Adored by many, dogs are often considered cute and adorable. However, every dog possesses inner beauty, and even those that may look a little different are deserving of our love and attention. Some animal shelters have noted that “unattractive” dogs tend to be adopted less frequently and require additional encouragement for adoption due to their superficial appearance.
Unfortunately, one dog was abandoned by his family because of a physical defect, without any concern for his future well-being. Fortunately, he was rescued by kind-hearted individuals who provided him with the necessary love and care he needed. In 2015, animal control officers from Huntsville, Texas rescued Bjarni, a mixed-breed dog with a unique and striking appearance.
The poor dog had a severe injury on his nose and lips, resulting in half of it being missing. His teeth were also misaligned, and there were bite marks on his body, indicating that he had been attacked by some other animal. Due to his injuries, the dog had difficulty eating and breathing. The animal control team successfully located the owners of the dog, Bjarni. However, it was heart-wrenching to know that they showed no interest in taking him back and abandoned him to suffer alone.
Bjarni faced rejection from his family and was taken back to the shelter, but he was fortunate enough to receive help from a group of benevolent individuals who took care of him. Anne Graber, the founder of St. Francis’ Angels, an animal rescue organization in Texas, heard about Bjarni’s situation and decided to take him under their wing. Her goal was to ensure that Bjarni received the necessary care and attention until he was fully recuperated and could find a loving new home.
According to Graber, although the dog had physical deformities, he was still full of life and playful. She described him as lively and charming, and also mentioned that he wasn’t aware of his limitations and deformities. The dog was fond of everything that moved, and even managed to win over some of the most aggressive dogs in their surroundings.
Graber was determined to find a way to fix Bjarni’s face and sought help from various groups for the surgery. Eventually, she came across veterinarian Jason Balara from Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists who agreed to repair Bjarni’s nose. To cover the medical expenses, St. Francis’ Angels raised funds through their Facebook page. The response was overwhelming as donors generously contributed $5,100 for the surgery.
Bjarni underwent a surgical procedure that involved reconstructing his face and realigning his nose with his sinus cavities, which not only made him look cuter and more adoptable but also improved his breathing and eating abilities, according to Graber. The results were outstanding, as Bjarni looked like an entirely new dog. Thanks to the surgery, Bjarni got a fresh start, and after a few months, a loving family adopted him in February 2016. The couple fell in love with Bjarni at first sight, and he finally found his forever home.
According to Graber, she was thrilled to assist Bjarni and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to do so. She acknowledged that if he had not received help, his situation could have easily taken a turn for the worse. Thanks to the efforts of compassionate rescuers, this dog who endured numerous hardships finally has a happy ending. Share this touching tale with others and explore additional stories in the Dog Family section. Don’t forget to rate the post! Read on to learn about a remarkable dog who triumphed over adversity and discovered love through a second chance at life.