My Story

How It Began:

My family began searching for three years through countless pet stores, shelters, newspapers, and private dog breeders for a loving and loyal friend. Our search happily ended when my family was searching the Internet and stumbled upon a two-year-old shaggy dog that had been rescued from a high-kill shelter in Houston, Texas.

Teddy was saved by Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue. At his veterinarian check up, it soon was discovered that he tested positive for heartworm disease through an antigen test. Teddy had to be given two injections of arsenic and remain in a crate. It broke my heart to know that my dog had endured great pain. Having learned the devastating effects of heartworm from my loving companion, I seek to raise awareness of Teddy’s story. I decided to sell my custom animal portraits to help other animals like Teddy. Wags 4 Hope also works to encourage responsible pet ownership. His wagging gives me hope that so many other animals can be saved. 

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