Category Archives: Inspirational Stories

* Blind dog Basil and Camber owner walk Coast to Coast for charity – Rye and Battle Observer

Source: Blind dog Basil and Camber owner walk Coast to Coast for charity – Rye and Battle Observer

Basil enjoys a few naps in his rucksack

A blind dog and his owner have raised almost £6,500 for charity after embarking on a 190-mile walk.

Basil, a 15-year-old fox terrier and Michael Carter, of Farm Lane, Camber, walked from the cliffs of St Bees on the Irish Sea to the fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea, in support of Dogs Trust.

Basil has a paddle in a shallow ford

Basil had both eyes removed after developing glaucoma and spent part of the journey being carried in a customised rucksack.

Michael said: “I was so moved by people’s generosity and support throughout the walk and astonished at how many people became emotionally attached to Basil. One super fan, Helen Jamieson, had followed Basil every day. She had recently lost her own beloved Westie, Ollie and was struggling to come to terms with his loss. Helen said she found great comfort in Basil’s unfolding story. Helen came up to Robin Hood’s Bay to welcome us back and it was a very special moment for both of us.

“We finished the walk in the 16 days I had planned. Though this is a little longer than is usual it gave Basil plenty of time to walk, sniff around or just sit and rest.

“I made sure I didn’t think of the walk as being about reaching the end but about the day we were in. It was important for me to experience the highs and lows and enjoy the moment.

[Read the full article….]

Robin Hoods Bay

Basil and Michael reach the end of the walk

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Source: Blind dog Basil and Camber owner walk Coast to Coast for charity – Rye and Battle Observer

* Catching up: After competition, blind dog from Mineral Point continues to spread anti-bullying message | Local News | host.madison.com

Source: Catching up: After competition, blind dog from Mineral Point continues to spread anti-bullying message | Local News | host.madison.com


Noah, a blind bichon poodle mix from Mineral Point, was a semi-finalist in the American Human Association Hero Dog Awards.


While Mineral Point resident Lisa Edge’s dog, Noah, didn’t make it to the finals for a national competition, it hasn’t stopped the pair from spreading their anti-bullying message.

Noah, a blind bichon poodle mix with deformed hind legs, was a semifinalist in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a national competition that acknowledges the achievements of dogs and their owners.

Voting for the competition closed July 22 and Edge heard back from organizers via email at the beginning of July that Noah didn’t make it to the final round.

“Of course we were disappointed,” Edge said. “However, the way I look at it, I wasn’t even expecting him to make it to this point being that he’s only a year and a half.”

Noah, who often scoots around via a customized wheelchair, competed in the “emerging hero” category, and was one of 24 semifinalists across eight categories. Other categories included rescue and therapy dogs.

Edge said she plans to enter Noah into the competition again next year.

The two visit schools and nursing homes across southern Wisconsin to educate about accepting differences and bullying. [Read the full article….]

Source: Catching up: After competition, blind dog from Mineral Point continues to spread anti-bullying message | Local News | host.madison.com

* Good Samaritan saves life of blind, deaf Fox Terrier – Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA –

A lovely, inspirational story to brighten your Friday…..

This little Fox Terrier has a number of serious issues, any one of which would cause many owners to give up on him – he’s blind in both eyes, deaf and has severe dental disease. Despite all this, Chloe DeGrate decided to keep Reily and give him the loving home he so desperately needed.


Source: – Good Samaritan saves life of blind, deaf Fox Terrier – Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA –

By Marianne Laquinto  |  June 9, 2016


The Craig’s List ad simply read: “7-year-old dog that needs a new home and love.” Chloe DeGrate, 28, was in search of a little Terrier to call her own for several months; having rescued three terriers in the past nine years, she longed for the loving companionship they provide. Upon seeing the Craig’s List ad, she responded immediately, and within two days the tiny dog, shivering and wrapped in a blanket, was delivered into her arms. The tiny, neglected Toy Fox Terrier, after bouncing from home to home, has finally found the forever home, love and care he waited for all of his life.

[Read the full article….]

Source: – Good Samaritan saves life of blind, deaf Fox Terrier – Chestnut Hill Local Philadelphia PA –

* Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Source: Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


By Thea Halpin

Updated Thu at 2:51am



VIMEO: Annabelle and 64 at Edgar’s Mission (Supplied: Edgar’s Mission)


He may not be a black sheep but a wether named 64 — after the Beatles song When I’m Sixty-four — is a stand out in his paddock.

The ragged old sheep has been blind most of his life, and is now in the care of an animal refuge.

“Named him after the song, because when he came to us here, he was 12 in human years, so 64 for a sheep,” Pam Ahern, co-founder of Edgar’s Mission in Lancefield north of Melbourne, said.

Halo vest custom-made to fit woolly sheep

Bleating around in his paddock and lazily mulling over blades of grass, 64’s defining feature is the wide plastic halo worn around his head.

