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


Ms Macaulay ~ Adopted

13268486_10154040857284792_8488673687990448536_oThis poor sweet girl was abandoned by her family. They moved away, and left her behind to fend for herself. As you can see her coat is severely matted, and the light has gone out of her eyes.

As we all know, dogs are stronger and more forgiving than most human beings. With love and care, we can help her regain her health and her trust in people, but we need your help.

She is a purebred sheltie and is estimated to be between 3 and 5 years old. Please take a moment to donate to our vet care fund, so we can help this baby, and many others!  Thank you so much. More photos and updates on this Sheltie girl coming soon! ♥ 13308466_10154040857279792_1029018648060403081_o

Once Macaulay is ready, she will be available for adoption. If you are interested in being considered for Ms Macaulay please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented, and email us. You can also Check out her Photos on Facebook!




6/3/16 Update: So we shaved Macaulay down and discovered this sweet little boy was actually a sweet girl! Life is rough when you are so matted down that we can’t tell what gender you are! That being said, Macaulay is looking a lot more comfortable now and has arrived with TDL!


7/4/16 Update: Happy 4th for Ms Macaulay. Ms. Mac was adopted by the Berdeauxs of Port Orange. They recently lost a dog and their other dog was very sad and lonely. Looks Mac is fitting right in with her new family. Congrats!


Guess who was just adopted?






Minnie Mouse ~ Adopted!

Minnie Mouse is on her way!

Minnie Mouse is on her way!

3/10/16 Update:  Minnie is a 7 year old Chihuahua mix around 11 lbs. She fully vetted (including spay) and seeking a home. Minnie does have a special need, she is blind. She is also very loving!  Check out her Photos on Facebook!

If you are interested in being considered as an adopter for Minnie, please  read Our Adoption Process and answer the questions in the post.


Minnie Mouse needs Veterinary Care

Minnie Mouse needs Veterinary Care

History:  When Alyse brought this dog to my attention, she was hoping we would take her, but she was even more hopeful that we could get pledges/donations for her veterinary care.  On the dog’s page via Rescue Me Tampa, she received quite a following! 108 Likes, 371 Shares, and almost 100 comments left by concerned individuals on Facebook.  Yet, after Alyse asked for pledges – her page went silent!


Minnie will need full blood work, and a dental which may include a few extractions.  She will then need all of her vaccinations, her spay, and her microchip.  She is heartworm negative!  We will probably want her to have the spa treatment as well.  A nice bath and some conditioner never hurt anyone!  Please make a donation toward her care.

Here’s what the shelter wrote about her:

**** HAS RESCUE!! This poor little girl is a heart breaker. She is blind and she is so scared. Can you imagine being so tiny and in a strange place and cannot see? She backs up to get away and there is a wall behind her and she has no idea what is going on and is terrified

She is listed as a 5 yo chi mix, she is only 10.5 lbs! The shelter has not named her yet, but we are calling her Desi. Her notes state she has severe cataracts and is not aggressive, just very scared. So sad, please share her to help her make it out!Stray
Weight Estimate: 10.5 lbs
09/09/14:  This little girl is coming to our rescue. She needs the works, not just spay. She has severe dental issues, and as you can see, we are hoping to get her into an eye specialist who can operate. We need your help! Please click if you can sponsor her rescue.We want to thank our Alyse  and Debbie from Hillsborough County for coordinating her rescue for us, and Theresa Lorenzi for offering to transport her tomorrow.

09/10/14:  Thank you Theresa!  Minnie is in the house!  The staff at Newman Vet/Deltona just love her!  She is scared to death but she will let you hold her – no problem!  We have our work cut out for us.

09/11/14:  Last night I was on the phone with Carrie of Newman on and off.  We were coming up with a plan for this shy little girl we call Minnie Mouse.  First, was the eye medication, next we discussed her spay surgery – so bloodwork was in order.  I got comfortable and tried to watch the President’s address to the nation, when Carrie called me again, bloodwork is just fine!  Woo Hoo!  When I looked up at the TV, the Muppets were on… how did that happen?

Carrie & Minnie after a bath!

Carrie & Minnie after a bath!

