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.

Emma, one of Katie’s Pups, Adopted

Emma, one of Katie’s Pups, Adopted

Our last rescue of the year was a group of Border Collies who had been dumped at a shelter in Georgia, several adults and a litter. Katie, a three-year-old, arrived ill so we did not have her spayed right away. By the time she was well again, it was apparent that she was pregnant. In stepped the wonderful Lynne, who offered to foster, whelp and care for Katie and, eventually, her puppies. At the end of January, the puppies were born, 9 lovely black and white wigglers. Sadly, one failed to thrive due to a cleft palate ~ heartbreaking. The remaining 8 grew into beautiful examples of all the Border Collie breed should be! They are truly lovely, 5 boys, 3 girls, all full of vim and vinegar!!! They will be ready to go to their forever homes Easter weekend. Today we will begin to take applications, and then after they are screened, Lynne will set up appointments. We will not be taking applications for specific puppies as we believe that, although you may fall in love with a photo and a description, the only sure-fire way of adopting the right puppy is to show up with an open heart, sit down on the floor with all of them and see who adopts you!

Given that Lynne is the owner of the Corner Bar and Grill in Largo, we thought it amusing to name the puppies after drinks. I asked Lynne to share with you just a bit about each of the puppies.

EMMA – Adopted

Emma is the smallest of the litter. She is very personable, can hang with the boys, and can really growl if they take her treat.

She likes to go off alone and sleep on the bathroom floor cuz it’s cold.

She will give kisses but likes to bite your shoelaces even more. She has the typical Border collie look, the white mane, white tipped tail, white feet. She will be breathtaking as an adult.

Emma and Joan



Emma has found her home with Joan and Craig. In her initial e-mail to me, Joan wrote in part, “They’re finally ready!I came across your website in February while searching for an Australian Shepherd or Border Collie to adopt. I’ve been watching the blog regularly and really appreciate all the pictures and video. Last December we had to put down our Australian Shepherd named Sheila. She was a beautiful blue merle with one brown and one blue eye. She was almost 17 years old and we raised her from a puppy.”
Lynne was very happy with how this first adoption unfolded: “Joan and Craig are awesome, she was very shy at first with them but the 2 other girls were jumping around and biting and the boys were all over them, emma just laid back watching them…both of them very carefully , then finally they got a lick and a hug and i recommended they take her as she is more demure. wont be alpha over their dog and wont be as rambuctious, after all she is a lady of breeding.” Emma will be making her home in Eagle Harbor, Fl, with Joan, Craig and Dundee, a 10-year-old mini-Aussie. Happy!


Our Post about Heart Murmurs and Hernias in puppies.

Holly’s post on Training Puppies

Announcing Katie’s Puppies in April.

About Katie, her whelping the puppies and her adoption.

The Diary of Katie’s Puppies is a day by day look of the pups as they grew and grew.

Katie’s rescue on New Year’s Eve 2010.

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