Teddy and Bear came in together but they appear to be more quarreling siblings than bonded pair. These Bichon Frises are both great dogs on their own but together, one is constantly trying to hump the other one and that only leads to growling and escalation. I made the mistake of walking the two of them together and not paying well enough attention and at one point a noisy but harmless fight between the two pipsqueaks broke out. All the snarling and barking turned quite a few heads over in our direction. I'm sure people were wondering if I was training the two for the dog fight circuit.

So, for their sake and everyone else's, these two are being adopted out separately. I wish I could tell you for sure which one is Teddy and which on is Bear but I can't. Like I said, they're both adorable, on their own or maybe even with other dogs, just not together with each other.

This is the first one, the humper:




This is the second one, the humpee:





These two will be available for adoption within the next few days. Keep your eyes on the Toronto Animal Services adoption website if interested or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.



3 Comments to “Teddy and Bear - Bichon Frise”

  1. deva says:

    Hi Fred - I went to the TAS site to see if the chin was there yet, and ran into Sierra, who has been at TAS since September. I don't recall seeing her here. Is she overlooked because she's a "senior" at age seven? She looks like a nice girl!

  2. Fr ed says:

    Hi deva, isn't Sierra at TAS East or have they transferred her to South?

  3. deva says:

    You are absolutely right, she is at east. I didn't realise it was all one website. Only ten listings right now, I just assumed each facility had its own site.

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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.
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