During the last six weeks we have had the privilege of finding wonderful homes for two blind dogs. The interest in these two dogs was more than we ever imagined.
Joy (shown above) came to us as a stray. She is a soft white Poodle mix, ten years old and blind. She is a happy girl. When you call to her, she comes running and stands on her hind legs as if to say, “here I am.” A number of people came to the Coronado Animal Care Facility to see her, but a retired couple seemed just right for Joy. Their home is perfect for Joy to navigate. In addition, she has easy access to a small back yard. Everyone in the neighborhood knows Joy and finds it hard to believe she is blind as she merrily walks along. Joy is aptly named.
Iggy and Ziggy also came in as strays. Iggy (now “Buster”) is a one-year-old Westie/Maltese mix. Ziggy (now “Sunny”) is a one-year-old Spaniel mix. They came in together and are bonded. During a home visit with a couple that was interested in Joy, it was determined that there were too many stairs for Joy in their home. This couple has a lovely, large back yard. We immediately suggested they meet Iggy and Ziggy. These two dogs captured this couple’s hearts and off they went to their new home. We heard that Buster and Sunny are having a super time running around in that big yard.
Due to the wide interest in Joy’s adoption, one of our affiliates contacted us for help in finding a home for Tina, a ten-year-old stray Wheaten Terrier mix who is also blind. Tina is a gentle, loving girl. She spent one night with us. The next morning one of our volunteers, her husband and two resident dogs came to meet Tina. They took her home to see how she would do in their home. For the most part, all three dogs are friendly. She loves running with her new siblings at the dog park. After her adoption, Tina (now “Rose”) paid a visit to a friend of her new family in a nursing home. She quietly sat with him, and the man was so happy to be interacting with a dog. Other residents wanted to meet “the blind dog” so the nursing home asked if she could return. Looks like Rose has a new home and a new career.
The common link to this story is Joy. Due to the kind people who wanted to help her, four dogs found forever homes. Those who adopt older cats and dogs are special people who are rewarded with animals that know they have been rescued and build incredible bonds with their new families.
Author: Karen Dwinell
Photographer: Kim Johnson