It's disgusting what people did to little Xena. She was found on the side of the road, nearly dead. Her rescuers weren't sure if she was a corpse or a collapsed dog. Luckily, she was found just in the nick of time... and after being healed, rescued someone herself: a little autistic boy.
This is Xena and Jonny, they are the best of friends. But, just a few months before this, Xena was nearly dead.
Xena was left for dead on the side of the road.
When she was found, she looked like a corpse. Animal Services of DeKalb County, Georgia, found the puppy after she collapsed by the side of a road.
The 4-month-old female Staffordshire terrier/pit bull mix had been confined in a cage and starved for most of her short life before being abandoned.
The Friends of Dekalb Animals created a Facebook page to document Xena's miraculous recovery. Within weeks, the page had been shared by thousands of people. Donations to the group began to pour in from around the world.
In November, the rescue group threw a fundraiser for Xena, who was finally strong enough to meet all of her Facebook friends in person.
Xena ran up to the Hickey family when they arrived at the fundraiser and began playing with Jonny. Observing her son, Linda Hickney, who had been following the puppy's story through Facebook, made up her mind to adopt the rescue pup.
The Hickey family brought Xena home for a trial visit in February and officially adopted her on March 25. She is the family's third rescue dog.
"I am certain God had everything to do with bringing Xena to my family...to Jonny," Linda wrote in a Facebook post on the day the family adopted the puppy.
"Jonny has a very limited vocabulary...but since Xena came into our home, Jonny has not stopped talking. He talks to her all the way home from school, during homework and afterwards he plays with her until dinner."
This was truly a match made in heaven.