After the death of their beloved dogs of 16 years, Therese Vu and her husband, Duc Tran, never thought they’d get another pooch.
It was just too sad for them.
But that was before they met Kanga and Roo.
Kanga and Roo are a brother-and-sister duo of chihuahuas, both of whom happen to be missing their front legs. They were born without them, and the missing limbs are likely the result of overbreeding. Their special needs proved to be too much for their breeder, who ended up surrendering them to Angels Among Us, a rescue organization.
And that’s where Vu and Tran first spotted this different but totally indomitable pair.
“As soon as I saw Kanga and Roo, I just knew they were meant to be ours,” Vu says.
Of course, caring for special needs animals is a little different than your average pet adoption, as dogs like Kanga and Roo face different challenges. Even something as simple as going up the stairs is a huge feat for them.
But Vu and Tran weren’t deterred. They did lots of research, and by the time they met Kanga and Roo, they were smitten. “Within the first few second of interacting with them, they captured our hearts, took over our home, and completely changed our world,” Vu says.
The couple adopted Kanga and Roo back in June of 2013, and today, they can’t image life without them. Therese Vu and Duc Tran never thought they’d get another dog after theirs passed away, but they soon found themselves falling in love with Kanga and Roo — a brother-and-sister pair of chihuahuas who, due to overbreeding, were born without front legs.
Today, the dogs are five years old, and they don’t let a little thing — like a few missing limbs — get in the way of living full and happy lives.
Vu and Tran also made sure their home was accessible for them, lining their home with padding so Kanga and Roo could scoot around with ease.
And scoot they certainly can. Since they were born without front legs, they’re very good at getting around, and manage pretty well both indoors and out.
And they love exploring the world. Neither Kanga, the white male, nor Roo, the brown female, seem to mind that they only have hind legs. They’re happy to hang out, play, and cuddle all day.
And as you can see, they’re always ready to make some new friends0