Meet Tango, our Project Mascot!
We rescued Tango from the streets of the La Boca barrio in Buenos Aires, Argentina in February of 2004.
While La Boca is one of the most colorful and cheerful barrios in Buenos Aires, it is also one of the poorest. It is an area steeped in history, and in particular, has distinction as the birthplace of one of the world's most famous dances -- The Tango.
Tango became our "Top Dog" after we found him sleeping under a chair at an outdoor cafe. When he struggled to his feet to greet us, it was clear that he was suffering from a badly broken leg and needed our help.
One incredible Argentine vet and a plane ride later, Tango was enjoying his first snowfall in Chicago. He brought incredible joy to our lives. His abiity to love unconditionally, persevere through the most difficult of times, and overcome all odds have been our greatest source of inspiration as we have pursued our dream of rescuing and breathing new life into The Greenleaf Firehouse.
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Caminito is La Boca's main street. And it is only 50 yards from the barrio's famous central intersection (above) where Tango was found.
Tango en route from Buenos Aires to Miami to Chicago -- a 12 hour ride in all.
Tango and his incredible veterinarian, Dr. Juan Enrique Romero and his wonderful wife. Dr. Romero has a weekly television show that reaches 2 million people and a radio show that reaches another 600,000 each week. He is also the former director of the Buenos Aires Zoo.
Tango one year later! -- patiently sitting in this little race car for us to take his photo.