Written by Patrice Brennan
Pee-Wee is a tiny Chihuahua who was born without front legs. In November of 2014, Pee-Wee was surrendered by a breeder in Texas to a rescue organisation in New York called The Mia Foundation. As soon as I saw a picture of Pee-Wee, I fell in love with him immediately and knew that we were meant for each other.
My best friend asked me what I wanted for my 50th birthday, and I said, “To adopt Pee-Wee.” She boarded a plane and flew from Illinois to New York on the 9th of December, 2014, to get Pee-Wee for me. When she brought him back to my home in Wisconsin, he was so little he fitted in the palm of my hand. At first, I did feel sorry for him and wondered if he’d be able to enjoy the quality of life that my four-legged dogs have.
On that very first night, he quickly changed my mindset with his very first “hop”. Pee-Wee let me know that despite him only having two legs, in his mind he wasn’t disabled at all.
Pee-Wee was born on the 17th of September, 2014, and he’s still very tiny, weighing about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms). He’s such a character; he runs, hops, walks on two legs, and is super-fast. He lifts himself up really well and has great balance, and he’s quite the little tenacious spitfire. But he has a very loving heart that’s much bigger than his tiny Chihuahua body.
Pee-Wee does have a set of wheels, but they’re hard for him to use, because he likes his “freedom”. I love this little boy so much. Along with my other animals, Pee-Wee is the greatest blessing of my life. He provides hope and inspiration to thousands of people from all around the world via his Facebook page, where he shows that with courage, love and determination, the word “disability” doesn’t mean “inability”.
I receive messages on a daily basis about how Pee-Wee helps people to get through their own struggles in life, because he doesn’t let his disability hinder him in any way. Pee-Wee shows the world that he can do anything that dogs with four legs can do – he just does it a little differently.
The word “can’t” isn’t in Pee-Wee’s vocabulary, and his “can do” attitude inspires and uplifts me every day. Pee-Wee believes in pawing it forward in life by donating items to animal rescue auctions, doing an annual fundraiser for our local shelter, sending care packages to animals in need, and helping to get wheels for other disabled animals.
Pee-Wee’s motto is: “Never let adversity get in the way of your own happiness”. Please join Pee-Wee and his friends as they journey through life together paw by paw on his Facebook page.