Here is part 2 on the story of Bart Liblang, the law dog.
Dani Liblang has been an animal lover since she was a young. She grew up in Waterford with her parents and three siblings and rescued “everything,” including orphaned bunnies, squirrels and even birds that had fallen from their nests (http://www.hometownlife.com/).
When she and her husband Eric, who’s also an attorney, moved from a condo into a house in Birmingham, the couple brought Jillian, the previous golden retriever.
“She was the prettiest golden I’d ever seen,” Liblang said. “Just the best dog. I was heartbroken when I lost her. She lived to be 16 (http://www.hometownlife.com/).”
She was so heartbroken that her staff pitched in and bought her Bart for Christmas. Now she’s considering dog adoption. She noted that October is National Dog Adoption Month and encourages dog lovers to adopt pets, foster dogs, volunteer at shelters and donate to rescues (http://www.hometownlife.com/).
Liblang said this to Hometown Life:
“I’m trying to talk my husband into adopting another dog to keep Bart company,” she said. “One of the reasons I like golden retrievers is they are so good as therapy dogs. And their temperament is perfectly suited to be an office dog. But there are many other breeds that are just as well-suited. And there are many (mixed breed) dogs that are very well-suited and have great personalities.”
In the meantime, Bart has most of the office to himself. Although office manager Eileen Wheeler brings her dog Willow to the office nearly every day as well. Willow mostly stays in Wheeler’s office though.
“Bart likes Willow. Willow is pretty standoffish to Bart,” Liblang said, with a laugh.
Bart’s food and water bowls are kept on the floor in the office kitchen. His toy box and bed are in Liblang’s office, near her desk. The desk is decorated with his photos and a sign, “Live, Laugh, Bark.”
What is really interesting is that Liblang has been tapped a few times to work on cases involving dogs, even though it’s not her specialty.
“I’m such a dog person that probably everyone who meets me hears about dogs. I’m sure that’s how I got the calls in the first place,” she said. “I do think the law should recognize that most pets aren’t just property, that they are members of people’s families and, that when bad things happen to pets that can be devastating to the family. (http://www.hometownlife.com/).”
Recognizing that some clients may be afraid of dogs or may be allergic to fur, she posted a sign inside the elevator at her office, advising them to call before they walk into her office suite (http://www.hometownlife.com/). A very good idea.
She can think of only one time Bart exhibited “bad dog” behavior at work. He swiped a sandwich from a court reporter’s purse during a deposition. When he was caught, the sandwich was still in one piece, but an office staffer photographed him wearing a “dog shaming” sign and posted it on Facebook (http://www.hometownlife.com/).