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When this raggedy Shih Tzu first arrived at the shelter from a puppy mill, she was an extremely frightened little girl.

It took someone quite special to bring this one home.

We brought Chryssy home on February 6th, a five year old little girl who had known life only in a puppy mill. She immediately attached to Georgie, our elderly Chihuahua, taking her place in his comfy bed. From being a very passive little person, Chryssy now shows her hidden self at times, by responding to her name (she never had one before) and hanging out with the cats, and getting excited when her food is set out. She accepted her first "treat" yesterday.

5 Comments to “Chryssy - Shih Tzu”

  1. Anonymous says:

    that is so good to hear!!!!! After five years of puppy mill hell she has found a world of comfort, understanding and love! and Georgie is a lovely little guy too! Making room for a shy a new friend. Congratulations all round!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Gawd: These precious two are friends already. How marvelous!!!!
    Sending hugs to Fred, to the new owners, to both Chryssy and Georgie, these sweet innocent gifts.

    It doesn't get much better than this.

  3. Unknown says:

    So sweet, she's lovely now... lucky little girl finially.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Such amazing creatures. Thank god they are so forgiving

  5. Love the criss-cross legs ... how sweet! I am so happy for Chryssy ... I was wondering how she was doing. Thank you so much for letting us know.

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A request

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.