Chi Chi visits with (left to right) resident Cindy Fowler; Elizabeth Howell, Chi Chi’s owner; and resident Sandy Doyle.

On Aug. 5, 2018, residents at Life Care Center of North Glendale, Arizona, got an inspirational visit from Chi Chi, a quadruple amputee dog.


Chi Chi was rescued from a dumpster in South Korea in January 2016. Due to her condition, she needed all of her legs amputated in order to survive. She came to the United States, where she was adopted by Elizabeth Howell in Phoenix, Arizona. In September 2016, the golden retriever received new legs, custom-made prostheses from Bionic Pets founder Derrick Campana.


Wherever she goes, Chi Chi inspires people with her tenacity… and cuteness. And Life Care Center of North Glendale was no exception.


The facility welcomed Chi Chi with a special banner made by Michele Jim, activity director, and the dog and her owner visited residents throughout the building, from the rooms to the therapy gym.


“She gets around better than I can, and she doesn’t need a wheelchair,” said resident amputee James Masciola.


“As long as they are shown a little love, most pets can be happy no matter what life throws at them,” said Eric Amiel, physical therapist, who was instrumental in brining Chi Chi in to visit. “Chi Chi is a great example of how animals don’t let worldly problems get the best of them.”


A television crew also attended and filmed Chi Chi’s visit. She will be featured on the Hallmark Channel in September as one of the finalists in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

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