The Dog Liberator™

The Dog Liberator rescues abandoned dogs throughout the Southeast. Based in Central Florida, this non-profit organization fosters all of their dogs in a home environment. Founded in 2009, all dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The Dog Liberator focuses in rescuing the herding breed, which consists of Border Collies, Shepherds, Sheepdogs, Aussies, Collies, and Deaf/Blind Dogs.

Blackberry the Feathered Border Collie ~ Adopted

Poor Amy. Last summer she adopted Billy Joel, one of our Border Collies. Then she offered to transport our litter of four Australian Cattle Dogs. Then she fostered a dog. And then another dog. And then another. And now she keeps finding wonderful dogs in need of her care.

And so we arrive at Blackberry. Blackberry wasn’t even on Amy’s radar. She actually went to the shelter to rescue an 8-year-old Basset hound (Amy and I both have a thing for Basset hounds, let alone older dogs dumped at shelters). Fortunately, the Basset was already adopted by the time she got there. But since she’d made the drive, she thought she’d look around….

and there was Blackberry. Blackberry, of the beautiful eyes and feathery ears. Blackberry, who reached through the cage toward her, as if to say, “Thank goodness you’re here. I’ve been waiting for you!” What was she to do?

Sooooo, here’s Blackberry, a beautiful two-year-old, 38 pound Border Collie. She has proven herself sweet, gentle and super-smart. She has already learned to sit, stay, shake and down. Hmmm, Bassets never learn those things…..

Blackberry is house- and crate-trained, walks well on a leash, and rides in the car like she’s been doing it all her life. She loves marrow bones and chews on them with her head down and butt up ~ too funny!!! She’s very gentle and people-oriented — all she needs is a family to call her own!

Consider yourself warned ~ don’t look at her unless you’re ready to fall in love. You see what happened to Amy!!!

You can see more photos of Blackberry on her personal photo album.

01/10/11 Comment by Gisele:

She looks identical to my very first BC that I rescued in Houston, her name was Troubles. I had Troubles for 13 years, she was smart, loving, and gorgeous!

January 11th Update:

Blackberry has been adopted!!! From Amy, “Blackberry has been adopted by the lovely Cervenak family of Largo. Lucky girl, she’ll be living minutes from the beach and vacationing at the family’s cabin in Maggie Valley, NC. I’d say she hit the jackpot — from homeless stray to shelter dog to beloved member of a wonderful family in just three days!”

Think about this: three days ago Blackberry was in a cold kill shelter, unnoticed by anyone. Until Amy. Now she is in the loving warmth of her new family! Thank you, Amy, for changing her destiny! And thank you to the Cervenak family for overcoming the grief of the recent loss of your dog to allow Blackberry into your heart!!!

January 15th Update:

Life is great with Maggie. She is certainly adjusting. Tail is wagging more often, she is much more playful, and showing a sense of humor :). All the cats have come out of hiding and appear to be on board with the new family member. Actually, Maggie and Baby Kitty were snuggled up last night. I’m so not kidding.
Joshuas school friends have stopped by on their way home each day. She’s very gentle with these guys (4-7 year olds) and that is a huge relief to us.
Had her to the vet today. They agree with your age estimate, around 1 1/2 years. She’s got webbed feet, so definetely some springer spaniel in there (interesting, and very cool!). Can’t wait for summer to see her swim in the Gulf. She does have some ear wax accumulation and redness, doc says this is typical for a spaniel so we’ve got a new bottle of ear cleaner. And she did get her microchip, which is good because she’s a runner. Can’t open a door without holding on to her.
Rick and Joshua hit Petsmart last night. She’s got a new collar, new harness, new tug toy, squeaky toy and a frisbee. She’s all about chasing toys, and we’re working on the returns…


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