Chi-Chi started her life in South Korea. No one knows quite what happened, but she was discovered in a trash bag with her legs bound so tightly together that they had to be amputated. With her chances of being adopted were extremely slim, she spent her days after her surgery in a kennel in South Korea.
One day, Elizabeth Howell was on Facebook when she came across a video about Chi-Chi. Something struck the Arizona woman deep inside because she immediately yelled across the room to her husband, “You need to come watch this video. This is gonna be our next dog!” Richard joined her and watched the rest of the touching video, filmed the day after the pup’s quadruple amputation.
The Howells were struck by how cheerful the pup looked and acted, even though she had just suffered a horrendous act of abuse and a traumatic surgery. “She was in her kennel in South Korea, but she was wagging her tail and she was happy. And her eyes just said, ‘I’m I happy dog and I want to live.’“
That was all it took to win them over and from that moment on, they had one mission: to do whatever it took to adopt this amazing Golden Retriever.
When ChiChi arrived in the U.S. in March of 2016, the Howells noticed that she did not yet have any prosthetics, making walking extremely painful and difficult for her.
As soon as they could, the couple arranged for the pup to be fitted with the prosthetics that changed her life. With them, she was able to run around and behave just like any other dog.
With all the love and care around her, there are no limits to what she can accomplish.
First up, becoming a Therapy Dog to help others who are living with a disability.
The Howells took Chi-Chi to Ability360, an Arizona organization that promotes independent living for people with disabilities, by providing companion dogs as support.
There, Chi-Chi learned all the skills necessary for her to become a Therapy Dog and finally have the chance to give back to society, in a way only a dog with her background could do.
From now on, Chi-Chi will be looking forward, at the bright future she has not only with her loving new family but also with her noble new purpose. The sad days that brought this sweet Golden Retriever to where she is today, are all but forgotten.
One thing is for sure: Chi-Chi will never again have to worry about being harmed or left alone. We’re so grateful for the Howells and their unwavering dedication to this precious pup.
If you’d like to learn more about Chi-Chi and her incredible journey, see the video, below.