Tonik the homeless dog is part poodle, part Shih Tzu and, some are saying, part human.
The dog’s soulful eyes, expression, and skull shape have many comparing this scrappy, hard knocks dog to a person. Tonik has gained Internet fame as a result, with media outlets from around the world featuring the canine’s furry mug in their coverage.
We couldn’t resist too, given Tonik’s ultimate rags to hopeful riches story. He’s presently awaiting his forever home at the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group, Inc., in Mishawaka, Ind.
As his Petfinder entry mentions, “Tonik came to us from a kill shelter in Kentucky and there is a very sweet boy in there who is trying to figure things out and enjoy people. It seems he has not had too much socialization. He is great with other dogs. He is not dangerous, but should not be placed with young children because he will get too overwhelmed.”
The entry continues, “He will need a home with lots of patience & good energy. His approx.birth date is 02/01/11 and he weighs 11#. He has been vet checked, neutered, micro chipped, heart worm tested negative is up to date on routine shots & wormings including rabies & has been treated with advantage multi per our protocol.”
As for his “human look,” you can see more photos of him at this Petfinder page. Since those were taken, he’s been professionally groomed.
Maybe Tonik belongs in your home? If not him, then hopefully one of the many other animals featured at Petfinder, your local shelter or another rescue group.