By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
Rosie was abandoned in an alley in Davenport, Iowa. When she was found, she was covered in urine and feces, her nails were curled around and grown into her paw pads, all of her ribs were showing, and it was clear that she could not walk.
She was brought into a local shelter by the couple that found her and that’s where she met Jeremy, one of the shelter workers. Jeremy fell in love instantly and decided to take her home to foster. Over the course of six months, she has been seen by many different vets. Unfortunately, no one can figure out exactly what is wrong with her.
Rosie’s foster parents are currently awaiting blood work results from a genetic specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. They believe Rosie has a lysosomal storage disease but they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly which one. These diseases are almost always fatal and dogs with them generally don’t have normal lifespans. They can cause bone and joint deformities along with a myriad of other issues, depending on the exact disease.