Monday, April 5, 2010

Foster Needed

Until we find a foster to take over The Little Dog Liberator, we have been urged to post on our flagship blog, The Dog Liberator.

There you will find updates on Toby and Nutella, and any new little dogs that find their way to our Herding Group rescue.

However, we are currently focused on rescuing the Border Collies, Collies, Aussies and Shelties, and mixed breed dogs that fall under one or more of those categories.

Please join us on our Dog Liberator Blog, and thanks for your continued support.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Taking a Much Needed Break

While we still have some great dogs waiting for forever homes, we are no longer accepting any new rescues at this time.

It appears that we success-fully re-homed over 80 dogs from July 2009 - February 2010.

It has been an honor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Toby Joins the Pack

Foster Update: Toby has really blossomed. He loves kids, avoids my cats and so far is doing pretty well with house breaking. Toby loves attention and would love to snuggle up on the couch with you while you watch the Olympics. He is a puppy and has lots of energy but he is able to settle down and chew on a bone or amuse himself with a rope toy. He is a fun little guy who wants to meet everyone and doesn't want to be left out of the action.

Toby is a six month old Dach-shund puppy. About 20 pounds and quite the runner with longer legs, we're thinking that he has some Italian Greyhound in him. I know it is hard to believe, but it appears that someone has abused this poor little guy. There looks to be cigarette burns on his head and, according to his initial foster, "he is frightened to come out of his crate or go back in the house. If he is loose in the dog room he hides under a chair. He's hard to coax out of the crate.

When he's running in the yard he's a very happy boy. The pack of little dogs scare him. he likes being outside or in his crate. He will sit for us to pick him up and put him back in the house, but struggles if we try to pull him in the doorway on the leash.

This sort of thing makes me soooo mad! How could someone be so cruel to such a little puppy???? We're confident that with tender loving care, Toby will regain his confidence and trust. Do you have the love he needs?

Dachshunds are as cute as buttons, but like all breeds, they have their little quirks. Make sure you thoroughly research any breed that you are considering for you home, to ensure that it will meet your expectations and fit well into your lifestyle. If you are considering a mixed breed, research both breeds ~ the dog will likely have traits of both! There are lots of online resources to help your research. To get you started, here is some of what has to say about dachshunds. The Dachshund is curious, clever, lively, affectionate, proud, brave, and amusing. Devoted to their family, but can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak, but not impossible. Dachshunds travel well. This little dog needs an owner who understands how to be his pack leader or he will take over the house, and begin to try and tell the owner what to do. If the dog is allowed to take over, many behavior problems will arise, such as, but not limited to, guarding furniture, separation anxiety, food, toys or other objects, snapping, biting, and obsessive barking. They will become unpredictable with children and adults they do not know. If it gets really bad, they may become unpredictable with their owners. They are usually recommended for older, considerate children, simply because most owners do not display proper pack leadership to small dogs, causing moderate to severe protectiveness. A behavior that can change if the humans start being their pack leader. If they do get the proper leadership, they can get along well with children. This breed has an instinct to dig. They are generally okay with other pets, however, once again, without proper leadership from their humans, they can be jealous, irritable, obstinate and very quick to bite. Sometimes refusing to be handled. If you allow your little dog to take over your house, the dog will try his hardest to keep all of his humans in line. A weight which should not be placed on any dog's shoulders, especially one as sweet as a little dog like the Dachshund. These negative traits are not Dachshund traits, they are small dog syndrome traits. Meaning, most owners treat their small dogs like babies, rather than giving them leadership. Rules they need to follow along with limits they are, and are not allowed to do, which all dogs instinctually crave. Dachshunds who have human leadership along with a daily pack walk are wonderful family companions, with excellent temperaments. These are active dogs with surprising stamina; they need to be walked daily. They will also enjoy sessions of play in the park or other safe open areas. Be careful, however, when pedestrians are about because Dachshunds are more likely to be stepped on than more visible dogs. They should be discouraged from jumping, as they are prone to spinal damage. Good for apartment living. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The Dachshund originated in Germany in the early 1600s. Bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit, the Dachshund has shortened legs to hunt and follow these animals to ground inside the burrows where they could fight the prey to the death. "Dachs" is the word for badger. Smaller Dachshunds where bred to hunt hare and stoat. Dachshunds have many "terrier" characteristics. They are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters too. The breeds population dwindled during World War l, but dogs were imported from Germany to the USA and the gene pool once again increased. The Dachshund was recognized by the AKC in 1885. Toby is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Our Newest Lineup, Including Sweet Nutella!

A combination of all of the Dog Liberator's available dogs!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Nutella the Sweetheart

Nutella is a little Sheltie female, that for some reason, thinks she can growl and show her pearly whites when she is afraid. Clearly, she has not been socialized, and she is terrified! Paul Pipitone, with Dogs' Best Friend of Central Florida, will be evaluating her and giving me tips. Regardless, she will spend some relaxing down time here, and then she will be introduced to the pack at the Border Collie Boot Camp. Hopefully, she will make the choice to play and have fun, and shed her old ways. After a few days of not being harmed, the dogs usually figure out that when in Rome, do as the Romans do!

More info on Nutella coming soon!

