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.

Stella the Emaciated Aussie-Adopted

The week before Christmas, Becky Harshman called me in tears. Someone had dropped off a female Aussie at the Humane Society. The shelter director called Becky to see this female. She was in horrible condition and Becky took her home so that she can be strong enough for transport. Stella missed a few transports here, she was passed up until she could gain enough weight. It will take a few weeks before she can be spayed & vetted, and start a new journey – but this time there will be a food bowl available.

Stella’s foster, Lisa, did this video, look at her spirit, and her desire to play. Amazing considering how much she has been through.

Stella was only with us for 28 days, it seems longer, maybe because I knew about her for several weeks before she was medically stable enough for transport. Her foster, Lisa, played a huge role at taking her to the next level – adoptable. She is going to be an awesome dog, and I can’t wait for updates, crazy stories, and more photos that will allow all of us to watch her blossom into the dog she could’ve been, and will be.

Adoption Update:


I just wanted to update you on the progress of Stella (We renamed her to Thyla!). She has adopted to life in our house pretty quickly and she is learning to trust us. She gets along with our other dog (Daisy – Rat Terrier) great and they play all the time. It’s hard to believe that another dog could tire out Daisy, but Thyla does a great job!

They both seem to have endless energy. She is learning things very quickly because she follows what Daisy does. It’s pretty amazing to watch. I’m also happy to report that she has gained more weight and is now up to 40 pds. The vet would like to see her at around 45 pds so we still have a way to go. We are looking forward to the time that she trusts us 100% but we know that is something that will come with time. It’s amazing she is doing so well even after everything she has been through. I keep you updated on her progress if you like.

We recently parti-cipated in the “Paws in the Park” for the SPCA. We were pretty happy that Barbara and I, Team Daisy (We came up with the team name before we had Thyla) raised $840. I have attached our team picture. It’s a great picture of the animals but not so good of the humans. Trust me, it took a few shots to get both dogs looking forward!

I have also attached a rare picture of the girls at rest. We had to switch the bed out for Thyla because as you can tell, most of her hung off. She now has a bigger bed that she just loves.

Henry Gutierrez

Sept 10 update from Barbara Gutierrez
Thyla’s doing really well. Her weight is right where it should be, and she’s great with the 2 children we’re in the process of adopting (she’s VERY patient as they fuss over her). She’s still shy around strangers, but is very friendly once she warms up to you. Unfortunately, she gets car sick so I can’t bring her with me on Saturday, but I’ve attached a more recent photo below.

One thought on “Stella the Emaciated Aussie-Adopted

  1. January 20, 2010 –
    Stella has adjusted quickly to life with 3 kids, 2 small dogs and 2 cats. She wants to be part of the action and is getting braver about initiating contact. She does well with the cats. And she finally convinced my little aussie that he would like to play with her, sometimes…Stella's playful personality is emerging every day. She loves squeaky toys and is especially fond of cheese. She has a very gentle mouth. Stella has done well with my kids – who have been great about giving her space and respect. Stella would thrive with a forever family that can give her the patience and love that she needs…and another dog to play with…perfection.

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