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This Jack Russell Terrier who was brought in a little over two weeks covered in bite punctures has mostly recovered from his injuries and is doing quite well physically. It's harder to say what kind of long term impact the fight he was in has had on his behaviour.

When he meets with other dogs, he seems quite friendly and if the other dog is friendly as well, then no problem. But if the other dog gives off any negative signals, this guy immediately responds with snarls and aggressive barks. Can't tell if he's always been like this - and maybe this is how he into a fight in the first place - or if this is a recently learned protective behaviour from having been beat up so bad.

Either way, it may take some focused effort on the part of any owner before this guy is completely relaxed around other dogs but lying in someone's lap, he's affectionate and content and that takes no effort at all.

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

8 Comments to “Unnamed - Jack Russell Terrier”

  1. Flossy says:

    Wow, they did a wonderful job with this guy. He looks so healthy now.

  2. rika says:

    I just love his look in the second picture, very sweet. Thanks for the update!

  3. selkiem says:

    Poor wee thing .. thanks for the update Fred, this guy has been preying on me

  4. pibble says:

    What a mug! Adorable. I hope he finds just the right, loving home, and quickly!

  5. mel says:

    What a cutie. He deserves a less girly collar, though.

  6. Fred says:

    Mel B, yeah, no kidding. I was calling him a her for the first week.

  7. NK says:

    What has happened to this dog? An updates after the biting episode? And how is Cloud?

  8. Fred says:

    He's still coughing so he's currently on meds and not in adoption. I'm not sure his behaviour has gotten any better. He might be a rescue candidate if he can be placed.

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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.