MY NEW BFF: Human-Faced Dog Up For Adoption

February 12, 2013


This is Tonik, a "human-faced" poodle/shih-tzu mix looking for adoption. Tonik was at a kill shelter in Kentucky before being rescued by the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group ('Homeward Bound' -- I cried) and is currently waiting to find his forever home (after being photographed by professional pet photographer Renny Mills). They say he has a human face, but personally I've never seen a human face that hairy before -- except for on the mother of a certain ex-girlfriend! HIYO, Mrs. Newbell -- your daughter broke my heart. Now, 15 years later, I'm slandering your family on the internet. You know what they say: revenge is a dish best served with those cheese biscuits like they have at Red Lobster. "You always were too immature for Allison." Ouch. I'll be back in bed with the covers over my head if anybody needs me.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots of Tonik. Get him a friend named Gin! (or Jin if we're going with the whole intentional misspelling theme)



Thanks to chichi, who agrees the best faced dogs are the ones that look like little bears.

  • cmblake6

    So, who's a kinky boy then?

  • Amy Lambert-Knoll


  • JJtoob

    Have lupus? Pretend you are a dog!

  • What makes it look human is the proportion of the face. Sadly once I saw a guy who had the face of pug. No lie my sister and friend also believed he had put a pug in front of his face.

  • asdfasdfasdf

    somebody knows some ugly-ass people.

  • Ehh... I'm more impressed by how he blends in with dead grass.

  • Evan Lacey


  • JMeyer47

    Imagine waking up in your friend's house who owns this dog, and the street light illuminates its face as it just stares at you.

  • Guest

    Seymore seems like a fitting name for this dog.

  • jac blades

    Thanks so much for featuring this guy! I've been seeing him on other social media for a while. If more people would adopt instead of buying pets, little guys like Tonik wouldn't be having such close calls in high-kill shelters!

  • asdfasdfasdf

    but then what happens to the pets nobody buys? they have to go to shelters to get adopted or killed/ derp lol
    Nobody ever thinks these things through

    its like the people who are against professional/corporate dog breeders but also in favor of sterilizing all consumer end dogs. So if everybody's pet is unable to breed(so you can't get a puppy from a neighbor's cardbord box like in old yeller) and the breeders aren't supposed to take up the supply end(so you can't buy from pet stores or "puppymills" aka the only places where there exist dogs capable of reproducing in this utopian future where all pets are neutered) then where do dogs come from?

    Are we meant to go out in the wild and capture our pets like in pokemon? Just slap a collar on a wolf?

  • T1mown

    THAT SOUNDS AMAZING. i want an absol

  • Tony

    Dibs on Golduck.

    Golduck is based on the Kappa. My favorite japanese myth and one of the most wtf things ever(beating out even the mighty and fearful Bonnacon of the steppes with its acid battle crap)

    "Kappa are typically depicted as roughly humanoid in form, and about the size of a child. Their scaly, reptilian skin ranges in color from green to yellow or blue. Kappa supposedly inhabit the ponds and rivers of Japan and have various features to aid them in this environment, such as webbed hands and feet. They are sometimes said to smell like fish, and they can certainly swim like them. The expression kappa-no-kawa-nagare ("a kappa drowning in a river") conveys the idea that even experts make mistakes. Although their appearance varies from region to region, the most consistent features are a carapace, a beak for a mouth, and the sara, an indentation on the top of their head that holds water which is regarded as the source of their power. This cavity must be full whenever a kappa is away from the water; if it spills, the kappa will be unable to move, and may even die, according to some legends. Another notable feature in some stories, is that the kappa's arms are said to be connected to each other through the torso and able to slide from one side to the other. While they are primarily water creatures, they do on occasion venture on to land. When they do, the sara can be covered with a metal cap for protection. It is said they are extrordanarailly polite and if a victim is quick enough to bow before the attack can be followed through the kappa is forced to bow in return thus spilling the water from the sara and defeating the creature.

    Kappa are usually seen as mischievous troublemakers or trickster figures. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women's kimonos, to the malevolent, such as drowning people and animals, kidnapping children, raping women and the theft of souls.

    Kappa have been frequently blamed for drownings, and are often said to try to lure people to the water and pull them in with their great skill at wrestling. They are sometimes said to take their victims for the purpose of gaining power by sucking out their shirikodama (尻子玉), a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus. In these stories, if a kappa is caught in the act, it can be made to apologize, sometimes in writing.

    Kappa are not entirely antagonistic to humankind, however. They are curious of human civilization, and they can understand and speak Japanese. They may even befriend human beings in exchange for gifts and offerings such as nasu (Japanese eggplant), soba (buckwheat noodles) nattō (fermented soybeans), or kabocha (winter squash), but especially cucumbers, the only food kappa are known to enjoy more than human children.
    Once friended the Kappa will help preform various tasks and are even credited with teaching the art of bone setting to mankind.

    Kappa may also be tricked into helping people. Their deep sense of decorum will not allow them to break an oath, for example; so if a human being can dupe a kappa into promising to help him, the kappa has no choice but to follow through"

  • Instead, pet stores would be the next "high-kill shelters".

  • cabinethead

    they already are...

  • clarkgriswold


  • Michelle

    He looks like Falkor from the Neverending Story.

  • davidrilke

    so true

  • Ollie Williams


  • sleegee

    just kind of looks like a dog...

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