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(Above photo from Beauty's fosters who foster for Dog Rescuers Inc., a most excellent local rescue.)

She's doing well. After hexidine baths and immunity shots and vitamin C, a quick round of prednisone and a mostly exclusive diet of Taste of the Wild dog food (venison and bison and no grains), Beauty's skin seems to be recovering, her hair's growing back and she's gaining weight.

Beauty is living in what sounds like a wonderful home with loads of kids to pay her constant attention which she of course loves. And she's an only dog so she doesn't have to share any of that attention.

Last I heard, her outdoor walks are still rather self limiting but she has been brought to a couple of little league baseball games and apparently is a big fan especially since there are loads of kids involved.

I couldn't be happier for Beauty and much much thanks to her foster family who have not only helped save her life but have given her a life worth saving.

12 Comments to “Update on Beauty”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is such terrific news about Beauty. Looking very royal on her throne. I love your blog Fred so much. One day we read a sad story and the next we hear something wonderful about the dog in that sad story. Thank you so much for doing this.

  2. Biscuit says:

    oh, this is fantastic. so pleased to hear she's healing and coming out of her emotional shell a little.

  3. rika says:

    YAY!! I'm so happy for you, Beauty!

    (And I completely agree with Anon above - Thank you so much for doing this, Fred.)

  4. Nadine says:

    Anon has said it beautifully for all of us! Again, thanks Fred for all that you do on behalf of these animals.

  5. Lynn says:

    Thanks for letting us know.

  6. pibble says:

    I love hearing happy endings. She's really a gorgeous girl and so deserving!

  7. How healing for the Beauty that her maternal instincts-- so cruelly exploited--can now be rewarded with the love of children!!! That seems especially fitting. Thanks for sharing Fred....

  8. Anonymous says:

    I'm so unbelievably happy for her! I wanted an update so badly so thank you for that!

  9. Anonymous says:

    this absolutely makes my day :)

  10. Fillyjonk says:

    That is such good news. It makes me smile to think of Beauty enjoying all the children. Thanks, Fred.

  11. Anonymous says:

    As per The Dog Rescuers FB page, Beauty has been adopted!

  12. Fred says:

    Anon, thanks for the good news.

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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.