Tara is an outbred dog, who has her own Instagram account, where she – with the help of her “mother”, Ukrainian photographer Sasha Zlunitsyna – posts pictures from her daily dog routine. She has worked as a barista in a cafe, traveled to the mountains and even received an official CMM certificate. With her Instagram account, Tara promotes outbred dogs and shows that dog’s life might be pretty exciting.
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Sasha was volunteering in an animal shelter outside Kiev, taking photos of the dogs in order to find them a new home. She saw a fluffy little thing that was putting her paws on the cage and momentarily fell in love with this cute creature. Rumor has it, there was a woman, who brought Tara and her dog-friend to the shelter and never came back. When Tara’s friend died from a disease, the shelter employees predicted she would not survive alone. And then Sasha had no choice, but to adopt her.
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At first Tara was a very scared and shy dog. She was very sick, too. But Sasha did not give up on her: they visited doctors, went for long walks, socialized and finally reached the stage when Tara could follow Sasha everywhere as a happy little creature.
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“In Ukraine it’s quite hard to take your dog with you everywhere,” says Sasha, “despite that, I manage to take her to my workplace, to business trips and vacations”. On the following photo Tara the Brave is taking a cable car in the Carpathian Mountains. After finishing reading her favorite book…
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Since Sasha worked as a barista, Tara had to learn what it is like to be a barista’s dog, and to be in the center of everyone’s attention. After the shelter, the dog was afraid of people, but as the time passed by she became a highly socialized member of community.
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To get to work, Tara had to take a bus. Learning the rules of dog’s behavior in public transport became a new challenge to Tara and Sasha, but they are happy that with their help Kiev becomes more dog-friendly city.
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Once Tara went to a business trip with Sasha. After work they went to have some fun. Even though she was a bit afraid of river, she dared to wash her paws. It’s good to be a photographer’s dog, always have some cool photos of your activities!
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It was a time when Tara learned to work as a radio presenter and made a show about the dogs from the shelter, but not everyone could understood her Ukrainian. Maybe, next year.
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When Tara came to the village she instantly found some new friends. “Everybody loves her at first sight – both people and animals,” stated Sasha. “She showed me what it really means to love somebody”
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Together with Sasha, Tara completed SMM courses, and now she has her own SMM certificate. As a follow up of the study, Tara manages her Instagram account, where she tells the world about her exciting dog’s life. Being an outbred dog taken from the shelter, she sets her own example to show that every dog deserves a happy life, no matter what.
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