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From Shera's new owners:

What a happy active dog she turned out to be. We expected she would come out of her shell over time. We did not expect that the process would only take a couple oh hours. She has been running around our yard like she had never rum before. She sleeps on her bed but we have to kick her off ours first. She loves! her ball. She is like a collie at chasing and catching the ball. But she also tosses it herself with a flick of her head. And she will bring the ball back.

It is clear she is a people person. She shadows us around the house.

She can also open her crate! We locked the crate this morning with cable clamps to keep the latch down and locked. She broke both clamps and met me at the door at noon. Nothing busted or chewed in the house though. She is snoring on the couch not watching tv!

8 Comments to “Update on Shera”

  1. deva says:

    So nice to see this. Sounds like the nervousness has gone and she will do brilliantly in her new home. Thank you for the update.

  2. Anonymous says:

    that is wonderful.. and a perfect example of not judging a dog merely by its behaviour in the shelter... (Blogger is NOT allowing me to post as "me" on any blogger blogs...) selkie

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful news! I'll bet the care her adopters showed her even beofore they took her home helped a lot. The shadowing sounds as if she fears they might vanish, like her late owner. I hope she gets over that, and can have faith again.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So happy to see beautiful Shera in her new home. What a smart girl! Sounds like a wonderful match.

  5. Lynn says:

    Yeah! Shera made it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So great to hear! Go Shera!


  7. Vida says:

    That's great, looks like Shera knows that she has a new home and family and that made all the difference. Amazing how clever she is. All the best!

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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.

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