Tina’s story was a lesson for all of us that were involved in her rescue or simply followed her progress. Against all odds, she thrived. Against all odds, she beat every single stereotype about senior dogs, about huge dogs, about adoption, about life.
She spent the first 12 years of her life in a yard. All she had stepped on was cement, and her mum Luisa is still struggling to make her understand why she should love the grass more than the asphalt. She learned everything from scratch at the age of 12, literally everything: car rides, going up and down stairs, in and out of the elevator, living with other dogs, taking walks on a leash. She learned to sit for a treat and eat at command. She started playing with toys at 12. For me, she was the dog that taught me that everything is possible, and I am hoping that her story will teach more people out there to believe in dogs like her. Stereotypes are there so that we walk through them, so every time someone says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, all you can do is laugh”. Every time someone tells you that big dogs need big spaces and gardens and yards, all you can do is laugh again. Let’s laugh at stereotypes, and let’s do our best to break them down, because what they do is prevent amazing dogs like her from becoming who they really are.
Tina was rescued by SCARS. You can follow the charity’s Facebook page here. Donations are always welcome (PayPal: email@example.com).
Huge thanks to everyone involved in her rescue, Frieden für Pfoten, Penny Marathon, 4 feet dog center, Thalia for letting her into her office that day, Linda for fostering her when I couldn’t, Bettina, her godmothers, and Luisa, who let Tina into her small apartment and her huge heart.