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Joka's a big, looming Cane Corso Mastiff mix and once belonged to some lowlife, small dicked dirtbag who hacked off his ears when he was a pup to make him look tough, and sure, he looks tough until he swings his hind end against your leg and leans into you and gazes back up at you waiting for butt scratches.

I'm glad I don't own a house at the moment because if I did, I'd probably have a new dog right now. No one should ever adopt a dog on impulse but if I were ever going to break that rule, a dog like Joka would be the cause of my infraction.

Big bowling ball head, good on a leash (he pulls but only slightly), gentle with people and he appeared okay with most other dogs - though I didn't have time to do any up close and personal dog to dog introductions.

Joka will clear the sidewalks for sure and that always attracts a certain type of douchebag who will want him for an ego boost, so the trick will be to find him an owner who will treat him kindly and well and allow his gentle nature to flourish.

This was Joka's reaction when Mia passed by and gave him a stare down (Mia is about a third his size):

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.

6 Comments to “Joka - Cane Corso Mastiff mix”

  1. This makes my heart melt. I really hope he finds a loving home quickly.

  2. Jake says:

    This looks a lot like Moose (Loki's pups) who my wife and I adopted. Anyone who is brave enough to cross us on the streets gets a hand lick, the most terrifying of punishments. Couldn't agree with you more, hopefully this dog ends up with someone who will bring the best characteristics, and there are many, out of this beautuful breed.

  3. I met Joka while he was out for a walk a couple of days ago. Real sweetie, I hope he goes to a great Mastiff saavy home. Very handsome boy could use a few pounds. Oh how I wish I could bring him home.

  4. Ruth says:

    Info passed on to a couple Corso groups in the area!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wish I had a house and yard, love those bowling ball head dogs.

  6. Unknown says:

    Hi came across your site and my heart melts for Joka. I just lost my 14 year old Cane Corso, Daisy. I wish I was ready to take on another pet, I still need time. I hope someone gives this beautiful boy a good home. He deserves it.

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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.

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