Tonik, the Dog with the Human Face, Is Up for Adoption

Most animal lovers would agree that dogs have certain human-like qualities. Rarely, however, do they mean that literally.

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Most animal lovers would agree that dogs have certain human-like qualities — as in, they have distinct personalities and are capable of feeling human emotions like joy, fear and even empathy. Rarely, however, do we mean that literally.

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Meet Tonik, a poodle-shih tzu mix who’s up for adoption in Indiana after an animal welfare group took him in from a Kentucky kill shelter. Cute pups battling the odds on their journeys to finding loving homes already tend to make for popular Internet fodder, but the story of this particular canine has gone viral for an additional reason: he’s got an eerily human-like face.

Thanks to his new status as an Internet sensation, Tonik should hopefully find himself some adoptive parents soon. In the meantime, Homeward Bound, the northern Indiana animal welfare group that took him in, is getting him up to date on his shots and prepping him for life in a new home. According to his Petfinder profile, he hasn’t had much socialization but is good with other dogs. He’s been vet-checked, micro-chipped and neutered. For an adoption fee of $250, Tonik the human-faced dog could be yours.

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45 comments
ChristineAhern
ChristineAhern

Can somebody tell me I live in where this sweet little pups is? I live in a border town one mile outside of Detroit Michigan and would be willing to adopt this sweet baby if the cost was not too prohibitive. I can't seem to figure out who to contact or where he is

SylviaJones
SylviaJones

did tonic find a home , he looks so sad .


KarenLawtonSmolenski
KarenLawtonSmolenski

once again, a bunch of nincompoops...with the imaginations of a piece of wood

boxershiner
boxershiner

I have to agree with those who think this looks like any other dog. I don't see a human here, especially with all that facial hair

Goodgoin'
Goodgoin'

Very expressive face... soulful look. It's so easy to fall in love with dogs.

JimDavis1
JimDavis1

Looks like any other regular old dog to me.  If they think it looks so human,maybe they should do a DNA check on it.  They may find out the paternity results actually point to their lonely neighbor...

MattHansen
MattHansen

He looks like a normal, stupid dog!


RedDevilWV
RedDevilWV

LoL One of my best friends that has a mixed dog that kinda has a human looking face but hes a short hair. Creeped me out at first, we get along famously now...

VivianLi
VivianLi

The resemblance to one of my professors is uncanny.

AdamCanisLupaster
AdamCanisLupaster

human face or not... dogs are more "human and humane" on the inside than the vast majority of humans. All the best Tonik.

UlexCurator
UlexCurator

well I have seen many humans with dog face and does not hit the news. welcome to world of photoshop


maneldias
maneldias

I think this little dog is a very normal dog, BUT only the way he has being given his hair cut makes him looks a different or rather looks like he's got a bit of a human like facial appearance. I myself has a Shi Tzu dog who is now 8 years old. The last hair cut I had given him was from a very different dog groomer and when I went to pick him up I almost thought that my pet is a different dog. He totally looked like a Fox. When I carefully looked into his brand new hair cut & the brand new hair stylist I realized according to different hair cuts you can make the dogs looks different from their usual /normal ways.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

A dog with an Ewok face, maybe, but a human face?  Not hardly.

KathleenJacobson
KathleenJacobson

Human face?  Ummm... no.  It's a dog with a dog face.  Someone really wrote an article like this?  When are we going to stop allowing people to dumb down everything?

dh.lotan
dh.lotan

I'm not seeing it.  Just looks like a normal dog.

Assmonkey
Assmonkey

It's a dog with an Ewok face.

ShawnLa
ShawnLa

Gimmea  break thats all camera angle. Give us a side shot.

QuietStormX
QuietStormX

Come on here, Really? I think not. I susspect it's his har cut that is giving him those human features.

travisisnthere
travisisnthere

Put it in a dress, run it as a Democrat, and BOOM! Another typical (D) Congresswoman.

BobWoodardJr
BobWoodardJr

I WOULD LOVE  TO HAVE THIS DOG  I HAVE THE MONEY  JUST DONT KNOW HOW  TO GO ABOUT IT  


nicolasuribestanko
nicolasuribestanko

A human-faced dog?  That's nothing. I'll show you a dog-faced human.

JohnCarrasco
JohnCarrasco

@JimDavis1   I wonder if Jerry Springer will be willing to have this on TV to find out who is the father!

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@AdamCanisLupaster 


They readily eat their own poop and will not think twice to eat a fellow dog if they are hungry.... or their master should they die suddenly!


Dogs are not moral creatures... they are just famously honest, and that is why we love them.

BellaMonk
BellaMonk

@QuietStormX It's not the hair cut it's the forward facing eyes that give him the "human" face. Forward facing eyes represent evolutionary intelligence. He's probably a very smart canine. I'd adopt him...he has a pleasant face.

EllieEaton
EllieEaton

@travisisnthere I wish intelligence ran in your family... is there somewhere I can donate to help aid against this lack in intellect? 

haygrif
haygrif

@BellaMonk Forward facing eyes is a trait shared by most predatory animals.  It helps them lock on and chase their prey, by creating better depth perception (stereopsis).  All dogs have forward-facing eyes.  Only prey-animals have eyes positioned on either side of their heads.  The reason for that is to give them a greater field-of-view so they can see predators coming.  None of that has to do with intelligence.  The only indicator of special intelligence in this dog is the fact that he is part poodle (which is frequently cited as the most intelligent dog breed).

MichaelBustos
MichaelBustos

@BellaMonk @QuietStormX Hmmm Forward facing eyes a sign of evolution wait a minute I could have sworn that one of you evolutionists told me that when something evolves that whole species evolves at the same time. That was in regards to me saying how in the world was it possible that a male ape and female ape both evolved at the same exact time to have children. You sure do have a lot of faith.

Bob65536
Bob65536

@freemachine I think either you or I am misunderstanding something they said.

BellaMonk never said the dog had evolved. They said the dog had forward facing eyes which is a feature similar to many intelligent species. I assumed the comment about the dog being smart was a joke, and not be be taken literally.

My problem with MichaelBustros is:
1. "...one of you evolutionists", I take that to mean he doesn't believe in evolution.
2. "...me saying how in the world was it possible that a male ape and female ape both evolved at the same exact time to have children", I don't even know what he is trying to imply here. I take that to mean he knows very little about evolution because he chooses not to, which is willful ignorance.

MichaelBustros also said, "...when something evolves that whole species evolves at the same time". He wasn't correcting BellaMonk by saying individuals don't evolve, and he implied that individuals evolved by saying "when something evolves".

If I misunderstood something here it may be due to my ignorance, but its not willful.

TallusRip
TallusRip

@MichaelBustos Forward facing eyes in populations show evolution.  Forward facing eyes in individuals where they normally don't is either a deformity or an illusion.  In this case, it's an illusion created by the way the dog's facial fur is cut and how you can see the white parts of his eyes because of how far he's turning them to look around.

freemachine
freemachine

@Bob65536

I wish I could down vote YOU, for your incredible display of willful ignorance.  Michael is correct.  Populations evolve, individuals do not.  Please keep your mouth shut if you don't know what you're talking about.