There's some once in a decade snowstorm going on outside so maybe don't come down to Toronto Animal Services South today but if you're looking for the sweetest German Shepherd mix ever, that would be Timber and I have a feeling the first person who comes by to meet him is going to adopt him.

On our walk last week, every so often he would just stop, sidle up beside me and give me this look:


Where do dogs learn to do this? Is there some secret dog school somewhere where they hand out degrees in adorableness?

And if his look isn't charming enough, Timber's also got some fuzzy whiskers under his chin.


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.



8 Comments to “Timber - German Shepherd mix”

  1. deva says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love the socks. I hope a really soft-hearted person picks this boy for their own.

  2. Kit Lang says:

    OMG - he's giving me a bad case of melty-heart. I lurrrvvveeee heeeeeem!

  3. There's a dog actively campaigning for someone to love....

  4. foxpen says:

    What is with all these outrageously adorable dogs, lately? Noramlly, they're just adorable, but this...this is ...OUTRAGEOUS! : )

  5. Anonymous says:

    I see sadness and questions in his eyes.. I do hope he finds a forever home...

  6. Angela says:

    How in the world does a dog this sweet end up at a shelter? I'm in love. I bet he'd be a great bed warmer!

  7. What a great dog-with those eyes, I am sure you are right that the first person to meet him will take him home. Crossing my fingers for a great new life for him :-)

  8. murko says:

    Looks like Timber is adopted! My girlfriend and I have been staring at his pictures for days. It was the best thing to do in a snow storm. What a looker!

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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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