Logan, a 2-year-old pit bull mix at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, was having a tough time finding a home. He had been at the shelter for weeks with little interest, perhaps due to the fact that he had an amputated leg — or maybe it was because his perfect human hadn’t found him yet.
That perfect human just so happened to be 12-year-old Quinn Scharn. He had been waiting for nearly two years for a dog exactly like Logan.
Quinn was diagnosed with bone cancer in his hip when he was 10 years old, which led to the amputation of his right leg and part of his pelvis in April 2015. It was his second battle with cancer, having previously been diagnosed and treated when he was just two years old.
“Right after my surgery, I wanted a dog with three legs,” Quinn told Sacramento’s Fox 40. “That was the first thing I said when I woke up.”
Quinn and his mother, Teresa Howell, began the task of looking for a dog in their area, and finally happened upon a Facebook plea from Front Street Animal Hospital. Logan had even been featured on a local news program, but still no one was interested in adopting the handsome guy.
When Howell saw Logan on Facebook, she knew he was exactly the type of dog that her son had been wishing for. They made the one-hour drive from Napa to Sacramento the next day — only to find that someone else had reserved Logan for adoption.
However, they chose to meet the dog anyway, and were overjoyed to find that the potential adopter had backed out! Quinn and Logan bonded right away, and it was clear that he was the dog for them.
“When I saw him and the dog together the immediate reaction was a welling of tears,” Howell told Fox 40. “There were a lot of tears yesterday, joyful tears.”
“I’m beyond happy,” Quinn told Today. “Having Logan, to me, is having a best friend that knows everything about you.”
And it’s not just a physical component that the two have in common. Sadly, Quinn didn’t always feel so strong before adopting his canine companion. Logan has been a source of strength and understanding that helps him feel less alone when he’s struggling.
“We’re fighters,” Quinn said. “We’re resilient. We never stopped fighting, and whatever life does to us, we’re going to keep going.”
“Quinn has appeared to be happy-go-lucky, but as his mother, I’d known it’s like a cover for what he’s struggling with inside,” Howell told Today. “And when he’s with Logan, there is no cover. You’re seeing this genuine happiness in him instead of just a front to protect himself.”
Just as Logan and Quinn bonded immediately, Logan has also adjusted to his new home seamlessly as well. “It was like he was always there,” Howell stated.
“When I see the two of them together, I see companionship and a strong bond,” Howell said. “I see hope when I see them together. I see hope for Quinn.”