UPDATE - 07/15/2009
Belle (formerly known as Dahlia has been adopted. Here is a quick note from new owner (or is it ownee) Allen.

A quick up date of the Zigelsky's new four legged friend addition. First and foremost we changed Dahlia's name to something more fitting to her regal stature. In her formal social schedual and calander she will be addressed as "Lady Belle", to the slightly off in left field we will address her as "Belle". She appears to be a very smart and very loving creature. I am positive that she will take to her new name and surroundings very quickly. I changed her name to give a harsher and more ear catching sound that will get her attention to make it easier to train her and more importantly catch her attention to keep her out of harms way.

Jacqui Smith is fostering the third dog, Dahlia, a spayed black female, born on 5/1/07. Dahlia gets along great with other dogs, and likes children as long as they are not too young, 7 and up. She needs the same basic socialization to new experiences that the others need and will be available for adoption to someone who will continue her training. She is crate trained as well.

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Dahlia is one of four Newfs from the east coast of Florida taken into rescue this past weekend. These are basically good tempered, healthy dogs that were very badly neglected; none of these dogs know their name. They smelled horribly so the first order of business was to get them bathed, and the worst mats cut out. They were all owned by one person who bred one litter of Newfs and then quit. Their breeder became ill and kept the dogs ungroomed, untrained and neglected in her garage or left outside in a crate. Thankfully she did give them up to us instead of selling them on, but all of them need to learn basic manners and how to live in a house. We will be keeping them in foster care until they are comfortable with more situations, and then hope to place at least a couple of them with experienced dog owners, and preferably Newfie owners so they continue to be part of the family. These are dogs that really deserve a new life. They’ve been in a stressful living environment and have been transported to foster care and all of them have been remarkably sweet natured about it. All of these dogs are starved for affection and consistent care and training so being willing to provide that will be a major factor in choosing adoptive homes.

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