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Tonka the Puppy that Nobody Wanted, my pug mix daug dog

Updated on September 9, 2011
Baby Tonka
Baby Tonka
Puppy Tonka
Puppy Tonka
Tonka
Tonka
Tonka's last morning with his brother and sister
Tonka's last morning with his brother and sister

Tonka

Tonka, along with his 2 brothers and 1 sister, was born one cold night in April in my laundry room. Tonka's mother had a hard time delivering the litter and as a result one of T's brothers died (he is buried under the hydrangea bush in my back yard next to my beloved Rottweiler Thor and Pug Zoe).

From the moment he was born you could tell that Tonka was different from his brother and sister. His coat was a dirty brown color while the other puppies coats were a beautiful strawberry blond. He was much larger than the other puppies, almost twice as big, and his nose was much larger and wider. He acted differently then his brother and sister too. He moved around like he was a week or two old, and he absolutely NEVER strayed from his mother. He was permanently attached to her and never stopped eating.

Within days of their birth Tonka's brother and sister were adopted. A family in Washington DC wanted his sister and a young couple in San Francisco wanted his brother. But nobody wanted Tonka. My husband told me not to worry, "someone will want him." But no one did.

After a few weeks a friend from work approached me and said she was interested in Tonka. She had been at another friend's house over the weekend and her daughter had fallen in love with Tonka's sister Mollie from another litter. I was happy and relieved. That is until the next day when she told me that her husband didn't want another dog. Strike One.

Weeks turned into a month and the puppies continued to grow. I kept in contact with the baby's new families letting them know about everything they were doing. But I didn't have anyone to tell about Tonka's progress. "Don't worry," my husband would tell me, "Someone will want Tonka." But nobody did.

About a week later one of my son's friends came over and said that he wanted to adopt Tonka. He was leaving for college in the fall but he was sure his parents would take good care of him while he was gone. I was excited that Tonka finally had a family, until the next day when he informed me that his mother said "NO WAY". Strike Two

The morning for the puppies to leave for their new families finally arrived and as I put the puppies in their shipping carriers I looked over to the bed where Tonka lay with his mother. I felt awful for him. He didn't have a new family to go to. No one would be spending the morning anxiously awaiting his arrival then showering him with hugs and kisses when he finally got there. "Don't worry," my husband told me again, "Someone will want him." But nobody did.

The next day I took Tonka to work with me. People at the school noticed him right away and the librarian said she would like to take him but couldn't because she was going out of town. Later in the afternoon a fifth grade teacher said she wanted Tonka for her 3 year old son but she needed to check with her brother first (they live together). She said she would facebook me and let me know when she was going to come and pick him up. I was happy-I knew that she would provide a wonderful home for Tonka. She facebooked me around 6:00 and told me that she didn't want him. Strike Three

That same evening I was contacted by the couple who adopted Tonka's brother. They wanted to know if Tonka was still available because they had a friend who had fallen in love with their puppy. I let them know he was and became excited when they told me he would grow up spending each day playing with his brother. They contacted me a day later and let me know that their friend had changed his mind. Strike Four "Don't worry," my husband told me for the hundredth time, "Someone will want him."

The next afternoon another friend from work facebooked me and wanted to know if "Taco" was still available because she had a friend who had to have his 15 year old dog put to sleep and was looking for a puppy. I told her that his name was "Tonka" and yes he was still available. She assured me that Tonka would have an awesome home with her friend and I was glad until she facebooked me later and said that her friend had found another dog. Strike Five "Don't worry," my husband began, "Yeah, Yeah I know someone will want him, " I replied.

The next day our neighbor's children saw Tonka playing with his mother in my backyard and asked if they could "babysit" him. When their mother brought him back later she said that she wanted to keep him but needed to convince her husband. She asked if she could come and get him the next day and let him spend time with her family. I agreed and bright and early the next morning her children knocked at my door. "Finally," I thought, "Tonka will have a good home." Later that afternoon my neighbor returned Tonka and said her husband would not let her keep him. Strike Six

I picked up the puppy and as I gazed into his sad brown eyes my heart broke. My husband approached me as I was stroking Tonka's soft fur and asked me what was wrong. I told him that the neighbors didn't want Tonka either, nobody wanted him.

My husband took Tonka out of my arms and looked at him for a moment then gave me a hug and softly whispered in my ear, "Don't worry" he said, " I want him!"

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Cute story. What kind of puppy? He's so laid back; that video was precious.

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      mikicagle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      He is a DAUG-a combination of a weenie dog and a pug. Tonka is a great little guy-he is very laid back until around 1 in the morning-then it seems like someone puts a quarter in him and pushes his GO button

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      s west 7 years ago

      great story... made me cry...such a cute dog

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      mikicagle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      he is a great dog.

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      kmkrn 7 years ago

      great story...the little fella seems to roll with the punches...hope he only realizes happy puppy things and not any disappointment brought on by us humans

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      jen 7 years ago

      Awe, made me tear up a bit... Cute story :)

      And he's not a DAUG he's a Peiner :) (PEE - NUR) :) As coined by Me :)

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      mikicagle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      how about a P-weenie?

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      jandee 7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello mikicagle,

      what a sweet tale and how well you described it,same thing happened to me and ours was the 'runt' of 9 pups.she lived with us and her mother and father.She died when 16,good age for a boxer. love to Tonka.....

