By Laura Bruck, special to Sun News
on May 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM, updated May 31, 2015 at 11:03
SOUTH EUCLID, Oh
Someone is missing out on a chance of a lifetime. That someone is the person who has read Helen’s story and looked into her soulful eyes, but has convinced him or herself that it would simply be too difficult to adopt a blind dog. Helen doesn’t understand that line of thinking. As far as she’s concerned she’s just like any other dog who needs a loving home. And because she’s been blind since birth, Helen has always used her other senses to navigate through life. Just ask her foster mom, who watched as she quickly learned to find her food bowl, walk on a leash for the very first time, run outside to romp in the fenced yard, scramble up and down the stairs, and find the nearest lap for a long snuggle session.
Despite Helen’s remarkable ability to adjust to new situations, the unfamiliar sounds and smells of a shelter cage must have been terrifying. That’s where Helen found herself when, as a puppy, her family gave her up when their other dogs began to pick on their younger canine sister. Helen waited in vain for the people she loved to come and take her home. She listened for a familiar voice and longed for a familiar touch. In the end, however, it was a PAWS volunteer who rescued this loving little girl from her loneliness and despair. Helen has put those days behind her, and this healthy and happy, 16-month-old, 40-pound lab-mix is more than ready to begin life anew. Despite what others might view as a disability, Helen is remarkably independent, and embraces a happy-go-lucky attitude about life. She loves her tummy rubs and even manages to remember where she’s hidden her favorite toys.
Helen is a bit hesitant around new dogs but, with careful introduction to calm and easy-going canines, befriends them and initiates play. This smart little cookie is always eager to learn and to please the humans she loves, and lapped up her foster mom’s praise as she learned the ins and outs of house- and crate-training. “Helen doesn’t need to see us to love us,” said her foster mom. “She’s incredibly trusting and instantly adores everyone she meets. A bit of patience and consistency, a fenced yard, and a healthy dose of love is all she requires.” Helen doesn’t think of herself as different. This gentle, playful girl with a zest for life knows only that people were put on this earth for her to love. So, take another look at that face, and try to imagine the lifetime of love and devotion in store for whomever gives Helen the home she longs for.