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Pako, a rough coated Collie, has got crazy face on whenever he poses for the camera. I wouldn't say he's crazy, though, more like very exuberant about making friends with everything that moves.

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

7 Comments to “Pako - Collie Rough”

  1. deva says:

    This boy made me smile. I hope someone comes to TAS soon to make him smile - on his way home.

  2. Border collie or English shepherd, or mix.

  3. rika says:

    Great pictures - love him.

  4. Joanne says:

    I just sent someone down to look at him. He could have a home in an hour or so. Fingers crossed.

  5. Heather beat me to it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    from Jen V :
    is he still there?
    and his bio comments about his 'prey drive' for squirrels and birds...
    any idea how he is with cats or toddlers ?

  7. Fred says:

    Still there. I don't think I've ever met a dog who didn't like chasing squirrels and usually the smarter ones, or slower ones perhaps, eventually realize that birds are too hard to catch and not worth the effort. Pako doesn't seem cat aggressive but he is a big, happy, somewhat goofy dog so he might be inclined to want to play with one and possibly not in a way the cat would appreciate. Same goes for a child. Pako's very friendly with people so that's not the worry but his size and exuberance might not make him a good candidate for a house with a small child.

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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.