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She was alone and looked down upon the earth and with her breath blew the snow across the plain. She came down, landed upon the ice and started to walk but all around her, the living creatures scurried into their shelters whenever she approached. She traveled in this way, by herself, for days until she grew accustomed to her loneliness and resolved to not let it ruin her. She walked amongst the snowdrifts and ice fields. The flat horizon bored her so she took the ice and snow and lifted them up and created mountains of glaciers and gave them the colour of the sky.

On the seventh day, she awoke and there was a creature beside her against her. Its eyes were black as coal and this frightened her a little but its muzzle tickled her face; its fur warmed her hands; and, its songs thawed her heart. The animal brought her to meet its family and they welcomed her, the first creatures to do so since she'd arrived. They showed her how to hunt and how to run swiftly across the snow and how to talk to the moon and, though she did not need this, how to stay warm. She spent that first winter with them and at the end of it, it was time to depart. Before she left, she marked this tribe so that whenever she returned, she would be able to identify them and their children. As she kissed each creature goodbye, each one opened its once black eyes and revealed the reflected blue of glaciers.

Titus is the first of two beautiful Siberian Huskies that came into Toronto Animal Services South this past week.

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

5 Comments to “Titus - Siberian Husky”

  1. Erin says:

    Titus is stunning and that story is just beautiful! Can you tell me more about the story? All my girls are and have been Huskies, my love of the breed runs deep.

  2. Fred says:

    Hi Erin, there's not much more to tell at the moment. Sometimes these things just hit me. I'll write more if more comes along.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful face he has. I hope someone appreciates the depth of personality there very soon, someone who understands that unique type of dog, and can give him a perfect, loving home.

  4. Vida says:

    Beautiful portraits and a lovely story, inspired no doubt by those eyes. Love it...

  5. Erin says:

    I didn't realize it was your story Fred. It's has the feel of a legend that has been around for eons. It's stunningly beautiful so thank you so much for sharing it.

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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.