Fair warning, you may shed a tear at this Everyday Hero story. Richard and Elizabeth fell in love with their new dog, Chi Chi and have never looked back since. After Chi Chi was found with her legs tied up, abandoned in a trash can, she was placed in a kennel in South Korea. A video of Chi Chi caught the couple’s attention and once they saw her smiling and wagging her tail, they were ready to give her a new loving home. Not even knowing if Chi Chi would ever be able to walk, Richard and Elizabeth were hardly phased and had their hearts set on making a better life for this pup.
In March, 2016, Chi Chi arrived in the U.S as a super vulnerable dog. They rigged up little booties out of socks and bandages in place of prosthetics, and each day when they put on her boots she feels the freedom any other dog would. Chi Chi was even lucky enough to gain a brother and sister, when Richard and Elizabeth decided to adopt two more dogs named Harry and Kipper. These two were adopted from Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that helps rescue dogs from laboratory testing.
After succeeding through several therapy dog programs, Chi Chi moved on to Ability 360, a sports and fitness center in Phoenix, Arizona. Here Chi Chi met numerous people who need wheelchairs and are amputees. One lucky guy named Nick who has been an amputee since he was four-years -old, found true companionship and a special connection with Chi Chi.
Today, Elizabeth says Chi Chi has turned into the happiest, most loving dog who makes the most of her life everyday. She has transformed into a dog who is caring and trusts people again, and now she’s going to give back to people in need of a companion. It doesn’t get more heart-warming than that.