coat or hide much from my kids.

In the story about the Rainbow Bridge, if a dog is not owned… Maggie was owned.  Debbie had in fact adopted her, so if you believe the Rainbow Bridge exists, Maggie has crossed over, and is playing with many of our gorgeous dogs that we have had to say goodbye to.


Maggie, a Proud Adopted TDL Dog!

Maggie, a Proud Adopted TDL Dog!

Goodbye Sweet Maggie, I wish you could've stayed with us longer.

Goodbye Sweet Maggie, I wish you could’ve stayed with us longer.

So the last experience that Maggie had was enjoying her meet with Debbie and John, enjoying our company, and her stay with Laura, her temporary foster.  I’m sure she had long forgotten the shelter where she was abandoned.

Even though Maggie was asleep from surgery, I gave her many kisses, cuddled her face, gave her a hug, and rubbed her pretty feet.  Maggie was perfect.

In closing I just received this email from Debbie:  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be Maggie’s Mom. I only met her once but immediately fell in live with her. She certainly didn’t deserve the hand she was dealt but now God will give her perfect peace. My heart is heavy and my tears are many because I know from our brief meeting that she was an awesome girl. ~ Debbie

You can see more photos of Maggie on Facebook

06/05/13 Update: A few days have passed, and we have gathered our composure about having to say goodbye to Maggie, but her collar hangs on my rear view mirror. I see it every time I get in my van to remind me of her. I need to be reminded that you never know what you’ll find during spay/neuter. Maybe I shouldn’t show a dog before surgery. Maybe I shouldn’t take for granted that a dog looks and acts healthy. I need to be reminded that anything can happen and to cherish each moment. I’m very proud about the time we spent with her, how much attention and love she received from us. How many kisses she stole and hugs she received, especially from Sarah, gives me some peace that she knew, proof positive, that we loved her.

Saying Farewell to Skye

Gorgeous inside and out

I just received an email from Marjie, just a few minutes ago…

The beautiful Skye Wolfe, family border collie, service dog, frizbee long throw and catch winner, & all round favorite dog of the Wolfe Pack went to play frisbee with the Creator today around 12:30. She will always be in our hearts. Her vet and I think she might have had a brain cancer in the end she went downhill really fast.

I will be dogless for while while I and family recover from this sadness… then we will see who claims our heart… Someone on the smaller side…
Hugs, ~ Marjie Wolfe

It’s hard work being a good dog!

I met Skye when she was very young, I can’t even remember what year it was, maybe 2007. I adored her at first sight. She took care of her family, she was intuitive, gentle, and gorgeous. She was like my Reckless, a true heart dog. So sad to hear the news just now from Marjie. What a loss. She will always be remembered.

Although Skye was not my dog, this hurts. Marjie and I would brag about our heart dogs, our girls… our perfect girls, I hope Skye and Reckless are taking turns with the frizbee! They both had such good manners!

Good night sweet Skye  ~ gisele

Farewell Sydney

As I posted on Facebook this morning, it is very sad that I share the loss of Sydney Wilson, Jen & Bill’s red Aussie girl passed away suddenly this morning. We are all so sorry for their loss. Anderson Cooper took to Sydney, following her around, and learning from her while he was being fostered by the Wilsons. Her death is a tremendous loss. RIP little girl, you will never be forgotten.

Judge Baloo, the Gentle Giant ~ RIP

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Judge was later renamed to Sammy!

TDL’s Rainbow Bridge

Teresa Pipitone

Every year during the week of October 6th, we remember all of the dogs that passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Many have crossed over, and some were waiting for us, but if you believe in the story about the Rainbow Bridge, you’ll believe that our Teresa Pipitone has helped all of our rescued dogs, cross over.  They are all loved and remembered by us.

Rescuer’s Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn’t long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the soft green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.

“You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge.”

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?” As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted.

Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

“Watch, and see.”, said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

“What happened?”

“That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn’t place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge.”

“I think I like rescuers”, said the first animal.

“So does GOD”, was the reply.

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