Medina is originally from Venezuela, but he's lived on the Gold Coast of Australia for eight years. When he visited his local RSPCA looking for a dog, he knew he wanted an active one, so he was initially unsure if Mia was right for him. "She was quiet and shy," Medina tells The Dodo, "probably because she was in the shelter with other dogs, and she lost her first family."
After taking Mia and several other dogs for a walk at the RSPCA, Medina went home. But he couldn't stop thinking about Mia. "There was a connection with her," he explains. "Two days later, I went back to see if she was still there."