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Amazingly laid back and friendly personality. I wouldn't be surprised if the first person who goes to see this guy, takes him home.

Update on Max here.

For adoption information on these and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

7 Comments to “Max - German Shepherd mix”

  1. Joanne says:

    I suspect that you are secretly holding a piece of salami in your mouth when you take these pix. What a kind, sweet face. I keep coming back and back and back to the dane. I only hope she gets the home she deserves. Otherwise I could wind up in a heap of trouble.

  2. Fred says:

    Not a bad idea. I sometimes try to tempt these guys with a treat but more often than not they're not interested. I'm not sure if that says something about the quality of the treat or me.

    This guy was a really good model, calm and attentive. I think he's been adopted already.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This pup has a great "look"-direct,interested, questioning.
    but my fav part of him is his mouth-the one curly hair,the snow on the chin and how soft it looks. I can imagine hand feeding him.
    I sure hope he is now in a forever loving home. Bet he is a great companion.

  4. Not surprised he's adopted: what a handsome dog!

    From personal experience, using food as a means of getting focus from strays and street animals only results in lovely pictures of noses and teeth as the animal in question learns the new trick of snatching the food at speed that approach that of light. Possibly not quite so startling with pound dogs, who, after all, do get fed regularly.

    From the lady with a very swollen lip from lipping a treat while setting up a kitten shoot!

  5. Anonymous says:

    what breed is this dog? x

  6. Fred says:

    Anon, sorry, your guess is as good as mine with regards to breed mix.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ahh, he looks 90% similar to my dog! and im trying to figure out what his mix is! Vets say he's a german shepherd husky but I doubt it. Super cute dog.

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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.