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(Update 2014-01-28, 5:30 p.m.: Reynaldo had some soft poops this morning so TAS is holding onto him for another day to make sure he's okay. Hopefully, he'll be up for adoption tomorrow.)

I've barely knelt down to give some loving to this 'lil guy and he's already half-way up my body and in my arms. Meet this charming pile of traveling wiggles, Reynaldo!

We meet, face to face. I start blowing kisses, he starts eating them. I'm careful not to look him directly in the eyes, for fear of puppy hypnosis (this IS a thing). Worst (but possible) case scenario:

Puppy: "Gee, I fink I need yo help. I may be wanted fo murder. Can you take da wrap fo me? It's onwee 25-to-wife?"

Me: "Sure bud, anything for you!"

If you're not in a position to have a puppy, I suggest you avoid his superpowers. It took every ounce of my self-discipline to not dognap this handsome man. After exhausting my supply of will power, I go home and drown my puppy-less sorrows in a pizza. What a heartbreaker!


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.

6 Comments to “Reynaldo - Labrador Retriever mix puppy”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    ZOMG. If we weren't already at emotional capacity, I'd be down there in a flash! I'm sure he'll get snapped up immediately. <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    I called the phone number provided and they said this dog wasn't even up for adoption YET... What ever that means. The guy on the phone was shocked when I told him I was looking for this dog and said where did u even see him he's not supposed to be up :s so I am confused... Is this dog up for adoption???

  3. Fred says:

    Anon, sorry for the confusion. Reynaldo had some soft poops this morning so TAS is holding onto him for another day to make sure he's okay. Hopefully, he'll be up for adoption tomorrow.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Was he adopted yet?

  5. Fred says:

    Yes, he was adopted by a vet tech at the vet clinic where he was being treated for some intestinal problems.

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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.