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Joey has got quite a distinctive Beagle bark when he's trying to get someone's attention. Arf arf. High low. Arf arf. A little like an out of tune horn. He's fine as soon as I get the leash on him. I take him out and he follows his nose but he's crazy about it. We walk to the far side of the building where I take some photos.

He's pretty personable and a natural in front of the camera. Don't Beagles have that eyeliner thing down to perfection? And how can anyone go wrong with those big, floppy ears?

On the way back, Joey suddenly plants his nose into the ground and sniffs up a storm. He starts retracing his steps and walking in circles trying to locate some scent. He pulls me across the grass, across the sidewalk. He's frantic with this scent whatever it is. Then he stops and before I can pull him back, he picks up and eats two little finger nail sized pieces of what looked like pita bread.

Pita bread? I'm like, seriously? You went to all that effort for two lousy morsels of pita bread?

Later, inside, I'm thinking he's hungry so I grab some doggie cookies. He sniffs one, takes it in his mouth, spits it out. If he's still there next weekend, I'll have to remember to bring some pita bread.

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.

1 Comment to “Joey - Beagle”

  1. Kaylen says:

    I don't understand the not eating a treat, but my beagle cross likes to eat bits of bread he finds on the ground.

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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.