When we first wrote about Rosie earlier this year, some believed that her inbred deformations were so beyond help that euthanization was the kindest solution. Some people couldn’t stand to look at the little Chihuahua, who was scooped up from a dog hoarder and backyard breeder along with around 20 other dogs.
Well, we’re very happy to let you know that Rosie is thriving in the loving care of her adoptive owner, Cinnamon Muhlbauer. Through Rosie’s Facebook page and web page, this little Chi has gained attention, love, and encouragement from people all over the world. In return, she is providing her fans with big inspiration.
“She has come a very long way! I can’t believe it myself!” says a very happy Muhlbauer from her Southern California home. “Her story has touched so many people very deeply.”
Rosie has had two surgeries to remove the rotten and crooked teeth crowding her mouth and to shore up her horribly malformed lower jaw. As you can see from the photos, it’s hard to believe she could eat or drink with the way it was. It certainly couldn’t have been easy.
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Being able to use her mouth properly has been a huge hit with Rosie.
“Her little tongue had been trapped in her mouth, and the first time she could actually use it –- you could see the little light come on in her head. Since healing from surgery No. 2, she is learning to give kisses, lap up food and water, and generally do what dogs like to do with their tongues,” says Muhlbauer. “She is also taking great pleasure in grabbing her toys in her mouth and giving them a good shake!”
Rosie’s mobility issues have prevented her from doing a lot of normal doggy activities. She has terrible scoliosis, with her little spine warped in an arc-like curve. Her chest is compressed from genetics and from bearing most of her body weight, day after day, for two years. All of her legs are deformed; her bones did not develop properly so they fused together in places. When Muhlbauer first got her, the poor dog couldn’t move even a few inches. Now Rosie joyfully belly-scoots from Point A to Point B — as long as they’re not more than a few feet apart.
Until recently, Rosie has had fairly limited exposure to the world because of her issues with mobility. But she is surprisingly brave and unfazed by new experiences, according to Muhlbauer.
“She loves going to the park and watching people play soccer, ride bikes, or skate by on the pathway. She thinks grass is just the most fascinating thing around and has tried tasting it on occasion, even though she can’t actually chew it,” she says.