Gunther, a Labrador mix puppy, miraculously survived an ordeal he was forced to undergo at such an early point in his life. He and his siblings lived in atrocious conditions, and they all became anemic from the droves of fleas that feasted on their blood.
Thankfully, rescuers intervened and brought Gunther along with four other dogs to Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services. The veterinarian didn’t need tests to see that the pooches needed immediate blood transfusion; their gums were pale, a sure sign of anemia.
It wasn’t easy to find a blood donor, though. To qualify, a dog has to have a completely clean bill of health, free of heartworms and other illnesses. Of course, they have to possess a calm demeanor, too.
It was a great thing that the shelter found a great candidate in Hula, a Catahoula mix. Soon after that, the pair went their separate ways — Hula to a forever home, and Gunther to his foster mom Amanda Flynn.
There, another canine made a significant impact on the puppy’s life. Amanda had an older Lab named Ellie who took Gunther under her wing and taught him how to behave around other animals.
Gunther soon went from an emaciated three pounds to a healthy eight pounds. He thrived under his foster family’s care and turned out to be a confident and friendly pooch.
Hula, in turn, found an awesome fur mom in Cassi James and a sister in Cassi’s daughter Jaedyn. The two had long wanted a canine, and they immediately fell in love with the Catahoula mix when they saw her at Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services.
Not long after Cassi adopted Hula, she received an invitation to a lifestyle show on WJXT TV-4 to talk about how her adopted pooch saved another dog’s life. That’s when she and her daughter met Gunther and Amanda for the first time.
The connection between the two dogs was evident at the show. As soon as their eyes met, Hula and Gunther walked toward each other and played like old friends.
Seeing that heartwarming connection, Cassi knew she had to bring Gunther home, too. When the adoption was final, both pooches were overjoyed at being together once again. Watch Hula and Gunther in the video below:
Did you see the link to the 4’s Pet Project that we posted yesterday? On the episode Amanda from Friends of Jacksonville Animals told you about Gunther and his emergency blood transfusion. We searched our archives and in case you missed it two years ago, here is Gunther’s amazing story of Dogs Saving Dogs!
Posted by Animal Care & Protective Services on Wednesday, March 21, 2018