Another great adoption story!!
We adopted Stella Mam (known as Mam to you) back in October 2012. You may remember her as Houdini though, as she was found in the public kennels then escaped only to be brought back the next day by someone else who found her wandering the Walmart parking lot! It was a rough start for the first few weeks as she had a few escape attempts, plus one successful escape (thank gosh for microchipping), but she has warmed to her new surroundings and become one of the family. She took to the man of the house and quickly became “his dog”. I think once she realized we weren’t going to leave her, she decided to let her guard down and relax and be pampered. She loves truck rides (in the front cab of course), running in the pasture/ponds, nice warm showers on the weekends, and relaxing on the couch and watching television while every once is at work or school during the week. This bloodhound most definitely has it rough! She is probably the sweetest, smartest dog we’ve ever owned or who has owned us in this case. We often wonder and talk about her first family. We truly believe that whoever “she owned” before us definitely took care of her. We are sorry for their loss, but thrilled with our gain.
The adoption process and outcome of our visit to your facility was above our expectations and definitely worth driving a few counties over for. Thank you so much.
Happy's Amazing Adoption Story
I wanted to share something with you guys..... almost a year ago, I came to your shelter to pick up a dog that I was going to foster for Lab Rescue of Florida. His name is Happy.... He was hw+ and had been with you guys for a few months. His heartworm disease actually had progressed to congestive heart failure, which was diagnosed within a few days after he arrived home with me. Right away, I could see how incredibly special he was, and because of his condition knew he was going to need a lot of care. I've been a veterinary technician for 15 years, and since Happy stole my heart, I knew my home was the perfect place for him. He sees a board certified cardiologist in Tampa, his heartworms are gone, and his CHF is being managed very well with long term meds. He is truly my best friend, and he has helped me heal from losing our almost 16 year old lab several weeks before Happy came along. This picture is of him this weekend at the dog beach in New Smyrna. I think he LOVES his life now, he sure is living it up! Thank you so much for taking him in when he was homeless- I feel like he was truly meant to be with me!
Sheba (now Callie) with her New Family !!
Kiko's New Life !
We adopted Kiko in early April. What an amazing dog who now is a member of our family! He is Obedience Trained, House Broken, quiet, kind and extremely gentle. It's amazing how wonderfully he was accepted by our other pets.
There are so many animals in the shelter that need homes....if only people would give them a chance.
We are so fortunate to have adopted him!
Update on Crystal (now known as Blossum) and Her Pups
Like any open admissions Shelter, we get our share of neglected, injured and abandoned dogs. Mostly we shake our heads wondering what sort of person would treat their pet so poorly, then dig in to nurse them back to health and see that they get a proper home. Just when you think you've seen the lowest of the low, along comes a dog like our Missy (now Miss Annabelle Spirit).
From the front, Missy looks like any other Boxer but her hind quarters tell a tale of a hard and likely abusive life. Her lower spine is damaged and she has limited use of her tail, one real leg was amputated at some point and the other is shriveled and completely useless. For many dogs, that would be the end of a sad story, but this amazing little girl actually taught herself to balance and walk on her two front legs!! We could not believe what we were seeing when she hiked herself up, and walked outside to go potty. As if that was not inspirational enough, this special girl is the most friendly, gentle and loving dog you could ask for.
Why someone would heartlessly dump this brave & wonderful companion in the middle of Potts Preserve and leave her to die defies explanation! We knew Missy had to be saved and get a special home with someone well qualified to care for her. Fortunately, we know Jackie M. …………
Jackie is a foster for Heidi’s Legacy Rescue and a Therapy Dog trainer. She is no stranger to special needs dogs and has rescued & rehabilitated other abandoned amputees (including our 3 legged Lab, Camie ). It was love at 1st site and Jackie swept Missy away to meet her new doggie pals and start a new life.
Renamed Spirit, she is a hit everywhere she goes. She and Camie have become have bonded and are inseparable. Jackie takes them for walks and to the pet store with Spirit in her “chariot” (a red kiddy wagon equipped with a comforter) since she can’t walk too far. Jackie is teaching Spirit to use a mobility cart and she continues to uplift all who meet her with her inner & outer strength and beauty.
I told you I would be good....Let's get back in where it's cool :)))
Beautiful Milo (Gregor) in his New Home !!
From Milo's new family -
I just wanted to update you on Milo, now that we are upstate NY for the summer we have a cabin on a lake and Milo just learned to swim this week, He LOVES it!
Chloe's New Home !
Hello Ladies, I wanted to let you know that Chloe is the perfect dog for us! She is so sweet and smart. She slept all night in her new bed after just a couple of minutes of trying to figure out what it was all about.
