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Maggie is a Puggle, also known as a Teacup Mastiff cuz she's a hefty one.

It's the Royal Winter Fair down at the CNE grounds and lots of families pass by as I take photos of Maggie. Some stop to look. Some stop to say hello. One little girl asks if she can pet the doggie and I say yes so she crouches down and holds out her hand. Maggie goes over and sniffs her hand then her face and then she's giving the girl a face wash and the girl is giggling out of control. Her father decides he wants to say hello to Maggie as well so he crouches down and extends his hand and Maggie turns and seconds later she's trying to get on the father's lap to give him a face wash too. The mother is laughing, the brother is laughing. A small group of people have gathered round and everyone's laughing at Maggie's enthusiasm.

Later, back inside, I invite her up on the couch beside me. She jumps up into my lap. She looks at me, not sure if she's overstepped her boundaries but when I pet her, she relaxes and wags her tail. Happy little dog.

Not a bad way to spend an autumn afternoon.

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.

2 Comments to “Maggie - Puggle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    So sweet, love those teeth! Good luck finding a loving home

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there Maggie your so lovely and friendly that some good loving family/person will come to give you a warm, loving, good home. God bless you.

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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.