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Dog Who Only Knew Abuse Now Has Unconditional Love

Even after his vision and ears were taken from him by a cruel owner, he still just wanted to be loved.

 Joanna realized her calling four years ago when she took during a hedgehog who had been kept during a cage with another male hedgehog and was in terrible shape. Male hedgehogs, like other male animals, will fight if left together. Banjan needed care, as he had lost ears to fighting while together with his previous owner and was covered in fleas and mites.



In the months it took to nurse him back to health, Joanna and her partner, Rory, fell crazy with rescuing animals. Their work with furry, feathered, and scaled creatures benefits several of their local rescues, including Doolittle’s Animal Rescue and Freshfield Animal Rescue within the UK. the 2 have taken in several pets in need including birds, ducks, cats and dogs, and have had a couple of foster fails within the process!




The wellbeing of pets isn't faraway from their minds. While on a visit to Bulgaria, the couple carried petfood with them to feed the overwhelming number of strays they saw wandering, homeless. Their souvenir was a thin street dog they rescued from a busy motorway. He later joined them within the UK after being mentioned to satisfactory health by a British family in Bulgaria working with Doolittle’s Animal Rescue. Shuck, as he was named, is now healthy and happy in his new family.




Although there’s many love and happiness to be gained by rescuing and fostering animals, it comes with some heartbreak also . Joanna and Rory’s latest foster has accompany it all.


They heard about Migoi through the Bulgarian family that fostered Shuck during his recovery from his life as a stray. Still just a pup, Migoi had suffered shocking, unspeakable abuse. He was kept as a “guard dog” outdoors within the cold on a brief chain. When he was rescued he was underdeveloped for his age thanks to malnutrition and lack of exercise, beaten, and his ears and vision were taken from him by his cruel owner.




Migoi was being cared for by a lady in Bulgaria named Maxime, an experienced foster who cared for over 40 dogs just last year. A family was lined up within the UK to adopt him, but while waiting to be transferred they suddenly changed their mind, saying he was “too ugly.”




Without hesitation, Joanna and Rory offered to require him in as a foster. They knew it might be a challenge to nurse him back to health and learn to worry for a blind dog, but they also knew that they might give him the love he had always deserved.



Though some dogs are going to be skittish around people after having only known abuse, Migoi was able to be loved! Joanna tells iHeartDogs, “Despite all of that he's the sweetest boy, absolutely crazy with people.”


 “It’s been a troublesome few months to nurture him to health and find out how to require care of a blind dog, the way to protect him and help him gain confidence. We installed baby gates to stay him faraway from the steps , faraway from the house anything that would be in his way or a possible risk. We got him a fountain so he can hear where is that the water and put scented candles around every other water bowl within the house. We learnt the way to let him know there’s an obstacle within the way.”

“The most challenging of all has been the fight for his eyes, it took tons of your time to contain the severe eye inflammation caused by the damage to his eyes. We recently learnt that he also has retina detachment and glaucoma in his right eye, which suggests we've to get rid of it. it had been an enormous hit, but it made us want to fight for his other eye even more, he features a surgery scheduled for subsequent month. A surgery which will return vision to at least one of his eyes and can give him back what another person decided it had been right to require faraway from him.”

Joanna and Rory did everything they might to offer Migoi confidence to maneuver around their home albeit he couldn’t see. They succeeded in helping keep him safe and got him the medical attention he needed, but there have been other challenges they faced that they didn’t expect, and weren’t sure the way to resolve. Luckily, another loved one was able to step in to assist .



 “Before Migoi arrived we had been told that he was a bouncy boy and wishes extra attention. the primary day he was just about bouncing off the walls, he was making such a lot noise and rumpus. We were too worried to go away him alone for a second… just one occasion we need to know him, we realized that’s how he shows he’s stressed. He would cry whenever something spooked him or bark at any strange noises or dogs, it had been always visible that it’s fear, not aggression.



“One of the saddest things was to get that he didn't skills to play, he had no idea about what to try to to with the toys we offered him, but it wasn’t us who were ready to explain it, it had been Shuck…”



“…He patiently takes care and guides his brother . He teaches him the way to be more confident [and] Migoi returns the favor by helping Shuck to return out of his shell. Initially, Migoi struggled together with his confidence, he was scared of other dogs… The very first breakthrough came because of our dog walking group at the park. Once Migoi realized that each one those dogs are friends together with his big brother Shuck, he decided to form friends too.”


“Every time we take Migoi to the vet, we take Shuck along too. The bond between them grew so strong that he’s just about a support dog for Migoi, keeping him calm all the way through.


“Migoi will stay forever with us, there’s no doubt that . We are really bad in fostering and that we can’t imagine giving our baby boy away! We hope that the surgery will save one among his eyes, which should help together with his confidence. Once he’s ready we are getting to take him along side Shuck to backpack around Europe.”



“We strongly believe that Migoi should be ready to live an equivalent life as the other dog, he should be ready to run free and pit the lead with other doggos. Working through his confidence issues and teaching him commands for obstacles allow him to be that dog.”


“We don’t think that his blindness should limit him in any way because it shouldn’t limit the other blind dog… If Migoi can roll in the hay , any dog can roll in the hay . in fact it’s harder and takes longer and vigilance to stay him safe, but that’s our job as his parents.


“Our boy came a very great distance within a couple of months and he still features a great distance to travel , but we'll support him every tread on the way.”


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  1. Your are human angels for those who had suffered so much.

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