Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Meet Nat Geo WILD's "Super Underdogs"

Tuna ~ Photo Courtesy of Nat Geo WILD

Some people are under the mistaken notion that pets have to be perfect. Pets, like people, can have disabilities, physical problems that have nothing to do with how wonderful they are and can teach us a lot about coping, love, and conquering problems.

Beginning on Sunday, May 17th at 9 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific), Nat Geo WILD premieres a new series, Super Underdogs, that will warm your heart and inspire you to look at challenges in a whole new way. They are focusing in on dogs who are living with handicaps but haven't let the specific handicap stop them from living the most normal life possible. The dogs and their owners are happy, living each day to the fullest. Would that all of us were as smart as the dogs who are showcased.
Happy, Silly Tuna ~ Photo Courtest Nat Geo

Having seen a preview of three of the dogs, it was hard not to fall in love and be moved by each one.

I adore all dogs of all sizes, shapes, breeds, mixed heritage but if you know me you know that I have a special place in my heart for small dogs. Suddenly, there on the screen was Milly. Milly is the tiniest Chihuahua I've ever seen. There is such a thing as a Chihuahua being too small. She requires special care and handling which she gets in abundance. 

Then there's little 4-year-old Tuna, who was abandoned as a puppy and rescued on the streets of San Diego, whose overbite adds character to the little four-legged character.

"I consider Tuna's overbite, coupled with him being an underdog, his super power," Tuna's owner, Courtney Dasher, told me. "At just one glance, you know he's different, but it's his difference that brings joy to so many people globally, and brightens their days, which ultimately, has the ability to be a catalyst to change their lives. To me, that's really super, and powerful!"

Tune in and meet The Super Underdogs. Every dog deserves a loving home and who among us is perfect? These Underdogs are perfect in their owners' eyes and are obviously wonderful companions.

Meanwhile, here's a "sneak peek!"


James Stagg said...

Amazing digs! Equally amazing owners! Thanks, Darlene.

rescuegal said...

Awwwwww what a wonderful new series for National Geographic to air. And, as usual, Darlene Arden has brought to our attention a preview of what to expect. Truly these dogs, are all wonderful in their own way and deserve to have the very best life possible for them. As one who has spent a life time working with disabled children, I am keenly aware of how important this is for the canine/feline and human population. Thank you Darlene for sharing this enlightening blog.

Adeel Magma said...

i really like it, you are working on some great ideas. Adopt a dog

Gordon Brice said...

What endearing pictures illustrate your excellent blog, Darlene. It is so heartening to read that there are people prepared to give their love and time to care for these and other, handicapped creatures. No doubt their compassion will be returned with love, many times over.