Three-year-old bull terrier cross Bubbles was taken into a dog shelter as a puppy after being shot in the head and beaten with a hammer.
Kilyn Horton Blanchard (51) and her husband Ike (56) from Texas, USA, were volunteering at a shelter when they first encountered the severely injured dog, then six months old.
Her right eye was badly damaged and scans revealed that her jaw was shattered but had started to heal incorrectly, meaning her mouth would open just 2cm.
The scans confirmed that little Bubbles was shot through the right eye, with the bullet shattering her jaw and inner ear.
The Blanchards felt an instant connection with the dog and wanted to care for her, so they fostered her at home.
More than two years later Bubbles is the light of the couple’s life.
Following four intricate operations to remove the bullet, plus her inner ear, a portion of jaw and her eye, the dog has become an Instagram sensation with nearly 67 000 followers.
Despite everything Bubbles has been through she’s a loving and trusting dog and craves human attention, Kilyn says.
“Her attitude is absolutely amazing considering what she’s been through. She loves everyone and really craves their attention.
“After her recovery, her true spirit and energy really began to show. She loves every person she meets and wants to play with every dog she meets.
“She doesn’t seem to carry any reminders of her past, or hold any grudges. She has put it far behind her and lives her life to the fullest.”
Cute snaps and videos on Bubbles’ Instagram account (@khbubbles) show her enjoying life.
Kilyn says that having Bubbles as part of her family has changed her life for the better.
“It’s opened our eyes to the cruelty that exist around us and the need for humans to step up and help the innocents that can’t help themselves.
“It’s also introduced us to so many wonderful and like-minded people and we have developed some wonderful friendships.”
Since Bubbles came into their life the couple have worked tirelessly to fight animal cruelty.
“Currently we’re trying to get her working with different animal rescues to spread awareness of animal cruelty, including going to schools and talking to young people about how to properly care for animals,” Kilyn said.
“We want to share her story but focus mainly on her future and show people that because your past may have been rough it doesn’t have to determine your future. We also want to encourage kindness and generosity towards others.”
Source: Magazine Features