The four-month-old german koolie was surrendered to the Animal Welfare League’s Kemps Creek shelter by a breeder who was unwilling to give him the attention he deserves.
While sad, it was a blessing for the blind pooch because the team at the shelter won’t rest until they find him the perfect home.
Dog co-ordinator Boyd Carrodus has been puppy-sitting Stevie since he was brought in.
“He really is the cutest little dog,” Mr Carrodus said.
“He has such a big personality and a real love for life.
“And you should see him when he meets new people, he bursts with excitement.”
Stevie has just graduated from puppy school so can sit, climb stairs and is comfortable interacting with people, dogs and even cats.
“Stevie gets on with everyone, he comes to life when he is around people,” Mr Carrodus said.
“And he is even really fascinated by my two cats, of course they aren’t quite as excited to see him though.”
As far as the challenges of training a blind dog go, Mr Carrodus said it’s all about stability and structure.
“He is a fast learner and he tries so hard but obviously learning things is a bit more difficult for Stevie,” he said.
“You have to use a lot of sounds and be mindful of things around the house that could hurt him.
“Most importantly, he needs a stable home with structure and routine – and lots of cuddles.”
■ WHAT: Stevie has merle ocular dysgenisis so is blind in both eyes. He was surrendered by a breeder who was unwilling to take care of him
■ HELP: The pooch is looking for a family who spends a fair amount of time at home and has a house with shade in the yard
■ COST: $500
■ DETAILS: Visit 1605 Elizabeth Dr in Kemps Creek between 10am and 3.30pm