chicken and dog
by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Penny and Roo are two sweet little animals who went through some tough things. Penny, a silkie chicken, was saved from a laboratory when she was just 9 weeks old.

“She was an experimental chicken in the program and she had run the course of the experiment, so that was it for her,” said rescuer, Alicia Williams. “I happened to be there … I asked if I could have her instead of them doing anything with her. I brought her home.”

Williams, an animal science student and employee at the Duluth Animal Hospital, then found Roo, a chihuahua with deformed front legs, shivering and abandoned in a ditch. Roo was about 7 weeks old.

It was probably a backyard breeder, breeding a bunch of puppies and he ended up deformed,” guesses Williams. 

Now, Penny and Roo are BFF. The two share a carrier on their way to the animal hospital with Williams and play together in the office and at home.

“Penny gets excited when Roo is around because she knows he’s got treats and food all of the time … [Roo] loves snuggling with her because that’s his big teddy bear,” said Williams. She also said that the two play well together, though Roo has been known to get excited and accidentally run over his fluffy friend with his specially-made cart. Somehow, even that sounds kinda cute.


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Photo credit: Duluth Animal Hospital /

About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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