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Melody is quite shy. I just couldn't get her to look into the camera. I guess she didn't like the looks of the big eyeball lens staring at her all dark and glassy.

Not that I can show you, but with the camera gone, Melody is super sweet and affectionate.

Melody has a heart condition called mitral valve insufficiency and has been transferred to a foster home with Speaking of Dogs Rescue where she is presently up for adoption:

5 Comments to “Melody - Pomeranian Papillon Mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I feel the same way about having my photo taken! But she should not worry if you Fred are taking the photographs, she looks beautiful even if pretending you are not there!

  2. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    I will always adopt a dog from a shelter...they are really no different than any other dog. The word "shelter" frightens people though I really have no idea as to why. Let's hear it for beautiful...and handsome shelter dogs!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am just curious is she is still available? She's beautiful!

  4. Fred says:

    Anon, yes, she's still available. She's been transferred to Speaking of Dogs Rescue. The link is here:

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would love to have her.shes so beautiful

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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.