Tuesday, August 17, 2010

♥Never, ever let anyone give up on a dog, don't anyone dare give up♥

Mimi's note: As a former owner of a blind dog adopted from a local shelter at the age of about 5 years (now at the Bridge waiting for me) I can tell you that without a doubt blindness has nothing to do with the ability and capability of a dog. I brought Prince into a home with two other dogs. He made friends, learned where each room was, learned how to get up my steps and learned how not to run into the fence in my yard. Prince was loving and kind and sweet and taught me more about acceptance of circumstances more than any human being.

The story below was shared/reported on the web at the site of the book, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Once thought to be un-adoptable, Stevie the blind dog now assists search and rescue as a cadavar dog--and senses on-coming migraines so his person can take preventative medication.

Stevie was born in a breeding kennel in Georgia the summer of 2008 as an English Cocker field dog. It was not known to his breeder that Stevie was born blind, the story later told was that his mother got very sick during her pregnancy due to eating bad dog food and all of the puppies had some health issues. Stevie was sold to his new owners and after having him a short time realized he seemed to have trouble seeing, his eyes were checked by a vet and confirmed he was indeed blind. His owners contacted his breeder who said “well you can bring him back but I will put him to sleep he is useless to me” They didn’t want to return him but did take him to their vet to be put down. In rural Georgia where he lived a very small rescue group heard about him and a wonderful lady named Luci went to get the 12 week old blind liver Cocker. Luci realized that in her community she had no foster homes that would take on such a puppy. So she searched the internet and found the English Cocker Club of America website and contacted them for help. We indeed helped, so word went out for a foster home. Living in Florida and willing to take a foster in need my husband and I volunteered and so arrangements were made for Luci to drive half way and we would drive halfway and we would meet up to transfer the little liver blind puppy in need.

When I first met Stevie he was as normal as any dog could be, happy and playful. When he got to our home he ran with the other dogs occasionally running into things but seemed to me that he must see a little as he was very fearless. He had so much energy. Well 3 months later and no new home was found so he stayed with us. Then in December 2009 a new Foster home was a possibility with a family in St. Petersburg Florida which was just across the bay from where I lived. Marina was a vet tech, owned an older English Cocker and she and her husband fostered a larger breed as well, she also had experience as a dog trainer. So it seemed like a perfect fit. Well making a long story short Marina took him and soon fell in love with him and adopted him into her family. She keeps in touch with me sending photos of Stevie and telling me how much she loves and adores him.

Recently Marina was so proud when little Blind Stevie completed training and became a Certified Cadaver Dog. She also told me that with no training Stevie will come to warn her when she has a migraine headache coming on just in time to take medications. Evidently he continues to paw at her while in her lap. She said at first she couldn’t figure out what he wanted but soon realized shortly after she got a tremendous migraine.

Marina is a native of Spain and due to her husbands job change will be moving to the Virgin Islands and Stevie is going to of course. He is now in Barcelona Spain with her and her children visiting family. I would say little “Stevie Wonder” is indeed a Wonder Dog in his own rights.

Rescue groups like the ECSCA make it possible for dogs like Stevie to have a new beginning. It can be hard being a foster parent to these dogs but when the outcome is like his there is no better feeling in the world knowing you made a difference in this one. When I first started fostering my husband asked me if I had ever heard the story of the little boy and the starfish. There was a little boy on the beach with hundreds of starfish washed up due to a storm, the child walked and picked up one at a time and tossed them back into the water, a man watching said why are you doing that? You can't make a difference, his reply as he tossed one in the water “Well it made a difference to that one” I guess that sums it up. Stevie was one of the lucky ones and I am so thrilled we saved that one.

We recently took a new foster, he is an 8 year old blind Cocker that was in a kill shelter.  We don’t expect he will be another Stevie but maybe he can give someone joy in their life even though he can’t see them.
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Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What an inkhredibly pawesome story!

Thanks fur sharing it!


Anny said...

This is a wonderful story. I love happy endings. It always makes a difference for every little one we saved.

thanks for the story.

houndstooth said...

What a cool story! Some dogs, like people, are just born for greatness despite life's obstacles.

Ruby's Raiser said...

What a beautiful tribute to this amazing dog and the kindness of the people who saved him. Such quiet selfless acts do indeed make a tremendous difference.

Mr Koda MD said...

Lovely story!

Teddy Bear said...

We love hearing these wonderful stories. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Teddy Bear

ocmist said...

Yes, we must never give up, but pray and do the best we can with what we have to help those that need it... animals and people!

Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

YESH! i use the starfish story in an abbreviated form on my rescue business cards. On the back, at the bottom is a very small photo of a starfish; below it is "You make a difference." I LOVE that story. I love special needs dogs. A friend found a home for my blind Bloodhound. I found her in the paper - a breeder for 6 years now ready for a good home. I had read the websites, preparing myself for a blind dog. WELL. If a dog is going to be blind, a Bloodhound is about the best due to her NOSE! Goodness - she would snake her head back and forth like Ray Charles while I filled the dogs' food bowls :). She found her own way up the stairs - she used that nose and then her paws. She "watched" a Beagle chase a rabbit also with that nose. She did everything. And then - she found a home with a couple who had adopted all 3 of their special needs children, the father of whom was now retired and wanting a dog, hoping for a Bloodhound. PRICELESS. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of Stevie. What a handsome dog blessed with a wonderful, creative family.

Cocorue said...

it's these little stories that make us stop and appreciate people and animals around us.....thankQ so much for highlighting and for sharing them.


Mrs. JP said...

What an awesome story. We love those kinds of happy endings!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a beautiful story! My dog Hobo who is now at the Rainbow Bridge was blind when I adopted him at the age of 8 years old. He lived to be 16 years old and was very happy! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

sandy said...

Quick note to invite you to hop over to my blog where I'll ad updates regarding Jan at Animal Talk, my SIL so you can keep informed on her condition post surgery.

Turke the GSD said...

Turke says thank you for that beautiful story. I had broken hips when I was rescued so I can relate! And I still pee on myself (oops).

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Such a beautifuls story about Stevie.
Bless them, just bless them.
Thank you Mimi for sharing the beauty.