When Rosie the inbred Chihuahua was pulled from the yard of an irresponsible breeder, things looked bleak for the little dog.
Not only did she suffer from neglect, but her genetic effects of rampant and unchecked breeding left her mangled and maligned. A normal life would never be her own.
Fortunately, she came into the care of a compassionate woman named Cinnamon Muhlbauer, who saw to all of Rosie’s medical needs. Rosie seemed to thrive despite her numerous conditions, however, she ultimately could not escape her past.
In October Rosie succumbed to the enduring effects of neglect and irresponsible breeding and a great cry of anguish went up around the Internet, proving what an impact the life of Rosie had on the community of dog lovers.
And that impact continues to affect animal advocates all over the world.
This weekend — November 8th through 10th — you are invited to participate in a worldwide celebration of the life and legacy of Rosie. On Eeverything Rosie, Muhlbauer posted:
The response to a worldwide Rosie memorial has been tremendous, and we are excited to invite you to this weekend of celebration! Wherever we can, we want to get people out to meet others who followed Rosie, not just to mourn her passing, but to shine a light on those like her who are still suffering alone in the dark. Where face-to-face isn’t possible, we want to unite Rosie’s worldwide family via the Internet. Keeping Rosie’s legacy alive doesn’t take millions of dollars, it only takes all of us talking to people–our neighbors, friends, family and colleagues–about hoarding and backyard breeding. It only takes stepping outside of your idea of a perfect dog or cat when you adopt, and reaching instead for the blind, the old, the sick, the not so perfect pet. I say perfect… but what does that mean? To me Rosie was as perfect as one can get. I wish for all of you to connect to another soul (of any species) the way I connected to my Rosie. She was and is an amazing blessing.
Eddie and I are immensely grateful to everyone for your love and support. We could not have done anything for Rosie without your help. We truly hope that for the sake of our beautiful Rosie, the girl who stole hearts, you will help keep Rosie’s memory alive. We can really do something wonderful if we work together. Please don’t let Rosie’s story end here.
How will you remember Rosie?
Photos via Rosie’s Facebook page
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