This is Tika’s graduation photo. At the age of 16 months she just graduated from Advanced Training program with Honors (the instructor said that she was the best in her class!). Prior to this she completed Beginners, then Intermediate, and finally Advanced.

I’m so proud of my little puppy. She exceeded my expectations long ago.
A few months ago I would not even image that she would be able to do this.

Tika is a rescue from Louisiana, USA where she was rescued by BARK. She was rescued at the age of 6 weeks along with her mom and 7 other littermates. It’s hard to believe that her mom, a little dachshund, was able to care after her 8 puppies for so long while being a homeless stray. I was told that all her puppies were bigger taller than her at the age of 3 months! They were lucky to end up at a shelter in time. Tika’s mom and one of her brothers were adopted in Lousiana, while Tika and her 6 other brothers and sister were brought to Ontario, Canada, where they all got adopted. Tika came to live with me at the age of almost 7 months.

Tika had a lot of psychological issues, she was affraid of a lot of things that she was not familiar with and even simple things were a struggle. She had trust issues, was skinny (only 15 lbs at the time of adoption) and very, very shy. She was having a lot of stomach problems and was not gaining weight despite best diets and even home cooking. Finally we were able to diagnose her with Celiacs and multiple food allergies. With proper prescription diet she doubled up her adoption weight in just a few months!

Tika has come a loooong way since her homless days. She is now a spoiled princess with multiple degrees in canine education :)

Thank you BARK for doing such a great job with your rescues!


dog, pet, rescue, dachshund cross, smart


  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Ticker

  • ChristmasFairy
    ChristmasFairyover 2 years ago

    congratulations Tika lovely image.

  • Tika says " thank you" :)

    – Ticker

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoover 2 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait and such a beautiful dog.Congratulations on your well deserved feature.

  • Thank you very much Carla :)

    – Ticker

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonover 2 years ago

    Lovely image of a very remarkable dog. Well done!

  • Thank you very much Vivian, I think she is very special :)

    – Ticker

  • joycee
    joyceeover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture of gorgeous Tika! A very sweet image.

  • Thank you very much, she is a sweety :)

    – Ticker

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 2 years ago

    what a beautiful and heartwarming story ♥ Tika’s eyes are heaven…beautiful and heartbreaking…I bet when she looks at you like this you will stop and give her the world…how could you not? :)

  • Oh yes, she has me wrapped up around her little paw :)

    – Ticker

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Awww!!!! She is just so precious!!! Those eyes!!!! :)) And what a great story…so glad to hear about this happy ending for all!!!

  • Thank you for this lovely comment Laurie, I am very proud of my little miss Tika :)

    – Ticker

  • Megan Noble
    Megan Nobleover 2 years ago

  • Thank you! :)

    – Ticker

  • vbk70
    vbk70over 2 years ago

    So cute!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Ticker

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely capture and beautiful happy story.;0)

  • Thank you :)

    – Ticker

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