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.

Santa Prepares the Scruffy Puppies for Christmas Joy – Adopted

The Scruffy Puppies are on their way to Santa’s Workshop to become this year’s most loved Christmas Presents!

I love the holidays. There is always something magical about this time of year, the promise of something unexpected. This year, that promise was fulfilled in a litter of scruffy puppies. I had agreed to take in Jackson Brown and Sprint, two border collies in a shelter in Alabama. At the last minute, on 10/18/09 the shelter asked if I would also take a litter of puppies. If not, they would be euthanized since they were not weaned and they didn’t have the staff to bottle-feed them. Good grief, what would you say? Yeah, me too! Click here for the original story.

And so arrived on my doorstep the Scruffy puppies, as I came to call them. Soooo tiny, so fragile. We fed them mushy puppy food with formula, we gave them meds, we dewormed them, we loved them, we did all we knew how, but sadly two of them didn’t make it. But those that did? Oh my, they’re beautiful! Four girls, two boys. Breed? I don’t know. There was obviously more than one father involved ~ did you know that littermates can have different dads? But if I had to guess… hmmm. Most of them look like they have a touch of basset in them ~ longer bodies and ears, turne out front legs. I see Australian Shepherd in some of those faces too. A couple look like maybe a bit of Springer Spaniel. And one I really do believe is part Schnauzer! Whoever adopts these puppies has to promise me that they’ll send pictures when they grow up so I can see what I had. With permission I’ll pass them on to the families of the other littermates. So these are the Christmas suprise puppies. I didn’t expect them and yet they are more beautiful than I could have hoped. They are little survivors who are ready to take life by the tail and run with it!

All puppies have been de-wormed, fully vetted, spayed or neutered. All are good with kids, other dogs, and should get used to being with cats quickly. All are fully trained at playing kissy face with or without mistletoe.

Holly – Adopted, Female, black and white, schnauzer/basset mix. 13 pounds. Holly is the most social of the pack, and loves to be held and stare into the eyes of her people! Her tail has a special feature, for when she is spoken to, it automatically sets itself to “continuous wag”.

Jolly – Adopted, Female, light brown and tan, green eyes, aussie/basset mix, 14 pounds. Jolly is polite and well-mannered. She is very quiet for a puppy, and loves to cuddle and play. Jolly and Kris Kringle are almost identical twins.

Merry – Adopted, Female, cream & white with black markings, spaniel/basset mix, 11 pounds. Merry is being fostered with the intent to adopt. Merry is Christmas’ twin. She is a very well-balanced pup. She is patient and waits for her turn to get attention, and will be easy to train.
Foster Update 12/06/09: “Merry is the sweetest little girl ever! She loves everyone and loves to snuggle. She wants nothing more than to just be with you. If you want a “velcro” dog to follow you around, she just might be your girl. She is a master at fetch at this young age already – You throw the toy and she brings it right back to you. She is doing good at potty training and will get the hang of it 100% pretty quickly I think. At night she has peed in her water bowl so as not to soil the crate – she did this several nights – I thought that was pretty smart! She is wonderful with children and will make a great family pet! She doesn’t bite your ankles like so many other pups do and she is quite gentle, but very playful at the same time. Don’t miss out on this gem of a pup!”

Christmas Adopted, Female, cream & white with black markings, spaniel/basset mix, 12 pounds. Christmas is Merry’s twin! Christmas is a little bit darker in color than Merry, but both have the same temperament, which is calm, and well-balanced. Both are eager to play and will be easy to train.

Jack Frost Adopted, Male, white with sable and brown markings and green eyes, Aussie/basset mix, 11 pounds. Jack Frost is very unique. He is the leader of the pack. He loves to play and will probably become quite the athlete of the group. He’s very inquisitive and has been fostered with very large dogs. Jack doesn’t realize that he’s a pup.

Kris Kringle – Adopted, Male, dark and light brown, aussie/basset mix, 9 pounds. Kris is the runt of the litter. He and Jolly are almost identical twins. Kris is the most shy. When approached, he wants your attention badly, but will not move boldly, instead, he waits and waives his paw asking for your attention. Kris likes to be held and cuddled!

My first six months of doing rescue has been incredibly rewarding, and while I have seen some absolutely gorgeous purebreds and darling mixed breeds come through my home and find their way into my heart, rescuing these puppies is my way to give back to all of the unwanted puppies who find themselves in America’s kill shelters, and deserve to have a way out.

A special thanks to Value Vet of Deltona who took all six of these puppies in at a moment’s notice to have them vetted. And an extra special thanks to Dr. Susan Wayne for administering early medical care when they were just a few weeks old.

Please Spay & Neuter!
and Happy Holidays!

The Dog Liberator

Adoption Updates:
Jolly – Adopted 12/06/09
Kris Kringle – Adopted 12/10/09
Holly – Adopted 12/15/09
Merry – Adopted 12/15/09
Christmas – Adopted 12/16/09
Jack Frost – Adopted 12/16/09
Please click on the Comments Icon to read all of the stories from the puppies’ adopted families!

2 thoughts on “Santa Prepares the Scruffy Puppies for Christmas Joy – Adopted

  1. Hi Gisele,
    I just wanted to let you know that adopting "Kris" was the best thing to happen to me all year!!! LOL….We have renamed him Chase!! He is an awesome pup and has bonded with the kids so well. They just love him to pieces and I know he loves us too. He has in turn adopted some of their stuffed animals )which I checked for little lose pieces) and the kids are okay with giving them to their new buddy.We are in the process of potty training and doing little commands like sit which he is getting the hang of pretty quickly. He already sits while waiting for his food and his leash to be put on and taken off when back in the house. He's a very bright pup and I am sure he will be doing more in no time!!He avoids the cats and my other dog Nala doesn't seem to mind him at all. I am not sure what the below email means but I adopted him before this email came out. I took some pics of Chase and sent them to my family in NY. They said that our new lil family member was precious and know if anyone can have him trained in a short time it's me lol.I will keep you posted on his progress and send you more pics when I take some. Thank you so much Gisele, he is a lil Angel!!!


  2. Hi Gisele,

    We have just totally fallen in love with "Christmas" (so far, that's still her name). She has started to do well on the leash. She is such a good and sweet puppy. She loves her crate and sleeps belly up. 🙂

    Thanks again!!


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