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.


Zoom Zoom Oreo, over the bridge you'll find new toys and new friends to play with.
Zoom Zoom Oreo, over the bridge you’ll find new toys and new friends to play with.

05/08/14:  It is with deep sorrow that I share that Willow (Oreo) passed away yesterday. Judy wrote:

Hi Giselle.

We wanted to let you know that Oreo had a diaphragmatic hernia that we didn’t even know existed until today. When I came home at lunch she was very lethargic and in pain. I took her to the vet and they ultimately told me to take her to a board certified surgeon in Tampa. When the surgeon was able to stabilize her enough to operate they found all of her organs stuck in her chest cavity and they were dead. There was nothing they could do to save her. We are all very sad.

I’ve shed many tears since I received the bad news yesterday. The Harris family are so loving and kind, knowing that they are suffering this loss is painful for everyone. We all loved little Willow, she was so precious. Words can’t describe the shock of losing such a young dog.

Ozzie and Willow

History:  Never in my life has it been so hard to name a dog!  Never in my life have I seen an identical twin to my Ozzie!  What shall we call her?  Willow, Moo, Ozzietta, Cupcake, Snowcone, you name it, we thought it.  This precious little thing, weighing in at a whopping 14 pounds is about 5-6 months of age.  She came from Lake City, in the same fashion that Bart did, she was left in the night dropbox.  Ugh!  Holli Miller called me and told me I was going to want this pup, and I panicked. I have no funding.  I told Holli I couldn’t make any promises, and Holli shrugged.

I checked my email, and there it was… a donation from Laurie Baker.  Laurie previously adopted Courage, now Bo.  She is an attorney for Baker & Paul in Bradenton.

I called Holli, thrilled that I could, without hesitation, say yes!  A transport was arranged immediately.  I posted a transport request on Facebook, and received an email from Huck & Judy Harris who offered to transport this wee little pup.  Huck & Judy adopted Ginger Snap last December.  I was thrilled.

Huck & Willow – Love at first Sight!

When little Willow got out of their car and walked up my drive way, I couldn’t believe how small she was.  I don’t know why, but I thought the photos made her look much bigger.

We sat on the front porch, it was very clear that Huck was smitten with the pup.  When the Harris’ told me they wanted to adopt her, I didn’t think they were serious.  We agreed that she would be examined by my vet, get all of her shots, de-worming, spay and micro-chip, and they would sleep on their decision.

The day after I brought Willow home from the vet, I contacted the Harris’.  They want Willow, and that’s that!

Willow will be picked up this Saturday, and go to her forever home, where she will be very well cared for.  Oh, and by the way, when I told Huck that I found Willow on top of my stove, and I have no idea how she got up there… a future in agility came to mind!

You can see more photos of Willow on Facebook.

Can’t wait for updates!


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