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From the owner of Pugglay, now Tucker:

My wonderful pup has been renamed Tucker. He is doing really well. So far I think I have a quiet, relaxed dog here! He has slept a lot. I haven't left him alone yet, so we will see how that goes today, as I do have to go out this afternoon.

But he has made himself at home, as you will see from the attached pics.

Yesterday we took the streetcar and went to my office and he was SO good. We then met my friend and her dog and again, he played nice with the other dog and was very good!

Thanks for your help! Tucker and I are going to have a good life together.

If you want to keep in touch, I am happy to keep you updated with his training and send pics for time to time.

4 Comments to “Update on Mike Pugglay”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful, lovely to hear such good news about Tucker! Please tell Tucker's owner that everyone loves updates and new pics.

  2. GoLightly says:

    Hooray for Tucker! I hope he's just sleeping away the exhaustion of being homeless, and will soon wake up and realize it isn't a dream:)
    Have a great life, thank you for adopting him!

  3. Anonymous says:

    that first photo is a work of art, curled tail, fluffy bed and clutched precious toy! Thanks for the update! Lucky Tucker to find such a good home and a nice new name!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does that mean that in Toronto you can take your dog on the bus???? Wow! I gotta get that here, too....

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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.