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Stray Dog Carries Injured Buddy in His Mouth Until Both Are Rescued

Stray Dog Carries Injured Buddy in His Mouth Until Both Are Rescued

It may be a love story for the ages. One is a lab/pit bull mix, the other is a thatchy, scruffy looking longhaired chihuahua mix. Together, they’re the best friends you’ll ever meet.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department call the pair Joanie and Chachi. Someone noticed the two dogs wandering in a Savannah, Ga. neighborhood in mid-July and called Animal Control. The dogs did tend to attract attention — the larger dog was carrying around the smaller dog in her mouth.

It didn’t take long for Animal Control to notice that Chachi, the chihuahua, had seriously hurt his left eye.

“When we got on scene and examined it a little bit closer, we found out that it was a pretty significant injury and that Chachi was in quite a bit of pain,” Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin told SavannahNow.

Joanie and Chachi, BFFs

“He couldn’t see out of his left side, and to compensate for that, Joanie felt the need to pick him up and carry him around wherever she felt the need to go. So he was kind of her accessory, so to speak,” Sutherin added.

Joanie also stopped periodically, put Chachi down, and carefully licked his injured eye. She took care of him as best she could.

Unfortunately, Chachi’s eye was so badly injured that a veterinarian had to remove it. That meant a few days of separation for the two friends. Joanie and Chachi were happily reunited on July 22, amid much licking, wiggling and whimpering.  Chachi has only one eye now, but that hasn’t dampened his spirit a bit.

The two dogs unquestionably care deeply for one another. Hopes ran high that they could find a new home together.

“They seem very bonded,” Sutherin said. “Joanie doesn’t like going anywhere without Chachi and Chachi doesn’t mind Joanie using him as an accessory. So if we could find a home ideally for the two of them, we think that would be best, both for them and for our spirits as well.”

Joanie and Chachi’s story went viral soon after it broke on July 16. Who can resist a couple of cute doggy buddies? The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Facebook page was deluged with posts from people from as far away as California who offered to fly to Georgia to adopt the adorable pair.

Joanie and Chachi

“It’s not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this,” Sutherin told WJCL. “They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart. It would be wonderful if we could find a home that could take both of them. But that is not always possible.”

In this case, though, it’s completely possible. Prepare for happiness, everyone. Joanie and Chachi have found a new forever home – together.

They’ll be headed to Florida in August, just as soon as they complete the post-inoculation waiting period required by state law to allow them to cross state lines. These two intrepid buddies who need to be together will get to live out the rest of their lives playing side by side in the sun, happy and safe.

Florida Care2 readers, if you see a white lab/pit bull mix carrying around a chihuahua his mouth, you’ll know exactly who they are. Tell them we said hi.

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Photo credit (all images): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Animal Control

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10:06AM PDT on May 13, 2015

Oh yeah, Pibulls are sooo vicious :-P

6:16PM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

True love! Wonderful

5:45PM PDT on Mar 11, 2015


7:00AM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

Beautiful story... thank you for sharing

1:52AM PST on Mar 8, 2015

Beautiful story with a wonderful ending.

5:06PM PST on Mar 1, 2015

This IS such a wonderful story and my story is about the same. Last year back in September a couple of strays came to my house and my husband told me to bring out some water. I came out not knowing what I was bringing out water for and the cutest little baby's were out there. They were a couple of Chihuahua mixes who were lost and frantically trying to find where to go. Their little legs just kept running all of the time and I could see that they were so tired but they kept running anyway. They drank the water and left to go on their way. A while later they came back and I tried walking with them to see if I could help them find their home but we could not. Now I didn't want any dogs, but I felt so sorry for them and let them sleep on my porch. I was angry that some had just dropped them off in my subdivision and abandoned them, and I didn't have the heart to send them away. They went everywhere together, where one went the other one followed. Their little ears looked like two radars on their heads. When one leaned one way so did the other one. They were like one dog together. I was going to call Animal Control to come and pick them up but I knew if I did that they probably would be separated and I didn't want that for them. I truly think that one would not make it without the other. They are like two shadows together. So where as I didn't want ONE dog I now have TWO!!! I call them Bonnie and Clyde. She's the little bad one. And he follows her. If she doesn't see him she bar

3:37AM PST on Mar 1, 2015

To steal a phrase.....he ain't heavy, he's my brother.

11:59AM PST on Feb 28, 2015


9:43PM PST on Feb 26, 2015

OMGoodness, I had to stop reading to wipe my eyes. Totally emotional now. Thank God they get to spend the rest of their lives together. Such Love is not uncommon in the Pet Kingdom. Thank you so much for sharing this.

12:11PM PST on Feb 24, 2015

What a fantastic story!

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