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.

Grasshopper, the Amazing Kelpie~Adopted

Grasshopper, the Amazing Kelpie~Adopted

When you are in rescue, you get used to dogs finding you!  That is exactly how Grasshopper came to us.  Karen and her family have been working with us for a while, trying to find a dog that they aren’t allergic to.  Imagine our surprise when we received this e-mail from her:
Hi Gisele!

A dog found us! We found her on our driveway! Her microchip indicates she’s from Miami, I contacted the owner who didn’t want her anymore. He had given her away to a family, that we can not locate.

Grasshopper is 31 pounds, and I think you are right on about her being an Australian Kelpie. The paperwork says she’s a German Shepherd mix, born Feb 18th 2009. (note: Kelpie’s are commonly mistaken for shepherds)

She is smart but needs more training to reach her full potential. She is fully housebroken. Walks well on a leash. Likes to stand on her hind legs to get your attention, plays tug-of –war with a rope, likes to take very long walks/runs, and likes to play chase. She thinks she is a lap dog and wants to sit in your lap or will sit by your feet. She likes to be around people at all times. No aggressive behaviors but will bark to sound protective. She is great with kids and won’t bite down when wrestling and playing.  She doesn’t like to stay outside alone and will bark when she is ready to come in (that is usually when we come in).  She really wants to be around people.  She is watchful and walks on her hind legs to get attention.

One big problem is if you leave the door open she will run away! My husband chased her for ½ hour today after my son left the back door open. Her coat is shiny and seems water proof. She is not a smelly dog. She needs a home where she can run around daily and get plenty of exercise. A fence is needed.

She deserves a great home!


Since writing this description, Grasshopper has gotten extensive training and has blended into family life seamlessly.  She really is something, even pulls the kids when they are wearing their inline skates!!! Make sure you look through her very extensive photo album.

Grasshopper is being fostered in the Orlando area. If you are interested in adopting her, please review our adoption process, then e-mail

March 26 Update:

Oh, what a day we have had! Today was our Spring Reunion, held in Melbourne. How excited we were when Grasshopper came. And, boy, did he exceed our expectations!!!

First, let me tell you, Grasshopper is what I call a keyhole dog. She is so slender that she could slip through keyhole. And she is beautiful. Her markings are stunning and her ears are picking signals from space. She loves her people. Even when off playing, she seemed to be always aware of them. It is a shame that they are allergic to her, otherwise no way she’d leave this foster home!

And Grasshopper is smart. Really smart. Paul Pipitone spent a little time with her and near ‘nuf skipped over to tell me how amazing she is, that she learns quickly and willingly. His enthusiasm was quite contagious! Yup, this girl will make a wonderful addition to a family somewhere!

This video was made at the reunion. What a day, what a day!!!


May 1sts update:

Okay, we finally got it!  Karen has been telling us how great Grasshopper is with the kids and how she will pull them on their skates.  You can see it for yourself in this video.  This totally cracks me up!!!


Grasshopper & Sam

Grasshopper was adopted yesterday by Sam and Amy Peddy!  They have renamed her Kelsie!


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