She and Dixie hit it off right away, and she follows Dixie around watching everything she does. I am so glad about that because Dixie is the best dog ever, and a great teacher. They both are afraid of thunder and we had a pretty bad storm within an hour or so of getting everyone home. Dixie went behind Dave's chair, and Chloe just squeezed her way back there with her!
Rudy was afraid of her for quite a while, and Chloe just knew when to approach him and when to leave him alone. He is coming around. He lets her lay in his bed, play with his toys, etc but they aren't running around together yet.
I am attaching some pictures that I took with my old camera phone, so not great, but I think you can get the gist of it! Notice the wagging tails on the lunch time photo. Dave is in the pantry getting the food in the bowls and they are all waiting. It was so cute!
She's a love! Thanks for saving her for us.
Best regards, Julie
This sweet girl was rescued from a life where her owners had cut notches in her ears.........
Where green goo was in her water bucket, there was no evidence of any food - just this goo.........
Where the weeds in her pen where she was tethered, were 3' high !!!
The volunteers at the shelter groomed what was left of her coat and gave her the TLC she so badly needed before going
to a rescue to be fostered by Lenore of Heidi's Legacy.
Above, Rev. Linda Liebert-Hall and David Blain of Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church present a check for $300 to Dr. Julie Rosenberger and members of Friends of Citrus County Animal Services (FOCCAS). The funds were raised at Shepherd of the Hill's 1st Annual St. Francis Blessing of the Animals Festival held Oct 1st, which blessed 180 animals that day. Thanks in part to the generosity of Shepherd of the Hills's donation, FOCCAS was able to fund Jessie's (the dog pictured) surgery for bladder stones. Countryside Animal Hospital performed the urgent surgery. Thanks to these combined efforts - former "special needs" shelter dog Jessie has now been adopted by a wonderful family!
Pictured from Left: David Blain, Dr. Julie Rosenberger, Rev. Linda Liebert-Hall, Jessie (Black-Mouth Cur), Karen Fink, Diana Dunn (Countryside Animal Hospital), Samantha Carter, and Anne Mangano.
A thank you note from Camie (via her new human Jackie) ____________
Here's what happened:
Last night I dined on the tastiest meal. It was so good I asked for seconds. There are new toys with squeakers and a bone stuffed with yummy goodies. I have a nice new memory foam bed all to myself....I get to take it when I leave:) It was so quiet and comfy I didn't wake up all night. The littlest things make people happy ... like when I asked to go outside for a walk to go potty. I am not allowed to play with the other dogs because I am sick, so I got to play in the pasture all by myself with my new mom. It felt great to run and play and it made her have tears and smiles all at the same time. I love the tennis ball and Frisbee so much. I was thrilled to see they were here just waiting for me! I taught my new mom how to throw the ball when I bark so I can chase it ...it was so easy she caught on really fast:) She has to remind me not to jump, I am working hard on that one, I just am so excited with my new life I can't help it. She tells me when I feel better I can play catch as long as I want.I don't have to worry about a thing as far as my career path. I learned I am going to be a therapy dog after I get rid of my heartworms. I know I have what it takes to be a great at this. I can't wait to spread the word about rescue dogs and add comfort and smiles to people along the way. It's a win win for all of us.
I asked her to take a few pictures of me so you can see how content and happy I am. I hope they make you smile and feel good about yourselves too. I would not be here without your help. I hope you receive all the blessings you deserve.
I'll be in touch soon.Hugs and Wags,
Camie (and Jackie)
It's me Camie. I have some exciting news to share. I am leaving for my new home tomorrow. The last two weeks have flown by. I don't look or feel like the dog that came out of the shelter. I have met all kinds of new friends and gone places with my foster mom. She calls it training I call it fun! I am happy and feel strong. I gained 10 lbs., you can't see my ribs anymore. I can play for as long as I want now without feeling tired. I love running and fetching. I impressed my foster mom that I can throw my own toy up in the air and catch it without any help.
My dog family really likes me. I don't see why they like to herd the goats, that just isn't my thing. I'd much rather splash in the big pool. I know how to climb stairs in and out and when I can't I pretend in my puppy pool.
My foster mom says I am a treasure:) She and I have grown very close. I am still going to see her a couple of days each week at school. And I still get to come here for play dates. She tells me this is just the beginning of a great life.
I hear my new mom and dad are very excited about me. I have presents waiting for me. They bought me all kinds of stuff. She even took the week off just for me.
I'll be in touch with more updates soon.
Thank you again for making my life matter.
Hugs and wags,
Amy Benz - The Dog Liberator
The e-mail started like so many others: “These dogs just came into the shelter. Can you take them?”
