Tonio Finds A Home

by SOS Algarve Animals on December 15, 2011

Our very much beloved Tonio has found a wonderful home! After almost one year, it is simply incredible. We never thought it would happen, although he was available for adoption, given his age and that he does not have the appearance that most people are looking for, Tonio we planned on having possibly forever so we asked for help with his care by sponsorship and by virtual adoption. But Tonio has wonderfully found far better than what we could ever offer him, an amazing new Daddy, who called totally out of the blue, with a soft spot and heart for older dogs.

Tonio we “inherited”, he was (sadly) never a dog we actually choose. Instead, Tonio made his own mind up about how to be rescued. Tonio comes from the Canil Sao Francisco do Assis, and he was living in an outdoor pen with our other reserved dogs. He was kept by us only because no one at the canil was able to catch him to move him! And, once we got to know Tonio and his personality, we simply did not have the heart to pass him by. Ever since we started to care for Tonio he has always been extra easy to catch, always coming up for a cuddle. Even then Tonio knew exactly what he wanted, he saw his opportunity and he took it. Here his Tonio when we first saw him:

We are happy and sad at the same time…when a dog is with you for such a long time, and in Tonio’s case, he was rather obsessed with Ginie…it is kind of shocking when the perfect home comes by….

Tonio’s new family met him and it was love at first sight. His daddy took him for a walk on the beach to meet a playmate (a 10 year old sharpei, and they will often be going for walks together), and everything went tremendously well. Ginie dropped him off later that evening….and Tonio has the choice of 6 lovely dogbeds on every floor, the garden is adjacant to the walk to the beach…he is allowed everywhere except in the bed… On Tonio’s first night of his new life the fireplace will be burning, & his new family are celebrating the arrival of Tonio…

Ginie watched Tonio exploring the house, his new home, he could not believe his luck….coming back to Ginie for some reassurance, & when reassured, happily exploring further…

We are so happy this has happened, as many of you know these older dogs are very close to our hearts…& it is them who deserve a loving home more than anything as far as we are concerned, but often they are also the hardest to find homes for…

On behalf of Tonio we would like to thank all of you who have contributed to his wellbeing as a virtual adoption dog, or to all of you who have actively been involved in trying to find him a loving forever home…. Thanks to all of you, this adoption is our Christmas present this year…

Tonio is 7 years old. He spent 11 months under our care and as a dog both available for adoption and virtual adoption. Before he came into our care we suspect he spent many many years at the Canil. He is very open, friendly, stable natured, extremely good with other dogs, and as many of his photos show very playful. While we can care for the dogs well, it is never the same as a dog having a family of his or her own, being a family pet with a soft bed to lie in at night (or in Tonio’s case many soft beds to choose from). While with us Tonio was neutered and tested negative for leish. Initially he had microfiliaria (initial stage heartworm) which we treated and was cured. He had an ear infection earlier in his life that did not receive treatment, although this is now healed (and he is not deaf) his right ear has curled up and is slightly malformed. He is extremely affectionate, easy going, an absolutely wonderful character whom we, and all the other dogs, simply adore.

If you are interested in adopting an older dog or in sponsoring dogs like Tonio by virtual adoption please contact us at any time.

Photos of Tonio in his new life will be taken on a later visit. (Sorry, the camera was forgotten)!

Good luck Tonio, Merry Chirstmas, and may you and your new family have many happy new years together.