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Like Ghost, Gwen is also a big bear pup. I was fooled by her size into forgetting that puppies have sharp little teeth. When I fed her cookies, she'd enthusiastically engulf my fingers and her clumsy teeth would scrape across my skin. Ouch.

Also like Ghost, Gwen has some very noticeable ears. They're super fuzz flaps and along with her bouffant hairdo, they are about the softest things you'll ever touch which is good because after being crunched on, my fingers needed something a bit less stabby.

Gwen as well will need an owner experienced with big dogs since at Four months old, she's almost already a big dog.

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.

20 Comments to “Gwen - German Shepherd mix puppy”

  1. MKlwr says:

    Based on that second picture, she'll also need an owner experienced with unlimited amounts of cuteness. With that look, she'll get spoiled rotten otherwise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my. What a heart breaker!

  3. Katherine says:

    I love your blog! We are just beginning to look for a pound pup, and found your site! Your pics are gorgeous, your write-ups thoughtful and funny, and most importantly, I don't think any of the pooches you post about stay at the pound very long afterwards! Thank you for taking the time to do this :)

  4. MKlwr says:

    Since we're going to get a puppy in the next few months, I've been reading a lot of stuff and watching a lot of videos on Youtube. This one in particular made me think of Gwen and many of the 4-6 month-old puppies you have posted about:

  5. Fred says:

    MKlwr, thanks for the link. Dunbar's great.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i would love to get this dog but i dont know if anyone bought her

  7. Anonymous says:

    can i get this dog?

  8. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, Gwen was adopted quite a while ago but thanks for inquiring. For a recent listing of available dogs, go to the TAS adoption page at

  9. Anonymous says:

    when was she bought?

  10. Anonymous says:

    what is she a mix of?

  11. Anonymous says:

    we called today to ask if she was there and someone told us she was

  12. Anonymous says:

    we are looking for a dog and we want one to look like her?

  13. Fred says:

    Hi Anon. Gwen was adopted back in June, a few after this post was first published. There are other GSD mixes at the shelter right and perhaps the person you talked to thought you were referring to one of those however, the ones there now don't look like Gwen nor are they related to her in any way. Again, you can see what dogs are available right now if you go to the TAS adoption page at Cheers.

  14. Anonymous says:

    what is she a mix of

  15. Anonymous says:

    what is her mix?

  16. Anonymous says:

    do you work there?

  17. Anonymous says:

    we are looking for a third dog because we already have a gsd and a australain cattle dog

  18. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, not sure what her mix is. GSD and something with big fuzzy ears. Good luck on your search.

  19. Anonymous says:

    hi do you know who bought her?

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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.