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(Repost from June 2008 and Cane Corso pup photos from February 2010. All pups in this post have already been adopted.)

1. They are harbingers of Satan's spawn.

2. They will chew off your pinky while you sleep and send it to the yakuza as an initiation fee to enter into the global criminal fraternity.

3. They will say, "Look, I'm gonna give you a taste. First time free. But next time, you will bring money."

4. They will dance dance dance all night long because they really are that wild and crazy.

5. They will ride around on loud motorcycles wearing shiny leather, tasseled vests with no pants on.

6. They will watch Ultimate Fighting on tv with the volume turned up really loud even though you told them you're trying to get a good night's sleep.

7. They will kidnap grown men and women and raise them as their own.

8. They will get drunk on airplanes, recite tasteless jokes in really loud voices and try to pick up flight attendants.

9. They like Star Wars episodes 1 - 3 more than Star Wars episodes 4 - 6.

10. Shit, I can't think of any more reasons.

And now here's an excessively long video from a few years back about some evil Husky pups not doing particularly anything so if you don't like excessively long videos about evil Husky pups then you should probably skip this.

(Despite the above advice, all the pups in this post were adopted ages ago.)

6 Comments to “10 very good reasons not to get a puppy”

  1. Lynn says:

    Now I know: I DO like excessively long videos about evil Husky pups.

  2. I second Lynn. And it was worth observing my two dogs Max and Lola enjoying evil Husky puppies, no doubt taking notes.

    And that long suffering mama. They give new meaning to hangers on....

  3. 23 Prime says:

    Cute my pup will be 6 months - missed that 9 weeks stage for a couple of seconds - then I shook my head.. :)

  4. I adore long videos about puppies :)

  5. Fillyjonk says:

    Somehow when I look at those cute little faces, I seem to believe they can and will do all the things you said... especially dance all night long.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Haha, very cute - but those pups in video are not Husky. MOM is a Siberian Husky, but looks to me like Dad was a Bernese Mountain Dog. lol

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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.