Anne Grabber, the founder of St Francis’ Angels animal rescue, was contacted by a North Houston shelter about an abandoned dog, but Bjarni was missing more than just a home. A small mixed-breed dog, Bjarni was found wandering the streets with half of his nose missing as well. Anne took him to her shelter and helped him get the life he deserved.
The small brown dog was picked up in late summer 2015 by animal control officers in North Houston, Texas. In addition to his half-missing nose, the poor canine had several cuts and bite marks, as if he’d been attacked by animals. Sadly, while he did have a family, when they were contacted by shelter staff, they were adamant they didn’t want him back.
When they were informed he might be put down, they seemed “content with allowing him to die,” as Grabber later would recount on her Facebook page.
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That’s when the shelter approached St Francis’ Angels. After meeting him, Grabber vowed to take care of the abandoned pooch and find him a forever home.
“He will remain with us until such time he has fully recovered and been adopted,” she later told Huffington Post. And while he seemed to have led a sad life, the little dog was very friendly, loving, playful, and “totally unaware of his limitations and disfigurement,” according to Grabber.
However, due to his injuries, the little dog did have trouble eating and breathing, so the charity set up a fund to pay for his reconstructive surgery. His story touched many after being posted on Facebook and drew attention from media outlets. The Daily Mail reported that people donated $5,100 for his vet bills in only one week. Public response was so great that the charity had to take the donation page down and even offered to refund some of the money.
With the cost out of the way, veterinarian Jason Balara, of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, was able to operate. Bjarni’s surgery was a success, and while his nose will always be a bit different from other dogs, his breathing and eating should return to normal. And, as the doctor told Huffington Post, “he’ll be very cute and very adoptable.”
The little pooch looked adorable after his surgery.
As soon as he was declared fully recovered by his doctor, Grabber announced that Bjarni was ready to find his forever home. It didn’t take long for applications to pour in, and within weeks, he found a new adoptive family to love and care for him. As stated in a touching message by his new mom, who renamed the pooch Hogan, “We’re SO happy he’s part of our family. We adore him.”
Incredibly, the story of the abandoned pup with half a nose continues to touch the hearts of internet users. In 2017, two years after Hogan was adopted, Anne posted a heartfelt post in which she stated that the rescue was still getting messages from people wanting to take him in. But she reminded everyone that little Bjarni is now named Hogan and “a happy family member to a wonderful couple who fell in love with him when they first met him.”
While his first family rejected the little pooch, it’s amazing how someone like Anne Grabber can provide second chances to pets and help them find the love and protection they need. As she sums it up for Huffington Post, “I truly believe with every fiber of my being, animals all have a set course to teach us both humanity and compassion.”
Watch the video to see this little dog recovering from his surgery:
A brief video of Bjarni without his "bumper" (e-collar). He is doing very well and enjoying all the extra attention. We have allowed him to increase his activity to brief walks. The concept of restricted activity is to keep his blood pressure normal as not to challenge the incisions ability to heal. His appetite is incredible as is his zest for life. He is so remarkable in his ability to make friends where ever he goes. His loves the cats whom he encounters at our facility and absolutely wins over any dog regardless of their personality.
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