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At first I wasn't sure what he was doing so I leaned over to see what all the fuss was about. Arnie was pogo jumping by my side as we walked. As soon as I reached out to him, he grabbed my left arm with his front paws and held on as tight as he could. He hung on so tight, he could almost stay hanging on even when I started to stand. Apparently, Arnie had developed a romantic attachment to my left arm. Not my right arm, not my left or right leg but specifically my left arm. Poor Arnie - hanging on to my arm in almost mid-air, only one back foot on the ground, trying to get enough leverage to hump but instead it just looked like his hind quarters were twitching a bit. So, Arnie is a lonely pervy weirdo little guy but otherwise quite sweet. And if my left arm had a brain of its own, who knows, it may have said yes to a date.

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.

3 Comments to “Arnie - Border Terrier mix”

  1. *SNORK!* Note to self: do NOT drink sticky drinks while reading Fred's blog....

  2. Anonymous says:

    Arnie Schwartzenterrier!

  3. Fred says:

    Anon, perfect name.

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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.