Special Needs Puppy and A Rescue Piglet Become Best Friends

Winnie is a special needs puppy that arrived at Charlotte’s Freedom Farm around 6 weeks. The family that bred him realized they weren’t able to properly care for him and his developmental issues. Unfortunately, his sternum did not develop properly, which left his lungs and heart unable to adequately protect itself. He was going to need extensive thoracic reconstruction surgeries.

“The main problem right now is I have to limit what he does because he is high risk of something happening,” Lauren Edwards of Charlotte’s Freedom Farm.


Winnie (who has his own Instagram) is unable to play with the other dogs at the sanctuary. That is until Wilma arrived!

Charlotte’s Freedom Farm brought in Wilma after she was found wandering around by herself. It’s assumed that she fell off a livestock truck.


“She is sweet, but, oh man, she’s sassy,” Edwards said. “If you pick her up, she screams so loud I’m sure they can hear her a street over. She figured out how to jump up on the couch and loves doing that.”

Together, they became the best of friends. Winnie absolutely loves cuddling up next to Wilma.

For another inspirational porker, check out Lulu the Pig, who “played dead” to save her owner’s life!

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