Xena was discovered as a puppy so malnourished that vets gave her a 1% chance of surviving. Everyone who saw images of her when she was initially saved was horrified because she was literally just skin and bones.
But she was adamant about surviving, and surprisingly, she survived!
However, Xena’s amazing survival story didn’t end there. The “warrior puppy” was adopted by the Hickey family and she formed a powerful bond with Jonny Hickey, a young boy with autism.
Linda, Jonny’s mother, came to believe that her son and Xena were destined to be together and support each other after watching Xena’s rescue and recovery process.
Xena’s presence and love had a profound effect on Jonny. He rarely spoke before she arrived, but with Xena, he began to open up more.
He talks all the time with Xena around and is not afraid to try new things or venture out in the world with his best friend by his side.
Together, the inseparable best friends support each other in everything they do. The best friends continue to spread a message of compassion for both animals and those with autism throughout the world.
Her story is a powerful reminder of the strength and determination of animals, and their ability to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances.
The fact that Xena was able to form a strong bond with Jonny Hickey, a young boy with autism, is truly heartwarming. Animals can have a profound impact on the lives of individuals with special needs, providing them with a source of comfort, companionship, and unconditional love.
The bond between Xena and Jonny is a testament to the healing power of animals, and the important role they can play in our lives. It’s inspiring to see how this “warrior puppy” has not only survived, but thrived in her new home, bringing joy and happiness to the Hickey family.