Note:  I just want to pause here and make it very clear why I love Newman Vet so much… while we are just starting to relax after dinner, and prepare for bed, the staff at Newman are always taking care of our dogs – without delay.  No Minnie didn’t have to wait for the morning… for someone to unlock the door, turn the lights on and check our our dogs… Minnie received care as soon as she arrived.  And it’s not just medical care that they provide, the staff at Newman really pampers our rescued dogs with love and attention!

I spent the rest of the evening texting Alyse about Minnie’s condition and prognosis.

Minnie and Zsa Zsa have taught me a lot, and we have much to share.  We are gathering information to write a post that we hope will help the welfare of all dogs.

In the meantime, we still need donations for Minnie’s care, can you help?

09/12/14 Update:  Minnie had multiple teeth pulled yesterday, and a dental cleaning.  The Vet tells me that many of her teeth were absolutely rotten.  They couldn’t believe it.  She is going to feel so much better now.  She was also spayed.  Out vet estimates she is around 8 years of age.

Shannon Adopted Minnie Mouse today... I'm still tearing up!

Shannon Adopted Minnie Mouse today… I’m still tearing up!

09/14/14 Update:  If you have kids, you know the book series “If You Take Your Moose to the Movies“.   Well, I believe if you leave a cute dog at the vet long enough, someone there will fall in love and adopt it!  That’s what happened to Minnie Mouse!  Everyone at Newman Vet just fell in love with this sweet little thing, and Shannon asked us this morning if she can bring her home.  I Cried!!!  Not just any Shannon, but my Shannon!  We are so blessed to have so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, and so blessed to have the best adopters – EVER!

09/25/14 Update:While Minnie Mouse has proven to be a wonderful little girl, Shannon had some bad news today. Shannon’s husband is very allergic to her, and that’s something that I totally understand. I am personally allergic to the smoothies, the short-haired dogs. Shannon thought since they have other breeds, the Chihuahua would be a no brainer, but the breed does have different hair than let’s say, the Maltese, etc. So Shannon is having to give up Minnie Mouse, and she is heart-broken. But the good news is we have learned a lot about Minnie, she is very affectionate, great with cats (they love her) and with kids. As much as we wish Shannon could keep her, we know we’ll find her a wonderful home soon!

09/28/14 Update:  After consulting with her family, Shannon is going to try some natural products and a few ideas to help her husband’s allergies with Minnie.  I bought Minnie a super cute sweater today, which I know will keep the dander down to a mild roar.  That along with baby wipes might help!  We’ll have updates soon!



Little Bowie ~ Adopted

Little Bowie (2)Little Bowie is an 9 week old male Chihuahua/sheltie mix and is one of the 4 Bowie pups.

Check out his photos on Facebook!
Check out their Group Album on Facebook!

1/11/15 Update Little Bowie was adopted by the La Torre’s of Ormond Beach! Woo hoo!Little Bowie

Little Ziggy ~ Adopted

Little ZiggyLittle Ziggy is an 9 week old male Chihuahua/sheltie mix and is one of the 4 Bowie pups.

Check out his photos on Facebook!
Check out their Group Album on Facebook!

If you are interested in being considered for Little Ziggy please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented in the article, and send your answers to the email listed in the post.12494826_10153704681424792_3050439278733621682_n

1/30/16 Update: Little Ziggy has been adopted by the Young family of Satellite Beach, FL!

Major Tom ~ Adopted!

mojor tomMajor Tom is an 9 week old male Chihuahua/sheltie mix and is one of the 4 Bowie pups.

Check out his photos on Facebook!
Check out their Group Album on Facebook!

If you are interested in being considered for Major Tom please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented in the article, and send your answers to the email listed in the post.mojor tom (2)


1/31/16 Update: Major Tom was adopted by the McDonnells of Daytona Beach! Congrats to you and your new family, little guy!

Stardust ~ Adopted!

10565233_10153697461334792_8438413733572136692_n 12573184_10153697461864792_8239464578705322922_nStardust is an 9 week old female Chihuahua/sheltie mix and is one of the 4 Bowie pups.

Check out her photos on Facebook!
Check out their Group Album on Facebook!

If you are interested in being considered for Stardust please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented in the article, and send your answers to the email listed in the post.



