Tuna’s appearance is certainly unique. This little dog’s endearing overbite has rocketed him to internet celebrity status.
Although he gets plenty of love from fans all over the world these days, Tuna’s story starts off sad. He was originally abandoned by his owner near San Diego, likely because of exaggerated overbite and recessed jaw.
According to Tuna’s official website, this 9-year-old Chiweenie was adopted by Courtney Dasher in 2010 at a farmers market in Los Angeles when he was only four months old.
In 2012, Dasher created an Instagram account for Tuna, and he also gained exposure as an internet meme. It only took a few years for Tuna to pick up over a million followers!
Since then, Dasher and Tuna have used his popularity to raise awareness for rescue groups so that they can help other dogs.
Tuna also has his own book that was published in 2015: “Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog With the Overbite.” When the book was released, the book tour featured events that benefited local animal rescue societies along the stops.
He also released his own 2020 calendar, and it was used to raise money for a nonprofit dog rescue in LA County.