Tugos are easily trained, very docile and quiet, says Gerald. The couple plan to rescue a bitch so they can start a breeding programme.
The unplanned mission to save the dog was not cheap. Once Tang was safe in quarantine in Hong Kong, the vet and kennel bills, the dog's airfare and customs charges began to add up.
Melanie stayed with friends and visited Tang in quarantine every weekend for four months as she and Gerald worked to pay the bills. Tang then spent another two months in quarantine in Auckland before getting his first taste of freedom in March.