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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.

4 Comments to “Pippa - Shih Tzu”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good Golly Miss Molly: Almost too darling and adorable to behold. Were she mine I would be helpless but to spoil her every single day of my life and cater to her every whim.

    And you, More Good Golly Miss Molly! YOU ARE JUST A DEAR WARM BRILLIANT CARING MAN, and so if you were mine, good heavens, I would do the same for you. Ha Ha

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, my. Absolutely too sweet. The second picture down, the coy downwards look, Pippa is an award winner :-).

  3. Joanne says:

    Thankfully she was adopted before I saw these pix. It would have been impossible to control myself.

  4. Vida says:

    Fred, your photos are amazing. Those liquid eyes! How about a post on how you take your photos? Some tips and technical parameters? I'm thinking that if we had photos like yours all our rescues would be snapped up....

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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.