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.

Valentine’s Day Border Collie Puppies ~ Adopted

The day before the transport of our white Australian Shepherd puppies left Alabama, I received an e-mail from Becky, the rescue liaison at Chilton County Humane Society. “Look what arrived yesterday. Border Collie puppies. 2 girls, 1 boy, 3-4 months old. Can you take them?” Attached was a photo of three little faces peeking out of a crate. Oh gosh! Of course I’d take them!!!

These angels spent a long day in the car, riding from Alabama to Orlando, 10 different legs of volunteers. They then went to Val-U-Vet the next day to get spayed and neutered. When they arrived at my home Valentine’s Day, they were a bit shell-shocked. They acted very frightened, to the degree that we believe that they were abused at some point in their short lives. However, the good news is that they have the resilience of puppies: my husband spent a little time with each one, holding them, talking with them, reassuring them, and in no time at all were playing with each other, the other puppies, and us!

We had been told that the litter was two girls, one boy. Actually it turned out to be one girl and two boys. And Border Collie? Hmmm, well there may well be BC in the family tree, but I think this is a mixed tree indeed! They are very solidly built, two have wavy fur, one has short hair. The two with wavy fur remind me a bit of Bernese Mountain Dogs; the short haired boy reminds me somewhat of an Akita. But let me tell you, personality-wise, they are the cat’s meow! They are playful and easy-going, not pushy at all.

Kai is the short haired male of the litter. He is like a little fire plug, stocky as can be. He was also scared to death when he arrived. I think someone was very heavy-handed with him at some point. But after Glenn held him like a baby for a while, he became our best friend! He is also the one in the litter that chased after the ball the first time we threw it. He’s a real champ! Adopted

Kaz is the wavy-haired male of the litter. He has a black mustache on his face that makes it look like he has been eating chocolate pudding! He is easy-going and plays well with all the puppies including even the smallest ones. Adopted

Kona is the female of the litter. She is also the only one with brown markings on her face, making her a pretty tri-color. She is very observant and likes to get the other dogs to chase her by running around with a rope toy in her mouth. Adopted

I have posted an extensive photo album of these lovely pups, so please check it out! If you are interested in adopting any of these puppies, please review our adoption process and then e-mail me at

February 21st Update:

Someone, I believe it was Serena, donated a starter agility kit to Gisele. Knowing that I have nothing else to do with my time, she gave it to me. Having watched the video of Boomerang the Lab learning agility with Betty’s daughter, I got inspired and got the tunnel out today. I figured it would take a while to get them to go into it, and even longer to go through it. Silly me! Within 5 minutes, all the puppies were running through the tunnel. Weeble likes to run through, Wobble likes to wrestle in it, Kai thinks it is a great place in which to get out of the sun, and Chicabowow the chihuahua???? After just 5 minutes, he would run through every time I said, “Tunnel” !!!! I kid you not! Gisele says that is only because he has been hanging out with Border Collies!


February 19th was a very busy day for me; I had 5 adoptions! The second was Kona. She found her home with the wonderful Holly and Ron right here in Orlando. Holly contacted me almost immediately after I posted Kona as a Border Collie/Bernese Mountain Dog. You see, Holly has a Border Collie, and her last dog was a Bernese. Wow! I told her that I couldn’t be certain of the breeds, that I just make a good guess, and she completely understood. Really, it didn’t matter, because as soon as she and Ron met Kona, it was over. That little girl completely gravitated toward them. They have renamed her Isabella. Given that Ron is a chef, I’m thinking that Izzy is going to be living high on the hog!!!

Holly and Ron had no sooner left with Kona when Jean pulled in to meet Kaz. Oh, that was a no brainer!!! He was just gooey for her ~ lol. It is amazing how these dogs connect with their families. It is like they know! It’s been a while since Jean has had a puppy, so we spent a lot of time talking about the finer points of puppyhood. She and Steve will do great. And Kaz? He’s now Charlie, living the life on Fernandina Beach!

Kai had to wait just a couple more days but it was worth it. Patrick and Shannon are delightful. They came not knowing which puppy they would adopt, but it quickly became apparent that Kai had picked them. They loved his easy going attitude, his wagging tail and his pudgy belly. I am thrilled because they live right down the road from me, so perhaps I’ll get to see our little guy every now and then!

One thought on “Valentine’s Day Border Collie Puppies ~ Adopted

  1. Hi Holly,
    I've sent you an email regarding Kona and Kaz. Thanks in advance for any additional info you can provide. They are the cutest little (big) things. 😉
    Holly S.

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