Of course I'm biased but this the most beautiful dog I've ever seen come through Toronto Animal Services South and beyond the good looks, he's friendly, goofy and will soak your face with one swipe of his tongue and knock everything off your coffee table with one swing of his tail. When I sat outside with him, people gathered around, oohed and aahed and snapped his photo. Good thing he loves attention.

He's less than a year old, so still growing, and he seems to have a voracious appetite so I wouldn't be surprised if he passes the 170 lb. mark by the time he's mature. The photos don't do justice to his size. If he stood on his hind legs, this guy would probably be able to grab whatever good eats are on top of the fridge.

Whoever adopts this Dane better get ready for all the "Where's his saddle?" comments you're going to get every time you step out the door with him - but it'll be worth it. There's no experience like the experience of walking beside a canine companion the same size as you are.





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 “Polka - Great Dane”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This guy is stunning... I wish I had space for a second dog... Whoever gets this gorgeous guy, I hope they send updates....

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agreed, this is a beautiful dog. I have one already, and my apartment might not be cut out for a pooch of this great stature, but whoever takes this darling Dane home is very lucky. Post updates, please!

  3. deva says:

    He is gorgeous. But of course, Stella was just as beautiful and more soulful looking.

  4. Lenni says:

    What a splendid animal. I am sure there will be a line up out the door at TAS South for him, if he is even still available. Wonderful photos Fred!

  5. Steph Wilson says:

    I'm curious, is he deaf?

  6. Fr ed says:

    Hi Steph, I was worried about that as well but, no, he's good.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It would be lovely to see this beautiful boy grow up and fill out and be all that he can be. Come on Fred , take him home. You know you want to!!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I actually got to meet him today. Obviously 'on hold for adoption'; somebody was quick on their feet. He isn't deaf, and truly is a gentle giant. He never barked while I was there and he was just a cheery little fella! I am sad I couldn't bring him home with me. Whoever has got him is very lucky and should give him all the love and care he deserves.

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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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