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.

Carlisle the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ~ Adopted

Carlisle the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ~ Adopted
What a guy!

Carlisle is a three-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  We rescued him, his mother Esme and five other small breed dogs from a tough breeder situation.   Gisele made a rather impactful video of the rescue that I invite you to watch. When we got Carlisle, the area between his toes was so packed with filth that he looked like he had webbed feet.  His ears were matted but we were able to brush out most of the tangles without resorting to scissors.  He is a handsome fellow already and will only grow in good looks as a result of exercise, good food and lots of love.

I think he is laughing!

If you met Carlisle, and hope you will, you would never suspect that he came from neglect.  He is a happy soul, always clambering to get into your lap and lavish you with kisses (thank goodness we paid for that dental cleaning!  lol).  At just under 16 pounds, he fortunately qualifies as a lap dog, since I don’t think he’ll take no for an answer! One thing that I’ve noticed about Carlisle is that he is always looking at us, trying to figure out what we want, how he can please us.  He just has that spirit that adores people. Amazing, don’t you think?   I think that my yard might be the first one in which he and his mother have romped.  Gisele made this video of them out for the first time.  Sheer joy!

The smell of freedom

Given the circumstance from which Carlisle was rescued, it is not surprising that he is heartworm positive. He presents no symptoms, therefore we have no hesitation in recommending the slow-kill method. The standard “fast-kill” treatment for heartworms requires that a dog basically undergo chemo two or three times and then be kept penned up for three months so it doesn’t elevate its heart rate. Instead, we recommend that the dog simply be given Heartgard heartworm preventive each month, just as it normally would be. Ivermectin, the active ingredient in Heargard, not only prevents heartworms but kills them as well. During the first month the dog is also given an antibiotic and steroid. Over the course of a year or so, the heartworms die off.   Carlisle has already started this program and is doing just great with it.

I am fostering Carlisle in Winter Park, Fl. Be sure to look through both his personal photo album and the one he shares with Esme. If you think that you might be interested in giving Carlisle a loving forever home, please read our article Starting Out Your Dog Right, review our Adoption Process, and then e-mail me at If you want a dog who adores you, this might just be your pup!

You can also read Carlisle’s  original posting with Esme.  These little ones are quite the survivors !!!

Just a wee thing

July 20th Update:

Carlisle just can’t help himself. He just overflows with enthusiasm. Today I let him and Esme loose in the house for the first time. I’m happy to say that they appear to be housetrained ~ yay! And fun? Oh yeah, they are such fun. Smart too ~ they quickly figured out how to jump up on the couch. Gotta love it!

with Jedediah and Esme

July 21st Update:

Carlisle is still very much the puppy.  Yesterday afternoon Jedediah the Basset puppy arrived and Carlisle has been thrilled.  They love to play together, wrestling and tearing around the house and yard to beat the band!  It is such fun to watch them because they are the same coloring but with totally different body shapes.  Carlisle is sophisticated and Jed is, well, Jed is not!  lol

Going home with Fran and Baxter

July 24th Update:

I just waved goodbye to our sweet Carlisle.  He is headed home with the wonderful Fran and her mellow pug Baxter.  She found Carlisle through Petfinder, linked over to this page and by the time she finished reading, knew she had just met her next dog!  And boy, was she right!  Carlisle was all rub-my-belly and wagging tail.  They are now headed down the road to Fort Lauderdale to live happily ever after.  And I am smiling.

One thought on “Carlisle the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ~ Adopted

  1. Just wanted to update everyone. We’ve had a name change: Carlisle has gone from Windsor (a little formal for him) to FRECKLES !!!!!Fits him to a tee. Happy go lucky and playful, not stuffy ot formal at all.:) He is adjusting well to FOrt Lauderdale and his brother, Baxter, appears to be happy to have the company. Thank you Dog Liberator, and especially Holly for the match.

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