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From Tyler's owner:

I've been meaning to write you for awhile to tell you about life with our little boy who we named "Tyler Jackson Lang".

When we went to TAS South, we were actually planning to get Milo (the little beagle who had been brought back because the owners were going on vacation - even though the person I spoke with thought he wouldn't like cats) but when we got there he was jumping and leaping and yelling, and I thought "My god, the cats will hate HIM." But Tyler was in the cage next to him and when I bent down to say "hi" I fell deeply in love. :) (My spouse said it was totally mutual.)

We spent some time in the get-to-know-you-room, and Tyler and I were convinced, but she was less so. I suggested she take him for a walk solo and when she got back, she said "Okay."

He was kind of mess - smelly, with a matted coat, tiny skinny little chicken ribs and issues with both of his back legs - but after a visit to the vet (who assured us his legs wouldn't need surgery although we were totally prepared to do so) so we brought him home, and let the introduction to the cats begin.

These days he runs the NASCAR track that happens every morning (he tears along the hall and the cats run beside, in front or leap over him according to their own wishes), shares their toys (although he hasn't yet learned to share his!) and curls up with them on our bed, or on the floor in a little grouping of pet beds. He loves to sit in front of the aquariums and watch the fish (sometimes barking at them) and loves to watch National Geographic Wild.

He's a very active boy, always wanting to wrestle and play and ever willing to go for hours-long walks, and is loving and affectionate and a joy to have.

He's put on just the right amount of weight, and with regular baths and trims of his unruly hair, he charms the world.

But he's ours, and we love him.

Thanks TAS for all the great work you do, and for introducing us to the wonderful little boy.

5 Comments to “Update on Tyler”

  1. Unknown says:

    Oh, lovelovelove. Tyler's in clover, what a wonderful life, he looks SO happy. Many thanks to the adopters for the update, just love seeing dogs transformed and blossoming!

  2. Nk says:

    Not hard to love this little guy - he's adorable! Another happy ending to a doggy 'tail'!!'

  3. Kit Lang says:

    Thanks for posting our update. We really are blissfully happy! :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    OMG! A dog with a middle name! I love it! He's such a cutie and his personality sounds incredible.

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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.