Update 01/25/10: Nutella is not afraid anymore. I guess there's magic in our hot dogs! She has just had her first bath, and enjoys cuddeling in the towel! She is free in the house with the dogs, and fine with the family. She's also enjoying playing with all of the dog toys!

Update 02/03/10: Nutella is a love muffin! She is energetic and loves to play ball. She jumps so high, I could see her becoming a great fly-ball dog. Nutella is great with other dogs, would probably do well with cats, and is good with children, however, she will need a few minutes to get used to a new owner. While she's not trusting of strangers, she warms up quickly.

Special Thanks to Derm for being our photographer for the day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Buffy & Jody, just perfect little dogs-Adopted

Update: I apologize for the mis-infor-mation below. These two cute little pups did not find their way to use because of a death in the family. Unfortunately, I confused the information with regard to Jaffe's family and this family. I'm sure it won't be the first time I mix things up!

These two are litter mates. Jody shown left, and Buffy on the right. Their owner died, and as hard as the family tried to keep them, but it couldn't happen when they were forced to move into apartments or condos. Seems to be happening to good families everywhere.

These two have no social issues, and they are a wonderful team. The paperwork says they are Pomeranian mixes. Huh? Where? I'll let Holly and Susan clear that up for us.

Buffy the female is about 15 pounds, and Jody the male might be 20 pounds. Both will be groomed soon, and once they have had some time to relax, we will temperament test them, like we always do.

Buffy & Jody's original names were Buster and Bailey. They have been renamed to identify that they are litter mates, and it would make us very happy if they could be adopted together. Also, there have been so many Buster and Baileys that have come into our rescue, renaming a dog simply helps us from mixing them up! Do you know how many Buddy's, Lady's, Busters & Bailey's we've had? You don't want to know! Apologies for the confusion.

Buffy and Jody will probably be renamed to Bentley and Bailey! They have been adopted by a wonderful family with 4 very active children! These two little dogs are going to have a blast.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Carly - Adopted

Foster Update: Carly is a sweet little thing. She is my shadow follwing me around the house. She walks pretty well on a leash and is doing well with house breaking. She enjoys lying on a dog bed with a bone taking in all the action around her. She is not sure what to think about cats - mine are bigger than her - but has decided to... ignore them for the most part. She has adjusted well to being part of a family with 3 kids - they don't seem to phase her...noise and all.

Carly is a wonderful little dog with a great per-sonality. Her foster, Susan, writes "Carly is ready for KISSES!!! 5 months old and 10 pounds. She sure is cute and sweet. What a lover...she thinks she belongs on the bed!!!
We have noticed that Carly's hind legs may be lacking muscle tone. A home-opathic consultant will be evaluating her shortly. Herbs and acupuncture have been a suggested course of treatment so far. Lucky for us, we have Deb Redmond who will serve as a consultant for anyone who adopts Carly, to ensure her road to recovery.

Carly has been adopted! What a photo eh?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Donnatella, a Little Dog with Big Style-Adopted

Donnatella is the perfect little dog. She enjoys children, playing with other little dogs, and is great with big dogs too. She has wonderful manners, and is fully housebroken. She is fully vetted, spayed and micro-chipped. More information regarding her temperamanet coming soon!

Adoption Update: Donatella's new family recognize her for the true glamour girl that she is and gifted her with a new Rhinestone Collar and Leash. Her black hair and Diamonds reminded me more of Elizabeth Taylor........such a beauty.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Betty Boop - Adopted!

Betty is a 6 month old puppy who was turned into the shelter by someone who found her with the broken leg which might have been an old break. Joe, the shelter manager took her straight to the local vet. Dr. Mobley, who splinted the leg at no charge. Betty is a very healthy little pup, and will be fully vetted, spayed and micro-chipped, waiting for a forever home. We don't know how long she wandered alone with a broken leg, but one thing is for sure, her spirit is not broken, and she's ready to please.

Betty's Foster Update: Betty Boop..what a pretty face.....her ears perk when she's listening....very alert dog.

Betty Boop loves to give kisses. She is friendly with our small pack of poodles and ignores the grumpy old Pomeranian. She is very happy, energetic and lovey, and surprisingly quiet for a little dog - I haven't heard a bark yet. She loves snuggling in her crate or on a pillow by my feet. She follows me everywhere...unless my son Chris is around....then she prefers him! Whoever is lucky to adopt Betty will have a great companion.

Betty is very strudy and curious. Her little cast doesn't slow her down. She dances on her back legs. Her tail hasn't stopped wagging since she arrived, we're still waiting! Betty Boop has star quality!!

Update! Good News! Betty Boop only has a broken little toe which will heal up all by itself in just a few weeks! YAHOO!

Update: Susan will provide more details, but Betty Boop, in short, chose her new owners all by herself! Here's the photo to prove it!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Dog Liberator Gets Small!

There have been way too many wonderful little dogs that have found themselves, some by accident, at the Border Collie Boot Camp. It's been easy to rehabilitate them, and show them that playing with the big dogs is a lot of fun. These little guys like Sprint, Cody, Lilly, Tuck Me In, the Shwestie Puppies, the Scruffy Puppies and now Pebbles have won us over.

We can't turn our back on these little breeds and mixes. Over the next few weeks, we are creating a new Little Dog Liberator to help rescue these very deserving pups who have big hearts and find them wonderful and loving homes.