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She's in the meet and greet room. I can seen her through the glass walls, lying in her bed not approaching me even when she sees me approaching her. She's sad. She's uncertain, perhaps a little scared. She's the last of six pups who came in from a reserve up north. Her brothers and sisters were all adopted out, over the course of the morning, and now she's alone.

I wonder how long she'll be by himself. Hours or days? Long enough for an eight week old puppy's mood to turn melancholy?

It wasn't my intention to take her out first but how could I resist? I put the leash on her and try to walk her out of the room. She sits and refuses to move. I try to coax her with voice, hands, food but nothing works, so I pick her up and carry her out.

A few steps out of the room and into the corridor and I put her down, see if she'll walk on her own now. She takes a few steps and I guide her to the top of the stairs. She looks down the stairs. She won't do the stairs. I guide her over to the elevator. She looks into the elevator. She won't go into the elevator. I pick her up again and carry her into the elevator.

Once outside, her interest in walking improves and we manage a short loop on the grass but then she plops down again. I don't know if this behaviour is because she's afraid of something or if she's just being obstinate against being leashed. She seems fine when we don't move, when we just stand in one spot she relaxes and starts to sniff and roll.

I take her photos and everyone who passes by stops to say hello to her.

Once the photos are done, I bring her back to the meet and greet room and again she is alone in there and at a loss without any companionship.

But I don't know why I was ever concerned. There's a family in the corridor and they see the pup. They walk over and ask if they can meet her. Yes, please. They open the door to the room part way, not sure if they can go in and I tell them to go ahead.

The kids play with her. The father watches with a smile on his face. The mother asks questions.

An hour later, they're filling out her adoption forms.

1 Comment to “German Shepherd Rottweiler mix pup #6”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I want her! Will send a private email asap.

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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.