'Underdog with overbite' uses fame to raise funds for Cobb shelter


You can hate on him, but he probably has more likes on one Instagram photo than you’ll ever have in total.

“Tuna Melts My Heart” is a chiweenie — for the uninitiated, that’s a mix of of Chihuahua and dachshund — with more than 1.8 million Instagram followers and a notable overbite.

He and his owner Courtney Dasher  — who signs her emails “Tuna's mom :)” — will be at Best Friends-Atlanta in Smyrna on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., according to their Instagram page and website

Tuna’s 2017 “Traveling Tuna” calendar will be available for $10 cash. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Friends.

This Kennesaw book signing is going to the dogs

Tuna and Dasher appeared at the shelter, 4874 S. Atlanta Road, in December for a Christmas event.

At the time, Dasher told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’d lived in Midtown and Brookhaven doing interior design work from 2005 to 2009.

In addition to filling the Internet with his dental adorableness, Tuna has a book with a tagline of “The Underdog with the Overbite.”

And for those unacquainted with Tuna, here are some highlights from Instagram:

This cutie little leprechaun came looking for gold, but he decided to do a little jig instead. Lucky for us! #HappyStPatricksDay! 🔈

A post shared by Tuna {breed:chiweenie} (@tunameltsmyheart) on

Guess what's bizzzak? My fixed iPhone! Thank goodness for insurance! Now back to our regularly scheduled program...Tuna's Instagram.

A post shared by Tuna {breed:chiweenie} (@tunameltsmyheart) on


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?
Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?

Hopelessly deadlocked after more than four days of deliberation, encouraged by the judge to reach a verdict, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial settled on a compromise seemingly satisfying to both sides. A majority of the jurors wanted to convict McIver on felony involuntary manslaughter, a charge that carries a prison sentence...
Officials: Rapper flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented
Officials: Rapper flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented

An Atlanta rapper, accused of running a cross-country drug operation, was denied bond Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Terrell Davis, known by his stage name “Ralo,” faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute. Authorities allege Davis sold drugs from several apartment units he rents in Atlanta dubbed &ldquo...
04/25 Mike Luckovich: I wanna hold your hand.
04/25 Mike Luckovich: I wanna hold your hand.

Ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out
Ex-mayor Kasim Reed doles out $500k in bonuses, gifts on way out

Just days before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, his administration showered select city employees with more than $518,000 in bonuses, and gifts that were presented during an “executive holiday party” at City Hall. The spending spree has left the police union outraged, taxpayers fuming and council members questioning its legality....
UPDATE: 1 killed, 1 critical in Fulton crash involving tractor-trailer
UPDATE: 1 killed, 1 critical in Fulton crash involving tractor-trailer

A 71-year-old woman was killed Tuesday during a crash involving a car, a Coca-Cola tractor-trailer and a tow truck, Chattahoochee Hills police confirmed.  The crash occurred on South Fulton Parkway near the Rivertown Road intersection, police Chief Stoney Mathis said.  The victim and a 31-year-old female passenger were flown to Atlanta Medical...
More Stories