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Boomer is a young German Shepherd mix who did a big boom boom as we were crossing the road. Luckily, there were no cars but there were lots of children with their parents walking around because there was a bicycle show or something going on and they were all pointing and stating the obvious: "Hey that doggy's going poop in the middle of the road," followed by "GROSSSSSS!" or "YUUUUCH!" or as one child said, "That's scary!"

Other than being a expert at drawing unnecessary attention to himself and the person walking him, Boomer is a very friendly, outgoing dog with, apparently, no sense of shame - which I suppose is good to a certain extent since some people are way too uptight these days.

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 adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

4 Comments to “Boomer - German Shepherd mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Fred: One time I voluntered to walk dogs for the THS on River St. The very first time I took out a wonderful big old dog and he shat directly in front of the door. I mean it looked like a giant had done the deed. We both took off before anyone could say a single word, and I didn't even have a bag! Well, that didn't stop us either, we went for a jolly old walk, and a couple adopted him that very day. You are SO RIGHT, way tooooooo many people are really uptight.

    We'd all be less uptight if we all had dogs, or cats, or BOTH.


  2. 001mum says:

    I'm getting better at handling poop with composure. It's only taken years.
    (I'm a mum AND a nurse,so,let's just say I'm pretty used to it)
    but since I foster future service dogs,outings to malls, public places,
    transit etc is part of everyday life
    wipin' up "accidents" makes me really self conscious.
    I'm better at it now & carry a knapsack with paper towels and (even better)
    cut up old towelling
    and a small spray bottle of cleanser.
    I used to get all 'ruffled up", but now-oh damn it-it's just poo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Poop is one of the best diagnostic tools dog owners have for the state of their companion's health. Shameless talk about poop is one good way of knowing you are in the presence of dog people! (Same, btw, goes for cats and their people.)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I went and visited Boomer at pet uno over the weekend, and he is an amazing dog. Lots of energy and kisses, needs some obedience but I could tell he has a heart of gold. Wish he was a bit smaller but anybody looking for a great companion should go visit this friendly pup!

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