The poor pet was discovered in a dumpster home with severe injuries to all four legs. Despite the challenges, this determined golden retriever managed to overcome her injuries and become a therapy dog. In fact, she was even recognized as an American Hero Dog by American Humane in 2018. However, it’s important to know her backstory. Back in 2016, Chi was abandoned in a pile of rubble with her legs tied up and inside a trash can. This is a truly distressing start for such a lovely animal. Thankfully, Pet Rescue and Media Education received information about a dog farm in Korea where Chi was discovered through the Nabiya Irion Hope Project, an animal rights group based in Korea. They rescued Chi, who was scared and badly injured. She was immediately taken to the hospital, where unfortunately all four of her limbs had to be amputated due to the severity of her wounds.
Chi will need ample time to recuperate after her surgery, and she is also set to receive customized prosthetic limbs to aid her in learning how to walk again. Elizabeth Howell of Arizona discovered Chi through a video shared by ARME showcasing the pup’s rescue, and felt compelled to give her a new home.
According to Howell, TODAY was told that his heart was taken by Chi. After her injury had healed, Chi had to go to Arizona and get a prosthetic leg. This was a challenge because her legs were truncated at different heights. However, after several adjustments, Chi now has prosthetic legs that help her stand and move faster.
American Humane’s statement highlighted Howell’s remarks about Chi Chi, stating that people are motivated by her bravery, resilience, perseverance, and refusal to give up in the face of adversity. Chi’s strength and selflessness shine through, and she generously shares her love and compassion with everyone she meets. Her gentle demeanor and friendly nature make people feel at ease, and her keen instincts help her sense where her love is most needed. Following her recovery, Chi became a therapy dog, visiting veterans, nursing homes, and other amputees to spread joy and comfort. Howell expressed gratitude for Chi’s presence and the inspiration she provides for people to persevere through difficult times.
Chi Chi’s presence left an impact on the lives of many individuals she encountered through her admirable traits of perseverance, love, and compassion. It is unfortunate that Chi Chi was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumor in her nasal cavity in March 2018 and subsequently passed away in February 2019. Nonetheless, her legacy will continue to live on and serve as a source of inspiration. Check out the video below to discover more about Chi Chi.