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It's the first time I walk Sepehr on his own. We walk by Nancy's cage and he glances over at her but is more interested in moving on, heading outside.

Sepehr starts panting as soon as we step out the front door. He's basically a walking, hairy ball so no wonder. If I had him, I'd consider shaving him down and maybe making wool out of his hair and knitting a doggie sweater out of it. Then in the winter, when he got cold (because he'd still be shaved), I could put the sweater on him to keep him warm. Yes, I know. I should patent these ideas.

There's a soccer game on and various gates have been put up so I have to take a different route. The heat is rippling up off the asphalt and I worry about Sepehr's feet. I try to keep him on the grass whenever possible.

We end up by the water fountains and Sepehr, without any encouragement hops up onto the concrete edge of the pool and then jumps in. He wades around for a bit and then lies right down in the water. He looks up at me and says, Hey look, I'm a crocodile.

He's still a little damp by the time we get back to the TAS building. We walk by Nancy's cage again and this time Sepehr stops. They sniff each other nose to nose for a moment and then he moves on.

Later I find out Nancy's been adopted. She's getting picked up on Sunday.

Now, let's find Sepehr a home.

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 “Sepehr”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    Oh, I hope he finds a home! I noticed the other day that they were both still on the site and thought it was awful that they'd been there so long. *crossing my fingers for Sepehr!*

  2. Anonymous says:

    He's just wonderful. I wish I could adopt a dog right now, because I would take him in a heartbeat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'm guessing the summers in Iran are toasty warm. I'll bet that's not the first time he's had a soak to cool off!

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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.