Source: Lake County News-Sun
Aug. 8 4:31 p.m.
So how does a dog with no eyes make it several blocks to the front of my driveway in Libertyville, the land of vehicular traffic?
My wife and I were sleeping Wednesday morning when our little dog Wrigley growled softly about something outside. When we looked, we could see a dog unleashed at the front of our driveway, wandering around sniffing with no owner in sight. My wife made it outside first.
As I approached, I heard her say the dog was blind. No typo. The dog had no eyes.
It was a friendly little pooch by the name of Shumai, part terrier and chihuahua, as we learned later. We called Libertyville police in case the owner had called them, “It has no eyes,” I heard them saying, but they didn’t have a report.
And then we sat and waited on the porch, gave her water and breakfast and a treat. It wasn’t long before Jiena Nesbitt, who lives about an eighth of a mile away from my house near the intersection of routes 176 and 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) arrived.
How did a dog with no eyes make it across Milwaukee Avenue?
Well, it was late, as Nesbitt related. She had been doing face-painting for the Waukegan Police Department’s National Night Out on Tuesday and, somehow, Shumai snuck out. She’s done it before, once brazenly going through a screen door.
Once Jiena and her mother Evangeline showed up and started talking, Shumai’s little tail started wagging so much, she knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.
When Evangeline started giving her a belly rub in the driveway, you could see the thought bubble above the dog’s head: “I’d know this belly rub anywhere.”
So it was great, happy ending. Nesbitt explained she got the dog as a rescue 10 years ago, but shortly after she got it, it was diagnosed in one eye with a glaucoma of sorts that put pressure on the eye.
They removed that one and six months later, had to do the other.
“But she’s still very adventurous. She loves to go outside and play with other dogs and go for walks. You wouldn’t know she’s blind,” she said.
Jiena had been looking for her since 4 a.m. and decided to branch out from her immediate neighborhood, and that was when she found her. She uses a clicker so Shumai can hear where she is.
“I sometimes forget she has no eyes,” she said.