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From the owner of Franny (now Nico):

The first thing I have to say is THANK YOU - thank you for being an outstanding human bean and doing what you do with the Pound Dog Blog (I laugh, I cry, I snort), and thank you for bringing our little pooper into our family.

My mom found your blog earlier this winter after we decided maybe we're ready for a new pooch and to rescue - we lost our big black Lab two years ago and it's one of those things that's still hard to address aloud without feeling like public embarrassment is imminent. When you posted about the Anishnabe dogs and then those awful awful awful terrible little tiny puppy pictures, my brain short-circuited and reverted and went "MINE MINE PUPPY MINE!" When they reached appropriate adopting age, I saw this and I called Mom and screeched "MOM PUPPY NOW!" and the next day we went in to TAS-S and fell in love (with everyone, really, how can you not?, but you know, we just couldn't fit them all into the car).

Franny, now Nico (our cats, Bowie and Iggy, are thrilled), is a perfect angel, shockingly well-behaved despite the Scientific Fact that puppies are destroyer ADHD insano-poop machines (to my knowledge she's only eaten one pair of shoes and one leather jacket!). She wants to be a lap dog, despite her future big dag genetics, and she's super smart, despite her hilarious battles of clumsy puppy coordination vs hardwood floor. She's just so full of love and puppy happy that she wants to be best best best friends with everything she meets, and having someone be that excited when you come home makes you just wanna explode with love. She really has brought something wonderful back to our family - Mom drinks wine and gets all sappy, "I don't know who rescued who," but she's absolutely right.

Any word on her sister? Would love to know how she's doing!

Again, a bajillion thankyous, what you do really is incredible.

Thank you for taking Nico and giving her such a good home. She looks almost full grown now and very happy indeed.

7 Comments to “Update on Franny”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That just makes my heart grow 3 times bigger, what a great adopter story! And kudos to what you do every day, I wish ever shelter had such great pics of their animals. Nico looks like my second dog, also a rescue mutt and what a great dog she was too.

  2. My, my, didn't she grow into a beauty!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bowie, Iggy and Nico, too funny!
    Great update, adopter has a wonderful sense of humour and Nico looks terrific.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nico is a clone of her mom! We have her lovely mom who is perfection itself, Callie. Mom is a pup herself. So nice to get this update. Colleen

  5. Fred says:

    Colleen, you're so right. I just looked at Callie's picture again (used to be Fae, and the two of them are like twins. Very cool.

  6. Kate says:

    So so glad to hear that Mum's doing fab as well!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Puppy = insano-poop machine. Must remember that one!

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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.