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From the owner of Pogo, now Bentley:

Bentley is going great. He's graduated from Obedience school. He's adjusted well to his new, and spoiled, life!!!!!

Adopting Bentley has enriched my life in so many ways.

Thank you so much for taking such awesome pictures of my boy, I love them. And thanks for being one of the many who showed him some love and attention before I was fortunate enough to find him. For this I am eternally grateful.

Thank you for taking Bentley home. He looks like a million smiles (and so do you)!

6 Comments to “Update on Pogo”

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!

    Thanks so much Fred... I appreciate it!


    Dixie & Bentley

  2. selkiem says:

    LOOK at that face on the last picture- Bently SO looks like he KNOWS he won teh lottery!

  3. Dixie says:

    Thank you both for your kind comments. Did either of you know Bentley from TAS before I adopted him?

  4. Fillyjonk says:

    That does my heart good to see. Pogo - sorry, Bentley - great name! - was a sweetie. Glad that you are both so happy!

  5. Dixie and Bentley says:

    thank you so much... he certainly seemed to be a fan favourite down at TAS-South... like I said above, I am so grateful to everyone at TAS south for the love, attention and affection given to my boy... and i am certain that if he could say thank you he would too... but a tail wag will have to do!!!!!

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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.