Dogs don’t always get the kind of treatment they deserve, and that’s too bad because dogs are awesome. They’re fun, loyal companions who love a good cuddle. They even have the power to save your life. When Lauren Gauthier from East Amherst, New York, founded the Magic’s Mission Beagle and Hound Rescue Inc., she never imagined that she would end up being the one in need of rescuing. But one pooch with a major sight disadvantage returned the woman's kindness by using a highly enhanced ability—her sense of smell. Without it, Lauren might not be around today to tell the world her amazing story.
Victoria Needed A Home
Meet Victoria, a one-eyed Treeing Walker Coonhound, who was waiting for a forever home at a shelter in South Carolina. Her odds of finding a human who would take her in weren’t good because she only had one eye. But then, she received a visit from a New York attorney named Lauren Gauthier, and suddenly, her outlook went from grim to hopeful.
Founder Of Magic's Mission Beagle And Hound Rescue, Inc
Aside from practicing law, Lauren is also the founder of Magic’s Mission Beagle and Hound Rescue Inc. The mission is responsible for rescuing and rehoming hunting dogs that have been abandoned. One day, she decided to visit a series of shelters in South Carolina. That’s when she met Victoria, and it was love at first sight.
A Perfect Match
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When Lauren saw Victoria, she knew she wanted her, so she decided to become her foster mommy. And they were a perfect match! Victoria needed love and Lauren had plenty of love to give. But then life threw the New York attorney a curve ball.
The two of them bonded at home for three months, but then Lauren noticed a growth on her nose. Ironically, Lauren wasn’t the only one aware of the bump. Victoria noticed it too. So, whenever Lauren sat on the couch, Victoria would cuddle next to her and start sniffing the growth on her nose. Then she’d just sit there and stare at her intensely.
Lauren initially assumed that the bump was either a clogged pore or a pimple, and then it went away. But even though the spot was gone, Victoria continued obsessing over Lauren’s nose. She didn’t think anything was wrong at first, but then she got worried. There must have been a reason why Victoria kept sticking her wet nose in her face. So, she got herself checked out.