The Huffington Post David Moye First Posted: 12/22/12 EST Updated: 12/23/12 EST
In life, we're all dealt a hand.
For a chihuahua in Los Angeles, it was hand without front legs.
"Usually, when an animal is born like this, they put it down, but my wife, Danielle, and I adopted it," said Todd Ray, the owner of the two-legged walking chihuahua, whom his family has named "Pinky" after Pinky Tuscadero, a character on the 1970s sitcom, "Happy Days."
Ray believes all creatures are created for a reason so rather than euthanizing this unique animal as some might have, he chose to give her a loving home.
It hasn't been easy.
"She's still a little skittish around men," Ray admitted to The Huffington Post.
A two-legged chihuahua that walks on its hind legs is definitely unusual, but Pinky is just one of many strange animals owned by Ray, who, according to Guinness World Records, has the largest collection of two-headed animals in the world, many of which he displays at the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles.
Pinky is still just a family pet, but she could become a star in her own right, since Ray and his strange menagerie will soon be seen on "Freakshow," an AMC reality series debuting Feb. 14.
GALLERY: VENICE BEACH FREAKSHOW
For seven years, the Venice Beach Freakshow has been the home to all sorts of bizarre sites, both human and animal.
Ray (center) is spearheading a campaign to eradicate the word "normal" from the English language.
Pinky is a two-legged chihuahua recently adopted by Todd and Danielle Ray. She was born without front legs but has learned to walk on the back two.
The Venice Beach Freakshow is filled with all sorts of bizarre creatures. Some are living and some are dead.
On Dec. 15, 2012, people of all different types of differences will rally at the Venice Beach Boardwalk to "Say No To Normal," a word that Ray said is "an illusion," since there is no such thing.
Morgue is an entertainer who sticks needles in his body.
Ray's daughter, Asia, is an accomplished sword swallower, contortionist and fire eater and is still in her teens.
Larry Gomez is an entertainer from Mexico who has a genetic condition that causes hair growth on his face.
Marcus Boykin, aka The Creature is a well known tattoo and piercing artist.
Ray believes that all creatures are created with a purpose, even two-headed children.
This lizard has quite a story: It has two tails.