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      mikicagle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Tonka is doing well-he still loves to eat and has worked his way into the hearts of the entire family

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      blackcherrys 7 years ago from United States

      No strike for Tonka-he's home. He is precious. Good story I almost started crying.

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      rvsource 7 years ago

      You left a comment on my question about my hubs. I did as you said and read this hub. I found it heartwarming and written very well.

      Honestly, this hub would make a very good children book just as written. If you ever decide to do that, let me know, I bet I could do some good illustrations for you!

      Thanks Jeff

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      mikicagle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you blackcherrys and rvsource for your kind words about my story. Just like all good stories it ends with Happily Ever After

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      Tammy 6 years ago

      Hi what a cute story- what a cute little puppy.

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      thanks so much-we love him

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Aaaahhhh, This story reminds me of the extra Cocker that nobody wanted either, our Quincy it seemed that all of the others were taken and nobody wanted him. We came to realize that he was meant for us and has been a bundle of joy since we kept him. Your story is priceless and he was also meant for you and yours. He is adorable! Thank you for sharing this touching story with us. :)

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Tonka really is fun to have around-and the way he plays with his own mother is priceless. Even my husbands crabby mutt seems to like him.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Well that is great to know, he looks like such an adorable baby and it was meant for all of you. Where did you get the name Tonka? That is an adorable name! :)

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ta Tonka means "buffalo". We named him that because he was so much bigger than the rest of the puppies. He is just about as big as his mom now.

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      MCWebster 6 years ago

      A bittersweet story with a beautiful ending. I teared up a little at the end. Loved the video, too. Had to laugh. We have a hundred-pound Kuvasz and a fourteen pound Tibetan Spaniel, and usually it's our little Tibbie that's going after our big, white polar bear of a Kuvasz.

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, it's funny since I wrote the story I have had a handful of people who want to adopt him-but he's home now, he isn't going anywhere. My son said that in one of his physiology (i don't know if i spelled that right) classes his instructors told them that dogs are unable to distinguish their size-that's why little dogs have "big" dog syndrome-makes sense to me-our 160lb rottweiler was terrified of my sister in laws mini pincher

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      This is one of the most poignant dog stories i have every read. It is beautiful and brought a tear to my eye. I love dogs, and over the years have taken in several that were abandoned and abused. They were cared for and loved until they passed away one at a time. But even better, they gave me and my family years of devotion, love and appreciation back. Thank you so much for sharing this story. And i agree with rvsource's comment of 6 months ago, this would make an excellent children's story, about love and belonging, and finally finding the home your belong in. Loved the video.

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      mikicagle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Tonka is one of the best dogs we have ever had. He is a great little guy and brings us loads of happiness everyday. I am so glad my husband "wanted" him.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      What a beautiful story

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      mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Mrs. J.B. Thanks!

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      RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful story! I completely loved reading this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Heidi 5 years ago

      Omg this story made me cry. I have a puppy chihauhau named Tonka. I rescued him from a broken family who didn't want him....this really hit home, so sad. Glad to see Tonka is well loved and cared for.

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      E.May 5 years ago

      We were blessed to have one of this type. He was so great. Smart! A wonderful friend and pet. We loved him like a member of the family. He was very protective, and heard one of the kids screaming. He went out running, chasing a big dog away that the child was afraid of. He chased that big old dog away, so far, that he ran to the big road...which was a place he never went. A car came and missed the big dog, but hit our little "Puggie." That was a couple of weeks ago. We still can't get over him. I don't think we ever will. He looked just like Tonka. Puggie's mama was a Dachshund, about the same color as Tonka and Puggie, and his daddy was a darker colored Pug. The parents were our neighbors' dogs. The daddy is now dead and we can't get another one in Puggie's family. There aren't many Pugs around here, I guess, for them to breed Ruby, the mama, with. She's kinda older, anyway. So tell me, what are the chances of getting another one that looks like Tonka (and Puggie)?

      Puggie was very smart, very protective, and we could relate to him in a way we couldn't other dogs. I think this was because Puggie was so smart. We got him from about 7 weeks old. We just can't stand not having Puggie. A dog like him doesn't always come along. Tonka's owner is lucky to have Tonka! I'd say he had a lot of qualities like Puggie. They're great little dogs!

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      mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      We love Tonka to death. He is a great dog. Our daschaund passed away so we won't have any more Tonkas. Our neighbor has one of his sisters from the very last litter-she is so small and delicate-Tonka weighs about 40lbs.! He is a super fatty.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      He is so cute I have chiwienies!

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      mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I need to post a recent picture. He is FAT!!!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Awh I would love to see it!

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      wvugirl2007 2 years ago from Virginia

      God Bless you and your husband for keeping that sweet baby!

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      EG 4 weeks ago

      He is doing well isn't he?

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      mikicagle 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      He is. My husband suffered end stage renal failure and we thought we were going to have to move to another city for treatment. A friend of mine that I teach with offered to keep him for us. We let him stay with her for a few weeks and her children (all 7) fell in love with him. When we brought him home it was apparent that he wanted to be with those children so we let them adopt him. He is thriving and loving all of the attention he gets from his kiddos.

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