Rolling in the grass is a state of mind.
Mia was overly excited when I first took her out of her kennel. She immediately began biting the leash, playing tug a little too enthusiastically. It wasn't the best behaviour, especially for a shelter dog hoping to get adopted.
I brought her over to a bench and sat down with her and waited. Less than fifteen seconds later, she'd stopped biting and pulling the leash. I waited another minute or so and then got up and we walked outside without incident. Once outside, perhaps with the change in environment, Mia got excited again and started nipping the leash. I stopped walking, just stood there, didn't acknowledge her and she immediately stopped her behaviour.
There were no more incidences for the rest of the walk, despite the noise and the crowds (there was a charity run that day). Once she felt secure with me at the other end of the leash, she behaved like a friendly, happy dog out for a walk on a sunny, cool fall afternoon.
Mia is a good dog and she wants to be an even better dog. She just needs a calm and loving owner to show her how.
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.