Ancient Greece and Great Britain bring you…Tasia!

By Jean Schanberger

We want to tell you about an extra special big dog who needs a wonderful home, but first indulge us a little Ancient Greek history and onomastics (a big word for naming). Anastasius in Ancient Greece meant resurrection, or literally “up standing.” The feminine form of Anatasius is Anastasia, and Tasia is the short form of Anastasia.

Which brings us to Tasia (A081290) (pronounced TAY-zhuh), a spayed female 7-year old fawn-colored Mastiff and Pit Bull Terrier mix. This big beautiful girl is one upstanding citizen who will make someone – perhaps you! a wonderful companion and play buddy. She is a giant lap dog who loves attention, food, and especially belly rubs. Due to her striking black muzzle’s generous jowls, though, you’ll want to keep a cloth handy for drooling

Tasia is a clever, eager to please veteran of good behavior who already knows sit and stay and has basic leash manners. She is learning “down” from a sitting position, ideally in exchange for a belly rub reward! Tasia enjoys playing with toys and will play “find it” with a thrown treat.

Tasia qualifies for the Burbank Animal Shelter’s dog training program, which will provide her adopter with a voucher to bring Tasia to post-adoption professional dog training lessons. Come meet Tasia and see what a giant heart full of love this lovely girl has to share!

Fun facts about the Mastiff, Tasia’s Breed:
* This ancient heritage breed was found in Britain as early as the 6th century BC.
* A Mastiff accompanied his 25-year master on the Mayflower’s journey to America in 1620.
* Mastiffs are historically known for search and rescue, guarding, police and military work. These days Mastiffs have the very important modern dog job of being a companion devoted to their people.
* The Cynographica Britannica, a circa 1800 published book of dogs in Great Britain, says: “What the Lion is to the Cat, the Mastiff is to the Dog. The noblest of the family, he stands alone, and all others sink before him.”