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Nothing much cuter than a big head on short legs. He's like a walking tissue box cozy. (Did you know tissue box cozies came out of the fifties from too many afternoon tranq and cocktail solo parties mixed with too much leftover acrylic yarn. Okay, maybe that's not true but really, why else would any sane person knit a sweater for a tissue box?) Calm, highly huggable personality to go along with that.

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

6 Comments to “Richie - Terrier Daschund mix”

  1. nk says:

    Adorable! I do believe he is sticking out his tongue in the last photo!

  2. Cosies are an invention of mid-Victorian Britian, meant to keep the pot warm for afternoon tea. They quickly became a popular way of covering any object the gentry considered a bit declassé. Antimacassars appeared about the same time, to keep air oil from staining the furniture.

    think your theory is right on -- just wrong period. Too many Victorian ladies brought up to shudder at any sign of dirt or disorder, with too much time on their hands, and no creative outlet.

    I think, from the look in his eye, he'd more ikely rip the tissue box apart and scatter the tissue all over the room, then blame the cat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    sweet little thing ... gives lots of kisses!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Did he get adopted, I don't see him on the site.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Was he adopted? I don't see him on the web page.

  6. Fred says:

    Anon, last I heard his neuter site got infected or something. He'll be back in adoption as soon as it's healed.

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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.