Their special connection supports Robin through her craniofacial procedures
When Robin Repko was born with a craniofacial defect, as well as a congenital heart defect, the family’s local community became their support group.
Six years later, the family discovered extra support in the form of a four-legged friend with, all of things, had the same exact congenital heart defect as Robin.
Adopting a new family member
In the spring of 2023, the Repko family lost their family dog of 17 years. Robin and her older brother, eight-year-old Kirby Repko, were eager for the family to get another dog.
However, parents Brandy Johnson and Will Repko were unsure of getting another dog so soon.
“I came up with what I thought were impossible qualifications,” Johnson said.
“The dog would have to be a designer dog that came from a shelter.”
The family put their criteria into the website Adopt a Pet and didn’t find a match. They decided to sign up for email notifications just in case the right dog came along.
A few weeks later, Johnson received an email from the site saying that there was a dog that met all the criteria outside of Cincinnati.