True Love is Blind
If true love is blind, we sure have lots of love to go around right now with 8 blind or partially blind dogs looking for forever homes!
Felicia, Mia (with her sister Molly who is not blind), Cookie, Darren, Daisy May, Waffle, Twinkie, and Carlton are all wonderful and loving dogs who just happen to be blind. Most of our blind dogs come to us with age related blindness, some like Felicia are blind because of an ongoing medical condition, and some we don’t know what caused their blindness. The one thing that all of our blind dogs have in common is that they do not let their blindness stop them from living full lives when they are in a loving and kind forever home!
A lot of people are afraid of adopting a blind dog, but in our experience, blind dogs can be the best companions! Most blind dogs still love to run and play as well as cuddle and relax just like any sighted dog. The love you share with them is returned tenfold!
If you are considering welcoming one of our sweet blind pups into your home, please fill out an adoption application and we’d be happy to chat with you about them!
You can also check out some of these wonderful tips about living with blind dogs from Blind Dog Rescue Alliance:
Living with Blind Dogs
Environment & Surroundings
- Put jingling tags or bells on other dogs. That way your blind dog will know where they are.
- Owners can wear a jingling bell as well, so your blind dog can find you.
- Do not re arrange the furniture. Blind dogs learn the way the house is set out, and can have trouble getting around if it is changed.
- Use scented oils or perfumes to spray things that your blind dog could bump into.
- Blind Dogs have EXTREMELY heightened senses (especially smell and sound).
- Acclimating to a new home:
- Get down on your hands and knees, to your blind dog’s level, and look for things that could harm him. Sharp table edges, etc. can be hazards for your blind dog.
- When introducing blind dogs to a new space (new foster home or adoptive home) I scatter kibble throughout the house or space. The dogs search for the kibble but since they are using their nose and are moving slowly, they learn the space with less running into objects!
- Textures help:
- Textures seem to help some blind dogs. (Example: In the yard, we have rocks around the pool. When he feels the pebbles, he knows that he is getting close to the pool. When he feels the sidewalk instead of the grass, he knows that he is close to the door.)
- Feed your blind dog in the same place and try having rugs under the water bowls. When he/she feels the texture change, he/she will know where the water bowl is.
- Clicker training can be very helpful in training a blind dog. “It’s consistent, which is even more important with blind dogs than sighted ones. Plus it allows you to shape behavior in a fun way.”
- Teach your blind dog the “watch” command, for when things are in his way.
- “Step” is also a useful command, when there is a step in front of him.
- Having a sighted buddy really helps a LOT. A seeing companion (dog) for your blind dog can help show your blind dog the ropes.
- Keep in mind, a blind dog cannot read the body signals and the visual signs that dogs give each other all the time. Make sure to be very aware of this so that you can intervene if necessary before a fight or an altercation occurs.
If you aren’t ready to adopt a blind dog, we are always looking for foster homes so that incoming blind or special needs dogs do not need to stay in boarding longer than they have to. You can also help these pups find forever homes by sharing our posts with your friends and family. Want to help some more? Often times our blind dogs are eligible for our Sanctuary program where we will pay for their lifetime medical needs. Donations to help cover their medications and vet visits are always appreciated.
If you are looking to add a new pup to your family, don’t overlook the blind dogs. They can be the most loving of all.