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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.

6 Comments to “King - Labrador Retriever”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Fred: If you ever write any books I'm gonna read them from cover to cover and then all over again and again until the books are wrecked and then I will buy them again, and again.


  2. Yeah, what Anonymous said. You captured King's broken heart. What putzes people are.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Me three, echoing Anonymous and Antoinette re: if you ever write a book, Fred!!!

    I hope King finds a home soon. I just don't *get* people like that. I'd rather be homeless than give up my little snuggle-bug-lap-warmer-pound-dog Mitzi.

    Purple Magpie (
    (Commenting as Anonymous because WP refuses to verify my blog's existence for some reason)

  4. SA MVH says:

    What a darling sweet sad face. He is beautiful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Writing you from North Bay Ontario....your comments make my day, each and every day.
    One rescue dog lover to another:)
    All Heart Pet rescue

  6. NK says:

    No need for a black heart; King will soon be scooped up by someone who will stand by him through thick and thin. Loved the description of the owner who abandoned him! Made my day, rock on Fred!

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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.