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Throwing one dog out of the house is bad enough but two at the same time? Maybe the owner thought that since there were two of them, they'd be able to survive on the streets of Toronto by themselves. Or maybe they met on the streets and became an inseparable duo.

Either way, Lucy and Ricky have a well honed survival instinct. These two pint sized pooches can be ferocious in their kennels with people who peer in on them but once out the door, they melt into cushy lapdogs. The two of them are a bonded pair which means they like each other too much to be separated. This is sweet but makes it harder to adopt them out because we'll need to find someone who is willing to take two dogs at the same time. I'm crossing my fingers on this one.

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

4 Comments to “Lucy and Ricky - Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix, bonded pair”

  1. Laura HP says:

    Haha, the sheep dog! Those two are hilarious looking (in the most adorable way, of course).
    Hopefully they don't have to wait TOO long...bonded pairs are the worst, for cat, dog or rabbit. Very few people want two adoptions.

  2. They weren't "on the streets" for long. That white dog hasn't missed too many meals.

  3. Fred says:

    That white one is quite proud of its bowling ball physique.

  4. mel says:

    They actually look related..

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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.