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These updates are just getting better and better. From the owner of Chanel, now Junebug (what a great name!):

I've finally had a chance to upload some photos and wanted to let you know how one of your rescues is doing.

Junebug, who used to be Chanel--Fred's Miss December--is a total social butterfly. She really hasn't met a dog she doesn't like. Only a couple aren't so crazy about her but she never holds a grudge. Wrestling with dogs twice her size is among her favourite activities. She's grown very long and now weighs about 35 pounds. She'll occasionally grab at ankles but it seems to be her signal that she wants to play (or that she's mad that she has to go on her leash or can't play with a dog). She's also a big stick eater. She gobbles up the little ones like popcorn and likes to brandish the big ones like a kendo master. She's pretty smart and did well at puppy class (though she'd master her tricks and then try to play with all the other, slower, dogs.)

Whenever someone approaches, Junebug sits pretty and puts on her best ears. If by some chance the person walks by without telling her how lovely she is, she becomes a tad dejected. Fortunately, there aren't many people who are immune to her copious charms so I haven't had to resort to pimping for her. (Though every once in a while, I'll ask a passerby if she can say hi.)

The newest game in town is guess what breed she is. We've been told collie, sheltie, shepherd, golden retriever, yellow Lab, husky, chow and hound. I'm considering the DNA test, but I'm pretty sure it will come back and all I'll be told is that she's a dog.

But she's a lovely, lovely dog--one who has been a great comfort to me because I lost my partner unexpectedly last month. I tell everyone who asks that they should consider visiting you if they're looking for a dog. So if you have an influx of patrons from Scarborough, Junebug is responsible. She is truly a great ambassador.

Best regards and thanks for taking such good care of her before we found one another.

King is a totally winter-proof Labrador Retriever with a super thick coat and enough body fat he could be mistaken for a seal during a low visibility snow squall. Okay, he's not that round but I'm pretty sure he'd have no problem staying warm in an igloo.

King is an older fellow who was abandoned when his previous owners moved away to the mysterious land where no dogs are allowed called I'm-Moving-And-Too-Much-Of-A-Self-Centered-Prick-To-Take-My-Dogistan. I hear it's a shit place to go for a vaca. King is great with kids, other dogs and cats and is in good health with a kind heart - unlike yours truly whose heart right now is somewhat blackish.

King has been transferred to Speaking of Dogs rescue and details for his adoption are available from here.

Dang, I wanted to do this but this guy beat me to it. Well, he did a fantastic job of editing and his dog is obviously a pro with the camera.

Beautiful Day at the Dog Park from Kelsey Wynns on Vimeo.

It was very blustery yesterday and Klaus didn't like it one bit so brought him back inside and put a flannel coat on him and brought him back out. He wasn't sure what the whole coat thing was about - I think he might've thought he was being eaten alive by the thing - and he was just kind of immobilized. Still cute but immobilized.

I'm not sure why he's still at TAS. His mom, his aunt and his sister have all been adopted so now it's just him and the adult male Min Pin - his father? - left. Where Klaus' maybe father is shy, Klaus is a gregarious, sproingy little pup who wants everyone to know he's around and in need of fun and attention.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

This is Molly, Maxine's sister.

With the two of them side by side, it's pretty obvious they're not just sisters but very close sisters. They'd be on the podium for sure if there was a synchronized dancing event for dogs.

Molly is the shy one but she's also the one who just got adopted yesterday leaving Maxine all alone. Perhaps the weekend will see Maxine in her own home as well.

Maxine is one of two sisters who came in with Mickey and the Miniature Pinscher pups from the puppy mill and I'm not really sure how their relationships all work but let's just say they're not doing anything any self-respecting polygamist wouldn't do. Puppy millers apparently have no moral standards when it comes to family boundaries - not that they have great moral standards in general.

