Sunday, April 18, 2010

Don't Pity Shelter Dogs

From a Pedigree adoption commercial:

"Shelter dogs aren’t broken. They’ve simply experienced more life. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write. The ones dealt a bad hand and responded with courage. Do not pity a shelter dog. Adopt one."

Those Pedigree commercials get me every time.  They're worse than Hallmark, Kodak, or long-distance phone company commercials (at least, back when there were long-distance phone company commercials).  I saw one this morning that really got to me because Mr. Bullet is a two-time shelter dog.  By the time I adopted him, he had been a stray, then in the shelter, then adopted, then returned to the shelter.  All before he was six-months old!

[Cue my tears.]  If you want to see the commercial yourself, you can find it here.  In the meantime, in keeping with my promise to feature dogs looking for forever homes, here are some lost souls with tales to tell, currently living at the Washington Humane Society.  Please consider opening your heart and home to a shelter dog. 


  1. Hi there blogging bud,

    This is such a sweet post. My daughter brought home a shelter dog a little over a year ago. Pumpkin was very skittish when we first got her and was terrified of men. We think she might have been abused. She is a member of our family now.

  2. Oh My, this makes me want to cry. Those commercials break my heart every time. What a great post!!

    Ranger is doing better! We are still on the bland diet for now, so I'm anxious to see how he does when I begin to add in his regular food tomorrow. Fingers crossed and thank you so much for asking!

  3. i love that beautiful brown pit on the bottom left. I have two (large) shelter dogs. I would never ever get another kind of dog after what i learned and what ive experienced (there is nothing wrong with it.. just shelters are so sad).

  4. I have such a sweet spot for shelter animals. I can't wait to get my own house so I can go to my local shelter to find my new doggie and show him his new home. I wish I could take them all. Everyone I know gets puppies from breeders or pet stores and that's ok for them but I've always loved the idea of giving an unloved animal a loving home. I would love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance! God bless!

  5. Don't do this to me. My husband just knows to turn the channel when those commercials come on for 2 reasons.
    1. I cry EVERYTIME....
    2. If he doesn't change it fast enough, I'll go down and adopt one myself. And I'm NOT kidding.

    My heart is so big for animals. I love them more than people a lot of the time :) We have a dog now and as soon as we move into a "home" I plan on adding to our family from a shelter.

    My heart breaks just thinking about those poor little pooches...

  6. I found this post in a google search to see if anyone had typed up what David said in the commerical so I didn't have to retype it, if I didn't have to. I am posting it to my own journal.

  7. P.S. Thanks for having this posted :)

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