Hope and Grace are a match made in heaven. Not really. They are a match made from a place that is far from heaven, the Nueces, Texas, pound. It’s a place where dogs lose hope and where without the rescues who pull them, most would lose their lives.
Hope (puppy) and Grace ended up at this kill shelter at the same time. Hope arrived at the shelter with her siblings; they were only six weeks old. Grace was in a separate pen trembling and terrified, so they put the puppies together. Grace immediately calmed down and became a surrogate mother to the puppies even though she was only seven months old herself. The puppies crawled on her. Grace was so scared of people that she was thought to be feral.
Before transport could be arranged, two of Hope’s siblings died in the shelter. Grace, Hope and the other puppy went to a foster home in Austin, but upon arrival, the foster immediately noticed that the puppy didn’t look healthy. He was taken to the Austin Pets Alive Parvo ward and he died there.
Hope and Grace became inseparable. Grace was still terrified of humans, and only Hope could calm her. If Hope was not in the room with her, she would cry. Now, after living with the foster family, when Hope is with Grace, Grace is friendly and happy around people. But if Hope is not there, Grace reverts back to her feral days.
The dogs have been in their foster home for over two months. They both love attention. Now Grace can be held, and she loves to run and play. They both love to play, and they are good with other dogs. While they chased the cats, it was more to play and not from any desire to hurt them.
Hope is still very much a puppy. She does settle down when you pet her and hold her. Hope defied the odds by not contracting parvo like her siblings. They both love each other. They sleep in the same crate, and they are always next to each other. Grace needs to be with Hope because she gains her confidence from Hope.
They are both good with children and are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. The foster family thinks that the dogs would do best adopted together. While it will be more difficult to find them a permanent home, without Hope, Grace will fall apart. Please share these puppies so that they have a chance to live their lives together in a loving home.
They are available through Addicus’ Legacy Dog Rescue. The dogs are in Austin in a foster home. Read more about Hope on the website or the Facebook thread. Read about Grace on her page on the website. If you are interested in adopting Grace and Hope, please email the Texas arm of Addicus’ Legacy Rescue: Texas@addicuslegacy.org
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