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This poor little puppy mill rescue Poodle is the shyest I've ever met. Harmony stared at me dolefully from the back of the kennel and just shook as I put the leash on her. Then outside, as soon as I set her down, she ran up against the wall and flattened herself behind some tall weeds. When I lifted her out of there, she crawled under some bushes. No point traumatizing her anymore on that outing so I let her recover there. Eventually, she relaxed a little and started looking around, sniffing the air.

I don't know how long it's going to take for Harmony to come out of her shell but even if she never becomes a crowd-loving extrovert, she'll make someone a very cuddly, round the house companion.

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.

9 Comments to “Harmony - Poodle”

  1. She is precious! What a doll. Sending love and good vibes for a great home!

  2. Poor sweetie! She has one of the saddest faces I've ever seen - her eyes are so expressive in their fear and sadness. She's just adjusting to her new surroundings but I'm hopeful she'll be fine. A bit of time and some careful love and affection should reassure her and soon, she'll be living a wonderful, happy life away from the rotten puppy mill she came from. Harmony, don't worry sweetie, you're in the best of hands now.

  3. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    Harmony is a lovely looking dog but so very sad (and scared). She is a special dog who needs some very special people to love her teach her that there is life outside the dreaded puppy mill. My heart goes out, to her, and I pray that she will find the love that she has so badly missed...and needed in her life.

  4. One picture, one thousand words, all of them heartbreaking... WHo could look at that expression and NOT want to shut down every puppy mill in the world RIGHT NOW?

  5. Anonymous says:

    awww Fred, what beautiful photographs! If those don't get people to fight for the closure of Puppy Mills I don't know what could! I hope they are going to be used far and wide to get people to join the battle. And I am sure someone will rush to ease Melody's fear with a loving home that will show her that there are good human beings in this world. And who with kindness and love can wipe away the memories she has of the cruelty she endured in the puppy mill.

  6. Anonymous says:

    so sad, she looks as if she has been told she is a bad, bad dog and is just awaiting the expected awful punishment from the puppy mill scum.
    Hang in there Melody some compassionate person will take you home and show you that you are a very good dog indeed and I am sure there will be treats too!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Curses and bad karma forever to puppy mill breeders :(

  8. mel says:

    Hi Fred. Any chance there's an update on this monkey?

  9. Fred says:

    Sorry, mellabobella, nothing yet. I'll definitely post if I hear anything.

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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.