Source: recordonline.com – Times Herald Record
By Mary Esparra
Published: 2:00 AM – 02/27/14
Last updated: 7:50 AM – 02/27/14
When Humane Society of Blooming Grove manager Otis Atkins realized the young Catalan sheepdog he took in was totally blind, he worried for the dog’s future.
A good Samaritan had found Magoo wandering around in New Windsor and brought him to Flannery Animal Hospital, which called the shelter to take him Dec. 15.
“We brought him back here and realized he was totally blind, 100 percent blind,” said Atkins. “Nobody wants a blind dog. We thought it was going to be really hard to adopt him out.”
Earlier this month, Janet Seaman of Salisbury Mills visited the shelter to donate batteries for its recycling program.
“The only dog in the outside kennel was Magoo,” she said. “He sat so beautifully, so straight like a show dog sits, and he didn’t bark.”
Seaman asked about Magoo and found out he was blind.
“He came to their call and came over to me all right, and he was obviously a friendly and happy dog,” she said.
Though interested in adopting Magoo, Seaman wasn’t sure a blind dog would fit into her home with her cats and two other dogs, English shepherd Holly and chocolate Lab Abby.
When she couldn’t get Magoo out of her mind, she decided if he was available when she visited a week later, she’d take him.
He was, and she did. On Valentine’s Day, Magoo went home with Seaman.
“We were ecstatic that he got adopted so quickly,” said Atkins. “It turned out that whoever was his guardian angel found him a person who could deal with a dog like that. He’s in a very, very safe house and will be very well taken care of. When she came to get him, she was excited, and he was jumping all around.”
Magoo has adjusted well to his new family.
“He and Holly have really bonded outside,” said Seaman. “They roam around the yard. The only time he runs into something is when he gets excited and runs fast. Normally, he follows her tracks by scent.”
Magoo may get a bark or two if he stumbles onto the dogs in the house, but “he had the layout of the house within the first hour,” said Seaman. “He knows where the water is, follows the dogs out the door and knows how to get out and where to get in.”
Seaman will be taking Magoo to a canine eye specialist to see if anything can be done to restore his sight.
Adopting a blind dog was easier than Seaman thought it would be.
“If you like the dog, and it has a good disposition, I wouldn’t be afraid to adopt another,” she said. “If you can bond with the dog, I wouldn’t hesitate at all.”
Seaman renamed Magoo Tucker, after a brave little dog in a mystery she read.
“He is a brave little dog that has adapted very quickly to an unknown world,” she said.