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This poodley dog is more like a bunny who barks but don't tell him that. Wouldn't want to give him a complex or anything. Not that there's anything wrong with being a bunny. Of course if he were a bunny, he'd be chubbier and warm enough outside that I wouldn't have to put a fake woolly coat on him to take him for a walk.

This is totally a guy thing but walking a cutesy little dog in a precious little coat makes most guys feel uncomfortable, especially in a crowd of rowdy hockey fans who just happened to be in the vicinity, and so to compensate I had to talk louder, and in a deeper voice, about manly things like fixing cars and chopping wood. Err, perhaps I'm the one with a complex.

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.

9 Comments to “Unnamed Poodle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He's beautiful. His face looks a lot like my Havanese - but with curlier hair.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think he looks very spiffy in his fur collared coat - a bit like Game of Thrones, so no need for the macho talk of cars and such!! Another one that will no likely be scooped up in days due to the high cuteness factor!

  3. deva says:

    How can you tell when he's making eye contact? I think he would be even cuter after a trim!

  4. He reminds me of Sam Jaffe in his later roles, all eggbeater hair and eyebrows....

  5. foxpen says:

    No eyes. Just amazing eyebrows.

  6. Kit Lang says:

    We brought Tyler (as we called him) home tonight after work.

    He was a nervous wreck for most of the long car ride home (from the Ex to Leslieville in rush hour traffic!); but he settled down shortly before we got home.

    Once home he jumped and whined and barked for about an hour, but gradually calmed down. We wrestled (he started it!) :P and had a good play - and after a couple of hours, he began playing by himself with his new toys and exploring our bedroom (where he's quarantined until he sees the vet on Monday) at which point he'll be introduced to the other fur babies.

    Right now, he's tucked up against my feet, sleeping and passing gas.

    Bliss. For all of us. :)

    (I'll send you a real update with pics in a couple of weeks. But thanks for introducing us to this wonderful, happy little boy.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    what a "character" face
    bet a more rugged/manly coat would help you feel more comfortable
    around the hockey dudes!

  8. Fred says:

    Huge congrats, Kit! I hope everything works out! Update photos yes please.

  9. Kit Lang says:

    Thanks Fred, I feel confident it will. :)

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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.