Next month, two courageous survivors will meet for the first time. Owen, a 10-year-old double-amputee who survived burns which covered 98 percent of his body, will meet up with Chi Chi, a golden retriever who had all of her legs amputated.
Chi Chi is the very face of resiliency and survival. The beautiful golden retriever was found in a garbage bag in South Korea. She had been destined for a slaughterhouse, but her rotting legs resulted in her being discarded as trash instead. Miraculously she was found and saved – but her legs had to be amputated in order to save her life.
Fast forward to today – Chi Chi is a happy quadruple amputee who spends her life with her adoring adoptive owners (the Howells) in Arizona. Chi Chi has since become a therapy dog and she now spreads her joy to people at hospitals, senior centers and schools.
Owen, an equally resilient and courageous survivor, learned about Chi Chi after watching a video. On Chi Chi’s Facebook page, word of the upcoming (surprise) meeting with Owen was released:
I’d like to introduce you to my friend Owen. He is a courageous and brave young boy who saw a video about me online and said, ‘I want to meet Chi Chi.’ Well, some amazing people are coming together to make that happen. In 3 weeks, on November 9, Owen and his mom are traveling to Arizona to meet me. Owen and I are both survivors with a positive attitude towards life, so I’m sure we will be lifelong friends.
Plans are in the works to make the November 9 meeting as special as it can be. A fundraiser has been set up to help cover Owen and his mom’s trip to Arizona, and a request has been made for letters of encouragement to be sent to Owen (mom too!). The letters will be presented to the pair at a special, celebratory event.
Read more about how you can help make Owen’s visit to meet Chi Chi extraordinary at this GoFundMe page.
Follow the Chi Chi Rescue Dog Facebook page here.