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From the owners of Dominic, now Domino:

Attached is a picture of our beautiful adopted dog Dominick. We call him Domino. He is such a joy in our lives and we love him so much.

We are starting our 4th week of obedience training. He is very good at halting when we walk. We are now working on the sit stay command. Right now Domino wants to sit and then lie down :). but we will get it. We will also be attending level 2 obedience classes. We want to make sure he is fully trained before we try any off leash dog park activities.

He loves to play ball. There is a fenced in tennis court we use to play ball. He loves it!!! He can play ball for hours. We know that there is a long way to go before he can go off leash as when ball is over and we decide to leave, he takes a bit of time before he will come to us.

Thank you for helping us add this beautiful dog to our family. We are now a very happy family of 3.

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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.