When an animal shelter in Escanaba, Mich., posted a story on Facebook last April about Petunia—a 4-month-old puppy found with two broken legs, a belly full of carpet and broken ribs—supporters came out of the woodwork to help find her new forever home. And it didn't take long for Pentunia to find that home.
Also? It didn't take long for Petunia to pay it forward.
Earlier this week, the Delta Animal Shelter shared a letter they received from Petunia's adopted parents about their beloved and faithful rescue dog that now goes by the name Peanut. If this doesn't melt your heart into butter, nothing will.
“About 11am this morning," she wrote, "Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why."
She writes that her husband let the dog outside, where she went barreling into the field behind their house. "My husband followed her," the letter says, "and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball.”
This might be a good time to mention that the temperature outside that day was near freezing.
She went on to say her husband picked up the girl, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her inside, where he called 911. When the ambulance and police arrived, the girl would say only one thing. "Doggie."
Deputies from the Delta County Sheriff's Office located the parents of the little girl at a nearby residence. According to police, further investigation revealed "unsafe and unsanitary living conditions" and the girl, along with another child, were placed under the care of Child Protective Services.
Whether you believe in fate or not is a personal choice, but the fact that they were both rescued from horrific situations and given a second chance at life, while their abusers await charges against them, might very well be the definition of karma.