In November 2018, Gus was seized from a horrific cruelty case. Though he was heartworm positive and terrified of men, he was not as emaciated as the other dogs. He hunted well and therefore he was fed more. A cruel reality from unscrupulous owners.

Gus Before Rescue

​Gus found himself in the best of hands when he landed his amazing foster mom, Michele. He got heartworm treatment. With patience and love, he learned that life and people could be good. He eventually found his forever home with a wonderful person he instantly bonded with.

This week, Gus landed himself in FORBES MAGAZINE!! We can't think of a better rags to riches outcome than filthy pen to Forbes magazine!

We are so so proud of Michele and Gus!

Had it not been for her intuitive rescue pup, Lauren Gauthier, founder of Magic's Mission, may have never gone to the doctor.

“I am so thankful for Victoria. She and I have always had a close bond and she senses when I’m upset or stressed; I had no idea she’d be able to detect that I had cancer lurking underneath my skin,” Gauthier said. “What is particularly rewarding is that I adopted her through the rescue that I founded, and devote much of my life to saving hounds who have been abused or neglected. It seems Victoria and her keen skills are the way that the hounds decided to give back to me.”

She is now warning teens and adults alike to stay away from the tanning bed where she thinks the skin cancer may have stemmed from.

“My advice for teenagers and others considering tanning bed use is – don’t. There are many other options available, like spray tans, to help improve cosmetic appearance,” she said. “The cost and the damage you do to your skin is way too high, and even though growing older seems a world away, once you are older, you will pay a price for tans and tanning beds.”

Gauthier would also like to let everyone know that while her surgery has altered her appearance, she is feeling better every day.

“You will heal,” she said.

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