1/29/16 Update: Stardust was adopted by Sydney Flanigan of Coco Beach, FL. Congratulations to them both!

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!




KiKi, the Shorgie ~ Adopted!



1/25/15 Update: Exciting news for Kiki, She found her family! Pam and Art of Debary, FL fell for this little girl and decided it was time for her to be part of their family. Congratulations to them all!





1112/22/14 Update: Unfortunately we received word that due to changes in her owners health Kiki needs to find a new home. Kiki would do best in a quiet home, willing to crate her when things get exciting, as visitors can make her a bit anxious. She is not a fan of Kitties, and is unsure of new dogs, but once she has time to adjust she can learn to be friends. Kiki is also a little unsure about younger children, so a home with older, or no children would be ideal. More information to come.

Check out her Photos on Facebook.



KiKi doing the Magpie Look!

05/30/12 Update:  Woah!  KiKi is most definitely a herding dog, and she is good at it!  She has the low stare, the perfect stance, the focus and the desire to control movement.  I’m not at all surprised.  She has been shedding many unwanted pounds, is enjoying her daily walks and has accepted the fact that table scraps are not dog food!  KiKi should be adopted by a quiet couple, with no young children (as she will nip to control) and no cats.  KiKi would do very well on a farm where her talents and skills are needed.  When handled by a professional, her herding and prey drive could easily be redirected with a frisbee, flyball or agility training.

Marjie Wolfe, and Shelter Director Tracey Breen, send me several photos of this cute little thing.  I was hoping I would find a way to make room for her, and I did!  Kiki’s owner had to go into an assisted living facility after her health issues became a serious concern. Kiki is about 4-5 years old. She had lived with a pack of smaller dogs. She is a Sheltie, but a low-rider! She has Corgi legs and my daughter, Sarah says she’s a Shorgi! Unfortunately, Kiki needs to shed some pounds. I’ve been calling her Special K! Looks like her owner took very good care of her, and her dinner might have consisted of biscuits and gravy!

She is an awesome little dog, housebroken, smart, loves to go on walks, does not bark like most Shelties. At first she reminded me of Garcon, and Tiny Tim…. then I saw her spots and said, Shenandoah (Connie), and who could forget the Borgies?  They were one of the most stinking cute litters we ever rescued, but when the sunlight hit her face just right, I looked down at her and saw Magpie!  She is going to the vet this week, we will check for a spay mark, and if she needs to be spayed, we’ll take care of that!  She has had all of her shots, and has been microchipped.  Sarah paraded her around the neighborhood last night, and she was a major hit!

KiKi, the Shorgie!

Her giant photo album can be viewed on Facebook!

Update:  Yesterday was a hoot!  We took KiKi to Val-u-Vet in Deltona to see if she has been spayed and to have her nails cut (they were pretty long).  But before we got down to business, I asked all of the employees, (about 10-12) to guess her breed.  Definitely Corgi legs, but is she a Border Collie or a Sheltie. It was split down the middle… Dr. Oliver guessed Sheltie because of her coat, and I agree.  Others suggested Border Collie because of the spots on her nose and legs, and I agree.  This is one dog that really should be DNA tested!  So I’m no closer to suggesting if she’s a Shorgie or a Borgie!  One thing is for sure, she’s a doll!



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!

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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.



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.


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!



Elsa, one of 4 of our Frozen Puppies

Elsa, one of 4 of our Frozen Puppies

Elsa is one of four puppies flown in yesterday by Volunteer Pilot, Jim Matthews.  She is an Aussie, maybe Lab or Collie mix.  Elsa is very affectionate and calm for a puppy!  You can see more photos of her on Facebook.  We will have more updates for you shortly.

Elsa and Sven, adopted Together!

Elsa and Sven, adopted Together!

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 any plans to change their names!


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!

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

Little Whitney~Adopted

Whitney before grooming!

Whitney before grooming!

Rescued from Anniston Shelter in Alabama, Whitney and her BFF Wendy were surrendered after their human found himself homeless. So sad. Both are very friendly, and weighs about 28 pounds. I didn’t get any good photos of Whitney… she went straight into the back for a much needed grooming and spa day!