With few options for vision-impaired animals and with no longer a herd to guide him, Ms Ahern began searching the internet for impairment aids for animals, eventually stumbling across the ‘halo vest’.

The vest, invented in the United States, is designed to fit dogs, with a plastic halo preventing blind canines from walking into objects.

After getting in touch with the manufacturers, a vest was custom-made especially to fit 64’s ruminant measurements.Inventor of the HaloVest and president and CEO of Halos for Paws, Dorie Stratton, said she came up with the idea of the vest after rescuing a blind Scottish terrier.

“I found him abandoned in a Walmart parking lot, and I took him home to care for him,” Ms Stratton said.

“Not being familiar with blind dogs, I went online to learn how to care for handicapped dogs.”I found several sites that showed me how to make a blind dog collar.”



After conceiving the idea, Ms Stratton and her friend Ellen Burgess, who had previously owned a blind dog that had since passed away, decided to make the idea a reality.

“We initially didn’t have any plans to start a business, until we showed the vest to our vet ophthalmologist,” Ms Stratton said.

“She went crazy for the vest and said these vests were highly in demand for blind dogs and I should start a business selling [them].

“I thought about it, and the rest is history.”

Herd offers protection

Life for blind animals is tough and according to Ms Ahern, without his herd, 64 would not have had much chance of surviving to his old age.

“He had obviously been living as part of a herd that protected him, because he wouldn’t have survived long alone being blind,” Ms Ahern said.

“He wasn’t socialised with humans; he was absolutely terrified of humans.”

With few options for vision-impaired animals, the staff at Edgar’s Mission took an inventive approach to guiding 64 around the 153-acre Victorian property.

They fitted a sheep named Annabelle with a bell — one that 64 was trained to listen for and follow.

However, according to Ms Ahern, the transition was harder than expected.

“It took a lot of training to get [Annabelle] wearing the bell and [to get] 64 following the sound,” she said.

“Sheep are preyed-upon animals so naturally, they don’t like making noise wherever they go.

“After adjusting to the jingling collar, Annabelle and 64 are now an inseparable pair and play follow-the-leader around the property.

“Annabelle was actually named Annabelle before we paired her up with 64 [so] it worked out quite well,” Ms Ahern laughed.


Source: Blind sheep finds his way thanks to puppy ‘halo vest’ and a friend with a bell – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

* Samaritan stitches together a new life for blind stray dog – Times of India

Source: Samaritan stitches together a new life for blind stray dog – Times of India

Vijay Singh | Jan 13, 2016, 01.27 AM IST


Navi Mumbai: Nerul-based cobbler, Manoj Purbhe (46), is a local star because of his selfless love for stray animals. One of his current wards is a stray dog called Moti, who went blind in both his eyes after a cruel acid attack by unidentified persons in 2012.

“Moti used to be a very happy, lovable dog. He used to wag his tail when pedestrians passed by but would also bark at alcoholics or druggies hanging around in dark nooks especially in the evening. That night in 2012, I got to know that someone had thrown acid or some strong chemical at Moti and he was howling in pain, bleeding from both his eyes,” recalled Purbhe, a resident of Karave village.

He immediately rushed Moti to the animal sterilization centre at Turbhe, where the vets told him that both the eyes of the stray were beyond repair because of the acid attack.

“I felt a sick, empty feeling of anger and helplessness inside me to see that happy dog become blind. He has stayed with me at my place of work on the pavement since then,” said Purbhe.

Along with Moti, the cobbler also feeds and nurtures a few more stray dogs and a cat.”

Manoj has become so famous as an animal carer, that his story [w]ent viral on social media. Many were touched by the way he continues to help the blind dog and other animals. Recently, a group of NRIs stopped by at his pavement shop and offered to donate a monthly stipend to him so that he can continue to feed and take care of all the animals, including Moti,” said animal activist Arati Chauhan of Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell (NMAPC).

Source: Samaritan stitches together a new life for blind stray dog – Times of India

* Sweet Blind Dog Is Always Facing The Wrong Direction | thedodo.com

By Hudson Hongo  |  11 January 2016.

Source: Sweet Blind Dog Is Always Facing The Wrong Direction  |  thedodo.com


Loss of vision doesn’t make a dog any less loving or loyal or kind. It does, however, make a dog considerably worse at looking in the right direction, as a black lab named Uncle Ebenezer recently proved.

[Read the full article….]

 

Source: Sweet Blind Dog Is Always Facing The Wrong Direction  |  thedodo.com

* Guide dog has its own sight restored to enjoy retirement – Belfast Newsletter


Source: Guide dog has its own sight restored to enjoy retirement – Belfast Newsletter

Published  18:58  Monday 07 December 2015

Retired guide dog 'Rory' who was blind before his cataract removal surgery but can now see again.

