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Two-Legged Chihuahua Has New Home for Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

Two-Legged Chihuahua Has New Home for Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

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 Chihuahua’s — 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.

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11:52PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Maybe a little 2 wheel device.

1:07PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

What a little sweetie! So glad that disabled animals are given a chance to have loving homes.

12:54PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

That little wagging tail brought tears to my eyes. If that isn't love, I don't know what is!! Precious Roo (Joey)!!!

6:22AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

So very, very happy for Roo....

9:27AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Wonderful story! I wonder if this dog could be fitted for a wheelchair as dogs are with disabled hind legs.

9:13AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Love the story. Blessing for both!

9:49AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

This lady is extremely lucky!!! Dogs can be very loving, but rescued dogs can be even more so. Bet she gets more love back from Roo than she can every repay. Blessings to them both.

9:17PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

last saturday morning my 12 year old llhasa apso underwent emergency surgery for degenerative disc disease. she has now lost the use of her two back legs. i will be picking her up tomorrow. i spent two hours with her yesterday and can honestly say i've never loved her more. the road ahead will be very challenging for both of us. i hope our mutual love and determination and the prayers of family and friends will see her go-carting around come summer.

12:42PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

aw what a cute dog :)

6:19AM PST on Dec 24, 2010

ahh sweet :)

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