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.

Kipper the Rat Terrier Puppy ~ Adopted

Kipper is really something! Just 3-months-old, 7 pounds, he can outrun any puppy I have, including the Kelpie and the Border Collie. Okay, he might not outrun the Kelpie, but it is at least a tie!
Kipper isn’t shy. When you pick him up, he covers you with licks and kisses, wiggling with complete joy. This is a really affectionate and loving puppy. But he isn’t a couch potato; he is a rocket of energy!


It is hard to tell how tiny Kipper is in the photos, but trust me, he is. He has the tendency to carry things around in his mouth, usually things three times his size. You know, rope toys, balls, branches, trees,….. It really is funny. I’m just loving this little guy!


You can see lots of photos of Kipper in his photo album

November 31 Update:

Kipper has never met a dog she didn’t like. This morning she met Pollywog the Boston Terrier. She and Sassafras the Old English Sheepdog had a blast playing with her. Here is just a snippet of their time together.


December 5th Update:

Kipper continues to be a one-man (dog?) welcome wagon. Last night we took in two 6-week-old dachshund puppies and one 6-year-old Boston Terrier. The Dachshunds hit the ground running (literally) and were ready to play. Kipper was more than happy to oblige them. He did not play too rough or rowdy but just at the perfect level. Maybe it’s because he was glad to finally have someone here who is smaller than him!

The more telling tale, though, is how he responded to Dolly the Boston Terrier. This 27-pound dog has lived her whole life with a loving senior couple, and being moved into a foster home has been a huge shock for her. She was very nervous and tentative, giving the other dogs a wide berth. But after a while, Kipper approached her and, without getting into her face, started doing the bouncing-on-the-front-legs-butt-in-the-air thing. After a minute or so, Dolly was bouncing right back at her. It was wonderful to see. Kipper made this sweet dog feel like she was “one of the gang” and before I knew it, Dolly was playing with Cricket too! Kipper has a way with other dogs ~ as you look through his photo album, notice in how many he is playing with another dog.

Kipper is quite the little guy. He is affectionate and playful but has a sensitive spirit to him that belies his age. Whoever adopts him is going to have one special puppy!

December 10th Update:

Kipper is so cute. Today I had my camera out and got video of him playing inside with dachshunds Pippin and Pompy, and then outside with Cricket. He is precious!


December 14th Update:

Kipper cracks me up! This morning he noticed the lovebirds for the first time. He was convinced that if he jumped high enough he could get in the cage with them. Too funny!!!

December 16th Update:

Kipper has been adopted. It happens time and time again: I’ll have a wonderful puppy who keeps getting overlooked and I wonder why. And then I meet the family that finally adopts him and I know: their perfect family simply hadn’t found them yet! Leslie and Colin have a stunning, and huge, Black Lab named Darcy. But he gravitates toward Colin. Leslie was hoping for a dog to be her buddy. Enter Kipper. At first, he was a little freaked out by Darcy ~ he’d never seen such a big dog. He kept barking at him, but from the safety found by standing between my feet. Then, he was barking from between Colin and Leslie’s feet. Then he was licking Leslie’s nose. then he was licking Darcy’s nose. And then it was a done deal! My little guy is going to have a wonderful life, and I couldn’t be happier!!!

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