Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on November 25, 2010. Enjoy!
A four-month-old puppy born with only two hind legs found a forever home just in time for Thanksgiving!
The stray Chihuahua mix nicknamed Roo — because he hops like a kangaroo — went home yesterday with his new mom, Yvette Bocz, of Ventura County, California.
After several news stories on Roo’s plight, the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter received dozens of adoption applications for Roo. Even a star of Twilight, Christian Serratos, applied, but her application was not received in time.
It was the heartfelt hand written letter by Bocz that caught the eyes of adoption folks at the shelter. Bocz said she wants to let the diminutive pup just be a dog, not an accessory or spoiled and carried everywhere — but to let him do for himself and enjoy doggy things on his own terms.
“Roo’s a doggy, a very special doggy but that’s what he’s going to be,” Bocz said. “It’s going to be fun to see how he develops in the next few weeks.”
Roo’s story touched so many viewers in the southern California area that many left toys for him at the shelter. Someone even left a doggy wheelchair.
John Welch from the Department of Animal Services in Riverside County is delighted with the response to Roo and his need for a special home. He also advises there are many other Chihuahuas — including three of Roo’s littermates — as well as other dogs who are still in need of adoption.
Bocz is considering changing Roo’s name to Joey. It would be in keeping with a kangaroo theme, but she wants to see how his personality develops before deciding on a name change.
No doubt Roo — or Joey — is one thankful little pup this Thanksgiving.