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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.

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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.