While it may take up to two months for Champ to get back to a healthy weight, his fans will be with him every step of his recovery, cheering him on. Champ’s Facebook page has over 40,000 followers, and a number of his posts have reached over 100,000 people around the world. The once-helpless dog has not only sparked outrage across the internet, but become a symbol of the ultimate survivor.
“I think he’s really nothing short of miraculous,” O’Sullivan said. “When we posted that first picture people were saying, ‘Come on, get out! That dog is dead.’ And we were saying, ‘No, he’s not dead. He was very very close to the end.’”