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Polka giving some luvin' to his new big brother at their first meet and greet:

In case you were wondering, the male fawn in the photos is 210 pounds. That's one household which probably isn't going to be burgled anytime soon.

8 Comments to “Update on Polka the Great Dane”

  1. Anonymous says:

    These pictures warm my heart. How perfect that he has found a home with another Dane!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lovely photos, lovely dogs! I like his new dotted collar! Lucky dog, what is his new brother's name, he too is a handsome fellow. Congratulations all round!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Awwww. Looks like it's love at first sight.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So great!! I love happy endings!!

  5. Erin says:

    I love it! Especially that sweet second picture. I will never get tired of happy endings.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Did they decide to name him "Polka"?

  7. Fred says:

    Anon, yup, they did. Luv the name.

  8. Keith says:

    Hi all. Things are going well with Polka. Sure, he isn't housebroken, yet, and he still pulls like he's a linebacker when we take him for walks (though the Halti is helping), but he appears to have integrated well, and the other 2 Danes seem to have had little difficulty adjusting to his presence.
    Soon enough I'll have some photos on the website, for any of you who will occasionally find yourself bored with what you're doing, and curious about Polka and the rest of the family.

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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.