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Rusty, the dog has only been in his new forever home for only two months, but he’s already a member of the family — he even got his very own holiday photo shoot! While Rusty has settled in nicely with his new forever family, unfortunately, his life wasn’t always so cheerful.

Rusty was rescued from an abusive situation. According to his human, this poor puppy was used as a “punching bag,” and even shot by his previous owner, and the sweet dog is still recovering from that trauma. But thanks to his new kind family, Rusty’s days will be merry and bright! His human’s secret Santa even sent Rusty $150 worth of dog treats. How’s that for some holiday cheer?

Rusty, look at the camera!

Formerly Abused Dog Celebrates Christmas With His New Family

Almost there! Just look a little bit cuter…

Formerly Abused Dog Celebrates Christmas With His New Family

Awwwww! HE’S SO CUTE!!

Formerly Abused Dog Celebrates Christmas With His New Family


If you’re dazzled by Rusty’s adorable Christmas portrait and want to do the same with your four-legged companion and some tinsel, keep this in mins. Cats and dogs are like us — they like shiny things, but unlike us, they might try to eat those shiny things, so keep a close eye on them!

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0 comments on “Christmas Miracle! Dog Who Was Treated Like a ‘Punching Bag’ Celebrates His First Happy Holiday”

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John Pasqua
9 Months Ago


Seth Tyrssen
9 Months Ago

Under my benevolent dictatorship, anyone who would mistreat an animal in such a manner goes to the wall. Fun fact: there was exactly one country that outlawed vivisection, and severely punished animal cruelty. Know where? National Socialist Germany. One might not agree with with other aspects, but that part, I\'m all in favor of.

9 Months Ago

It might look cute to use a little tinsel to get a pic of your pet, but it can be dangerous to them. It just takes one second for them to eat it even if you are standing right there plus your pet is cute enough without it!

David J Trask
1 Years Ago

An all to familiar and not unusual after being "rescue" from whatever situation they were in.. And this will only stop when abusers and abuse of any kind is met WITH EQUAL FORCE AND DETERMINATION; FINES, JAIL, But, another warm and true story of caring for the creatures we share the Earth with and those most dependent on us.


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