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Ruby, a border collie blend, seems more inscrutable than she does ashamed.

It’s a dog’s life …

…but what that means is still anyone’s guess

Fuzzy is a Shih Tzu blend who is shameless in her desire to find a forever home.
Shimmer is a red Labrador-Vizsla mix female who seems capable of shame – unless she’s simply practicing her adorable look.

“Many people believe that dogs feel guilty for doing something wrong and that we can tell this from their body language….The problem is, the ‘guilty look’ is not what it seems…. But in research I did where owners confronted dogs both guilty and innocent of eating a forbidden treat, I found one clear result: The ‘look’ happened most when dogs saw scolding, questioning or angry owners, whether the dog was guilty or not.”

– Dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz,

Feb. 21, “5 myths about dogs”

Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame.

– News story, Thursday

In the spirit of the camera doesn’t lie, The Journal Gazette sent photographer Chad Ryan to the Fort Wayne Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to see whether it is indeed a myth that dogs are ashamed. No, Ryan did not scold the dogs. You be the judge.

All the dogs are eligible for adoption.