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(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.

4 Comments to “Maggie - Poodle Cocker Spaniel Mix”

  1. pibble says:

    It wouldn't be me, either, as the conversation would go on and on... Good looking dog. I hope he finds a "conversation companion" quickly!

  2. Anonymous says:

    it's really unfortunate - i called about this dog and staff gave me a hard time as there was no number for the dog. then i was told the dog was only a stray and not available for adoption. i pushed for them to look into it and found out that the dog had in fact been up for adoption and had been adopted. they didn't know why the page was still on the blog. not a great way to do business.

  3. Fred says:

    Anon, if you're referring to this blog, this blog isn't a business. This blog is volunteer run site which has photos of many of the dogs which have been through TAS South. The photos of the dogs do not get taken down just because they have been adopted. This is not the official adoption site. Sometimes, more up-to-date info is given on the facebook page for a particular dog (as in this case) but no guarantees.

  4. Fred says:

    Stray was returned to TAS. Reasons given were that she was too big, wasn't bonding with the children fast enough and she was toy possessive. I spent about 45 minutes with her this afternoon. I rubbed her chest, scratched her back side gave her some snacks and she started bonding. Not difficult. Worst part about her being returned is that now she is totally stressed out, even more than when she first came in, like she thinks she's done something bad and is being punished.

    Anon, Stray's new ID number is A611787.

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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.