The incredible saga of Wacku, a 6-year-old aspin (asong Pinoy) began in September 2012, when a drunk neighbor hacked off his upper snout with a machete.
Wacku was guarding his then-owner’s tricycle when he had an unfortunate encounter with the town’s troublemaker.
The pup, who could have spent his life tethered to a parked tricycle in a remote town in Northern Samar province, found himself at a rescue shelter in Quezon City after the incident. Five years later, he finally found a family for keeps.
Liesl Wilhardt from Eugene, Oregon, in the United States, said she fell in love with Wacku the moment she saw him in a video posted on social media.
“My first impression was that this dog was a survivor with an amazing spirit,” she said in an interview with the Inquirer.
“[In the video,] he got onto a man’s lap and wanted to be petted and loved,” she added. “My heart just about broke, realizing that even after such abuse by a person in his past, he still wanted to trust and love people.”
Luck and good hearts
After a long-haul international flight and about 13 hours on the road, Wacku was home. A combination of luck and good-hearted people made the pup’s survival possible.
After the machete incident in 2012, his then-owner, tricycle driver Amar Adrayan, brought him for treatment at the University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman, which had a veterinary teaching hospital.