After two weeks of intensive care at the veterinary hospital, Charlie returned to the rescue in Chicago. There, he met the rescue’s resident therapy dog, Hazel Grace.
Like Charlie, Hazel Grace was also a burn victim. Before being rescued from the streets of Chicago, she had been set on fire by a group of kids — leaving her entire stomach and back covered in burns. She needed skin grafts and was hospitalized for seven weeks. Naiden adopted her in the process.
“When they first met, they just looked at each other like they knew exactly what the other had gone through,” Naiden said. “They sniffed each other’s burn areas, and when they started playing, were very careful of the other’s sensitive skin.”