Before Chi Chi the Golden Retriever was named the American Humane’s 2018 American Hero Dog, she first had a rough life. She was abandoned in a dumpster in South Korea back in the year of 2016. She was later found inside a garbage bag in a potential meat farm with her legs tied together.
It was a good thing that the Nabiya Irion Hope Project, an animal welfare group, found Chi Chi before anything worse happened. But her sufferings didn’t stop there because she had to go through amputation after her medical treatment. Four of her limbs, right above her paws, needed to be cut off during surgery to relieve her from pain.
To fully recover, Chi Chi underwent several rehabilitations and also got her own four custom-designed prosthetic limbs. One time, Animal Rescue, Media, & Education posted a video of her online. That’s how Elizabeth Howell saw her for the first time and decided to bring her to her forever home in Arizona.
However, when the two arrived home, Chi Chi realized that her challenges weren’t over since she still needed to be fitted for a prosthesis. It wasn’t easy because her legs were amputated at varied heights. But eventually, she finally had the prosthetic limbs that helped her move faster and better.
After Chi Chi’s year-long journey into recovery, she became a therapy dog who visited youth, veterans, and other amputees. Her well-deserved title and inspiring story touched everyone’s heart and made her an excellent example of great perseverance. Unfortunately, her life didn’t last long after she was diagnosed with a tumor in her nasal cavity.
Although Chi Chi already passed away in February 2019, her incredible life story continues to inspire a lot of people never to give up no matter how difficult life may seem. All her significant contributions as a therapy dog will surely be remembered for years to come.
Source The Animal Rescue Site via YouTube