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Here's an update from Penny's owner along with some super happy dog photos:

You know how there's always a seemingly perfect child in every household? Smart, obedient, responsible, eager to please... Well, that's not Lou (the SharPug formerly known as Penny). Lou's quite happy to let her big sister, Nico, claim that title, 'cause the 'problem child' always has more fun - destroying her sister's toys and stealing her food, chasing the cats around the house, roaming off at the leash-free, barking at strangers...

Mind you, like most rebels, she's not without significant charm. In the year-ish since we adopted her, she's gone from shy, sad, puppy mill rescue to - pardon my French and know I say it googly-eyes lovingly - our Little Shit. From her jump-out-of-her-skin-bumwiggly happy dance, to her insistence on sleeping on Nico's, or our daughter's butt (one family member once remarked that she'd probably never be a cuddlebug - ha ha ha), to her obsession with the cats' laser pen (hilarious and tragic to watch as she's blind in one eye), and her gremlin voice, or the ecstatic grin on her face when she catches up with us at the dog park - she is perfectly imperfect. And then, of course, there's that face. 

4 Comments to “Update on Penny”

  1. Monica says:

    What a wonderful update - thanks for sharing it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a lucky dog!

  3. Anonymous says:

    lovely dogs, caring owners, gorgeous dog and cat siblings, beautiful happy photographs! Especially the third one, the utter delight on Lou's face and the noble Nico standing guard is heart warming! Thanks for the update and to all you good people who made this happy ending happen

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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.