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From Molly's new owners:

Well Molly has been with us now for just over 3 weeks and she's been doing well. As I mentioned in my wall post, we got her house broken in about 4/5 days but even so she still only had 3 accidents in the house at the time. She's great in her crate and her mouthing behaviour is getting better as well. She loves to give kisses and loves to be groomed. She is getting better at handling but still not completely trusting in the hind area. We hope that she gets more comfortable with that in time. She's just a little anxious around other dogs but we are working with a trainer and hope to make her more socialized . Overall we totally love her and she seems like she's adjusting well and is happy! ( although I wish I can read her mind just to be sure lol!)

From me:

I'd really like to emphasize this point that one of the biggest stumbling blocks to Molly not being adopted for such a long time was that she wasn't housebroken when she was at Toronto Animal Services. This is such a clear example of how behaviour is so greatly impacted by environment. I'm thrilled that someone finally was willing to give Molly a chance to show she could be housebroken even though I'm amazed it only took them less than a week to do so. Fantastic!

18 Comments to “Update on Molly”

  1. meghan says:

    those ears are ridiculous!! I love this story. Of course she is happy you don't need to read minds to see that!!!

  2. deva says:

    Wonderful update - I am so happy for her. She is a true beauty.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful pup - so glad for you all that you took the chance an adopted each other!

  4. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for sending in such a wonderful update. She looks as happy as can be.

  5. Sometimes, being in a shelter can mask or change a dog's behaviour in so many ways. I've received calls from shelters saying a dog is one way or another only to realize, after I've picked them up and they've been in foster care for a while, that isn't the case at all. Some dogs simply don't do well in the traditional shelter system and then blossom in foster care/forever home. All this to say, don't let a negative behaviour (especially something like housebreaking that can be resolved with some patience and persistence) prevent you from seriously considering a particular dog in a shelter. Molly truly is a perfect example of this - those photos and the update are fantastic!!

  6. Jo-Ann says:

    Bless you both for seeing the good in this girl! Time and patience heals (and fixes) all.

  7. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! Beautiful people you are :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad to see this update about Molly. She seemed like such a wonderful, precious girl when I saw the first post about her. She's going to bring so much love to her new parents. I wish them all well!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    SHe looks so HAPPY!!!! What a wonderful new home!!!
    Thanks for the update!

  10. Anonymous says:

    SHe looks so HAPPY!!!! What a wonderful new home!!!
    Thanks for the update!

  11. I am thrilled for Molly, and for her new family! A lot of love and a little training can work miracles... for everyone.

  12. Darrel says:

    This made my day... no joke. She is such a sweet girl and now she finally has the home she deserves! :)

  13. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    I have watched Molly's story since I first saw her photo on facebook. She is such a beautiful could anyone forget her. I was really concerned because she was not house broken and worried that nobody would want her because of it. I'm so happy to hear that she has now been trained and has been adopted. Thank you to her new owners. Love her always...she will love you unconditionally. Bye bye beautiful happy!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I'm so happy for the three of you this brought tears to my eyes. I'd been following the updates on Molly because she looks a bit like my girl Bella adopted from TAS south in 2011, and was also claimed that she was not to be house trained either, but only had a couple minor accidents in the first week with us, and has never looked back since.

  15. So wonderful to see her so happy. ;-)

  16. It's sad but true that housebreaking can be dealbreaking for some people -- when you think about it, and if you've ever had a pet, routine housebreaking is something that may be important to you in the beginning, but once it's over, you're like, what? Because in the whole scheme of owning a pet, the truly important things rise to the top, and the little challenges, once solved, are really not issues at all. (Though I know there are exceptions.) :0)

    This is a heartwarming post. :0)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I can only add my glad congrats to both Molly and her new family and thank them and all the other great owners who take a chance on a "shelter dog". It's true, some of these dogs feel the stress of being in a kennel (who wouldn't?) more than others. They bark, act up and don't pee where you want them to. All it takes is love and security and proper care for a dog to blossom. It makes me smile to see that Molly is now so happy and loved.

  18. Diane Peters says:

    What a beauty!

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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.