Tikka is a special blend of Yorkie, Shih Tzu and Bernese Mountain Dog according to her DNA test. She joined our happy home because I missed being a multi-dog household. After seeing her photo on the Grateful Dogs Rescue website, I spoke with a volunteer who confirmed that Tikka was a five year old sweetheart but she had heartworm. I still wanted to meet her! She trotted into our home, play-bowed to my cats and then kissed me. That was it! Grateful Dogs Rescue paid for her medical care and she recovered fully. The happiest day was her first trip to Fort Funston – eeing her running on the beach made the extensive treatment and months of forced inactivity worth it. Roman (see Grateful Tails link for Roman's story), our German Shepherd, adores her while she tolerates him and our three cats.
Tikka has earned her Temperament Test and Canine Good Citizen titles. She even comes to my classroom to help me teach my students about proper dog safety and care. Tikka has won over many a fearful child.
Some people say Tikka is spoiled since she sleeps right near my pillow. I say it’s a well deserved privilege and the least I can do for all the love she has given my family. It’s still hard to imagine that she was crated in a backyard 24/7 and still maintained her loving personality.