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.

Lady Victoria, the Regal Collie~Adopted

Lady Victoria, the Regal Collie~Adopted
Chilling out at the Vet's Office

Lady Victoria found herself at the Animal Shelter in Lake City. Found as a stray, she arrived at the shelter on 8/30/11. When I received her information, my first question was if she had been heartworm tested. A few days later, I didn’t get the answer that I wanted, she tested light heartworm positive. Knowing that we can’t treat collies with ivermectin, I had to say no.

Over the next few days, her face haunted me.  At the same time, I was working with Marjie Wolfe regarding two heartworm positive dogs in Brevard County. This launched our investigation into the slow kill method, the use of heartgard and doxycycline and interceptor. I consulted with the Veterinarians we use, and much to my surprise, interceptor was approved!

The lovely Erica Brilliant, and her Mom volunteered to transport Victoria to me yesterday.  Erica adopted Flash Gordon from me two years ago. Flash Gordon was one of my first rescues. He was transported from Alabama to me with Shy Shannon.

Severe matting

When I first met Lady Victoria, she was friendly, intelligent, gentle, and had a bounce in her step which is what I call “pride”.  She may have been neglected all of her life, but she has not been physically beaten or emotionally abused.  She is awesome on leash, and crate-trained.

But there’s more.

Lady Victoria also has a fairly large tumor on her belly. After Dr. Charlie examined her carefully yesterday, he believes it’s a umbilical hernia, and not life-threatening. However, while she is being spayed today, I’m having it removed!  She also had a very large sore on her paw, that being said, she’s going to be wearing the cone of shame for a few weeks.

The tumor

Lady Victoria is estimated to be the age of four, and she has been very neglected. Covered in fleas, and severely matted, the folks at Val-U-Vet and I concur that after a good bath, some comfortis, and a good meal, she’ll be just fine.


Recently, Karl & Dawn adopted Lady Priscilla who was rescued from Augusta, GA along with the Spice Girls.  Before I agreed to rescue Victoria, I called Dawn asking if she knew anyone that could foster a collie for me.  Immediately, she thought that her father-in-law would be interested!

Karl, Dawn & Lady Priscilla

Karl’s father, Frank, lives in Leigh Acres and he will be giving her a safe and loving home while she recovers.  I can’t tell you how blessed we are to have the volunteers that we do who will stop everything to help us save a dog.

Lady Victoria will not be available for adoption until we have had time to evaluate her, and allow her some time to recover from her surgery.


I'm Home!

10/06/11 Update: It’s official! Frank has adopted Lady Victoria!


10/4/12 Update:  Lady Victoria is heartworm negative!

2 thoughts on “Lady Victoria, the Regal Collie~Adopted

  1. I had the pleasure of transporting Lady Victoria yesterday and she was an absolute dream in the car. She laid novelty in the back for the long ride and allowed us to give her some nice pats and scratches along the way. Even with the matting, fleas, hernia, and foot sore she couldn’t have been sweeter. I’m excited to see her transformation into the regal dog that’s so clearly there. Lady Victoria is a lucky girl to become a TDL dog! I’m sure she’ll find her playful side in no time!

  2. Erica, thanks so much for transporting her down and the info! We’re really excited to meet her tomorrow when she gets released from the Vet. We’ve been prepping Akela and Laika for a new friend and “Grandpa” is anxious to start spoiling her rotten, like she deserves to be!

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