The guy asks me if there's a Husky available for adoption and surprisingly enough there is and I tell him, Yeah, actually, there is, and I bring him to see Smokey and I think the guy's going to go, Wow, beautiful dog! or something like that because that is exactly what Smokey is - a beautiful dog, one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen at the shelter - but instead the guy just goes, Hmm, and I ask him if he wants me to bring Smokey out so he can check him out but the guy says, No, that's okay.
A few minutes later, the guy comes out of the adoption room and sees me and he comes over and asks me, Do you guys ever get those grey and white Huskies and I say, Yeah, sometimes, and the guy asks if he could reserve one and I tell him, I don't think they do reservations here, you just have to check the website often, and the guy says, Oh, okay, and then I think he's about to leave but he asks, What kind of Husky is the brown one I saw? and I say, It's the same kind as the grey ones except it's brown, and the guy asks, Are they as popular as the grey ones? and I say, Well, actually, the brown ones are even more popular are even more in demand because you don't see as many of them and Smokey is really special because of his icy blue eyes, and the man sort of lights up and he says, Really?, and I say, Yeah, he'll probably get adopted pretty quickly, and the man thinks for a bit then he says, Maybe I'll go take another look at him.
I don't know what I was doing there. Part of me was perturbed that some guy who obviously knew nothing about Huskies wanted to get a dog based on its colouring and part of me wanted to influence his decision anyway, based not on properly educating him about getting a suitable dog for his lifestyle, but based on his shallow requirements for the right looking dog. Stupid me.
Didn't matter, though. Another couple asked to see Smokey in the meet and greet room and the man didn't want to wait around so he left.
Oh, and by the way, Smokey is a lovely dog. He can be a little distant for the first few minutes after initial meeting but once he warms up to you, he gives kisses on your face and takes food gently from your hand. He does have a predatorial interest in small critters, though, so it's probably best to keep him on leash unless there are no squirrels or cats in the neighbourhood and I don't know anywhere like that in Toronto.
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.