Chyna & Dean
Back in early September 2019 a truck carrying several dogs headed for slaughter arrived at the local shelter in Harbin. Local shelter volunteers asked us to help as many as we could. That day we pulled 12 dogs. Chyna (formerly Nicole) was one of those lucky little pups. Chyna was brought to one of our vet clinics to be examined and treated. She was so scared. Though she was emaciated this little girl was lucky to test negative for infectious diseases (several dogs from that truck had tested positive for distemper). Chyna did have a skin condition so she began treatment so she could heal. Meanwhile in Toronto Canada, Dean had decided to adopt again after loosing his 2 beautiful Beagliers in 2018 and 2019. Dean found our partner rescue Chance's Bridge to Home through his good friend. Dean had never heard about the Chinese meat trade before. He contacted them and was connected to our Saving Harbin Dogs founder Eva. They discussed pups that would compliment his living and work schedule. He didn't have to search very long at all and was instantly drawn to Chyna. It was her sad eyes that were heart breaking and he knew on the spot that she needed to be with him. In December, Dean and Chyna finally met. Chyna settled in far better than Dean had expected. She found her bed right away and settled in, quite exhausted. She was great with house training and only had 2 accidents. She had a bit of separation anxiety the first couple months when Dean would go to work. Now, Chyna knows that he is coming back and she doesn't need to worry. Sometimes she even gets to join Dean at his office! The timing could not have been better for Dean. He lived alone and it would have been pretty quiet for him. Chyna arrived just in time to provide him with amazing company. He tells us he needed her as much as she needed him. He also intentionally named her Chyna for a very specific reason. People would ask Dean her name and that gave him an opening to tell her story and spread the word about the dogs and conditions in China. And it worked!! Three more couples each adopted soon after he adopted Chyna. Now Chyna is living the life she always deserved with Dean by her side. They couldn't be happier together!