Duke is a chatterbox so no condo living for this guy, unless you've got neighbours on all sides who like the sounds of out of tune violins being played by tone deaf three year olds on sugar pills. Okay, he's not that bad but he does like to bay when he converses and he seems to have a lot to say, at least at the shelter.

I suspect part of it is that he's missing his owner and he's not getting enough attention at TAS. At one point, we were stopped on our walk by three young women who were on their way to the Drake concert. They wanted to know if they could say hello to Duke and in response, Duke pulled himself over to them and plopped himself down in their midst. As they cooed and ran their hands over him, he was completely quiet and he gave me this look and I swear he was thinking, "Sucks to be you."

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

3 Comments to “Duke - Basset Hound”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    He would fit in well with our family - all of our fur babies are chatter boxes! lol

    Hope he finds the perfect-for-him home soon!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My Dukey is on the internet!!!! I was just looking at pics of bassett hounds on google, and there was MY dog! I adopted Duke at the end of August/2012. With a lot of hard work and determination, he has become a confident and very well mannered little man. The best thing I ever did was bring him home. He's my bestest friend ever. I wouldn't trade him for the world. Thanks Animal Services !!!!!
    Laura xo

  3. Fr ed says:

    Thanks for the update, Anon. Glad to hear everything is going well. If you ever want to send update pics, we'd luv to post them up. Cheers.

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The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.