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Claire is listed as a German Shepherd mix though her long, fine muzzle reminds me of a Greyhound.

She's a fine tempered dog but didn't quite like how long I was taking to photograph her so after a while she started barking at me to hurry it up.

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

6 Comments to “Claire - German Shepherd mix”

  1. deva says:

    Claire's brindling could indicate Dutch shepherd ancestry. She looks elegant.

  2. your dog looks just like mine where did you get her and how old is she

  3. Fred says:

    Hi liezle, Claire isn't my dog but she was adopted from Toronto Animal Services last year in June. She was probably a couple of years old at the time.

  4. Doug Edwards says:

    Claire was a fantastic friend! I adopted her in the summer of 2011 and had her for so many years. When I brought her home in less than an hour she was on the bed and said, “I am home!’ She had a great life, she lived played on the top of the Scarborough Bluffs and visited Lake Ontario via the various trails so many times. She passed away on the Cold Moon on December 27, 2023 after visiting the beach for the last time that afternoon. Goodbye my friend, my love, my Claire Bear! We are all connected - Earth, Animal and People! RIP pup!

  5. Fred says:

    Thanks, Doug, for the update. It's wonderful to hear Claire had a great life and I'm truly sorry to hear she is no longer with you. May your memories of her never fade.

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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.