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A bright blue plastic bag blows by as we are walking and Power runs for it and the weak faulty leash breaks so now he's off and chasing. He catches the bag, snagged under paws, and stops and looks at me, very happy with himself at his accomplishment. He grabs the bag in his mouth and runs at me but veers off, as dogs will do when they want to play and be chased, but I just stand there trying not to show any anxiousness that the dog I'm supposed to have under control is no longer under control. He circles back around and runs a couple of laps around me, trying to entice me to play. I grab a treat instead (peanut butter dog cookie), crouch and hold it out to him. I think he's slightly disappointed I don't engage in play with him but he's happy to take the treat regardless. He's wagging his tail anyway. Good boy, I say and rub his chest and give him a bunch more cookies and tie the ends of the leash back together. And he is a good boy to return to me, a relative stranger, when he had his freedom to run and run and run.

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 416 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

3 Comments to “Power - Collie (smooth) mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a handsome boy who deserves all the love, praises, treats, and belly rubs that he can get.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has he been adopted?

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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.