Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Pets of the Week: Tessa and Tanner

This week’s pet is a very special dog owned by Hartz’ own employee, Nick. Tessa has been a part of Nick’s life for over a year now, and she keeps busy with a variety of hobbies such as nose work. Check out the video below of Tessa in action, and then read what Nick has to say about adopting Tessa.


“After our boxer, Ruby, passed away in the summer of 2010, my wife and I found ourselves “dogless” for the first time in many years. Although the house was far from empty with three cats and a cockatiel, the “canine presence” was definitely missing. We knew we would get another dog, we just didn’t know when, and we wanted to take our time and make the decision using our heads, not our hearts.

We decided to go to a pet adoption day at one of the local PetSmart stores – just to look, no way were we going to be adopting – it was just too soon and we weren’t ready yet. As we looked at the faces staring back at us from the wire crates, we were moved but we knew there was no way we were getting a dog that day.
Then, through all the crowds and barking we spotted this little chocolate puppy curled up in her crate sleeping soundly in the midst of all the chaos. As we took a closer look, she opened her hazel colored eyes and gave a big yawn (at this point we’re still just looking, not adopting). Then one of the volunteers somehow picked us out of a sea of serious potential adopters and asked, “Would you like to hold her?” My wife and I looked at each other because we both knew once the crate was no longer a barrier, it was going to be harder to walk away, so of course we said yes. It’s no surprise that we fell instantly under this little puppy’s spell, but somehow managed to stay true to our original goal and did not adopt her on the spot. It took all the will we could muster but we put her back in the crate and walked away.

The entire ride home we were questioning each other on whether or not we had made the right decision. As soon as we got home we ran to the PC but couldn’t find her anywhere on petfinder.com, we contacted the rescue organization, and filled out the adoption application. Before even completing the application we had decided on her name “Tessa”. After several days we got the call that she was ours if we were still interested, and we were.

It’s been a year since we’ve adopted Tessa, and she has been a remarkable dog. It’s hard to believe that at one point this amazing girl was sitting on death row in some shelter in Georgia. She’s so much fun and is always up for anything. We take her everywhere we possibly can, since she’s a very social girl with many friends both human and canine (and a few felines as well). We’re very fortunate that fate brought us all together.”