Not always did Cooper, Trixi, and Bruno have comfortable dog beds. The three closely connected canines shared a filthy mattress at a dumpsite before being rescued. Although they frequently consoled one another and snuggled to remain warm, it didn’t feel quite as pleasant as a true home.
When aid came, everything was different. But soon after, the trio split up and began living separate lives in various foster homes.
However, they never forgot their time together.
Nearly a year later, the three pups reunited in a heartwarming meetup caught on camera.
“Through collaborative efforts, all three were rescued and adopted through different organizations. We recently posted an update on RSR alum Cooper (lab mix), and everyone asked, ‘what happened to the two other dogs?’” a Facebook post by Ruff Start Rescue read. “Cooper’s adoptive family tracked down Trixi and Bruno and they all reunited last weekend. Rescue doesn’t get much sweeter.”
The families and their respective rescue dogs had a great time catching up in Minnesota — a far cry from how the pups’ story began.
“[They were] found at a known dumping spot and one of our partner rescuers asked for help,” Kelli Hanson, marketing and communications manager at Ruff Start Rescue, told The Dodo. “Trixi and Bruno were rescued that day.”
While Trixi and Bruno settled into care, Cooper evaded capture. He was scared and didn’t quite trust humans to get him to safety.
Rescuers kept looking for him frequently because they knew he was still out there, according to Hanson. He was prepared for rescue at the end of February and got into the vehicle.
The reason the pups were first wary was soon made evident. Each animal would need to have a leg severed before finding a loving home, according to a comprehensive vet examination. Thankfully, that’s precisely what happened as soon as each dog became healthy enough.
The three dogs are appreciative of their second chances right now.
He is doing fantastic! Brenda Heitschmidt, Cooper’s mother, told The Dodo. Trixi appears to be doing well but is a touch more tippy than the boys. Bruno’s mom said that he is very laid back and delighted to be in a home. We think the lads shielded her.
A lot may happen in a year, but one tradition that hopefully won’t change is getting together with old friends. Cooper’s new mother now finds it impossible to fathom life without him.
Heitschmidt declared, “He is the ideal dog. Many people may comment on how fortunate he is to be with us, but we believe we are the real beneficiaries.