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This girl is the most timid of the four. Every few steps she puts the brakes on, uncertain about where I'm taking her but other than that, she's almost at the point where she enjoys being around people more than she is afraid of being around people.

When I get her outside, she sits close to the door and takes it all in. Being a puppy mill dog, she's never had much experience with being outside of a cage let alone outside in the big wide world. I'm know she's been taken out by others at TAS already but it seems she's still getting used to the concept.

She loves her brother, though, and as soon as he walks by, she greets him with a playful paw and a kiss and her anxiety vanishes.

Not long now before she's out of her shell completely.

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

1 Comment to “Labradoodle pup - female 1”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good girl! It won't take her long to adjust to a forever home.

    (Although my little puppy mill guy had a heck of a time with housebreaking. I'd have to say the dogwalker who came in at lunchtime never figured out that he wanted to go in the back yard and not on a walk. Sometimes we humans need to pay more attention...)

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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.