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Dogspiration: Tuna the Chiweenie, Melting Hearts Since 2011

 by michelle on 09 Jun 2014 |
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Just like Kim Kardashian is known for her vulumptous bottom, or Zooey Deschanel for her perfect bangs, Tuna the Chiweenie's signature is his exaggerated overbite. Today, with over 800K followers on Instagram, the Chihuahua-Dachshund probably never imagined he'd be an internet sensation. 

In December 2010 when Tuna was only a puppy, he was found abandoned on the side of the road in San Diego, California. Judging by his severe overbite, Tuna was most likely a victim of irresponsible breeding. Although his looks were unconventional, Courtney Dasher could see the beauty in him and decided to foster the puppy. It wasn't long before she fell in love and chose to keep him permanently.

Tuna with mommy Courtney.
With the love Courtney provided him, Tuna began to thrive and regain his confidence. Courtney created the Instagram account dedicated to Tuna about a year into their friendship. By the end of 2012, Tuna had gained notoriety after Instagram featured one of his pictures on their personal feed. The enthusiasm people showed for Tuna's posts was something Courtney had never expected. People were inspired by the little dog's confidence despite his physical differences. Tuna basically became a spokesdog for the body-positive movement, reminding all his followers that they are beautiful no matter what anyone tells them. 

Also an ambassador for animal rescue, Tuna is helping make a difference for animals in need by donating 20% of profits from his products sales. For more Tuna, you can follow him on Instagram @tunameltsmyheart and check out his website here.

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