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(I wrote this on Monday. Looks like Reggie got adopted two days ago!)

Reggie's been at Toronto Animal Services South for too long now so I decided to take another photo of him, maybe bring him some better luck. Reggie can be a bit choosy about his dog companions but he's great with people so it's strange that no one has given him a chance yet.

For his photo session on Sunday, I took him to a little fenced in area and let him off leash.

Reggie tore around like a fruitcake for about ten minutes, had a good roll around on last year's brown grass and then played with a tennis ball, like a cat with a ball of yarn, for another insane five minutes and then he was done.

He came over. I congratulated him on getting his yayas out and leashed him back up and took him out of the yard.

We found a less visually distracting spot and I took some photos of him while he had a bit of a rest.

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

7 Comments to “Reggie - Labrador mix”

  1. Biscuit says:

    looks like all he needed was an updated portfolio and head shots. :)

  2. Fred says:

    Hmm, I always wonder about how photos affect adoption.

  3. Fillyjonk says:

    What lovely photos! I will miss Reggie, he was a darling. I liked hanging out with him in his kennel and just hugging and petting him, because he was so gentle. It is funny that it took so long, but I hope his new owner is happy with such an awesome dog. By the way, where is the fenced-in area? I'd love to safely let a dog off the leash once in a while.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Fillyjonk, if you walk south from TAS, cross Princes Blvd to the south parking lot, there is a building there with a big boat beside it. On the other side of that building is a small fenced in area. It's not great and it's got rebar sticking of the ground so it's probably not good for larger dogs who might hurt their feet stepping on those things but it's okay for smaller, agile dogs to zip around in for a bit.

    Maybe this will be the year TAS gets an official off leash dog area outside.

  5. Fillyjonk says:

    Fantastic, Fred! Thanks for the info.

  6. Reggie's Mom says:

    We adopted him before we ever saw those photos! Though admittedly, photos of another dog were what brought us to TAS South. Reggie is a spaz, who loves being outside and chasing his new mallard duck squeaky toy, but he's also a good boy who listens well. We feel lucky that we found him!

  7. Fred says:

    Hi Reggie's Mom, congrats on adopting him and it's great to hear he's doing so well in his new home!

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