Earlier this year, the story of puppies, Tim and Jim, flooded the media. The duo were found abandoned in a ditch on the side of the road in Georgia, both of them had been burned. Thankfully, some amazing people stepped up to help the brothers.
The pair were taken to the Valdosta-Lowndes Humane Society, where they underwent treatment. Though Jim recovered well, Tim, unfortunately, lost parts of both of his ears as well as part of his tail to the injuries. The pups were then taken in by their foster mom, Nikki Nelson, who was surprised at their loving demeanor.
“They act like any other puppy,” said Nelson. “They’re not timid towards people or other dogs. They don’t act like they’ve had a lifetime, a short lifetime, of abuse.”
And life just got even better for the duo! Nelson, an experienced foster mom to many animals, has placed each of the pups in a loving home. Jim went home with Nelson’s aunt, Lara Seaton, who lives on three acres of land. Now named Cooper, the little dog has several other dog and cat siblings to spend his days playing with.
“We feel very fortunate to have had Cooper come into our lives, and are grateful for the work the Nelsons and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Humane Society are doing to help the many animals in need of safe and loving homes,” Seaton said.
And Tim fared just as well in his search for a home. Zane Sirmans heard about the puppies tough start via Facebook and immediately reached out to a friend at the Humane Society to offer up his help. He decided that the best way he could help would be to take one of the pups home. When he went to meet the two collies, Tim chose him.
“[He would] sit between my feet and lay his head down on my shoes and just look at me, so at that moment I knew I was supposed to adopt Tim,” said Sirmans.
Now Tim is living the good life with Sirmans and his roommate. With a German Shepherd to keep him company, and plenty of people offering to take the adorable little dog on walks, Tim, now “Bear,” is one happy pup.
Having met both of the pups, and being a dog lover himself, Sirmans says he can’t understand how anyone could have been so cruel to the two dogs. Despite their tragic beginnings, both pups are friendly and have a happy and excited outlook on life.
“[Bear] is so excited when I come home or if someone comes over,” says Sirmans. “He is just a happy dog!”
Unfortunately, the person or people responsible for burning and abandoning these two pups has not been identified. Authorities are still investigating the case, though, and hope to find whoever did this.
Thanks to the efforts of many people, these two dogs are going to live the life they have deserved from the very beginning. We couldn’t be happier for them and their new families!
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