Retired guide dog ‘Rory’ who was blind before his cataract removal surgery but can now see again.

A retired guide dog has had its sight restored by a north Down veterinary surgeon after cataracts threatened to blight its well-earned retirement.

Rory, a ten-year-old Labrador, had given ten years faithful service before succumbing to the debilitating condition.

His lady owner felt this was particularly tough and unfair prognosis and that Rory deserved much better in his old age.

Dr Isabel Buehler and her team at the Cedarmount Veterinary Clinic in Bangor came to the rescue with a complex, life-changing operation to remove a cataract from the much-loved dog’s left eye…. [Read the full article]

Source: Guide dog has its own sight restored to enjoy retirement – Belfast Newsletter

* UPDATE: Blind Dog Abandoned on Bench Finds Home to Live Out Final Days – ABC News


Source: Blind Dog Abandoned on Bench Finds Home to Live Out Final Days – ABC News

By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN    |    Dec 3, 2015, 2:10 PM ET

Blind, Abandoned Pit Bull Finds Home to Live Out Last Days  (Foreverhome Rescue)

Blind, Abandoned Pit Bull Finds Home to Live Out Last Days (Foreverhome Rescue)

The heartbreaking story of a blind pit bull abandoned on a park bench shortly after giving birth outraged animal lovers everywhere. But Poly’s story will have a happy ending — sort of.

ABC News reported in October that Poly was found in a park in Santa Maria, California, by a Santa Barbara rescue organization. In addition to being blind, Poly had a few other medical issues: a congenital heart condition, possible ringworm and a skin condition that causes scabbing.

Poly, who is blind, has found love in a foster home after being abandoned on park bench.  (Foreverhome Rescue)

Poly, who is blind, has found love in a foster home after being abandoned on park bench. (Foreverhome Rescue)

Though Poly has found a loving home, it may be short-lived. She has been given somewhere between two months and two years to live, according to Jennifer Wales, the president and founder of Foreverhome Pet Rescue, the organization that placed her in foster care soon after her rescue. That foster home is now considered a hospice situation for Poly but, according to Wales, Poly’s days are filled with everything a dog could want in a home.

“Her activities are limited, but there’s lots of loving and hugging and petting,” said Wales, and because of Poly’s heart condition, “mostly napping.”

A typical day in the life of Poly might include lounging on the twin daybed that’s reserved for her and two other foster dogs in the San Fernando home where they live; rolling in the grass in the yard or at the park down the street, coconut oil massages that she “loves,” and car rides to Starbucks.

“She is getting much more comfortable in the car,” Wales said, “and since she is nervous around new voices, we are trying to at least briefly expose her to more and more people so she can learn to trust again. She is playful and bouncy, not so much with toys as with people. But she can’t get too riled up for more than a couple of minutes or she will start coughing and faint due to her condition.” [Read the full article….]

Source: Blind Dog Abandoned on Bench Finds Home to Live Out Final Days – ABC News

* Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo


Source: Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 01, 2015

Alecia and Charlie

Alecia and Charlie

A terminally ill dog was given the chance to have a final trip to the seaside thanks to the generosity of Exeter residents.

Alecia Louise took to social media to find a bike trailer that could be used to take Charlie, a German Shepard cross, to the beach before his battle with canine epilepsy got the better of him. The 8 year old’s condition left him unable to walk and sadly he was put to sleep just two hours after his trip.

The dog owner was left overwhelmed by the responses she received. She said:”Apart from all the offers of buggies for sale I was inundated with buggies for free. I collected one and took him for some fresh air the day he was put to sleep.

“I was overwhelmed by the kindness of people and would like to say thank you to everyone who got in touch.”

Source: Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo

* Blind, abandoned dog Magoo gets new home | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com

Source: Blind, abandoned dog Magoo gets new home | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com


Click to visit KOCO.com and watch a short video clip of Magoo
Just try watching it without grinning from ear to ear….


KOCO 5 continues to follow the journey of a Shar-Pei mix who was left abandoned at the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare facility.


OKLAHOMA CITY —KOCO 5 continues to follow the journey of a Shar-Pei mix who was left abandoned at the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare facility.

“I fell in love with her face,” said Belinda Watson. The Mustang band teacher now cares from Magoo. The puppy has been at her home for 2 1/2 weeks.

“She’s slowly getting around,” Watson said. “My husband didn’t even know I was bringing her home. It was a total surprise.”

Watson first learned about Magoo on Facebook. The animal has gained national and international attention.

“She’s home,” Watson said. “We’re the perfect home for a special needs dog. We’re older. We don’t have children, and we’ve done this before.

The Watsons have had and cared for a blind dog in the past. The family says with more time and training, they’d like to see Magoo become a therapy dog.

“People are just enamored by her,” Watson said.


Source: Blind, abandoned dog Magoo gets new home | Oklahoma City – OKC – KOCO.com