Therese Vu and her husband, Duc Tran, were loving parents to two inseparable dogs for 16 years. When one passed away from kidney failure, the other passed away from the same thing — just one month later.
“I literally believe that the second one passed away from a broken heart,” Vu told The Dodo. “I can’t even put into words how saddened I was to lose them both, and I honestly didn’t know if I could open my heart and home up to another dog again.”
But that all changed when Vu and her husband met Kanga and Roo.
Kanga and Roo are a brother and sister pair who were both born with only two legs, and are products of overbreeding and inbreeding. Their breeder tried to care for them for about a year, but was overwhelmed by their special needs, according to the Georgia-based rescue group Angels Among Us. Finally, she decided to surrender the Chihuahua pair to the rescue.
Kanga and Roo were in foster care for several months and attended countless adoption events. During that time, not a single person applied to adopt them — until Vu saw a post about the pair online.
“As soon as I saw Kanga and Roo, I just KNEW that they were meant to be ours,” Vu said.
Vu and her husband did research on caring for dogs with special needs, and by the time they met the pups, they were more than ready to be their forever parents.
“Within the first few seconds of interacting with them, they captured our hearts, took over our home, and completely changed our world,” Vu said. “We adopted them on June 25, 2013, and couldn’t image life without them.”
Kanga and Roo adjusted to their new home with ease. Their parents even covered the floors of their home with blankets and mats to make it easier for the duo to scoot around.
The now 5-year-old dogs grew up only having two legs each, and grew used to finding creative ways to get around. They’re both super fast at scooting or hopping, and seem to prefer that to using the wheelchairs their parents had specially made for them.
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