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Daisy is a complicated girl. She's a lovebug with people except when it comes to resource guarding issues. That means she may growl, especially at strangers, if she's got food or toys around. I find resource guarding issues typically not difficult to train out but it would be a good idea to consult a behaviourist if you're not familiar with how to deal with this.

When I first approached Daisy in her cage, she hung herself low over her toy and started growling at me. I tried chattering with her but that didn't work and then I said, "Sit" in a bright voice and she snapped out of whatever headspace she was in and sat and that was that. I leashed her and took her out for her walk.

Hopefully, it won't be too difficult to deal with Daisy's resource guarding considering how much she wants to please people and how gentle she was with me when it came to hand feeding. She needs to feel a degree of security and confidence with her "stuff" which probably wasn't the environment she was previously brought up in. Once she gets that, the lovebug will shine through.

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.

4 Comments to “Daisy - Rottweiler mix”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    oh, she looks so sweet. I love rotties. Hope she finds a firm hand and a warm heart.

  2. Anonymous says:

    what a sweet face! She probably guards her precious toys and food because they are the only comforting things in her life right now! She will learn to share when given the love and the security of a forever home!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Fred: YOU ARE THE LOVE BUG. There are times I wish I was one of the dogs you take for a walk. Yup, me, an old lady now, and I know if I was a old female dog, you would be so gentle, so kind, and we would both smile, you the human, me the creaky grateful old doggy.

    p.s. I have learned being gushy is where it's at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dogs and people like YOU have taught me this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Seeing dogs like Daisy on here make me wish I was in a position to adopt a dog. Even better, they make me want to live on a huge property and adopt a lot of dogs.

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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.