These two are presently at Toronto Animal Services West. I'd luv to go meet them myself but with all the Christmas stuff going on, I'm not sure if I can squeeze in the time before the holidays. In the meanwhile, here's their write-up from TAS West:

Daisy is a 6 year old, spayed female Cocker Spaniel. She is blind in both eyes and may have been that way since birth – she certainly doesn't let it bother her! She is a very sweet girl and despite her disability, she is not nervous nor easily startled. If you speak to her, she will walk towards you. She walks very nicely (though slowly) on a leash – you have to be mindful though, because she will walk into obstacles if you don't look out for her. Daisy gets along well with other dogs, although it would not be fair to put her with a rambunctious youngster that would jump all over her.

Ideally, we would like to see Daisy go to a home that would also take her friend Rudy, a 9 year old neutered male. He is a very good natured, friendly fellow, although he doesn't really like some other male dogs. He will nudge Daisy along and encourage her when she's dawdling and she walks much more confidently when he's with her. Rudy has a heart murmur and may require further veterinary care in the future.

All the staff at Toronto Animal Services West want for Christmas is to see these two get a loving home in time for the holidays!

Daisy

Rudy 

Daisy and Rudy

The best way to check on the adoption status of Daisy and Rudy is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call (416) 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If they are no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because they've been adopted already.



3 Comments to “Daisy and Rudy - Bonded Cocker Spaniels”

  1. Anonymous says:

    who leaves these two at a shelter when they have known no other life than together!

  2. CP says:

    Hi - thanks for posting this. I volunteer at the West end shelter on the week-ends and have walked Daisy and Rudy together. Daisy gets along quite well with Rudy along and they should definitely get adopted together. Here's wishing they find their new home together soon!

  3. Kit Lang says:

    what A**hole gives these two up????!!!!!! Arggg.

    Sharing this post on FB - hope they find a home together soon.

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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.
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