West Michigan puppy given to Wisconsin cancer patient

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 00:42:35-04

RACINE, Wisc. -- A puppy that was surrended to a Grand Haven animal shelter is providing a 10-year-old cancer patient in Wisconsin joy and companionship during her treatment.

The little girl was diagnosed with cancer last March, and a family friend here in Michigan named the puppy after her because of the pup's strength to fight on after being the most frail of the litter.

Reyna Moore's mother Trudy has a friend over at Puppy Breath Animal Rescue in Grand Haven. The shelter decided to give the girl the gift of a furry friend.

We first introduced you to the pup last month, when it was just two weeks old and still being bottle fed.

"I just can't wait to get them together! I honestly just can't wait," said Abbie Deverney with the shelter.

The pooch is now able to give Reyna a relief from her treatment.

"One minute we're going for a doctors appointment, the next minute they are talking about we need to start chemo right away," said Reyna's mother Trudy.

As doctors removed Reyna's cancerous tumor, Trudy and the shelter kept their plan a secret.

"Reyna didn't know, none of the kids knew," said Trudy Moore.

The puppy, who was also named Reyna, made the trip to Racine, Wisconsin on October 11, 2012 to meet her new buddy. The two have been inseparable ever since.

Seeing her child smiling once again, Trudy is thankful to all those who paid it forward.

Since the puppy shared the same name as the little girl, the family has changed the pups name to Chula.