At the age of approximately 6-1/2 years, Tony came to his forever home in 2013 when his foster family decided to care for him after staples from his surgical wound got caught in the door of his shelter pen. He had undergone surgery to remove cancer, and it was soon determined he would need two more surgeries to remove all the cancer. Within no time his foster family fell in love with him, adodpted him, and he quickly made himself right at home with them, their Belgian Shepherd, and their cat.
Tony is a cool dude
in hot Nevada
Tony is a Pit Bull type breed. Many people have strong preconceived notions about the dogs they call Pit Bulls. Actually, Pit Bull it is a class of dogs that includes any purebred or mixed breed combination of American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog. Pit Bull is not actually a single breed.
Tony helps raise funds to honor
In the following months, Tony became the mascot at the Bark for Life/Relay For Life booth each week. These events celebrate cancer survivors, honor people lost to cancer, and raise funds in support of thet American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Canine Caregivers include Canine Companions suchg as Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Rescue Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Cancer Survivor Dogs, and Diagnostic Dogs.
For more than two years, Tony enriched the lives of children learning to read. The photo below is from his last R.E.A.D.® session in October 2016.