Like she does every day, Claire Stokoe was scrolling through her Facebook feed to catch up on some news when a particular post she came across would soon change the course of her life forever. Before her lay the picture of a young chihuahua pup who posed next to a can of Heinz vegetables. What was particularly memorable about the photo was how small, the dog was next to the can. Also, Stokoe noted how scared the tiny dog was.
Compelled to take action, Stokoe soon found herself on the phone speaking with shelter representatives, inquiring about how she could adopt the pup, she later named Brie. Brie’s life up until that point was hard to say and write the least. Raised in a puppy mill in Wales, a country in the United Kingdom, she had very little access to food, water, and proper healthcare, the tiny pup was left to languish in the worst conditions imaginable.
Brie was in bad shape. She had trouble opening her eyes and was so weak and malnourished, she could barely stand on her own. Rescuers think that she may have lived in the dark most of her life, which explains her astigmatism to light.
Brie was also a mother. Her former owners forced her to give birth to litter after litter, and this was too much for her small body to handle. Rescuers estimate, in fact, that she may have given birth to at least two litters of puppies. A small scar on her belly is a clear indication that she may have delivered both times via c-section.
Stokoe was more than motivated to pick up Brie once her application was accepted. She wasn’t going to let Brie’s past, and her emotional trauma stops her from showing the precious, once forgotten pup the love she deserved.
Stokoe embarked on a 600-mile journey from Durham, England to Wales. When she arrived at the shelter, Stokoe was surprised by Brie’s reaction.
“When I saw her I was shocked. She was emaciated and shaking. She clung to the lady at the rescue and I wondered for a second if I could really help her. She looked so pitiful and it was really upsetting. She was crouched at the back of her little carry case, wide-eyed and scared.”
Stokoe quickly set her worries aside as soon as she held Brie herself saying,
“I took the front of the case off and all of a sudden she ran up my stomach and hid her face in my neck. I was dumbfounded and just sat there enjoying the feeling of her little breaths on my neck. She fell asleep and soon we were all dozing in the back of the car. She fell asleep within minutes.”
As soon as Brie entered her new home, she quickly grew close to Stokoe’s other dogs Bouddica, Dexter and Vesper. As if it were some miracle, all three got along so well, that they have become an inseparable bunch. I guess we can call them the three amigos.
Vesper and Brie took a particular liking to one another as Stokoe explained,
“Vesper took to Brie straight away as if Brie was her puppy. She cleaned her and sat next to her. Brie would walk all over Vesper, and Vesper let Brie do anything — even eat from her food bowl.”
“Vesper even had a phantom pregnancy just one month after I got Brie and the vet said that getting Brie made her hormones shoot through the roof. She was even trying to get Brie to suckle like a puppy.”
Brie even has a humorous side as Stokoe continues,
“She does a hilarious little thing where she grabs her ears and opens her mouth really loud and makes a noise like chimps do when they laugh, It is the cutest thing I have ever seen.”
Brie loves her new teddy bear too…
“How she survived two pregnancies, the cold, the hunger and the fear I have no idea.”
Thanks to a kind and warm hearted soul, Brie is living a life she may have never imagined in her cold little kennel cage, where she was treated like less than a living being. We hope that in the near future, she continues to live each day with passion. Gods speed Brie.