Whitney is shy, and is using Wendy as her compass, this is not good!  Whitney needs to learn to trust humans, and find joy in creating a bond, this will happen quickly once she is adopted.


New photos coming soon!

Check out her Facebook Photo Album for more pictures!

Whitney and Curtis

Whitney and Curtis

Update:  Whitney was adopted by Curtis and Elaine.  Curtis recently lost his spaniel, and was very lonely!  Elaine saw Whitney and encouraged Curtis to meet her.  It didn’t take long before Curtis realized Whitney needs him more than he needs her!

Little Wendy, A Very Polite Aussie Girl ~ Adopted


Little Wendy, a Very Polite Aussie Girl

Little Wendy, a Very Polite Aussie Girl

Rescued from Anniston Shelter in Alabama, Wendy and her BFF Whitney were surrendered after their human found himself homeless. Both are very friendly and trained.  Wendy is very friendly, and very good in the car!  She also rode loose on the plane, which speaks volumes!  She weighs about 24 pounds and is about 2 years old.

You can see more photos of her on Facebook.

Wendy has her own family now

Wendy has her own family now

09/14/14 Update:  Nathan and his wonderful family adopted Wendy today.  The family is from DelRay beach!

Everything you need to know about Ticks and Dogs

Removing Ticks on DogsFor dog owners ticks are a common hazard that comes with the territory. But, for those new to the world of ticks, they are evil little creatures related to spiders, that carry several types of diseases that can be harmful to both you and your pet (for example Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever). Here’s some information on tick removal and prevention.


Tick Removal

On the odd chance you’re reading this because there is a tick already attached to your dog, here is a good video on tick removal. You can buy the tool that they are using, or use tweezers. However, when using tweezers make sure you are grabbing the head of the tick, otherwise you can accidentally leave it in which can increase the chance for disease and infection for your dog.

Also, NEVER use dish soap, alcohol, fire, peanut butter, nail polish or other liquids to remove a tick from your dog. This can cause the tick to vomit into your pet, increasing the chance for transmission of disease to your dog.

Note:  While examining your dog for ticks, don’t forget to check inside your dog’s ears and in-between the toes, that’s where ticks love to hide!

Tick Prevention 

Tick prevention is extremely important for keeping you and your dog safe from the diseases ticks carry, and for preventing tick infestations in your home. Always make sure to check your dog for ticks when you come back from being outdoors, even if it’s just the dog park.

Note: if you are only worried about your yard, you can have a pest control come out and spray for you, most companies have natural tick killers that won’t hurt your pet, but make sure you check before they spray.

Frontline and K9 Advantix

Topical agents are normally very effective for preventing tick bites. But in some areas ticks have become resistant to certain forms of these topical preventions. For example, in Florida most ticks are resistant to Frontline. Topical agents, like Advantix are great, because they will kill ticks when they bite your dog. However, this doesn’t prevent them from hitching a ride sometimes (we had a tick infestation in our home from this occurring once).

Oral agents

When looking into oral tick prevention it is best to check with your vet to see whether this will be the best option for your dog. They will have the best knowledge on what ticks in your area are resistant to, and which oral agents will be best for your dog. When ticks are found on
our rescued dogs, our Vet immediately uses NexGard.

Note: Oral agents, like topical agents, will only kill the tick when they have already bitten your dog. They don’t necessarily help prevent them from taking a ride.

Flea and Tick Collars

Flea and tick collars are a great way to prevent fleas and ticks from even coming near your dog, though they won’t kill the tick if they manage to get past the barricade and bite. Here, remember that you get what you pay for, so the cheaper options are not always the better ones. Our Vet only recommends the Preventic Collars.

Note: If we are going into the woods, sometimes we will use a flea and tick collar as well as topical tick repellant – since sometimes the collar is just not enough.

Rose Geranium Oil

This is a natural remedy for tick prevention. It is an essential oil and ticks naturally dislike the smell of. We used it with K9 Advantix when we took our dog Serge hiking for 3 months, and we only saw one tick the entire trip (and we were doing full body checks on him every night) It worked so well that we even started using it on ourselves.

