Arnold and Dearheart

January 5, 2012  

Bonded Chihuahua and pit bull seek adoptive home

Reprinted with permission from Life with Dogs

They lost their home, and simply left him behind. When the moving trucks drove away, there Arnold was. For almost a month he wandered his neighborhood streets and deserted home looking for them while slowly starving. He was finally brought to Bill Foundation by a concerned neighbor, but was already severely traumatized and sad.

He did not know how to ride in a car or use stairs. He was afraid of everything except kind people. He trembled with fear all the time. He did not seek affection or know how to enjoy it. Although terribly skinny, he was too frightened to eat without great coaxing. He did not know how to be in a house, or how to relax and feel safe. He didn’t know when he was going to be left alone again and that terrified him. The first time his foster mom left him alone he went into a state of panic and terror and tore the drywall off the hallway.

He was so frightened by his experience that being left anywhere has become too scary for him and he began actually hurting himself in an effort to escape crates and kennels. He seemed determined to escape to get back to his family. For days on end he paced and looked out windows, as if he had lost them and they might actually be worried and searching for him.

Bill Foundation tried everything to make Arnold feel brave and safe. He received much-needed love from volunteers and his foster mom, including help from experts. But Arnold stayed scared and anxious – a gentle boy, but one who wanted to escape, one who always shook with fear and looked so dejected.

Then along came Dearheart … 4 lbs. of fabulous. Frightened and uncertain, the diminutive canine was saved from death row by Bill Foundation. He was brought into a foster home to help with socialization and confidence building. It just so happened that this foster home was also Arnold’s, and when the two met, they became fast friends.

In very short time, it became apparent that this was a rescue that was meant to play out exactly as it did. Apart, they are two wonderfully sweet dogs that are a little bit shy and scared by the rough knocks the world has delivered them. But together, Arnold and Dearheart are transformed.

Previously, if Arnold was in a crate at adoption events he would shiver, whimper and cry. Now Arnold and Dearheart share a crate and a life together, leaning on each other for support, and snuggling in peaceful bliss. Arnold clearly feels safer in the presence of his new pal, and their caretakers say both dogs have been changed forever by their partnership.

If you want to take Arnold for a walk, they say all you have to do is pick up Dearheart and start moving. Arnold will follow closely, hopping on his hind legs to keep an eye on his buddy as he is carried. When Arnold rolls over in his sleep, Dearheart picks himself up and daintily maneuvers around Arnold’s paws, so he can adjust and nuzzle up to the velvety soft nose of his big BFF. Day in and day out, the two while away their time together as they wait for a forever home.

That’s where you come in. Even if you cannot provide the right home for this inseparable pair, you may know someone who can. And Bill Foundation has made it abundantly clear that they will not be separated under any circumstances, saying “It’s our duty to keep these two special boys where they belong – side by side, just as destiny has decided.”

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11 Responses to “Arnold and Dearheart”
  1. Too cute and sad. I wish I could get these images of people hurting these animals out of my head but I can’t. I can’t imagine how Arnold felt watching his family leave. People make me sick at times really they do.

  2. tinkertoy62 says:

    This has to be one of the most precious stories I have read. The complete inhumanity of the people that left this dog behind is beyond my comprehension but I will NEVER understand that. So instead I will focus my attentions on stories such as this of how love heals and how dogs heal us…I wish them both a wonderful loving fabulous NEW HOME….too sweet…thanks for sharing…

    • StubbyDog says:

      @tinkertoy62 It’s better to focus on their bond, because abuse, neglect and abandonment will always be beyond comprehension to people who care.

  3. Mike in DHS says:

    If I didn’t have 10 animals already I would take these two in a heart beat.

    I really wish that the people who just leave animals behind like that could see the pain and suffering they cause. I was close to not having somewhere to live but there was no way I was going to give up my animals, I kept pushing until I was able to find a place that would allow me to have them. I could not leave an animal behind any easier than I could a kid.

  4. ReneeHurst says:

    oh i wish i could take them i already have 13 cats somebody please adopt these 2 beautiful babies God Bless them both:'(

  5. PeggyJennings says:

    This is one of the most touching stories I have read – I have six dogs already or I’d jump at the chance to adopt them. But in any case, this is a beautiful pair!

  6. wdstkchik says:

    I looked deeper and now I’m wondering why Arnold is not mentioned in Dearheart’s bio???

  7. blazer says:

    I’m so happy they found each other!

    We dealt through separation anxiety with our boy who was not crateable. It was very hard to deal with. We found a happy balance after a year. I’m glad these two have their balance. I will keep them in my thoughts and share them at every opportunity!

  8. Lynnrose says:

    *sighs* im glad they both r okay, and wonder how r they doing now? Did find a home yet? If not am going post this to ask help to find them home.

    • StubbyDog says:

      @Lynnrose We don’t know if they found a home yet, but it couldn’t hurt to share the story. Thanks 🙂