When you think about what kind of dog Erika Girardi might have, you might imagine one who's sassy, has its own glam squad, and just looks, well, XXPEN$IVE. Turns out that couldn't be further from the truth.
The Real Housewife sat down to talk about her 5-year-old Dutch Shepherd, Tiago, and revealed there's way more to him than meets the eye.
"I got him as an adult as I do all my dogs," says Erika. "I'm really fond of males, and I bought him from an incredible trainer. His name is Mike Ritland, and he owns Trikos International, and Mike is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, and he sells really incredibly high-quality working dogs. And that's what this is, even though he looks more like a spoiled brat right now."
Erika also explained that Tiago came into her life at a time when she really needed him.
"We had a beautiful German Shepherd named Andy, who died of cancer. It was very hard for us. I was there when he passed away, and there was a real hole in our home life. And I spoke about it with Tom, and I said, 'You know, we need another dog," and he agreed and I found Mike, and he delivered us this gorgeous little baby."
From the looks of it, we'd say Tiago has really found his place in the Girardi home (ie. his mom's lap).
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