SAVANNAH — [UPDATE] The two dogs have been placed together with a potential adopter and should travel to Florida soon with their new owner, according to the Savannah Morning News. Read the original story below.
It’s a buddy story born amid homelessness and suffering.
Chachi and Joanie formed a special bond with each other on the streets of Savannah, Georgia, and their devotion has pulled at the heartstrings of the local community.
According to animal control officers, both are strays and were found roaming the streets. At the time, Chachi – a long-hair Chihuahua mix – was suffering with a horrific eye infection.
Joanie, a white lab-pit bull mix, was carrying her stricken friend around gently secured in her mouth. Witnesses have told authorities that Joanie was seen occasionally licking Chachi’s swollen eye, attempting to ease his pain.
"It's not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this," said Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin on the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Facebook page. "They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart.”
The veterinary staff at the Metro Animal Shelter could not save Chachi's ruptured eye, but they have been able to nurse him back to help. And earlier this week, the pair was reunited during a visit.
On the Facebook page, staff members described the emotional reunion as the two buddies whined, caressed and cuddled.
The dogs have been put up for adoption and animal control officials hope they will be taken in by the same home.
“It would be wonderful if we could find a home that could take both of them,” Sutherin said. “But that is not always possible."