Emma Roo is a Dalmatian who has been dealt with life’s numerous challenging circumstances at a very young age. As a puppy, she has been abandoned by the breeders because she had a congenital toe defect. To make matters worse, she eventually landed in one of the Chinese slaughterhouses for dog meat in Xi’an.
Luckily, Emma’s fate took a positive turn in 2017. She was about two months old when she was rescued. By then, the cruel treatment she suffered was very evident. She had severed front legs, and parts of the poor dog’s tail and ears have been cut off.
Her rescuers realized that Emma’s chance of being adopted locally was so slim that they decided to contact South Florida’s Dalmatian Rescue. Fortunately, Emma arrived in America in January this year, just before international travel has become restricted. Soon enough, Misha Rackliff Hunt saw Emma’s picture online and was mesmerized by the puppy’s beautiful amber-colored eyes. She immediately decided that Emma was meant to be hers and drove almost five hours to pick up the adorable puppy and brought her home to Charleston, South Carolina.
Misha initially thought that she had to work hard to gain Emma’s trust because of the trauma the pup has gone through. However, she was delightfully surprised when the pup went up straight into her arms the first time they met. The long hours they spent on their trip back home solidified their friendship.
Emma hasn’t been totally unscathed emotionally, having developed a fear of any sound that resembles a saw such as vacuums and lawnmowers. The dog also feared men and has become very protective of her toys or food. She would also scream so loud whenever Misha leaves the room, but through patience and unconditional love, Emma eventually learned to trust other people.
Misha has always been passionate about helping differently-abled canines, caring for one special needs dog before having Emma. She has also been active in supporting organizations dedicated to assisting these brave pups by raising money for Emma’s wheel cart customized by Eddie’s Wheels. Emma has also been fitted with prosthetics by Bionic Pets through the help of Joey’s P.A.W., another non-profit which chose Emma as its newest ambassador.
Prosthetics and wheels have made Emma’s life easier, but she still needs therapy to strengthen her muscles. She loves going to the beach where she can run in the sand and swim for exercise. She is now living her best life. And this is thanks to Misha and all the organizations who rescued and helped in her rehabilitation.
Credits to Emma Roo