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Inbred dog taken from backyard breeder adopted by woman who rescued her

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | July 12, 2012 | Comments (71)

A shockingly disfigured Chihuahua name Rosie was rescued from a backyard breeder on June 20th, 2012. Her rescuer, Cinnamon Muhlbauer, fell in love with the neglected dog and decided to adopt Rosie. Cinnamon says that given her history, she deserved a lifetime of love and adoration.

Rosie's Facebook fan page tells the following story:

Rosie disfigured ChihuahuaRosie was liberated from a Woodland Hills, CA backyard breeder/hoarder on June 20, 2012.

Rosie was born on Valentine’s Day 2010 – hard to believe she is not very old – but she is the victim of greedy and unethical behavior by a backyard breeder and dog hoarder in Woodland Hills, CA. Of all the dogs rescues workers got out of there, Rosie is in the worst shape.

I know that some find Rosie hard to look at right now – trust me when I say she is stunning on the inside. And, she has spirit, after all she survived two years of neglect in a filthy crowded house, so given the opportunity to thrive imagine what she can do. She is getting that chance because someone cared enough to contact me about her, I was crazy enough to respond, and hundreds of others have stepped up to send love, prayers, money for vet bills, and ideas on what I can do to help her.

This page is about her but it is also about me – Cinnamon Muhlbauer. Who am I? Why should you trust me with Rosie? That is not an easy question to answer because I can’t be everything to everybody – I can only be who I am – and that is a quirky, aging rocker chick, vegetarian that was born in CA, lived in WA for awhile, and now rents a house on a horse rescue ranch in the Santa Monica mountains of Malibu.

I suck at housebreaking or basic training of dogs but excel at nursing, rehabbing and providing care for the ones like Rosie. Google me, FB me, check me out on Linked In…I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve done, I’m only ashamed of things I did not do, like smack the woman who did this to Rosie.

Finally, about the Chip In for Rosie. This is the first time I’ve raised funds for one of my rescues. I initially asked that donations be sent to Malibu Vet http://www.facebook.com/MalibuVetClinic?ref=ts for the Rosie fund but after so many people asked for a chip in, I set it up. Getting Rosie started on the new life is the easy part. Her long-term care is what concerns me and why I asked for help.

Her teeth will need to be cleaned at least every month and must be done by a non-anesthetic process. Her little bent legs could benefit from physical therapy and I would like to give her that chance. All of her bills will be posted here. I will keep everyone updated and my vet knows her information is open to anyone wishing to have it. Any questions, any comments, any suggestions, please email me, I am happy to answer!



Update August 9, 2012: Rosie has a new video! 



Update: October 11, 2013

Rosie the Chihuahua

Sad news to share today. Rosie has passed away due to pneumonia. Her friend, Lisa Murphy shared Cinnamon's message to Rosie's supporters as follows: 

"Cinnamon's message to you all....

'Rosie developed pneumonia and because of her abnormal trachea, it progressed so quickly that I lost her at 9:28 pm tonight. She was in my arms and I was holding her tightly willing her to stay. I am devastated and destroyed. My whole world was that little girl and I don't know how to carry on even though I have to for the sake of the other dogs in my home. I am going to have her cremated tomorrow. Eddie is in India and is devastated as well. I am not announcing this right now. I don't even want to live without her let alone try to explain that to anyone else. I am lost without my girl.'"

RIP Rosie. 




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Comments on this Article

I'm so glad that she had your love and affection. Every death is tragic, and hope you can take comfort from knowing she experienced love in her lifetime. Will be thinking about you both, and will keep you both close to my prayers. She'll be in heaven where the other animals and all the people will see how lovely and sweet she is. RIP Rosie xx
No dogs are ugly. She was beautiful. RIP baby. Someday these ugly people will get punish by god. We will miss you very much.
Rip rosie. I cried when I heard you had passed on. You touched alot of hearts
Cinnamon, I'm so sorry for your loss and want you to know you did everything you could and she knew sooo much love in the time you had her, now she's one of the sweetest angels in Heaven and GOD is taking wonderful care of her now, I lost my 12 1/2 yr. Schnauzer in March of this yr. and thought it was going to kill me, I'm still so devastated but rescued another one from Schnauzer Rescue Cinn. and he helps me and I hope I help him ! He was from a back yard breeder puppy mill and used as stud for 5 yrs. and no love , socialization with people... nothing.. he was terrified of everything and we are working on this .. I will always love my Oscar and miss him every day but my Ruger makes me smile again and we're doing everything at his pace... so much unconditional love here, it melts my heart.. Good luck Cinn. you will find more to love and that needs your love and understanding... GOD bless you and heal your heart from hurting so you can go on.. <3
It is a wonderful blessing that you found Rosie and Rosie found you. She lived a lifetime filled with incredible love in the few years she was blessed to have you as her Mom. God brought you together so this sweet little soul could experience the love and joy she deserved. Please know you story and Rosie's story has touched many hearts. God bless you and RIP little girl.
You did your best.....People like you are very rare on earth..... she will always stay in your heart !!!! Lots of respect !!
God bless you & that sweet baby's soul ;(
you gave her your best... she had all that she could have hoped for in her last year... you were lucky to have found one another. My heart is so touched by your story, I know that you will find other lost souls who need you as much as Rosie did. Remmber her as the beautiful soul who came into your heart and loved you unconditionally...
my heart is breaking for you. bless you for giving this little angel a good life for as long as you did. opt to adopt. i have 4 rescues and i love them all
I am so sorry for your loss of Rosie, what a sweet little girl....shirley
Rest in piece little Rosie may god hold you in the palm of his hand
Your little Rosie will always be your Rose. G-d bless you for showing her what true love is. May her soul rest in peace.
Cinnamon, so sorry for you loss my dear. I've lost three pets, three years in a row, and it does not ever get easy. My heart goes out to you and hope that you are able to grieve and still carry on for your heart is good and we need you.
I'm so sorry for your loss. As her human you gave her so much love and happiness. Please take comfort in knowing that.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Other little souls will speak to you and need you.
Cinnamon & Eddie, I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. It is easy to tell from the videos, just how much love you had for Rosie, and how much she loved you in return. Another thing apparent in the video was how her spirit had been returned to her, after being in your care and that is no small feat for a rescue animal, especially one that faced the obstacles that Rosie did, yet she still wanted to play and interact as best she could. That all spells love and trust. You know yourself that is highly unusual for a caged animal, one raised without human contact, one whose life is so difficult on top of everything else, for it to build a trust with people and establish that unconditional love, you must be very special people indeed. We can see that by your actions of course, but for a frightened, special needs dog to trust you so soon, those needs were obviously only physical, because mentally she was doing great. Thank you for being who you are. Rosie will always be with you, unless you forget about her, and I don’t think you are going to do that.
RIP Rosie..... Cinnamon... at least she had you. Without you she never would have known love or caring. Take heart with that..
Cinnamon, I'm so sorry for your loss. From the video, she had a beautiful spirit and I'm sure you miss her terribly. Sending you my love and support. RIP Rosie. May you have a wonderful life in doggie heaven. <3
What a beautiful, amazing and wonderful dog! So glad there are people in the world who still care about ill kept dogs, no matter how they look! Cried immensely when i read the last paragraph. R.I.P Rosie. :(
i don't know what to say....i'm in tears watching this & the fact that any human being can do this is disgusting...at least rosie got to know what love is.... i hope the person who made this happen gets a long jail sentence....
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