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Billie Jean never should have been at TAS for as long as she was, every day getting more and more stressed, more and more reactive. She's another example of how a dog in a shelter may exhibit problem behaviour but once brought into a calm, stable and nurturing environment, her true personality comes out (Molly and Bella are two other recent examples). I'm very happy for this girl.

From the new owners of Billie Jean, now Mady:

I am happy to report that Mady has settled in quit nicely. I took her for a bike ride when I got her home she was so happy to have some freedom by the end of the day she was in our unfenced yard off leash with other dogs walking by on the road and she had minimal reaction we just had to tell her no and she did not attempt to go after the other dogs. I certainly did not think when I brought her home that she would turn around this quickly the following day she met another dog on our evening walk and was introduced without incident.

I took her for a kayak ride this morning and although she is unsure of water she trusts that I will protect her and she was happy to be in a boat on top of the water. We have planed a camping trip for next weekend and I will be sure to send you some pictures. Thanks again for trusting that I would be a good fit for her your judgement was right on.

P.S. Cats were not a problem for either side.

6 Comments to “Update on Billie Jean”

  1. Catherine says:

    What a sweetie. Such a nice update, thanks for sending it in. And what a lucky dog to go camping :)

  2. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    Lovely...I'm so happy for both of them!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That sounds like a wonderful life for Mady and a nicer name too! Thanks to her compassionate owners for the update. We all love to hear the happy endings to the stories of the THS dogs in need! and Mady's is a good one. looking forward to the "camping with Mady" photos.

  4. Monika says:

    I've had my eye on her, but so happy she is in a good home. Congrats guys! She is lovely!

  5. MonicaKM says:

    She seems like such a darling!!! YEY for happy endings! :) blessings to all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Delighted to hear BJ has a home. Was rooting for her and told lots of people about her. I am dying to know what happened to Rosebud? She looked like another charmer.

    Merlyn's mom

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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.