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From the owner of Moose, now Walter, who, I'm guessing, is also a "Breaking Bad" fan:

I just wanted to give you a little update on (formerly known as Moose) Walter. I have adopted him. He has been in our home for almost 3 weeks. We fell in love with him thanks to your phenomenal photographic skills of capturing these dogs' souls. I love him with all of my heart and with the help of our vet he has been given a good bill of health.

He seems to have allergies/asthma which was causing his breathing most noticeably when he is stressed out. Since I have asthma too, I completely understand how it can be a vicious circle of panic. He has bonded with us so well and has a brother named Hank (a 10 month old Boxer/Cane Corso). He is a wonderful boy and loves our horses too. By the looks of things he will be around enjoying his new life for quite some time.

Thank you again.

8 Comments to “Update on Moose”

  1. Kit says:

    LOL Walter looks pleased as punch with his new life. His new brother, not so much!

    (Much like the pictures of my older brother with baby me. You go Walter! ;) )

  2. I'm so happy for Walter... he looks like life is pretty good. I'm happy for his new people and Hank too!

  3. MKlwr says:

    That is a happy pup! And I hope that now that he's been identified as having allergies/asthma, it will be possible to alleviate the symptoms and he won't be stressed out about it.

  4. Erin says:

    I'm so happy to hear that Walter is doing so well! By the way, he may just be gassy because the first thing I thought of was the kid's book "Walter the Farting Dog", which is hysterical and totally worth looking at next time you're in a bookstore. Walter is quite the hero!

  5. Anonymous says:

    What wonderful news about Walter!!!!!!!! Love the new name. He looks so happy in the photograph with Hank as if he is proud as can be to have a little brother. Hank looks a bit embarrassed at Walters exuberence. Sounds as if they both have a perfect home. Good for the new owners! And for Fred and his photographs that bring about such happy endings

  6. Anonymous says:

    This makes me so happy to see him smiling with a new happy life!!! <3

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love these updates, love seeing shelter dogs in happy forever homes! Good going, Walter! Hank, cheer up *L*.

  8. Katie says:

    Here's a little update on Walter! We have moved to a farm and his is the Uncle to our baby chicks!

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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.