Nadia Caron-Davis, a wonderful volunteer for Friends of Citrus County Animal Services (FOCCAS), e-mails me whenever herding dogs come into my local shelter. She’d attached photos to her most recent e-mail showing three female Australian Cattle Dogs, one of which was 10+ lbs. overweight, and one very sick looking female border collie. Apparently all four dogs had come from the same source. I had two foster dogs at the time, so I replied that I could take one, pending temperament testing. Nadia responded that wasn’t a problem … she’d let me know in a few days.
Several days later, Nadia e-mailed the information I’d requested. Some good news, a lot of not-so-good news. The good news was that all the ACDs were friendly toward people and other dogs and ignored cats. It appeared they were littermates and approximately five years old. Unfortunately, two of the girls had some hair loss due to flea and/or food allergies and were heartworm positive. The unusual-looking blue merle girl with red points and white eyelashes miraculously had no allergies and was heartworm negative. However, she was the shyest of the three. All of the dogs had worn or missing teeth, most likely from chewing on chains they’d been tied with or on the doors or sides of an outdoor kennel. The female border collie, also around five years old, had significant medical issues and most likely would’ve been put down if a good Samaritan hadn’t come along and adopted her in the hopes of providing as much comfort and love possible for the time she had left.
Nadia’s question to me again was, “Can you take any of them?” I thought for a moment and responded, “The shelter’s open late tonight. I’ll meet you there after work.”
Several hours and three dogs later, I had my decision. Actually, as so often happens, the dogs made the decision for me. Although her sisters were friendlier initially, the little blue merle girl with the white eyelashes captured my heart. It took her 10 minutes or so to warm up to me, but when she did, she sat down next to me and put her paw on my leg so I would pet her. If I stopped petting her, she’d put it there again. That was my sign: She’s the one! Arrangements were made for Nadia to transport my girl, who I’d named ”Cowgirl,” to me the following week. In the meantime, one of Cowgirl’s littermates was adopted! Wonderful news!
So here I sit, Cowgirl by my side. So far, she’s been a perfect lady – quiet and demure. I’m waiting for the rough and tumble Cattle Dog to come out! lol Until then, I’ll let Cowgirl show me exactly who she is. What I do know is that she’s approximately five years old, weighs 35 lbs., and is spayed and fully vetted. Cowgirl rides well in the car and didn’t bat a single white eyelash when I introduced her to my crew. She walks in the heel position on the leash and has excellent off-leash recall. Oh, and did I mention that she’s housetrained?
Cowgirl is being fostered at my home in the Ocala area.
Sept. 26, 2011: Today I took Cowgirl to see Dr. Bailey for a check up and a second heartworm test. As I wrote earlier, the other three dogs that accompanied Cowgirl to Animal Services were heartworm positive; I just couldn’t believe that she wasn’t heartworm positive as well. Unfortunately, the second test proved me right (I’d much rather be wrong!). Dr. Bailey also confirmed that Cowgirl is around five years old. She said all things considered Cowgirl’s heart and lungs sound good and her teeth look pretty good as well. Hey, some positives — we’ll take it!
I’ll be starting Cowgirl on the slow kill heartworm treatment immediately using the supply of Doxycycline and Prednisone I purchased at the vet’s office today. In addition, Cowgirl’s adopter will receive a year’s supply of Heartgard to continue with her treatment.
And Cowgirl? Well, she couldn’t be any less concerned about being heartworm positive. In fact, today she decided to try her hand at herding corgis. Get along little dogies/corgis … same difference, right?
Sept. 29, 2011: I have to say, I’m just loving this girl! Cowgirl has turned into a real love muffin who loves to be petted and scratched. She’s definitely a velcro dog, following me from room to room and sleeping beside my bed. Not one to catch frisbees or retrieve balls, Cowgirl is a companion — a loyal companion — all the way. When we go for walks around the neighborhood, Cowgirl walks right by my side. I leave the leash on — just in case — but her off-leash recall is excellent.
Cowgirl is submissive with people and other dogs and has fit right in with my pack. She’s just so easygoing! I honestly believe she’s one of those dogs that would do equally well as an only dog and in a multi-dog household. She’s also devoted to her person, something that won’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with her breed. It doesn’t matter what you do or say, Cowgirl just looks at you adoringly, as if to say, “You hung the moon, didn’t you?” Wish my two dogs would take some notes! lol
Oct. 3, 2011: This morning, Cowgirl started her slow kill heartworm treatment meds. She’s pretty good at avoiding the pills, but I’ve found a new way to make sure she swallows them, no questions asked. I just wrap them in a slice of deli meat and down the hatch they go!
