COLUMBUS, Ohio– From the moment she saw a photo of Piper, she just knew. Julie Wilkes, of Columbus, knew the sweet pup was meant to come home with her.
Piper had endured the unimaginable. The terrier-mix was one of nearly 200 animals rescued in December from horrific conditions at a rural property in Adams County, Ohio. The Humane Society of the United States helped to rescue her and so many others.
Piper was deaf, missing an eye and almost all of her teeth; she could barely stand.
A veterinarian took in the dog, and posted a photo of the pup on her Facebook page, sharing that Piper deserved a good life, so she had hoped to create a bucket list for her.
Wilkes saw that Facebook post and sent the veterinarian a private message, asking for a visit.
When the two met, Wilkes said they bonded right away; she later learned Piper’s tragic story. It “made adopting her even more meaningful.”
Wilkes told FOX 8 that Piper is now doing great. The pup follows her everywhere and loves to snuggle. Piper also loves to play with Wilkes’ two other dogs. And, she walks a little farther every day.
When it comes time for a long walk, Wilkes puts Piper in a backpack so she can come along.
And, when it comes to that bucket list, they are checking off items all the time. Wilkes said Piper goes to Starbucks with her and gets “Puppuchinos.”
She also goes to Wilkes’ yoga studio; she is there as the studio mascot.
Wilkes, who is also a professional speaker, said she brings Piper along as part of her lecture. “It was like she was made to be on stage. She loves it!” Wilkes said.
The brave pup who survived so much now has the home she so much deserves. “I think she is very happy.”
**The Humane Society of the United States shared with us the photos you see in this story**