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Smitten, our Bearded Collie, is hard to please and when she's not pleased, she let's us know it. The problem this time is she's not getting a proper amount of petting and so she wails like a pathetic princess being denied the most basic of life's necessities.

Simone, our foster from TAS, has become a bit of a green-eyed monster herself and is now the number one instigator of Smitty's displeasure by stealing away precious attention and trampling on Smitty's dignity.

4 Comments to “Can't get no satisfaction”

  1. Clearly, G-d gave us 2 arms so we could attend to two dogs at once!

  2. NK says:

    Hilarious! I thought Smitten was the epitome of patience with Simone! A nice change up after this past week's road Trip blog.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Smitten is spoiled rotten...and totally adorable.

  4. Bev says:

    I'll see your pathetic princess and raise you one senile senior (trying to convince me she has not had her bedtime cookie yet)... Love them!

    Emily is also a foster failure. I thought I was bringing her home to give her a home to die peacefully and be loved. Maybe a few weeks, a month at most. Well, $20 a month for a medication and she is no longer at death's door! So now, with my two young dogs (both around 4) and the two senior cats (adopted specifically for being unadoptable due to age and socialization reasons) little Emmy has become part of our world, like she's been here all the years of her life and not a few months.

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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.