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Orphaned Puppy And Dog Who Fostered Him Reunite Years Later: "It Was Like They Were Never Apart"

Orphaned Puppy And Dog Who Fostered Him Reunite Years Later: "It Was Like They Were Never Apart"

Piper helped care for Charlie when he was just 2-months old, in 2015. A month later Charlie was adopted and the two never saw each other until now.

In 2015, Kristina Helfer found herself being inexplicably drawn to a little puppy who was dropped off at the shelter she was volunteering at by the little guy's owner. She gave in to her impulse to take him home seeing how sweet and desperate he was. The Liberty Humane Society, where Charlie the pup was surrendered was extremely busy and Helfer just did not have the heart to leave him there considering he was only 2 months old and newly-abandoned. Little did she know her own dog Piper would step up and help care for the sweet little guy too. As soon as Charlie and Piper met, they were inseparable. Helfer told The Dodo, "Charlie’s connection with Piper was immediate. The second they met, Piper just became his mom." In the short month that the two spent together, they had forged a very special bond that was really heartwarming to see.

Within a few days, Helfer noticed that Charlie was trying to nurse from Piper and soon realized that the poor pup was torn away from his mother far too early, only to be carelessly abandoned at the shelter. Piper seemed to sense that because she really took her role as his foster mom seriously and displayed an unprecedented amount of patience and affection towards him. “It was so special to see,” Helfer reminisced. “Up until that point, Piper tolerated our fosters but wasn’t really in love with any of them. Charlie was one of the few fosters you could tell that Piper loved. There’s just something about that dog.”


 
 
 
 
 
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Under Piper's watchful eye, Charlie soon began to transform into a very intelligent and social puppy, while still retaining all the mischief and playfulness of his tender age. Anytime his antics threatened to go out of hand, Piper would swoop in and calm him down. “Charlie loved to cuddle and play with Piper, and also just constantly sat down on her head,” Helfer shared. “He literally would go over to her when she was laying down and just sit on her head. He’d do it multiple times a day and her reaction was just like, ‘Eh OK, whatever.’”

Before they knew it the weeks flew by and it was time for Charlie to go to his forever home. Fortunately, the family who wanted to adopt Charlie were from the area and Helfer could easily keep in touch with them. Like that, Charlie left Helfer and Piper behind to start a new life. But not before Piper helped potty train. She even played an important role in getting him to be comfortable walking on a leash. She certainly was not going to send him away without basic puppy manners. After he left, the two did not see each other for years.



 

Recently, all that changed when Helfer and Charlie's owners decided to plan a reunion. They probably did not expect the two to recognize each other considering the short amount of time they spent together and how tiny Charlie was when all that happened. When they got to the park with the dogs in tow it was like nothing had changed. The two were beyond excited to meet again jumping all over each other. “As soon as they saw each other, you could tell they knew,” Helfer confirmed. “They clearly remembered. Piper really wanted to run and play with him, and all Charlie wanted to do was lick her face and head."



 

"It was like they were never apart," Helfer added. Hopefully, the two will meet more often now considering their owners have understood just how strong their bond really is and how much joy it brings the dogs to be with each other again. “To Charlie, Piper was almost more of a surrogate mom than a foster,” Helfer explains. “With how close those two became in just one month, I don’t think they’ll ever forget one another.” Helfer can tell that their bond is special because Piper and she have had multiple foster dogs under their roof.



 

Post Charlie, the two have fostered over 50 dogs together. One managed to sneak his way into their hearts and now is a permanent addition to the family. The pit bull named Frank came to them with really bad anxiety. But being around Piper has a calming effect on him which Helfer was quick to notice. “Piper has this demeanor about her that comforts other dogs,” Helfer proudly states. “The only reason Frank is doing so well right now is because of her. Even right now, he’ll sit there and suck on her ear like it’s a pacifier. Her tolerance is something I really haven’t seen in other dogs.” But, it is clear that for Piper, Charlie will always hold the biggest piece of her heart. 


 
 
 
 
 
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