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Tex is very happy as I take him out of the kennel and he grabs a toy, a pink kong, but then he sees another toy, a yellow plushy, and decides he wants to bring that one as well so he tries to shove both things into his mouth but as soon as he gets the plushy in his mouth, the kong falls out and he tries to get the kong in his mouth and the plushy falls out. Chanel watches him from her kennel, fascinated with his efforts and general klutziness. It takes him about a minute but Tex finally figures out a way to get both toys into his mouth and now he's ready to go for a walk.

Outside, as we pass the first scent, Tex drops both toys and forgets about them and starts to sniff. Of course. So, now I have to carry these gloopy discards around for him. They train us well.

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.

5 Comments to “Tex - Black Labrador Retriever mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He's absolutely handsome and he's very smart. By the time I reached the end of reading the post I had a smile on my face. I'm a dog walker at the north shelter and I absolutely love dog walking. I always greet them, talk to them while they are enjoying their walk, I give them lots of pats on their heads along with lots of praises, and even sometimes they show me their bellies so of course I rub their tummies while talking to them and they seem to understand what I'm saying because they stare right into my eyes and feel happy and good. I would love to walk Tex for he's a smart canine.

  2. Kit Lang says:

    OMG, look at that smile! I love goofy galumphy dogs. :).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Did Tex get adopted? Does anyone know because he's no longer in the site.

  4. Fred says:

    Anon, yes Tex got adopted.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That's great news....he must be so happy with his new family.

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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.

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