Ten-year-old twins Tianna and Gianna Johnson wished for a disabled dog for Christmas and learned that wishes come true.
Tianna was diagnosed with glaucoma when she was only five, aside from being born with cataracts. Gianna, while also legally blind, has high-functioning autism.
It is hard for the girls to find someone who truly understands what they go through. So for Christmas, they only had one wish: to have a disabled dog that would shower them with the love and understanding they need.
The twin’s mother, Dana Polito-Corry, met Carmella at the local pet grooming shop Must Love Dogs in Wayne, New Jersey. The shop’s owner Sandy Roberto, who had been fostering Carmella for about a year, asked Polito-Corry if she would be interested in adopting her.
After hearing about the twin’s wish, Roberto knew Carmella had to go to them. The dog has a deformed spine and legs. She was believed to be kept by her previous owner in a cage too small which caused her legs to bow out.
Despite her deformities, Roberto insisted that the dog was a sweetheart. And so before the festive holiday, the girls welcomed Carmella into their home. Polito-Corry surprised the girls with the dog wearing a Santa suit. They were ecstatic and immediately fell in love with her. It was a match made in heaven.
After becoming a beloved member of the family, Carmella took it upon herself to aid the girls with social issues. Whenever people ask about the twin’s disabilities, the dog’s presence serves as an ice breaker. Their social anxiety has significantly improved since then.
The girls are now able to chat about Carmella with other people. They can now comfortably talk about themselves too. The dog has helped open new doors for them.
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