We've had so many dogs give us their lives to help and support us, so don't you think it's the right thing to do by giving Alex a forever home?
Dogs have done a lot for us, including being our best companions. Dogs can also be trained to help people with disabilities and there are several dogs in the US that are trained to guide humans who are blind, changing their lives on a daily basis. So it's only fair that we give it back to them when they're the ones in need. Alex, a 4-year-old terrier went blind almost overnight, and according to Express, staff members at the Dogs Trust Evesham, in Worcestershire, are now on the hunt for a 'guide human' who can adopt Alex and take care of him and his needs.
Alex arrived at Dogs Trust in October, where he quickly became a favorite with the rescue center volunteers. They were the ones who first noticed how Alex was walking into things, so they took him to the vet who confirmed that he had detached retinas and the vets said his eyesight would probably never return again!Emma Rex, who is a training and behavior advisor at Dogs Trust Evesham, said, "It was such a huge shock to us to hear that Alex had gone blind."
"It must have been confusing for him initially, but he has adjusted so well and certainly hasn't let his blindness hold him back. Knowing he was blind enabled us to make things in his daily life much more predictable, so he's much happier. For example, we've applied lavender oil to his harness so he's learned to recognize when it's near his head - and then he gets to go for a walk," she said.
The volunteers at Dogs Trust have even taught him not to trip and fall when he's walking. Emma added, "We've also taught him to lift his paw when there's a step in front of him so he doesn't trip over and because he loves to play we've got him some balls with bells inside so he can hear them and knows where they are. These little considerations have made him a happy dog and really helped him to adjust quickly."
They are hopeful Alex will find himself a home where he's appreciated for his playful nature and they won't be upset about the fact he's blind. Emma explained, "While Alex has quickly learned to use his other senses, his new owner will need to be patient and be prepared to act as his guide human to help him settle into his new home. He would love a quiet home where there will be minimal changes in the furniture layout and not too many visitors."
She added, "He'd also be really pleased with a secure garden where he can happily play with you and he'd love it if someone was around for most of the day as he doesn't like to be left alone for too long. He's got plenty of years left in him yet and so much love to give. He just needs a patient owner who can prove love really is blind and can give him a forever home." Surely, there will be someone who is utterly grateful to dogs for all they've done for us and would adopt Alex just to be able to give back to them.
If you own or plan to adopt a blind dog, there are a few things to keep in mind, according to The Spruce Pets. The first thing you need to do is to check your home for hazards. You will have to remove any sharp object that may be of potential threat to your blind dog. Get your dog familiar with its feeding spot so they know where to go when they're hungry or thirsty. That can also act as a "home base" for them to navigate around the rest of the house.
Avoid moving your furniture around or placing new stuff in your dog's usual route and take care to baby-proof dangerous places like the stairs. It can take your dog some time to learn how to use the stairs again. You may have to use a leash and your voice to guide your dog up or down the stairs. If you plan on leaving your blind dog alone, crate-train them so you know they'll be safe even though you're not there. Even if your dog can't see, it's very important to let it mingle with others as it's important to expose your dog to different kinds of environment, and interact with other pets and people. This way, your dog will be less intimidated by new environments and will be much more relaxed. Make sure to let others know of your dog's condition so they take necessary precautions when they approach your dog, and go ahead and pet them only if the dog is receptive to them. It's a whole different experience, and if they can't see you, they are the ones that give meaning to the phrase 'love is blind'.