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If Howard Stern is good at anything it's trash talking and he's in top form here. He gives a caller an earful about the caller's dad giving up the family dog.

8 Comments to “"Man up"”

  1. mikken says:

    Howard may be many things, but he's very pro-animal welfare.

  2. Howie is not my favourite person, but I really wish more people would get the message, and if that's what it takes, then more power to him. Maybe all adoption centers should have that poster prominently displayed on every door, window and wall they have.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It absolutely kills me when I read those ads on Kijiji that say "Moving - must find new home for dog". You know, idiots, dogs are portable. Yes, you can actually pick the dog up or put a leash on him and bring him to your new home. I know, amazing, isn't it? Who knew?
    Years ago, I separated from my husband. A few years after that, I decided to move into an apartment & my husband moved back into our house. I left our lab there at the house, thinking it would be better for him (because the house had a backyard, etc.). However, I found out that my dog was being left out in 90+ degree weather without any shelter because my husband's girlfriend did not like him being in the house. My dog almost died from heatstroke one day. Luckily, my son called me and told me what was going on. I immediately took my dog back even though I was living in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment at the time... but you know what? It turned out to be a lot better for him (and me). I had a balcony so he could still go and lie outside in nice weather & come in whenever he wanted. He went for 3 walks everyday (which he loved) but never got to do at the house because they just let him out in the backyard to go to the bathroom.
    Three years ago when I moved to my current apartment, I specifically looked for places that accepted pets. They are there, if you look for them. Why move to a place that doesn't allow pets, if you already have one?...but people do it all the time. It never would have occured to me to bring my then 13 year old dog to a shelter & move to an apartment that didn't allow pets...but yes, people do it all the time.
    So Stern is right on this one. Maybe living in an apartment isn't the ideal situation for a dog but it's certainly a lot better than being left in a shelter, confused, scared and wondering 'what happened to my family?'

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that was great. I love the fact that Howard spoke plainly.

  5. Most people don't know that a no pets lease is invalid under the Ontario Landlord Tenant Act. No one can be ordered not to keep a pet, *unless* the pet is demonstrably dangerous or causes real problems for other tenants or the landlord, or provokes severe allergies. What this means is further defined in the act, and requires a lot more than some barking or sneezing.

    So, no one -- NO ONE -- needs to leave their dog or cat behind to move, unless they are planning to open an wild tiger breeding facility in a home for asthmatics. Landlords count on tenants not knowing this, and get away with it.

    So, if you are told to move because of your pet, take them to court. You'll win. Mind you, you'll probably move anyway, because who wants to have that kind of landlord, but you'll pay for the move with your award.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    The morning my cousin found my grandfather dead Boo Boo was laying next to her dead owner licking his hand. We had made plans weeks prior to this day about what would happen to Boo. Three days after he died I picked up my lovely new inherited dog and took her home with me. I was not the first or the last to offer her a home as my entire family knew Boo Boo was my granddads best friend. A shelter was NEVER EVER an option. Like Howard said imagine how the deceased would feel about it. How would the deceased feel about us dividing their assets amongst us and then dumping the dog who was there more often then the rest of us? I personally know I would roll over in my grave.

  7. Anonymous says:

    When my house burnt down and we had to move to a place until it was torn down and built. I couldn't find a place were they accepted pets, after two weeks of being @ our friends we finally found one. Mind you I loved staying with friends but I needed my own place. They took us in in a flash. Thanks for being a very good friends she is an animal lover so there were no problems there. We finally moved back but with everything that happen I had to put my dog of 14 years down after having him since he was 5 weeks old. It almost killed me.

  8. SA MVH says:

    Props to Howard.

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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.