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While visiting Bella on the weekend, I also had a chance to meet Tipper. Tipper has been as TAS West for a while and I'm not sure why. She's a jovial dog who's affectionate, interacts well people and loves to play fetch as much as Bella. Tipper doesn't quite have the hang of the dropping the ball part as well as Bella but she's working on it and I know she'll get there with just a bit more training.

Get this girl on a flyball course or playing frisbee or running agility or just goofing around in the yard and she'll be the happiest girl in the world.

The best way to check on the adoption status of Tipper (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If Tipper is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because she's been adopted already.

5 Comments to “Tipper - Border Collie Pointer mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love that last photo! she is being a good dog for sure! The border collie stare combined with pointing. Wow what a gift. She will be able to point things out and bring them home safely if asked. That'll do! Hope she comes-by a good home soon

  2. CP says:

    Hey, it looks like Tipper got adopted today (she's gone from the TAS West site. It was probably your feature that did it - well done!

  3. Unknown says:

    Unbelievable photos, as always!

  4. jane graydon says:

    i wanted her, but i'm so happy that she's found a home. great pictures.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm so happy for Tipper! What a sweetie, she'll make her new family very, very happy I'm sure!

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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.