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From the owners of Mickey, now named Franklin Morgan Fraser:

Frank is doing really well. He has definitely never known a home or a soft bed - it took a few days before he would lay on anything soft - but now he loves his beds.

From day one he did not go to the bathroom in his warm cozy crate -he figured out that it is for sleeping and quiet time not for the bathroom. :)

He finds the outside world very scary - we are taking baby steps with walking on the lease and treats are a good motivator! - He is not as nervous to put his coat on - everyday gets better.

He is on a good schedule and is always going to the bathroom on the patio. (just like a puppy we take him out after he wakes up, or gets out of his crate or every few hours so that he does not go in the house).

Frank is still not sure about his mommies - though he is beginning to trust us more. We love him so much.

His new vet says he is in great health and we expect a long and happy life with him.
I'll send more updates when he goes to school - we are looking forward to more time on leash and sunny spring days that Frank will be excited to play and go outside on long walks.

Thanks so much for all you do and for rescuing Frank.

3 Comments to “Update on Mickey”

  1. Catherine says:

    I love the updates, thank you for sharing.

  2. pibble says:

    I love people who take the time to let a special dog settle in and learn to be a dog. They're special in themselves. Thanks for the update.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's so good to know Frank found understanding people to help him gently over his puppy mill past. The very best to him, and them!

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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.

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