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10 Comments to “Unnamed - Golden Retriever”

  1. Biscuit says:

    aggh. don't worry, doggy!

    how old is he/she?

  2. Fred says:

    I don't know but I'm guessing a few years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh my, those eyes have seen a lot haven't they. You reach their souls with you camera Fred.

  4. Meredeth says:

    This dog is so beautiful it hurts. His face is just incredible.
    I hope he gets the home he deserves.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm another volunteer dogwalker and I walked her last weekend - she is beautiful! Such a sweet disposition, loves to rubbed and cuddled. She's great. Fell in love with her immediately.

  6. Meredeth says:

    Has she been adopted? I don't see her on the site anymore.

  7. Fred says:

    This poor boy was taken out by a Golden Retriever rescue who brought him to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic because he was getting more and more listless. At the VEC, they found he had a severe heart murmur and kidney disease, both long term conditions, along with several bones perforating his GI tract (which they thought he would be able to eventually pass). Unfortunately, he died without ever leaving the clinic.

  8. Meredeth says:

    Fred, thank you for the update as now someone can mourn his passing. I'm crying for him although I am sure he's in a better place with health issues like that. I just don't think I'll ever forget his face - it is burned into my memory as one of the sweetest looking dogs I've ever seen, like a character in a children's book. Poor, sweet, boy. Was he named?

  9. Fred says:

    Hi Meredeth, I believe he was named by the rescue. If I can find out what it was, I'll post it here. And yes, he was a very sweet and gentle dog.

  10. Meredeth says:

    Thank you. For some reason, I would appreciate knowing what name they gave him. Poor, sweet baby.

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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.