A little puppy named Charlie was only two months old, he was all alone. He was surrendered to the Liberty Humane Society in 2015, which is where he met a volunteer named Kristina Helfer. She saw how sweet Charlie was and knew he needed a family, so she volunteered to foster him in her home. Getting Charlie out of the loud, busy shelter and into a loving home would certainly make a difference in her life. But Kristina had no idea how much it would positively affect her other dog Piper. Piper and Charlie immediately bonded, and Piper really stepped in to act like a mother to the puppy. After just a few days in her home, Christina noticed Piper and Charlie loved to snuggle. Charlie had tried several times to nurse from Piper, which is an indication he was taken away from his biological mother far too young.
Piper was very sweet and patient with Charlie. Charlie really grew and flourished in the home and he was very playful—like every puppy is. Piper was very tolerant of his puppy antics, and also helped to calm him down when he got too crazy. They loved to play together, snuggle together, and Charlie learned about the world and more than anything, how to be a dog. After about a month in the home, Charlie was ready to be adopted. He had made great progress with potty training and walking on a leash. Thanks to the help from Kristina and Piper, Charlie quickly found his forever home with a local family.
Since then, Kristina and Piper have fostered over 50 dogs in their home. Kristina now works for a group called Wild Animal Rescue in New Jersey, and Piper helps there too: she helps test adoptable animals for their compatibility with dogs. Kristina says Piper is a very special dog, and she believes she has a special gift for helping dogs like Charlie because she is so patient and loving. Piper loves all dogs, but Charlie is special: so much so, they often meet up to see each other. It was clear they missed and loved each other very much—licking their faces and jumping and playing with joy!