It took some parental convincing by Sarah who promised she could take care of Tonya and teach her to behave. Tonya herself was a bit of a rogue since no one had taken the time to love and nurture her. But Sarah saw the potential and her parents were willing to give her a chance. And today Tonya, trained by her forever home owner Sarah, knows 200 tricks, has appeared on TV twice, enjoys agility, Frisbee and weight-pulling.
But most important Tonya has her own YouTube channel, she spreads the word about shelter dog adoption, she visits retirement homes where she puts smiles on the residents, goes to fundraisers and keeps Sarah sane in a family household with 9 kids and 3 cats.
Check out Tonya spreading the word about why you should adopt from a shelter, produced by Sarah: