Meet Rusty, a beautiful, loving beagle who had Posterior Lens Luxation, a condition that causes the lens to fall backward into the eye.
Rusty’s eyes begin to painfully bulge, so the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) decided it was time to do surgery on them. Rusty underwent double enucleation surgery, leaving him with no eyeballs and his lids stitched up.
“Our veterinarians are very experienced at this procedure. We also felt it was best to do this surgery prior to making Rusty available for adoption so that potential adopters were not worried about having to face this surgery in the future,” said Michele Frennier, HARP’s marketing director.
Now, Meet Darrell Chulack and his daughter Kristen. Darrell said that his daughter saw Rusty on Meta (Facebook) and wanted him to get adopted. So, Darrell decided to go down to the Humane Society after his daughter kept nagging him to visit Rusty.
“He came over and started licking my fingers, and his tail was wagging. He actually melted my heart,” Darrell told Newsweek.
“I had tears in my eyes when I saw him in his kennel. He was getting ready to go for his evening walk,” he said. “When Rusty came into the room with my daughter and I, I got down on the floor and laid there with him for 15 minutes, and he never left my side.
“The reason I adopted Rusty was he already had enough pain and grief in his life. Rusty was a senior dog with a disability, and my heart would not let me leave him there, so I adopted him right there. My family and I gave Rusty a new lease of life.”
“He has his own bed that he sleeps in most of the night, and a good part of the day, he loves his bed. He looks forward to his treats he gets during the day. We have four grandchildren, and he gets excited when he hears them coming into the house.”
Darrell, you and your family, are a blessing. Thank you for giving Rusty a loving home.