For others, a dog is just a dog. For Maja, a dog is her best friend.
Maja Kazazic came from Bosnia. She was at the site of the Bosnian genocide, where all five of her friends died, and she was severely injured. Maja lost her leg.
Despite what happened, Maja managed to stay positive. She could laugh and joke around with her roommates at the hospital. Their room was even dubbed as The Happy Room.
Eventually, she needed to be brought to the United States for further medical treatment. Her injuries were too great, and the hospital in Bosnia did not have the capacity to heal her fully.
Maja learned to walk and run again. She even did things that really interested her, like sports. She got her life back on track.
However, there were episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder. Maja would suddenly feel like she has a heart attack. She felt claustrophobic, afraid, and confused.
Whenever Maja would get a panic attack, Rosie, a Great Dane, would go to her and press her body close. She would immediately begin to calm down.
Maja met Rosie through her friend Chris who was a prosthetic clinician. Chris thought that they would be a perfect match.
When Maja saw the Great Dane puppy, she noticed at once that she had a missing leg. She wore a very tiny prosthetic that Chris made for her. Right that instant, Maja knew that Rosie belonged to her.
Rosie lost her leg when she was a puppy. When she was only about a week old, her mom stepped on her foot and broke it. They eventually had to amputate the foot. However, Chris’s prosthetic helped a lot in her mobility.
When Rosie entered Maja’s life, she realized that physical limitations were just in her mind. She felt brave enough to try to do things that people with complete limbs could do because she knew that Rosie was with her.
There were still life challenges to face. She dreaded days when there are fireworks because it sets off her panic attacks. However, Rosie was there to comfort her, and she managed to get over her panic attack episodes.
Rosie helped Maja find peace. She was a constant reminder that there’s always a good reason to be happy and live life to the fullest.
Source: The Dodo via YouTube