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Nicky looks at me as I wait at the door, not yet opening it. I ask him to sit. He does. I open the door. We go out.

He walks well enough on leash and only pulls when he sees another dog coming toward us. I redirect him away from the other dog and they pass and we continue. He settles down quickly enough back into a steady walk.

Later, before I start taking any pictures, I sit down with him and put my hands up close to his face. He nuzzles them so I give him an ear scratch. I hold his chin in my hands. I ask him to do a down but he doesn't understand so I point to the ground, once, twice, which he does understand somehow and he lies down.

Nicky doesn't like other dogs much but he's a good dog himself. Not sure why he's still here.

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.

4 Comments to “Nicky - Labrador Retriever mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nicky is a beautiful dog I pray for the right person/family comes along to have him in their lives. Good luck sweetheart.

  2. olddog says:

    What a beautiful face. I am sure someone will come along soon and take him in to their family and heart, for who could resist rescuing him if they are able!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Plz let us know when Nicky gets his furever home. He is gorgeous and sleek, what a handsome dog.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Has Nicky been adopted? I don't see this beautiful dog on the site. Plz let us know.

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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.