My name is Joan. Every weekend since October Paul and I (and our colleagues) have gone to Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) to work on the "Pawsitive Photography" project. We do this to share the beauty and souls of the dogs at the shelter, hoping to assist in finding them good and permanent homes. We also come to this project as responsible and caring dog owners for over twenty years.
When we began this project, I was like many others, was afraid of pit bulls, bulldogs and several other breeds. I knew them to be fierce, unloving and aggressive. But now, after spending so much time with them and handling several hundred of the dogs I used to fear, I have found that these dogs are just like dogs of any other breed, and that each dog needs to evaluated individually. Most are sweet dogs, just wanting some love and affection. Additionally, we have realized that we are starting to be able to pick out the particularly gentle, smart and cooperative dogs. Although these are dogs that I am meeting under conditions that are particularly stressful for them, their personalities often come through within a few minutes of interacting with them. So if you are looking for inside tips about which dogs at OCAS seem to us to be particularly good options for adoption as family members, please check our blog at least weekly. We will try to mention the ones that stands out to us and to explain why.
This past Sunday I fell particularly hard for WD38-A227517. The first of three (3) photos of her can be seen here: http://shelterphotos.zenfolio.com/p36107087/he9ce5a3#he9ce5a3
To look at her, she may not be pretty in the "conventional sense" usually associated with desirable dogs, but she is both distinctive and a charmer. Once I spent time holding her and petting her, I found that she was a completely gentle and sweet dog. She just wanted love and she returned the affection I gave her. She is the perfect example of why we should not judge a dog by "face value," but rather we should look inside to see the gentleness that awaits us. I recommend Wd38-A227517 as an adoptable pet and great family dog. Go see for yourself.