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You won't be needing that down comforter if you've got Tristan snoozing beside you. He might be a dog but he's got a polar bear coat - not that I've ever felt a polar bear coat. I imagine it would be a lot coarser than Tristan's downy fur but hey, what do I know? Maybe polar bear coats are as soft as cotton balls.

I'm pretty sure, though, that Tristan is significantly more friendly than most polar bears so it would likely be a lot easier to invite him onto your couch to warm your lap in the winter.

Tristan will be up for adoption shortly, probably by the weekend, from Toronto Animal Services adoption website.

8 Comments to “Tristan - White German Shepherd mix”

  1. Selma says:

    He is absolutely beautiful. I doubt he'll be there long.

  2. MKlwr says:

    What a ball of cuteness. He's going to make someone really happy (and warm).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whaddya wanna bet he's adopted so fast his picture appears and vanishes before you can refresh your browser? There's some serious doofus under that downy soft coat....

  4. deva says:

    Love those last two pictures.

  5. Dee says:

    What a beautiful dog, these images are great, they seem to really showcase an adorable personality. I'm on the hunt for a smaller shelter dog but this one is tugging at my heart strings! Great site. Ive had helter dogs growing up and they are some of the best soles!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Has he been adopted?

  7. LAGOAZUL says:

    Que gracioso, se llama igual a como me apellido yo jejeeje es muy guapo!!!!

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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.