How to use:

First make sure that Fido isn’t allergic to it by only dabbing a bit on them and leaving it for a few days – if the dog is constantly scratching the spot, clean it off them.

If the test run goes well, two drops at the shoulders and two at the rear should be enough (essential oils are very potent smelling – so using just a little will save your and fido’s senses – in fact it still works if you dilute it in water).

There are many tick prevention sprays available online, like this one:

Go Potty – Helping Your Abused Dog To Go Outside

Our Borgi Puppies, Adopted 2010

Our Borgi Puppies, Adopted 2010

There are tons of “how to housebreak your puppy” books and videos out there.  And I’m sure there are millions of products that claim will help, but these things are for the normal average dog.  Rescued dogs sometimes come with a little bit of baggage!  Usually, it’s the dog’s former owner who confused the dog, and now the dog is stuck.

This is the case with Buttons Sparkles, Boo BooShy Sharon, Baileys, and dozens of dogs I have rescued.

Many Dogs that Have Lived On Their Own Don’t Want to Go Outside

Recently, Marlo’s new Mom asked for advice – Marlo does not want to go outside.  I find this ironic, since Marlo has been “living off the land” for most of her life, and now she doesn’t want to go outside?  The same thing happened with Brittney’s Mystery.  Once Mystery felt the security of being indoors, she didn’t want to go out!

Dogs that Have Been Mistreated are Afraid to go Potty Outside

In most cases, dogs do not want to go outside because while they were being housebroken by the owners, they were simply abused.  Their owners caught them making a mess too late, they were scolded, grabbed, maybe  hit, and thrown outside.  Now, the dog is afraid of going through doorways, and I can’t blame them.

In the case of Shy Sharon, and Goldie Hawn, the crate sores on the top of their paws showed that they were pulled out of their crates, and because they put on the breaks, their feet got stuck.  Now you have a dog that’s terrified of leaving the crate because each time they did, they hurt themselves.  I put a Kuranda bed in their crates so the step down would ensure them it would never happen again.

Timing is Everything when Training Your Dog

There are many people who believe they should give their dog either a reward or a treat when the dog does its potty and comes back inside… but what that does is teaches the dog to hurry back in!  Those people will quickly learn that they dog will not do their business.  The run outside, and head right back for the door – they want their treat!

Boo Boo Afraid to Go Outside!

Boo Boo Afraid to Go Outside!

What I suggested for Marlo is that her new Mom rattles the treat bag, and let Marlo watch her put treats in her pocket.  Take Marlo to the door, and give her a treat (or praise), then open the door, and as soon as she goes through the doorway, give her another treat.  Enter the yard, and treat again.  Give Marlo constant praise as she spends time in the yard, but do NOT treat her for coming back into the house!  That will send the wrong message.  We want to praise Marlo for going outside, not coming inside!

Treat or No Treat, I’m not Going Outside!

I have rescued some dogs that will put on the breaks and act like they are walking to their death bed!  No treat in the world will convince them that it’s safe outside.  In those cases, I just tug at the leash, and go – ignoring their protest!  Each time it gets easier and easier.

More Tips for Getting Your Dog to Go Outside

If your dog loves toys, take some with you!

Crates Sores on her paws, she was forced out of her crate

Crates Sores on her paws, proves she was forced out of her crate

Always remain calm and relaxed.  If you are tense your dog will be tense.  Sing a song to yourself to get your mind off of it.

Each time you go outside with your dog, make the outing last a little bit longer.

Give a lot of verbal praise after you see your dog is finished doing its business!

If your dog loves the company of other dogs, borrow another dog!  Invite a family member, neighbor or co-worker’s dog for a few days to help ease your dog’s fears.

If your dog did its business outside, give your dog some cuddle time when you come back inside, if your dog didn’t do its business, try again in ten minutes!

Did you Just Adopt Your Dog?

If your yard is not fenced, and you just adopted a rescued dog, know that some dogs DO NOT like to “go” while on leash. This will take time.  Some dogs will not “go” while on a walk!  Be patient!

Make Your Home a Drama-Free Zone for Your Dog!

And Remember to Never EVER feel sorry for your dog!  Your dog wants to be a super star, not be part of a pity party.  Please read Let it Go.


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