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Two apparently unrelated five month old, huge German Shepherd pups were rescued and transported from Montreal last week. Here's Ghost with his amazing blue eye and those inverse coloured ears. It's like some scientist intentionally gene spliced this guy to stand out in a crowd. Ghost is four or five months old and already around forty pounds which means he's probably going to grow to the size of a two bedroom condo in downtown Toronto. He does what most high energy puppies at his age do but already being as heavy as many adult dogs means he can be a handful so he'll have to go to someone who can immediately start training and socializing him.

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.

8 Comments to “Ghost - German Shepherd mix”

  1. MKlwr says:

    He's adorable. I'm guessing those are lab ears? He'll be a big boy for sure.

  2. deva says:

    OH MY! This is one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen. I hope he finds a perfect guardian.

  3. Alex says:

    I'm guessing that the other puppy is Gwen, who appears to be a bit gender confused:

    "Gwen is ready to find his forever home. At just 4 months old, she's very much a puppy. He has lots of energy to burn and loves, loves, loves her playtime and the sound of her voice!"

    That's a really bad mistake to make, because it could turn off someone who wants a particular gender.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fred, you have an amazing way with photos anyway, but love this dog. He's adorable.

  5. Fred says:

    Hey Brent, thanks. It's been a while. Hope you're doing well.

  6. 001mum says:

    What a stunningly handsome, one-of-a-kind pup.
    He's got it all in one package and will be a remarkable looking adult.
    That one brown eye is so intense.

  7. Jullian says:

    Hi! I was recently recommended to this site by a friend and I wanted to visit these two beautiful pups (Ghost and Gwen). I wanted to know when's the best time to come by and where you guys are located exactly. I appreciate it!

  8. Fred says:

    Hi Jullian, Ghost has already been adopted but I believe Gwen is still available. Please call 416 338 6668 for the latest updates. TAS-South is located at 140 Princes' Blvd. (Exhibition Place) and it is open seven days per week for visiting, from 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays, Remembrance Day and the Monday after Easter.

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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.

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.