July 14, 2012
"Willie doesn't have eyes, but he's a sweetie,” Tammy Basenese said, holding the Dachshund she just adopted at Coastal Animal Rescue's Family and Fur Festival in Surfside Beach, Fla. "His tail is a little messed up too. I don't want to know what happened to him. He may have been born this way for all I know. All I know is he's mine now and I love him." Basenese is the owner of Mod Dog, a pet goods store, and she helped sponsor the event, but had no plans of actually adopting a dog or cat. Once she met Willie, however, she fell in love and could not walk away without him. “Look at him. He's beautiful,” she said.
Janet Blackmon Morgan
The Myrtle Beach, Fla., Sun News via AP