This evening, I took Cowgirl outside just before dusk to take some new photos. Now, I don’t have the best camera (actually, it’s a pretty crappy camera — $59.95 on sale at WalMart), but every once in a while I’m able to capture something special, even if the photo quality isn’t the best. I put Cowgirl in the bed of my truck for a quick photo shoot — she is a “cowgirl” after all! – and she just turned on the charisma, posing, smiling, and even laughing for the camera. It occurred to me as I clicked away that Cowgirl’s demeanor has undergone a fundamental change in the past few days. She’s perkier and smiles more often. Her tail wags more and there’s a lightness to her step that wasn’t there before. But there’s still that soulfulness to her eyes that just gets to me. It’s there in some of tonight’s photos. You can see it if you look. I may be waxing poetic here, but I see loyalty and devotion in those eyes, like she’d follow her person to the ends of the earth. I can’t wait for that person to come along. What a jewel he or she will have!
Oct. 14, 2011: Cowgirl’s Halloween costume came in the mail yesterday, courtesy of Gisele. Of course, I had to put it on her and make sure it was the “perfect” fit. And, of course, I had my camera handy. As you can see, Cowgirl was less than enthused with her new look. I sure had a good time, though! lol
Oct. 20, 2011: I just had to take a moment to say what a joy Cowgirl is and how lucky her people will be when they find her. She is the picture of devotion. And now that it’s cooler and everyone is feeling friskier, she’s getting her puppy playfulness back. I’m fostering a female Corgi, Pumpkin, and I also have a Corgi of my own. Cowgirl has appointed herself “Corgi Wrangler,” and tries to round them up when they start playing a little too boisterously. It’s so comical to watch because she’s constantly looking for their heels to “heel” them. They barely have legs — good luck trying to find their heels while they’re running! I haven’t been able to get it on camera yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to add the video to this post. Stay tuned … and be prepared to laugh!
Oct. 23, 2011: Okay, I didn’t get video of Cowgirl herding the two Corgis, but I did get something almost as funny. Earlier this month, Gisele sent a package with several Halloween costumes. I’ve already taken photos of Cowgirl wearing the pumpkin costume (as you’ll recall, she was oh-so-thrilled!). Today, we did a little photo shoot with the pumpkin-print pajamas Gisele sent. Cowgirl was really into it, as you can see from the photo! lol
Oct. 30, 2011: ADOPTED! Cowgirl just left with the wonderful Sheldon and Anita Wynne of Vero Beach. The couple lost their beloved 12-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, Cassie, about a year ago. They and their 6-year-old lab have missed Cassie so much, they decided it was time to consider adding another ACD to the family. I think our gentle Cowgirl is the perfect choice, don’t you?!? Vero Beach, welcome your newest Dog Liberator dog!
Jexa has been soooooo good. She is my dream dog. She is perfect and such a pretty little lady! I have attached pictures of her in her new home. She adapted right away. I am so happy! She is a true blessing in my life. We're gonna have the greatest time together.
Sometimes things just happen, don't they?
Take Cheez-it, the Border Collie/Brittany Spaniel puppy, for example.
I stopped by the local county shelter (Citrus County Animal Services) on my way back from driving Jedediah, Holly’s Basset Hound puppy, to another transporter. My intention was to drop off a bag of dog feed and leave, but of course I had to take a walk through the kennel first. Lo and behold who did I see on the first aisle but Cheez-It, all clean and white from a recent bath given to him by a shelter volunteer. His kennel card indicated he’d been there for almost a month. How was that possible? I knelt down to get a closer look at this adorable youngster. Well, he licked my hand, stared up at me with those big, round eyes, and that was all it took … Did I mention he has Richie Cunningham freckles on his nose? - The Dog Liberator
Update on Pepper from his New Family
Pepper is doing great! My husband and 3 girls were the ones that found you and Pepper at the pet store. I was away with my son for a tournament. When he called me I had reservations about a dog so big and then when I heard he needed surgery I got more concerned, but could tell that Bill had already become very attached to him. I think the surgery that he needed made Bill want him even more…poor little guy! I didn’t meet Pepper until we picked him up post surgery with his huge shaved leg and his big cone on his head. Needless to say I slept in the living room with him for 2 weeks and fell right in love with him. He is a huge baby!
His leg is healing wonderfully and he goes back for his follow up next week. We have followed all the directions of keeping him from being too active which is hard because we have another dog (only a 40 pounder). Sam, our other dog, loves to run and chase balls so keeping Pepper from running around is a challenge. We look forward to being able to take both of them on long walks when we get the green light from the vet. He looks so awesome. His coat is shining and he looks happy…which makes me feel really good about our decision to adopt him. He is by Bill’s feet wherever Bill is. My husband and 3 girls were the ones that found you and he won over first!
The Life of John Henry