Teen Burn Victim Adopts a Chihuahua named Fireman That Shares Her Traumatic Past

"I am a burn survivor and I understand all the pain and how much it itches and everything," said 14-year-old Chloe Levenson-Cupp.

It was a match made in heaven for this California teen and her Chihuahua companion, with which she shares a traumatic past.

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14-year-old Chloe Levenson-Cupp of the San Francisco Bay area suffered burn injuries after hot tea was spilled on her when she was just 1.

"My burn is not very visible," she explained in an interview with HooplaHa-Only Good News. "They gave me medication so I wouldn’t remember."

That’s when fate brought Chloe to Fireman, the Chihuahua.

Fireman was reportedly discovered abandoned with burns on his ears and stomach nearly two years ago. Authorities believed he was burned with chemicals, and may have had his ears set on fire intentionally.

“We knew Fireman needed somebody who would understand his situation,” said Kristy Keusch, who fostered the pup. “Chloe was a burn victim and Fireman was a burn victim. They connected on that level and she wouldn’t have gotten that with another animal and he wouldn’t have gotten that with another person.”

The Umbrella of Hope rescue organization arranged the medical care, fostering, adoption, and follow-up care for Fireman.

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Chloe said she had been begging her mom to adopt another dog for months when they met Fireman, and knew he would become the perfect companion.

“I am a burn survivor and I understand all the pain and how much it itches and everything,” she said.

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