By Charles Wade-Palmer
A woman who lost her leg in the war now owns a three-legged service dog with matching prosthetic limb.
Maja Kazazic believes she has the strongest bond of any dog owner and their pooch because they have both lost a leg and were introduced by the same prosthetist.
Maja and Rosie who lost her leg as a puppy when her mum stood on it have become internet sensations for their unique relationship which takes ‘dog like owner’ to the extreme.
Maja said: “Rosie’s mom, who is also a large Great Dane, accidentally stepped on Rosie’s foot and broke it. They put it in the case however it got infected and they had to amputate.
“I feel like no other human and dog bond is as special as my and Rosie’s but probably every dog owner thinks this!
“Rosie is now my service dog, so we are inseparable and our bond has strengthen to something I could have never imagined.”
The inspirational pair have blown their native US away with their unique relationship and demonstration of strength.
Maja originally from Bosnia but now living in Florida, USA, has turned her dramatic life experiences into a career as a Motivational Keynote Speaker to inspire workers at conferences.
Maja said: “At first it was really easy to accept I’d lost a leg because at the moment I was injured, five of my friends were killed which made me grateful and thrilled that I only sustained major injuries.
“I was definitely counting myself lucky to be alive so not much mattered beyond that.
“But as the years went on and my surgeries reached a 100 mark while I was still walking in major pain, it became a lot more difficult to deal with the terms of my injury.
“But I never gave up and hoped that some day I would walk and run pain free, 15 years later I finally reached that goal.
“I went to Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics to get some work done on my prosthetic leg. And my prosthetist Chris Toelle told me about a Great Dane who wears a prosthetic.
“In fact, Hanger was making her prosthetic leg. He said they were looking for a good home for her so I immediately contacted them and applied to get Rosie and a couple weeks later I adopted her.
Maja could not wait to meet Rosie when Chris Toelle from Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics told her about a dog with an amputated leg needing a new home.
Then after a couple of weeks of uncontrollable anticipation and a three-and-a-half hour car journey, Maja met Rosie for the first time.
When the reality hit Maja that she would now be caring for a dog also missing a leg, she wondered if she had made a mistake but Rosie soon threw away those doubts.
“First of all, I was so excited to meet and get Rosie that I was already on cloud nine.
“There is a couple week waiting period after you submit an application to adopt until you are accepted and then finally pick up the puppy.
“What I remember the most wasn’t just how excited I was but how intently Rosie kept looking at me.
“But after we got home and the attention dust settled — I remember thinking, ‘What have I done? Am I going to be able to provide for this amazing dog and take care all of her needs. Am I going to be enough for her?
“But that same day Rosie came and laid her head on my lap and fell asleep. It was one of the most peaceful moments of my life and that’s when I realized my fears were unfounded.
“Just because she doesn’t have a leg and wears a prosthetic, there is no reason why she can’t do anything other dogs can do. It’s exactly the same motto I live with.
“For me, Rosie is already an amazing creature that has changed my life in ways I never thought possible, so anything beyond that is extra, or as we say, “icing on the cake.”