Rescue pup named Tornado whirls into Tampa family’s life

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — His name is Nado, short for Tornado, aptly named both for the cyclone squarely on his forehead and for his bountiful energy that keeps his new family on its toes.

Nado whirled into the world of the Allen family, after a chance encounter online.

Krystal and Jacob Allen had talked about adding a dog to their family, though they had very different ideas of what their future pet would be. She was thinking of the Great Dane, while he wanted a Siberian Husky. They both agreed, it should be a puppy. Still, Krystal was keeping an open mind, and was secretly surfing pet-rescue sites looking for adoptable dogs, when Jacob wasn’t around.

“One night he caught me,” Krystal laughs. “I was in the kitchen on my laptop, and Jacob walked up behind me, and asked what I was doing.”

Krystal fessed up that she’d been on the prowl for a pup, and Jacob asked to see what canine candidates she’d found.

“The second Jabob saw Nado, he said, I know that’s the dog I want,” Krystal said.

Nado, a 14-month-old Black Mouth Cur, was saved from a high-kill shelter by Furever Home Rescue, Inc., a 501c3 founded in 2020 by Carey and Claude Mariucci, retired, empty-nesters who chose to forgo buying a boat and relaxing, and instead invest in saving dogs.

The Allen family had several phone interviews with Carey prior to visiting Nado and then spent some time getting to know the pup before bringing him home.

“I was so impressed by Carey and Claude. They’re great people,” said Krystal, who keeps in touch with the couple and sends them photos of Nado enjoying his new home.

Of course, like many rescue pets, Nado’s background is a mystery, so the Allens aren’t sure what the first year of his life was like. But, they’ve quickly become experts on the Black Mouth Cur, a breed known for its rambunctious energy, a desire to please, and the strong bonds the animals form within families.

Since joining the Allen family, Nado’s put on nearly 10 pounds (they can weigh as much as 90 pounds), gets to join Krystal at her job each day and loves spending time at the beach.

“Over dinner prayers last night, we said thank you for sending Nado to us,” smiles Krystal.

Learn more about Furever Home Rescue, Inc. on the website, or connect with the group on Facebook.

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  • Cat Haven Rescue, Inc, 1231 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel
  • Cat Haven Rescue, Inc - Pasco, 8529 Little Road, New Port Richey
  • SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave N, Largo
  • Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County, 5718 21st Ave West, Bradenton
  • Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver Street, Brooksville
  • SPCA Florida, 5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland
  • Barking Out Loud Rescues, Inc, 300 N Lake Drive, Lorida
  • Precious Paws Rescue, Inc., Citrus County Florida, 5164 S. Florida Avenue, Inverness
  • Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater
  • Hernando County SPCA, 9075 Grant St, Brooksville
  • St Francis Society, PO Box 261614, Tampa
  • Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa
  • Rebels Rescue, Petco 136 S. West shore Blvd, Tampa
  • SPCA Suncoast, 7734 Congress Street, New Port Richey
  • Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
  • Florida English Bulldog Rescue, P.O. Box 754, Odessa
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  • The Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th Street, Sarasota
  • Hands Helping Paws Rescue Inc., 53 W Bay Blvd S, Lake Wales
  • Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th Avenue W, Bradenton
  • Highlands County Sheriffs Animal Services, 7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd, Sebring
  • Manatee County Animal Services, 305 25th St W, Palmetto
  • SPCA Suncoast, 7734 Congress Street, New Port Richey
  • Citrus County Animal Services, 4030 S. Airport Rd, Inverness
  • St Francis Society, PO Box 261614, Tampa
  • FLUFF Animal Rescue, 9400 SEMINOLE BOULEVARD, SEMINOLE
  • SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave N, Largo
  • Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control, 7115 De Castro Rd, Winter Haven
  • The Greener Side Haven, Inc., 3892 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills
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