Both sisters are li'l darlings with Maxine being just a bit more outgoing than the other. As with most Min Pins, she'd like a warm sweater please in the winter.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

Katie loves the cold weather. Winter is her reward. She's rolling in the snow, sniffing the frosty air, prancing around wanting to play. Her thick coat feels like the warmest sleeping bag.

It doesn't matter that some people say dogs can't really smile. A few years ago, they believed animals had no feelings and we laugh at that pompous ridiculousness now. This is Katie's season and she knows it. Katie's most definitely smiling.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

Miniature Pinscher Mickey barks at me through his kennel door like he ain't afraid of nuthin' but then when I open the door to take him out for his walk, he runs to the back and he's shivering and he's like, omigodomigodomigodomigodomigod.

I carry him outside and it's obvious he's never been outside before (he's another puppy mill dog - a breeder) and he freezes up. I pick him up to move him to a sunnier location so he doesn't get cold and when I pick him up, he's got this funny expression on his face, an open mouthed grimace like someone starting the descent on a roller coaster ride.

Poor guy. I shouldn't be making fun of him. His whole life he's been king of his two foot by two foot by two foot box which he occasionally shared with his two girl dogs harem and now he's just another little dog in a big dog world all on his lonesome. This shrimpkin's got spirit, though, and he'll come around.

The next time I walk in front of his kennel, he doesn't bark. He just stands there and wags his nubby tail.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

Hold on. Don't look away. I know it's tough. Sometimes it feels like it's going to ruin your eyeballs for any future episodes of cuteness but remember, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Pippa doesn't know the power she holds.

When she was first brought in, she was a filthy, matte covered mop who was in such a state of discomfort that all her long knotted and tangled fur had to be shaved off. It revealed a shy, saucer eyed little Shih Tzu, unsure of the world and unsure of the people in it.

I know we risk some anguished chest pounding here but Pippa has already been adopted, another one snatched up on Sunday before I had a chance to post any photos of her because, well, if you think she's a doll here, you shoulda seen her in real life all defenseless and wanting to be held and whatnot. It was probably all just an act but what an act.

If I were an impulse dog adopter, this little one would be sleeping on the couch beside me right now. Instead, somebody else got their mitts on her as she got adopted just a couple of hours after I took these photos. Very very sweet dog in both personality and looks.

From George's new owners:

Hey there, about 2 weeks ago [we] adopted George! George is absolutely amazing! we could have not asked for a better dog. He certainly has his puppy moments, eg. eating our guest futon, but that's to be said for not paying attention to where he was at that time. He gets along well with everybody and everything, Our cats are still warming up to him, as is George. LOL, the cat swats to the head may be taking a toll on G, as he finally starting to leave them alone. The cats only come close to him, after he settles down for the day (see picture attached)

We haven't taken G to obedience school, as his training at home is doing amazing. He knows SIT, DOWN, STAY (for a short while) and shake a paw already and with out a treat in hand.

We have been regularly socializing him with dogs, in fact pretty well everyday (handy to have a dog park down the street) as he just LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to play with other dogs! We haven't had any problems, unless they are really tiny, and run away from him. Then he gets a little to excited, and we think that's when the instincts kick in.

strange tid bit - everyone (ppl @ the parks) thinks he is a funny looking doberman. I dunno? lol other than that, people cannot get over how beautiful his markings are, and LOVE his bark George is now apart of our family, and we are so happy that he is finally starting to adopt us.

Enjoy the pictures, and Have an awesome week

Tanner came into TAS South a couple of weeks ago and Mr. Popularity was adopted out before I had a chance to take his photo. Here's the update from his owners:

Tanner well he's certainly a little charmer!

We really lucked out with him being a very good puppy. He was very quiet for the first few days we had him and was almost fearful of any door opening as you mentioned. Now he's great; and has learned to walk up our stairs but still hasn't come down yet.

He's got a few more toys now as he was mouthing a few pieces of furniture which he haven't used a spray but thought he may have been bored. He hadn't had any house training incidents until last night ironically, not really a concern in perspective.

