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This red Doberman Pinscher has got the Clint Eastwood "are you feeling lucky, punk?" stare down pat and I'm pretty sure he's going to be a sidewalk clearer for his future owner. Ironic because this guy is one of friendliest Dobermans I've ever met. He's not one to be looking for fights. He's looking for kisses.

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

6 Comments to “Unnamed - Red Doberman Pinscher”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a handsome boy! Years ago, I had a dobe just like him named Bruno...'sidewalk clearer' is right...grown men would cross the street when I walked him. He always made me feel safe...I remember when I was pregnant and my husband worked nights, he would sleep at the foot of my bed. I'm sure that dog would have taken a bullet for me...fortunately he didn't have to.
    People were always so intimidated by him but what they didn't realize was, like this guy, he was just the biggest sweetheart.

  2. C's Mom says:

    He is beautiful. I hope he goes to the right owner who will apprecite his wanting kisses and not a fight.

  3. Very fetching collar on a beautiful boy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is he still available? How old is he?
    I tried to find information him on the website you provided but couldn't find him on the site..
    Any links you could give me to find out about adopting him?

  5. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, this guy was adopted out quite a while ago but thanks for inquiring. The best way to find out up-to-date info on any dog shown on the blog is to directly contact TAS. All their contact info is available via their website.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Alright, thank you for letting me know! (:

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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.