We are grateful for connecting with you here at We Heart Animals. We are committed to showing up for animals and their needs, and supporting you along the way. My name is Jason, and as the founder I would love to share our origin story with you. Our special little guy had a "ruff" start, but I promise there is a happy ending! :-)
The Back Story:
In 2009, I was 23 years old and my mother just lost her battle with a rare form of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). My father, brother, and I were devastated without the woman we loved the most in the world.
We were able to find solace in family time and hanging out with our close neighbor friends who we called our "second family". One fateful Friday evening, our neighbor decided to breed his Maltese and have puppies.
Our dad was thrilled at the idea of having new puppy love and thought it would brighten his life, so he asked our neighbor for one of the pups.
Out of a litter of 2 pups, our neighbor said he would give us the runt. They had insisted the pup stay with their mother for 3-4 weeks and then we could take him home. What we did not know was that our pup was not doing well. His brother was hogging the milk, his mother kicked him out of the group and scratched his eye in the process. With a combination of other adverse factors our puppers health took a turn for the worse.
Day One (Back Home):
The first day our neighbors gave us the pup we thought he was going to be healthy and happy, but when we saw him he was not moving at all, unable to open his eyes, eat, or drink. He had an open gash on his face that looked infected. My brother, father, and I knew instantly we had to take him for an emergency visit to the vet.
The veterinarian said he wasn't sure he would survive. Pus was coming out of his eyes and ears. The doctor prescribed 7 different medicines which were to be administered 3 times, every day, for two weeks, but no promises. For the next couple weeks the pup received Qi Gong energy healing, and hundreds of dollars in prescribed meds. Then, we went in for a follow-up.
Surprised B-boy was still alive, the vet and told us now that those issues are under control, here is another list of issues to deal with, and more medicine that was too much to been initially given. This included juvenile cellulitis and an immune disorder from being malnourished. We were so intent on our new fur baby's survival. But, he appeared so lifeless we had not and could not think of a good name for him. Two more weeks later, the Light that is now the love of my life began to shine.
The Game Changer:
One evening my brother and I were having a breakdance session the living room, when something miraculous happened... While my brother was top-rocking around the pup, we noticed our now 7 week old pup move for the first time, and he jumped at my brother's feet!
As we took turns bustin' moves around our pup, he got so excited and wanted to bite our toes!
My dad who was in the room on the computer saw this and said, "Breakin' brought him to life, what if we call him 'B-boy'"?
My bro and I said to our dad, "That is it, pops, that's his name."
Our Happy Ending:
The next couple weeks, B-boy was obsessed with everything feet, biting mostly, all day every day. It was like we didn't exist, to B-boy we were feet with things coming up from them. We were just happy he was up and running! He rapidly gained strength, although he didn't grow much in size. He basically was and still is and always will be a puppy, part teddy bear, part energizer bunny, part piglet tail!
B-boy has been on so many adventures since then. From sunsets at the beach and nights at the bar, to cross-country road trips from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, California, and currently resides in the Bay area. He has hiked to mountain tops in Colorado and Utah. He has survived a car accident where we rolled twice in the car. All throughout and even now, he continues to genuinely shares the sweetest love and joy with everyone and everything.
B-Boy has brought so much happiness to our family, and we truly understand the value that your furry friends bring to you. This is why we designated select purchases to send a meal to a hungry pup in need via RescueBank.org.
Thank you for your support and sharing the love!
Jason W., WeHeartAnimals.org Founder