Two-Legged Chihuahua Has New Home for Thanksgiving

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.

Riverside County Animal Services


Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas3 years ago

So great this little angel got a wonderful home with his adoptive parent! I'd like to know how he is doing now and what his prognosis is for the future. Obviously a horrible birth defect due to puppy mill or backyard breeder. I hope he has been fitted with a prosthesis to prevent long term injuries to his spine; the hopping would be really hard on his back, I would think.

Sherri S.
Sherri S3 years ago

Awww. I don't think I was on Care2 in 2010 to read this story. Thank you for putting a smile on my face. I hope Roo/Joey is thriving in his forever home.

Michaela Stoffels

Lovely story, even though it's a few years old. I'd love to see how the little dog is doing now.

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donnaa D3 years ago


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Kate R.
Past Member 3 years ago

Bred for money by someone who doesn't give a hoot about animal welfare & is ony interested in lining their pockets. It happens far too often & there are not enough good samaritans to look after these dogs who really should never have been born. I'm glad he's got a decent home, but we really should be doing more to outlaw backyard breeders. I'd like to see an update about how he's doing now he's grown up.

Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

I so glad that he went to a person who didn't want to make him into a replacement baba. With a little help from maybe a wheelchair, he can be out and running around just like any other pup, enjoying the fresh Ventura air!