Sanctuary Sweethearts, Turner and Rascal, are best friends. They call Hearts United for Animals home and are so happy that they can live their lives together at HUA. Turner was rescued from a puppy mill in Iowa where he was beaten with a shovel causing permanent back injury. He can walk, but his back is hunched up in a v shape. He is also blind. Rascal was rescued from a puppy mill in Nebraska near the Wyoming border. The puppy miller swung him in the air by the scruff of the neck while he screamed in fear for his life. He lived in a crate filled with hay with only a light bulb dangling overhead for warmth. All of the dogs rescued were young, as the older ones had already perished the extreme heat, cold and lack of veterinary care. It has been years since Turner and Rascal were rescued. They understandably have not ever developed an appreciation of humans. They are so fearful that they have to be sedated for even a routine veterinary examination. The happy news is that they love and adore one another. Rascal is Turner’s seeing eye dog. He is very protective of his little Dachshund pal. When people come near them he sits close to Turner to protect him. They snuggle in their warm blankets on their bed in their apartment at HUA. They have a heated and cooled inside space and access to their own private yard through their dog door. They love to romp around and play together, with Rascal always on guard duty, watching to see who is out and about and ready to lend comfort to his best friend if needed.
While their stories are sad, the life they now lead at Hearts United for Animals is the perfect for them. They are allowed the freedom that they need to finally know peace in their hearts. They can live life on their own terms with everything that they need, especially one another. It is a huge commitment to care for these two special needs fellows for life, but one that HUA is willing to make in order to provide them with a happy place where they can be free, content and well cared for forever.
Please visit their Sanctuary Sweetheart pages to sponsor one or both of these dear boys, or any of the other Sanctuary Sweethearts at HUA. Your caring and support means the world to them. As a sponsor you will receive a packet in the mail with a photo and bio of your Sweetheart and a refrigerator magnet so you can look at your Sweetheart every day and know that you are giving the gift of life and love to your special needs friend.