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.

Loli the Mystery Puppy ~ Adopted

Loli the Mystery Puppy ~  Adopted
Wagging tail is a blur

Loli is the puppy that I almost didn’t get. After I had agreed to take a Border Collie puppy from Hale County Animal Control, I was asked if I could take two more 12-week-old littermates that had recently arrived. One certainly looked like a Border Collie, the other, well, she looked like there might have been a Beagle somewhere in the family tree. Never mind, of course I would take them. Arrangements were made for all three of them to come to me the following Monday on the Pilots N Paws flight. Perfect!

Two days before the transport we were told that the first Border Collie puppy had been adopted. OK, but we were still getting the two littermates.

Delicate face

The next day I was told that when the transporter came to the shelter to pick up the puppies to drive to the airport, one of them got away and hid under the shed. With a deadline pressing, the transporter had to leaver her behind. Now I was down to one, but didn’t know which one!

Late that night I received an e-mail from Jeff the pilot, postponing the flight due to weather. No problem. I contacted all the other fosters (we had three adult dogs coming) and ground transporters. Standby for Tuesday.

Tuesday’s weather was just as bad, and the flight was postponed again. Called everyone. Again. No problem.

Tiptoe through my garden

Wednesday’s weather was…. yup, you guessed it!, just as bad, and the flight was postponed. Again. Called everyone. Again. No problem.

Thursday’s weather was clear! Jeff beat feet to his plane, flew to Alabama, picked up the dogs for four different rescues and flew back into Orlando Executive Airport. Boy! Were we glad to see him!

I was equally glad to see my puppy. Poor thing! She was a wreck. She was so nervous on the flight that she had drooled the whole way and was soaked from laying in a puddle of saliva. I could see her in the back of her crate, but she wasn’t coming out. I had to tip it on the end to slide her out and then held her tight to my shoulder, telling her everything was okay. After we got home she just wanted to curl up in a crate and sleep, so we let her. Poor baby.

with Kanter

By morning, Loli was ready to meet the gang! A good night sleep, a bowl of chicken stew, and life was good again! Oh, she is a joy! Bigger and older than I expected, she will also be smaller than I would have guessed. I think that she is closer to  five months old but only about 17 pounds. She has border collie markings, but that’s about it. Her ears are longer, her nose is narrower.  I expect that she’ll be about 25 pounds when full grown. She is already housetrained. Smart too ~ my daughter taught her to jump up onto the couch in just one session! lol

Breed? I’m not sure. She looks like a diminutive Pointer or Beagle, maybe some Dachshund or Whippet. I don’t know.  I learned a long time ago not to get too caught up in that kind of thing, especially once I got to know the dog.  Breed descriptions are great for predicting general behavior, but once you know the specific dog, well, generalities no longer matter!  I just think Loli’s lovely with delicate features and a beautiful face.  Oh! and her name!  My daughter just recently returned from a mission trip to Papua New Guinea where she learned to speak some Melanesian Pidgin.  “Loli”, pronounced LowLee, means “candy.”  And yes, Loli’s just that sweet!

I am fostering Loli in Winter Park. You can see lots of photos of her in her photo album.  If you think you might be her perfect home, please review our tips on Starting Out Your Dog Right, then review our Adoption Process and e-mail me at

Safe in the arms of Eric and Lauren

September 9th Update:

Eric and Lauren spotted Loli in this photo of our Thursday transport but didn’t know who she was. There was no mention of her in our video. They asked Lauren’s mom Linda to see if she could get some information. Linda adopted my Drummer last November and Amy’s Carly a couple of months ago, so sent me an e-mail. Gosh, was I surprised. I had planned on putting up information on Loli the next day but instead got busy then so Eric and Lauren could read about her. When Liinda sent them an e-mail letting them know she was posted, they were already reading her webpage! They came and met her this morning and knew she was their dog!  Wow! I guess that was meant to be!!!

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