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Molly is a German Shepherd Collie mix with a different set of challenges from yesterday's dog, Bella. No one has ever house trained Molly. She continues to soil her kennel almost as if she's thinking that's what's expected of her. Perhaps she spent her life in a crate or a garage or an outdoor run - who knows. She's a smart girl, though so I don't think house training will be difficult but for the first few days in a new home, someone will have to spend a dedicated amount of time with her, keeping an eye on her, showing her the proper way to do things. Ideally, her new home will have a backyard for ease of training but also because the other possibility is that Molly just doesn't like doing her business when on a leash (I've had dogs like that).

Molly can also be a little mouthy with hands on her body. She likes the attention but at the same time seems a little unsure of it. After about ten minutes of hands on attention, her mouthiness diminished, possibly as her confidence/trust level in me increased or maybe it was because I stopped petting her and I pulled my hands away every time she touched them with her mouth. Either way, this too doesn't seem like a difficult behaviour to resolve.

Molly is a happy, curious dog. She's smart and she's got a positive energy level which makes me immediately want to say hello to her. She's a well rounded, robust dog who would make an excellent companion for a person who is willing to work with her to sort out a couple of behaviour issues which no one has ever taught her are inappropriate.

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.

5 Comments to “Molly - German Shepherd Collie mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Golly miss Molly is a beautiful dog! Looks as if she will be happy to learn how to behave as a good dog should

  2. Anonymous says:

    my dog looks exactly like this, i knew he was half german shepherd but now im possitive hes half collie like molly. he is beautiful and smart. learns well and is great with kids. very needy emotionally. pays very close attention to every thing you do and say. great company. best dog iv ever owned

  3. Anonymous says:

    How big is Molly? She's beautiful! <3

  4. Unknown says:

    My dog is exactly like Molly she is beautiful and smart while training her...she friendly with everyone but she hate fake people...

  5. Post is a few years old so I assume she found a forever home?

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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.