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The first time I saw Eclipse was through the cage door of her kennel and at the time I was there in the room to take out another dog. She stared at me and when I approached her cage, I could hear a low grumble coming from her.

The next time I saw her was a few days later and this time she just looked at me but didn't make any noise.

Saturday afternoon, I had her out and while she was still a little uncertain about me at first, she eased up and started taking treats from me and obeyed some simple commands.

So, Eclipse can be quite anxious around strange men. As far as I can tell, she seems very comfortable around women, at ease enough to initiate play and give kisses to women strangers. Even around some men, she's less nervous, approaching them with tail wagging but I think that's the exception, at least as far I can tell in the shelter environment.

Eclipse is a beauty and no doubt many people will want to meet her but slow and respectful introductions, especially with men, will be a must. In this, she reminds me of my Stella who had an equal suspicion of men she didn't know. And like Stella, once Eclipse lets you in, you're in. I scratch her ears; she nuzzles my hands for more; I rub her chest; she leans in and licks my face.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services or call 416 338 3338 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

4 Comments to “Eclipse - Cane Corso mix”

  1. She is beautiful! Tell her that I love her :)

  2. rika says:

    She is beautiful indeed! And I love her too ;-)

  3. Danielle says:

    How much are you wanting for her, I would like to see her we have a Bandogge 9 months old... for protection/family member. :) Our Bandogge is Cane Corso and Neapolitan Mastiff mix. We also have a lab/pitt mix that we rescued when my friend was deer hunting she was cold and had ice frozen onto her. She had been dropped off on the side of the road and was on a waiting list for TAPS I guess the owner didn't want to wait.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Danielle, Eclipse was adopted a couple of weeks ago.

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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.