Looking after a blind dog does not differ as much as you may think from normal, but many with sight difficulties find themselves at the bottom of the pile of animals to adopt.
Dogs are so reliant on their hearing and smell that it does not take them long to learn how to live without use of their eyes.
A tip from Blind Dog Rescue UK when adopting a blind dog, is to give them something with your home’s scent a few days before bringing them home.
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It always helps to bring along something with a familiar smell to them when moving into a new environment – have they got a blanket or toy they love?
Here are three blind or partially sighted dogs from Hope Rescue in Llanharan looking for a new home.
Walker, Yorkshire Terrier, 11 years old
This sweet boy had to have one eye removed after suffering from Glaucoma, a condition where the optic nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged.
He was already blind in that eye so barely noticed the difference.
He loves other dogs and can also live with cats. Walker needs the freedom to roam the house and be able to join his owner upstairs overnight or he becomes anxious.
Rosie, Jack Russell Terrier, two years old
Rosie had to have both eyes removed but was already blind so has adapted well, although she does require extra attention to stop her from bumping into things and falling off curbs.
Despite this she copes well and is able to map out her surroundings fairly well after a short time.
She needs someone to look past her disability where she can be the only pet in the home.
Blue, Border Collie, 13 years old
This elderly Border Collie only has a small portion of sight remaining in one eye and is completely blind in the other, so can only see light or dark.
He relies on his best bud Lass, a 10-year-old Lurcher for comfort, especially as he also has some hearing loss. The two will need to be rehomed together.
The two are looking for a quiet home with older children and a secure garden.
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