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I was cleaning out my computer files the other day (yes, a thrilling life I have) and I came across a photo I had snatched off the Toronto Animal Services site last year. There are two dogs in it, Max and Mini, and they had arrived together but were being adopted out individually.

The contrasting expressions on their two faces in this photo makes me laugh every time I see them. One's staring with a goofy smile off into the distance while the other is looking right into the camera, deeply concerned.

They weren't housed at the south shelter and I never found out what happened to them. I hope they each found good homes.


Last week, a reader sent a link to this image of a English Bulldog in the summer heat (info on original, taken by Laura Hickman in Ohio, can be found here). And people say Bulldogs aren't the smartest dogs:


Another reader link of a very loyal dog lying at the foot of his owner's funeral casket.

The owner was, Jon Tumilson, a member of a Navy Seal team, who was killed in Afghanistan, Aug. 6. More info here.


And from facebook: Are seals related to dogs?

Well, they both bark and also ...

4 Comments to “Sunday links”

  1. shannon says:

    OH MY GOD!!! we adopted 'mini'!!! we adopted her from THS. she is doing so well and now know as 'millie'. her brother max was adopted to a nice family too (we were told by THS). this is such a precious picture. millie and max were requested not to be adopted together, as max was a bit dominant over her, but millie is adored by her sister sophie here at home. what a small, beautiful world!

  2. Fred says:

    I'm very happy to hear about Millie. She looks like such a nice gentle dog. It's weird but I never grab photos from the TAS adoption site but this one, I just kept returning to it. Looking at it is like eating comfort food especially now that I know both dogs are with good families. If we're lucky, maybe we'll hear from Max' family too.

  3. The woman with the elephant seal is far braver than me!

    So happy to hear Mini/Millie found a wonderful forever home!

  4. Alex says:

    Shannon: We love seeing pics of dogs in their new forever homes. Hint Hint Hint :-)

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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.