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.

Mini Cooper, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted

Mini Cooper, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ~ Adopted

Note:  Due to the number of phone calls and emails we have received from shelters and pounds please be aware that Sam Mauldin no longer volunteers for The Dog Liberator.  She can not pull, transport, or foster dogs for our rescue.


At 5’10”, I’m pretty tall for a woman. I guess that’s why a lot of people snicker when they find out I am nuts for Corgis. I mean, I tower over people of “normal” height, so I can only imagine how ridiculous I look with a Corgi at the end of a leash. No matter, I love them — short legs and all!

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I jumped the moment I saw the listing for a 2-year-old male Corgi at a high-kill municipal shelter. I think my message to Gisele said something like, “I. Want. This. Dog.” Her response was, “Yes, dear.” Good thing she tolerates my Corgi obsession! (Cases in point: Harry Potter, Piccadilly and Penny Lane, Sweet Pea, and Doogie Bowser.)

Fast forward 24 hours and I get a text from Gisele that Laura Watson, a wonderful TDL friend and volunteer in Jacksonville, was on her way to evaluate my Corgi. Woo hoo! A few hours later Laura herself sent a text, along with a photo of the cutest little tri-color boy. “He’s friendly and sweet, a true gentleman,” she said. “He has the best personality and is so adorable! I’m pulling him now.” Of course, at this point I was beyond excited. Laura kindly offered to foster her new charge overnight, so the only obstacle remaining was transport. How to get my latest low rider, who I was already calling Mini Cooper, from Jacksonville to Ocala in the middle of the work week when most folks were tied up with their 9-to-5 obligations?

Enter Sam Mauldin, a new friend to TDL who’d recently adopted Border Collies Jelly Bean and George Patton and was in the process of adopting Border Collie/Great Pyrenees puppy KaiKai. Sam graciously offered to drive from her home in Gainesville up to Jacksonville to pick up Mini Cooper, then down to Holly’s house in Winter Park to get her own KaiKai, and finally back up to the Ocala area, where I’d meet her to retrieve my Corgi. Did I mention I love this woman?

So here I sit with Mini Cooper, or “Coop,” by my side. He is the friendliest little fellow, never meeting a stranger and getting along equally well with cats, other dogs, and kids of all ages. I could easily fall in love with him, so I hope for my sake someone adopts him sooner rather than later!

Mini Cooper is being fostered at my home in the Ocala area. He walks well on a leash, loves to ride shotgun in the car, has been fully vetted, and is heartworm negative. So far no accidents in the house, so I’m assuming Coop is also housetrained. Oh, and he’s a wee little fellow at just 20 lbs. No chubby, tubby Corgi here!

You can view Mini Cooper’s photo album on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting him, please review “How to Adopt From Us” and email your information to me at

Sept. 17, 2011: ADOPTED! Mini Cooper just left with the lovely Sharon McCrocklin and her wonderful Rottweiler mix, Bruiser. I’m so excited about this adoption; first, because Sharon is fantastic, and second, because she and her husband train thoroughbred racehorses. It’s my firm belief that every barn should have at least one Corgi! Ocala, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog! ~ Amy

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