She was once a rescue dog, and then she became the rescuer.
Chi Chi was rescued from a dog meat trade in South Korea. Someone found her with bound legs in a trash bag. Unfortunately, the doctor had to amputate her legs to save her life. Nevertheless, Chi Chi was lucky enough to survive her ordeals and find a home with Richard and Elizabeth Howell in Phoenix.
Richard admitted that, at first, he had misgivings about taking care of a quadruple amputee dog. Her morning routine was time-consuming and stressful. However, he knew that they were capable of making her life better.
The couple reached out to their vet’s network to find someone who could help them with Chi Chi’s condition. Frank Isom, the vet, and Lynn Parkhurst, the veterinary nurse, helped them a lot. They found someone who made prosthetics for Chi Chi so that she could move around independently.
Chi Chi’s story of rising above her disability became an inspiration to many that she became a therapy dog. She had a lot of love to share. Richard and Elizabeth knew that Chi Chi was destined to have significant therapy work.
Chi Chi would visit Life Care Centers with Elizabeth. The elderly patients looked forward to her visits because she gave them a different kind of comfort and reduced their anxieties.
Chi Chi was bound to touch the life of Owen, a young boy in Indiana. The boy had been through a lot. Almost all of Owen’s body got burned when he was a toddler. Both of his legs were amputated.
Kind-hearted people made arrangements so that Owen could go to Phoenix to meet Chi Chi. As soon as Owen and Chi Chi met, they had an instant bond. They could relate well with each other because of their similar conditions. It was an unforgettable experience for Owen, and he would never forget Chi Chi.
Then came the sad news that Chi Chi had a very advanced tumor in her nasal cavity. They had less than a year with Chi Chi before her final rest.
Chi Chi’s life had been an inspiration that she deserved to win the Hero Dog Awards. A children’s book about her life would soon be published so that she could continue to impact people’s lives.
The family she left behind would always remember the lessons they learned from her. Chi Chi would always be a reminder to them to be more resilient and joyful regardless of the circumstances.
Source: American Humane via YouTube