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animal rescue: tesla

Nicknames: Tesla Rose is named for Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor/physicist best know for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system—and the very cool Tesla Coil which emits high voltage electric discharges that create a pretty good light show.

Tesla’s middle name, Rose, comes from the movie Titanic. There’s a scene where Rose poses naked for Jack on a couch. Early on we realized Tess loved lying on her back for a good tummy rub—and her favorite place for it is on our red velvet couch. She sometimes even brings one of her front paws up over her head, similar to Kate Winslet’s pose!

Before she was famous: Tess is a 3 year old beagle/Australian shepherd mix. She was adopted in October 2011 from a P.A.W.S. shelter in Tinley Park. We don’t know much about her past, but just days before she was adopted, the P.A.W.S. staff found Tesla at a kill shelter in Indiana. She was a bit beat up with a split tongue and crooked jaw, and she had just had a litter of puppies. They brought her across the border to Illinois, where they were able to find her a loving home.

Talent Show: Tesla has lots of energy and loves to play with everyone. She likes nothing better than meeting new people—she gets so excited when someone new opens the door that she spins in circles and jumps up and down until they flip her on her back and give her a good scratch.

Tesla’s best friend is another beagle mix named Darwin. Tesla chases Darwin around and around the yard as fast as she can—and when Darwin finally lets her catch him, they wrestle for hours.

Favorite Snacks: Her favorite treats are peanut butter, deer hooves and fresh bones from her grandpa the hunter.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…approximately 4 million pet dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to overpopulation.
…25% of pet dogs euthanized in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
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