He's met lots of other dogs at our local dog parks and is exploring the neighborhood on longer walks at least 3 times a day. We're still a bit weary about taking him off leash still at the park as he hasn't learned a "come" or "stay" cue and he didn't respond to a name or any cue until a day or two ago.

He's been absolutely super in every category you could classify for doggy behavior and we've got him enrolled in classes coming up next week to prevent any negative ones that may develop; he also has his first vet appointment early this morning.

Photo sent in from Jasmine's new owners:

Jasmine still has a ways to grow but I suspect the cat will always be the boss.

Maddie is a Hound mix. She has a big pink bald patch on her hind end where she'd been chewing herself trying to relieve the itching from the flea infestation her owners hadn't bother to treat. Under the care of a TAS vet, she got meds to clear up the fleas (they are gone) and help heal her skin. When I saw her, the sparse hair over her back looked like a bad comb over (Hippy beards have made a come back. Why haven't comb overs?) but no one's going to tease a dog like Maddie because she's just too darn nice.

This gentle-natured sweetheart has been transferred to Speaking of Dogs rescue and is available through their website.

(Used to be called Stray, renamed Maggie)

This feisty little Poodle Cocker Spaniel mix is a squirming bundle of fun and has no problem speaking her mind. Someone will hopefully teach her that sometimes talking back is appropriate and sometimes it's not. My dogs talk back to me all the time so that person wouldn't be me.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

I just got an e-mail from Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. Mr. Hillier is one of the MPPs trying to get Ontario's anti-Pit Bull legislation repealed. He's asking for supporters to submit positive Pit Bull stories to his site, Bring Back the Bulls.

From Mr. Hillier:

Dear friend,

Pit bulls are not only some of our best friends, but they are saviours of some of us as well.

Norton the pit bull from Waterloo loved his “mum”. When his owner was bit by a spider, causing her to go into anaphylactic shock, he frantically woke up his “dad”, saving his “mum”. For his heroism, he was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame.

Dixie the pit bull of Fayetteville, Georgia loved “her” children. When they were attacked by a deadly and poisonous cottonmouth snake, she made sure that nine year-old Frank Humphries and seven year-old twins Katie and Codi Humphries were safe. She pushed the three children out of the way and got bit by the snake instead. Twice.

Pit bulls might look scary, but the truth of the matter is they save lives. Pit bulls have been known to drag strangers from a burning building, to save their owners from armed attackers, to be hearing dogs. Pit bulls are regularly used by law enforcement to sniff out bombs and narcotics, with some dogs being credited for millions of dollars worth of seizures.

Over the course of my lifetime I have been the proud owner of many different breeds of dogs. I can tell you first hand that Robbie and Titan, my two “Pit Bulls” I currently own, are among the most friendly and well-mannered dogs I have ever owned.

Unfortunately as many of us well know, these are stories that are rarely ever reported by the media. While I have come across many good-news stories myself that involve pit bulls, I am sure there are many more I have yet to discover. As such, I am asking you to help me populate my website with as many positive news stories or personal experiences you have come across.

While I have added a few clippings to the site myself, I would appreciate it if you could submit your own stories and share the website with as many of your friends and family as possible.

Together we can educate others that while the media and the Government are fearful of these great pets, the reality is the current ban unfairly targets and punishes an unofficial breed of dogs rather than the abusive and egregious owners.


Randy Hillier

This is the second Sharpei Pug pup. This one, unfortunately, didn't have the benefit of having Ralphie there to bolster his confidence and so spent most of his short time outside just looking sorrowful. Live and learn. Next time I bring these pups out, I'm definitely taking along a "mentor" dog.

Its behaviour inside is a different story. Here is an overly long video of the two Sharpug siblings mucking about inside in the glass room upstairs. The pup in the red collar is the brave one when it comes to interacting with people but check out how its brother watches and learns that an outstretched hand doesn't have to be something to run away from.

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 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.


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.