A bright blue plastic bag blows by as we are walking and Power runs for it and the weak faulty leash breaks so now he's off and chasing. He catches the bag, snagged under paws, and stops and looks at me, very happy with himself at his accomplishment. He grabs the bag in his mouth and runs at me but veers off, as dogs will do when they want to play and be chased, but I just stand there trying not to show any anxiousness that the dog I'm supposed to have under control is no longer under control. He circles back around and runs a couple of laps around me, trying to entice me to play. I grab a treat instead (peanut butter dog cookie), crouch and hold it out to him. I think he's slightly disappointed I don't engage in play with him but he's happy to take the treat regardless. He's wagging his tail anyway. Good boy, I say and rub his chest and give him a bunch more cookies and tie the ends of the leash back together. And he is a good boy to return to me, a relative stranger, when he had his freedom to run and run and run.
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 416 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.