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Rolling in the grass is a state of mind.

Mia was overly excited when I first took her out of her kennel. She immediately began biting the leash, playing tug a little too enthusiastically. It wasn't the best behaviour, especially for a shelter dog hoping to get adopted.

I brought her over to a bench and sat down with her and waited. Less than fifteen seconds later, she'd stopped biting and pulling the leash. I waited another minute or so and then got up and we walked outside without incident. Once outside, perhaps with the change in environment, Mia got excited again and started nipping the leash. I stopped walking, just stood there, didn't acknowledge her and she immediately stopped her behaviour.

There were no more incidences for the rest of the walk, despite the noise and the crowds (there was a charity run that day). Once she felt secure with me at the other end of the leash, she behaved like a friendly, happy dog out for a walk on a sunny, cool fall afternoon.

Mia is a good dog and she wants to be an even better dog. She just needs a calm and loving owner to show her how.

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 “Mia - Beagle Rottweiler mix”

  1. MKlwr says:

    Beagle and Dachshund, maybe? Those are Dackel feet.
    She is very sweet, and I'm imagining her with an owner who has a gentlemanly air, will teach her to fetch his slippers, and take her for walks in the park with a newspaper under his arm and a pipe in his mouth.

  2. Good shoulder action there: hope she finds a good home with a *big* back yard.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think its basset hound, not beagle. Look at those basset forelegs!

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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.