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Rescued Westie twins live best life despite having just two eyes between them


The pair had their eyes removed after an infection in the womb (Picture: Mercury Press)

Two identical Westies are now living their best life after being saved from death as puppies.

Due to a bacterial infection in gestation, two-year-old sibling dogs, Roxy and Toulouse ,were born without their left eyes.

Considered imperfect, and unable to be sold, the puppies’ faced being euthanised – but Fanny Sannier, 19, from Belgium, was all too happy to adopt the pair as an early Christmas present in 2019.

The one-eyed duo now live a boujee lifestyle, running around in the rain, destroying stuffed animals and playing with their animal siblings, Nouga the Border Collie and family cat, Caramel.

Fanny said: ‘We don’t know much about the bacterial infection that caused them to lose an eye, but we paid £427 to have their eyes sewn shut at two months old.

‘It went without complication, and now they’re just like any other dogs and are both very spoiled.’

They were due to be euthanised due to their ‘imperfection’ (Picture: Mercury Press)

It was a natural decision for Fanny to adopt the pups as soon as she found out they may be killed.

‘When we found out they might be put down, we were all devastated,’ she says.

‘They were adorable puppies, and I couldn’t see why they wanted to put them down.

‘A missing eye means an “imperfect” puppy, and an expensive surgery. A lot of people don’t seem to want to waste their money on such dogs.

Thankfully they’re now living a happy and healthy life with new owner Fanny (Picture: Mercury Press)

‘I’m super glad that we adopted them. They’re so full of life, and I hope that they will be by my side for as long as possible.

‘My sister and I often talk about what would have happened if we hadn’t rescued them, they’re both just small fluffy balls of love, my heart would be empty without them.’

Now the pair love to play and cool down in the family’s garden pond, but Fanny says people are still often shocked when she reveals the Westies’ backstory.

She said: ‘The reaction is usually always the same, people are really surprised that they would have been euthanised, because they can see just how full of life both dogs are.

‘A lot of people agree that they would have adopted Roxy and Tolouse too.

‘My whole family loves them so much, they bring joy to our home.

‘For us, their uniqueness is a reason to love them even more.’

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