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DISNEY

DISNEY
** Available For Adoption **
Gender: Male
Color: Black w/Rust
Age: 7 yrs.
WT: 77 lbs.
Ears: Cropped
Tail: Docked
Altered: Neutered
Micro Chipped: Home Again
House Trained: Yes
Good with other dogs.
Not interested in cats.
Good with older children.

 

Not quite sure where to begin with this one.  My mind goes from the ribald (certainly Doc Watson, Jeff Healey, Ray Charles, etc., got lucky a lot, too, albeit not as their job) to wonderment bordering on anger (even if he is blind, doesn’t this example of the most loyal human companions in history deserve better than concrete and plastic?), but I think the middle ground is the place to land.

If you didn't already infer it, Disney is blind.  He came to us via a rescue angel who rescued him from an owner through the help of the Humane Society.  The owner purchased him as stud dog when he was 3 yrs old and blind.  During the years since, this precious blind boy has served as stud for numerous litters for the breeder who owned him.  Last year, the breeder kept a male from a litter and, not surprisingly, father and son are fighting now that the son is maturing.

As a result, Disney was relegated to the outdoors, with a cement dog lot, an igloo, and a heat lamp.  Neighbors who kept seeing him outside in the cold and with minimal human contact called the Humane Society, and he eventually ended up with us at Elijah’s House.

We had hoped his blindness might be due to cataracts, but he's been examined by a specialist, who indicates he has degenerative retina disease and there is no solution to restore sight.  In any case, blindness is all he knows and he is well-adapted to it, right down to loading and unloading into an SUV without any problem if his human encourages and guides him. The short of it that a loving home is all he really needs.

One of our adopters has a blind Doberman they adopted from us a few years ago. He sent along this note to Carol when he learned about Disney:

(Re:  Braille) “Feel free to share my contact info with interested potential adopters. Having a blind Dober is wonderful. Initially there is a learning curve, but once our boy learned, he is fantastic around our yard and neighborhood. We walk a good four or five miles everyday, and he knows every way to get back to this house no matter which way we go or where we are.”

And, comments from our volunteers:

"Just looking over the fence at Disney, I would not have guessed that he was blind if I hadn’t been told.  His ability to navigate blows my mind.  For our first meeting, I walked towards him in the exercise field while speaking to him.  He was happily sniffing the trees along the adjoining field that held a loudly barking dog, which wasn’t phasing Disney at all.  When he realized my voice was coming closer and addressing him, he turned  and trotted straight up to my leg by following my voice and scent.  He took one sniff, made a quick assessment that I was  friendly and promptly leaned against my leg.  I would pet a while, then slowly shift away and he would reposition to lean in again -  he  loved the attention. When I walked toward the gate and encouraged him to come with me, I thought it was so interesting that he followed, centered behind me rather than to the side or in front, as if he knew I would safely lead him.  He seemed very confident, not at all fearful.  The only difference I could see was that he concentrates more as he’s moving, using the rest of his senses in place of vision."  

If this gentle, special-needs fellow speaks to your heart and you can provide a loving, caring, indoor home for him, make an appointment to meet him once your application is approved, and come see for yourself what he’s like.  I’m sure if you do, you’ll find a dog who will be a loving, loyal, grateful companion for some years to come.



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Sept 2nd

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