Stootsie [Adopted 1/8/2011] is an 8-year old female of black, white and roan coloring. Stootsie was a much loved pet for most of her life. Her life took a bad turn when her beloved owner was placed in a nursing home, and eventually passed away. A neighbor agreed to care for Stootsie. Stootsie spent the next 18 months as an outside dog. She was so infested with fleas that she had started to chew on her legs and all of the hair was missing from her underside and most of her back legs. She had untreated dry eye. When rescue took her away from that life she developed pneumonia. There were days when rescue did not think she would make it. Finally she turned the corner and is now a happy dog looking for the loving home she deserves. Stootsie's vision appeared to be diminished so we took her to an opthamologist. She was diagnosed with SARDS. Dogs with this condition become blind almost overnight. There is no known cause and no cure. Our wonderful Stootsie is now blind. Those who have owned a blind dog know that this is not the end of the world.
Update from Stootsie's foster mom: After a short period of adjustment Stootsie is able to do anything that any other dog can do. She follows the other dogs' tag jingles to go in and outside. She is adventuresome and curious, and more times than not her sense of smell and hearing can get her into trouble! She can find food and the garbage can like any sighted dog can, and will beg once she locates the source of the smell. She loves her tennis balls and her keen sense of smell helps her find it every time. Stootsie especially likes the squeeky tennis ball. She likes to go for walks, tho we are still working on the best way to make it safe for her and her human. We are going to try putting her on a double lead and put some jingle bells on the other dog walking with her to help guide her and she can still be independant without being pulled and made to follow. She is a very sweet, happy girl and loves to be with her people, have her butt scratched and hear her name while you talk to her.
Stootsie does not consider herself at a disadvantage; she has learned to compensate and does not sulk and feel sorry for herself. She does not understand why people would feel sad for her.
Stootsie is housetrained and does not do well in a crate. She is left out during the day and she is very well behaved and sleeps in her people's room on the floor by the bed at night. She is not good with cats. She will need drops in her eyes for the rest of her life. Stootsie knows there is someone out there with a big heart who will give her the love that she deserves. She returns all the love she gets tenfold!