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7 Comments to “Toffee - Portuguese Podengo”

  1. Joanne says:

    is that the small, medium or large variety? They come in a smooth and wire coat for each size, making 6 subsets of the breed. Great dogs for someone with active lifestyle, very intelligent, used for hunting...great agility prospect. These are wonderful dogs, hope he/she gets grabbed up soon, as I hope they all do.

  2. Fred says:

    Hi Joanne, Toffee's a medium sized dog and last I heard, he might already be adopted.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Toffee is now known as Vasco. He's a great fella, sweet and fast as blazes!! Adopting him was the best thing I ever did!

  4. Fred says:

    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear he's doing well. Great new name too!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ha, so funny that these pics are still here. Vasco is still a little firebrand, guardian of his back yard and scourge of small game!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace Vasco. He was 14 and the best dog you could hope for. We ended up testing him and he came back 100% Western European Village Dog.

  7. Fred says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated on Vasco all these years. I'm sorry for you loss and also grateful you provided a loving home for him. It's the best thing any dog could hope for.

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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.