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The floods and resulting landslides in Brazil over the last few days have killed over 500 people already. This video of a woman and her dog trapped in the midst of raging waters and the rescue attempt is both poignant and heart wrenching.

3 Comments to “Rescue and Loss”

  1. siouxee says:

    My heart broke... as I watched this. I am overwhelmed with sadness...

  2. Anonymous says:

    she lets go of the dog, it likely drowns in the volume of water

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh man. I feel so bad for her and her dog both. That she held on that long, that she tried to make the jump with him, it clearly indicates she loves her dog. And she still lost him.

    I am so grateful that I haven't had to face any kind of natural crisis, even just a house fire, in my house. I have four cats and two rescued ferals I'm trying to rehabilitate in the basement. I have a tentative evacuation plan, but I'd really not ever have to test it out.

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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.