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Hyundai garage adopts stray dog who used their showroom as shelter from the rain

Tucson the dog sits next to a model of Hyundai car dog-happy
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It doesn’t happen often, but when a car showroom adopts a dog and employs it as a consultant, the world takes notice. Meet Tucson: the only furry seller in the business.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 26/09/2020, 19:00

On the night Tucson began his career it was pouring with rain. Bedraggled, wet and hungry, the puppy cowered for shelter beneath the awnings of a Hyundai garage in the town of Serra, Brazil.

Tucson’s repeated appearances did not go unnoticed, and soon employees began to talk of the possibility of taking charge of the dog.

The shelter awaits

Back then, the thought was that should they manage to catch the dog they would take it to a nearby shelter. But in time, the friendliness of the pooch gave workers at the garage other ideas.

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In due course manager Emerson Mariano decided to provide the dog shelter in the garage. Better still, he would hire the dog as a live-in consultant, and in no time at all Tucson was given his own ID badge and a bed.

Fortunes turn

The dog’s task is now to meet and greet customers as they visit the showroom. But Tucson also provides comfort and solace to workers.

Speaking to Top Motors Brazil Snr Mariano said that the feedback for Tucson’s customer service in the store has been “extremely positive”. Mariano revealed how even overall working conditions have been improved by the dog’s presence.

The future looks bright for Tucson who was lucky enough to be at the receiving end of new thinking and new possibilities.

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