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  Meet Gwen Griffani!

National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc. is jumping with joy over this happy ending! We hope you will join us in congratulating the indomitable little Miss Gwen Griffani for healing the hearts of her proud new mom and dad - Andrea & Chris Novicki - and wish them well as they sail off into the sunset as a brand new happily ever after family of three!

Gwen was found as a stray, picked up by animal control, and ended up in a southern California animal shelter, where she was pulled on behalf of NBGR by Andrea Novicki who agreed to foster her along with her husband Chris.

From the beginning it appears Gwen coming into their life was a match made in heaven for the Novicki's who had recently suffered 2 very grievous losses after first losing their beloved 14 year old Griff (Ripley) in June 2018 to cancer and their sweet little Shih Tzu (Duci) just 5 months later to a spleen mass.

Could it be that Gwen being a Griff-Shih Tzu mix was a heavenly gift of love, healing, and peace from Ripley & Duci? It would certainly appear so because this angelic little princess has brought nothing but pure joy, happiness, and tranquility to the Novicki household!

Ripley and Duci will live on in Andrea & Chris's hearts forever, but sweet little Gwen has also managed to help heal the pain of their loss, and in the process wrapped her little paw around their hearts too! Still, little Gwen Griffani had one more mountain to climb with a little help from her heavenly friends before her happily ever after wish could be granted.

She came to NBGR in December 2018 from the shelter with a completely severed Achille tendon in her left rear leg. It was an old injury, and despite the specialty surgeon's best efforts, the leg could not be saved, so the decision was made in January 2019 to amputate the leg

Despite everything, it wasn't long before this mighty little girl was up and running full speed once again. Here's a video taken not long after her surgery and here's one taken a few weeks later - Good as new!

Finally Gwen is healthy and strong and ready to take on life with nothing holding her back. Her adoption has been made official, and we couldn't be happier for Gwen Griffani and her doting mom and dad, Andrea & Chris! Happily ever after dreams really do come true if you just believe!

Helping dogs like Gwen Griffani is what NBGR is all about, however it also comes with significant costs. Gwen's veterinary expenses exceeded $3900. Obviously it would be nearly impossible to find adoptive homes for little dogs like Gwen if we passed those expenses on to adoptive families.

NBGR is completely dependent on the kindness of those who love the breed and donate to help us help Griffs who would not otherwise receive the help they so desperately need. We are an all volunteer 501c3 not for profit rescue organization with no paid employees. All donations go directly to covering the costs of veterinary care for our rescued Griffs who are fostered in the homes of our volunteers.

Any amount large or small will be greatly appreciated. You can make a one time donation or on going monthly donations - all are tax deductible. This link will take you to our donation page http://www.brusselsgriffonrescue.org/help.html

We thank you and if they could, all the little Griffs who have received the help they need through NBGR would also thank you from the bottom of their hearts!

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