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(Already adopted.) Ruffian? Seriously? What kind of name is that for this little charmer?

2 Comments to “Ruffian - Jack Russell Terrier mix”

  1. MKlwr says:

    Well, sometimes people like naming dogs with something that seems completely off.

    I remember this add for home insurance where this big biker dude is calling out to the huge dog house in the back yard:

    - Attila! Come here, Attila!

    Then this cute min-pin comes trotting out (It may have had a bow, too!)

    We're getting a collie, and one of the names I was thinking of was Chibi.

  2. Pishkeen says:

    When I went to find my very own shelter dog I had in mind the name Cassie. My friend's border collie mix had just died, and in honour of such a great dog I wanted to carry on the name.

    So off I go, and there's a sweet old lab, a huge shepherd that chases cars, a couple hound mixes, a pug (he was there less than 24hrs!). And very quietly in the corner giving me dirty looks, a black dog with speckled white paws; a border collie/lab mix, just like Cassie.

    Except that her name was Stella and I couldn't call her anything else, it just seemed to fit.

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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.