There are too many stories of bullying and cyber-bullying in the news these days. We often read stories of unwanted pets and even animal cruelty. But what if someone matched up teens that were bullied with unwanted pets? Could a match like that help both parties? This story by Dave Quinn of People shows what can happen when the right kid gets matched up with the right dog.
Named Roo because she hops around on her back paws, the pup was born with two extra front legs and needed a home — one which Lauren was happy to provide.
“Luke feels like the odd one out because of his condition, and now he’s got a best friend to match,” she told SWNS of the pup.
According to Salmon, when she and Luke went to pick up Roo, she came “bounding out” of her puppy pen.
“It was love at first sight for Luke and for Roo from then on,” Salmon said. “Luke is like a protective father. They never leave each other’s sides and she even sleeps in his bed.”
Since getting Roo two weeks ago, the Salmon family has fallen in love with her.
“We absolutely love Roo to pieces. She’s is just a normal dog to us, just with a couple of extra bits. Her special legs don’t cause her any pain, and it’s easy to see just how full of life she is,” Salmon told SWNS. “She’s full of puppy energy, so we’d describe her as placid but playful. There are not many dogs like Roo out there. I think the breeders kill them off because they’re not worth anything, but to us she’s priceless.”
“When she walks, she sort of staggers on her elbows with her bum in the air, like an army crawl,” Salmon said. ” It’s sad but it’s cute at the same time because she is so full of energy.”
Salmon has also reached out to The Supervet‘s Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, to see if Roo’s mobility can be improved.
Mostly, Salmon — who also has a Jack Russell, two cats and two supersized French Lop rabbits at home — is hoping Roo helps Luke.
“I think Roo will reduce Luke’s stress and that should help his skin,” Salmon said.
“They never leave each other’s side,” said Lauren Salmon, of her son Luke and their new pup, Roo.
Know any children or teens that are bullied? Know anyone with unwanted pets? Why not suggest a match between the two? You may be able to introduce two new best friends to each other!
Photo Credits: SWSN
Attribution: Six Legged Dog Named Roo Adopted by Bullied Teen