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TAS South has been getting a lot of puppies recently which is very unusual. Normally, there are weeks if not months when I don't see a pup in the facility. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

The most recent orphan is this German Shepherd mix pup who is instantly likeable and highly trainable (very food motivated).

Targa is at that stage in life when one of his ears is always saying "Yes" and the other ear is always saying, "No".

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

5 Comments to “Targa - German Shepherd Mix Puppy”

  1. Lynn says:

    Personally, I don't think there's anything cuter than a German Shepherd puppy. And this little one is no exception! Delicious! If anyone's in charge, I think it's too bad they made puppies and kittens so cute...makes them too hard to resist.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a perfect description of Targa's ears. Love it!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oooooo... eXtreme cuteness! I hope his ears remain undecided for life!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just adopted a puppy from the pound that was listed a Catahoula Leopard Dog "mix" and now it is looking like his "mix" is probably German Shepherd. He is spotted (leopard dog) but has one leg that is all black and tan (German Shepherd looking) and his ears are doing the same thing. His trainer and the vet say he has German Shepherd puppy ears for sure. I hope his decide whether they want to be up or down someday. He looks like he is in a strong wind blowing his ears across his head and only one direction. I love him! Although the last breed I ever wanted was German Shepherd due to bad experiences with untrained ones. He is in 4th week of puppy obedience and extremely smart too!

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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.