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When I was a kid I had a Husky named Sheba and Sheba's mortal enemy was the Poodle next door who the neighbours always just let out their front door and it would come over into our backyard and pee all over every little weed, flower and vegetable while Sheba watched it from inside, behind the glass patio door, and seethed. That Poodle put me off Poodles for a good long time but at some point it became obvious that stereotyping a whole breed based on the behaviour of one dog was stupid (and the behaviour wasn't really all that bad even - it just mostly pissed off my dog, and thus me by default).

But even if I had retained my negative feelings against Poodles, I think my prejudice bubble would have been burst by this guy, Berkley. I mean whatta face on him. You really just want to pick him up and squeeze and repeat. Don't do that all day, though, cuz as much as he likes the attention, you'll wear him out.

Anyway, I'm not really sure where Berkley is from but I'm thinking maybe he was owned by someone like my old neighbours, someone who opened the front door, let him out and refused to open the door for him again.

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.

3 Comments to “Berkley - Poodle mix”

  1. Biscuit says:

    Ack! A tiny cloud of cute!

  2. Alyssa says:

    Oh, he's gorgeous! Gimme!

  3. Terrific pictures: gotta go lay down before the cuteness overwhelms me!

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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.