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I'm going to start doing a weekly roundup of links to dog related stuff because people send me online videos and such and sometimes they make me go wow and sometimes they make me laugh and I think I should probably pass them around.

Nothing sad here. There's enough sad stuff elsewhere.

A dog collapses during a training class. The instructor does CPR on it. Here's what happens:

Have you seen Portlandia on the IFC network? Here's their spot with the Portland Pet Haven shelter staff. Get ready for some amazing learnin' from two actual dog experts:

Portlandia again. An afternoon with two heroes of the dog rescue community:

Article in The Telegraph from the Don't Communists Make the Best Capitalists Department, a 1.5 million dollar dog:

"He is a perfect specimen," said Mr Lu, who runs the Tibetan Mastiff Garden in Laoshan, near the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. "He has excellent genes and will be a good breeding dog. When I started in this business, ten years ago, I never thought we would see such a price."

I'm sure you've seen this one. If you haven't, you're obviously not on the internet enough and need to GET ON THE INTERNET NOW! Oh wait. I guess you already are.

Basset Hounds running on a beach by BenfromSalem on Flickr.
More hilarity here.

And one more. I don't know what breed these two are but they really like water. Maybe Lab mixes or something probably:

4 Comments to “Sunday links”

  1. Anonymous says:

    those last two must be at least half mexican or chinese crested, look how little fur they have!

  2. mel says:

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.. Sugar, the CPR dog, passed away a little more than a week after that video was taken.

    He probably had the best ten days of his life, though.

  3. Fred says:

    Oh Mel, that is too bad about Sugar. I'll check out the link.

  4. Ian says:

    Just had to comment again.
    Those mix breeds playing in the pool are hilarious.
    That must be some tough pool to withstand those 2.

    Great links Fred even though that first one had an eventual sad ending.

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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.