Tuna the Internet Sensation Dog's Human Courtney Dasher Talks About Adding New Pets to the Family

Tuna the Dog

In December 2010, Courtney Dasher fell in love with and adopted Tuna the Dog, a rust colored Chiweenie (Chihuahua dachshund mix) with an adorable wrinkly neck and a recessed jawline that makes him look like something out of a cartoon.  Soon after he became part of the family, Dasher put up an Instagram account called @tunameltsmyheart that features cute photos of Tuna.  His social media following is upwards of two million people.

Tuna the Dog
Tuna the Dog

According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly 44 percent of all U.S. households have a dog. Getting the home ready for a new pet can be exciting, but also stressful. Dasher offers some helpful tips on how to make this process as seamless and pleasant for all as possible.

Courtney Dasher, an interior designer by training, but Tuna’s human and manager of his social media accounts spoke with Michelle Tompkins for TheCelebrityCafe.com about her discovery of Tuna and how she came up with his name. She also talks about ways to incorporate a new pet into your home, some new trends for dogs, the fun that is a puppy shower, what is itsadog.com, how Tuna became famous, what he is like at home and more.


Learn more about Courtney Dasher and Tuna here and It’s a Dog Gift Registry for puppy showers here.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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