Thursday, September 29, 2016


Name: RC
Age: Approximately 2 ½ years
Sex: Male (altered)
Breed: Mix Breed (possibly Pit Bull?)
Location: Eastern Michigan

Vet Info: RC is confirmed neutered and is current with vaccinations. He is underwent heartworm treatment and is now heartworm negative. He was due to be retested on September 29. He was also treated for intestinal worms (roundworms and hookworms). RC weighs 63 pounds. He will be having an eye exam with a specialist on October 11 but his caregivers believe he is mostly bind but probably sees shadows. He walks into doors and walls with no eye blink present.

Owner Info: RC is a young mixed breed who is being given a second chance after being found as a stray and taken in by a veterinary office. His caregivers say he was brought in after being attacked by multiple dogs on the street. They have had him for a few months now but he needs a foster home or a home of his own where is is not crated all the time.

RC is house-broken and leash-trained. He is outgoing and good with men, women, and teenagers. RC is not possessive of toys, treats, or food; however he can be reactive when he hears other dogs around him. His caregiver says he gets walked outside daily by a volunteer and is great on the harness. He is not startled by loud noises or when a stranger approaches. But if he hears another dog barking, he will bark and lunge even though he doesn't know what he is lunging at! His caregiver writes, “he has never bitten anyone or any animal while in our care.”

This poor guy has spent enough time in a crate! His caregivers are eager to get him acclimated to a home environment. He needs someone to work with him one-on-one. 


Name: Peyton
Age: Approximately 3 1/2 years 
Sex: Male (altered)
Breed: Labrador Mix
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC area

Vet Info: Peyton is confirmed neutered and up to date on vaccines.  He tested negative on his last heartworm test on 9/22/14.  He's been diagnosed with glaucoma and retinal detachment, and had his left eye removed in June, 2014.   Peyton's owner believes he can see shadows.  Peyton weighs 100 pounds. 

Owner Info: Peyton is a very handsome and sweet fellow in need of rescue or a new home as he is too large for his owner to handle.  His owner writes, "Peyton has just become too hard to handle at times. I am 62 years old and i work....Peyton is very large and he runs into me, almost knocking me over."  She has tried posting flyers and contacting shelters, but has had no luck, and is very much hoping we can help.  Peyton was originally adopted from the humane society three years ago.

Peyton is an indoor dog with run of the house.  He is housebroken and leash trained.  He knows the commands, Sit and Come!  Peyton is a very sweet and friendly fellow, and is good with people of all ages, male and female dogs, and cats.  He is not possessive of toys, treats, or food, and has never bitten or snapped.

When answering the question about whether your dog adapts well to new situations, Peyton's owner writes, "It takes time for him to get comfortable in new places."

Other than his eye condition, Peyton's owner tells us he's been a very healthy dog!  She also wants us to know what a sweetheart he is.  "Peyton is a very loving sweet dog. This is the hardest thing we've had to do. He just needs alot of time and patience."


Name: Murphy
Age: 9 months     
Breed: Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd
Sex: Male (altered)
Location: Indian River County, FL

Vet Info: Murphy is confirmed neutered and up to date on vaccines.  He is heartworm negative as of 8/25/16.  Murphy weighs about 65 pounds. Murphy is completely blind but may have light/dark sensitivity.  His owners gave us more details about Murphy's eye issues:  "After having the puppy (Murphy) for a month we noticed he was a little bit clumsier than a puppy usually is and his eyes moved around. We brought him to the Vet, who suspected he had cataracts. We then brought him to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist who confirmed that he not only had cataracts, he was not showing any signs of sight. He discovered that both of his retinas are detached. He thinks he has been blind since birth, possibly due to bad breeding. We then brought him to a retina specialist who said he MAY be a candidate for reattachment but there is no way to know....We purchased a sonar unit that he has been wearing for several months so he navigates as though he can see."   

"Murphy is taking fluoxetine 40mg/day and he takes zyrtec for itching of unknown origin (allergies maybe).

Owner Info: DOB 12/17/2015. Murphy is a gorgeous and very sweet fellow whose owners are hoping we can help!  They write, "My daughter got Murphy as a puppy from a person who sells dogs for a breeder. He was sold to her as being a Great Pyrenees."  Murphy was diagnosed as being blind about a month later, and as Murphy's owner is in her last year of high school and works, they know they cannot give Murphy the time he needs.   "She is in her last year of High School and is working. She can not give Murphy the time that he needs to be trained. He needs to be watched more closely than sighted dogs, so he is crated more hours than is ideal for a dog his age and size. With the hours we work and with my daughter's schedule, it isn't fair to Murphy."  They are very much hoping we'll have room for sweet Murphy!  

Murphy is an indoor dog who is crated.  He is housebroken and leash trained and knows the command, Sit! Murphy is good with men and women, and currently lives with three cats that he plays with.  Murphy's owners tell us he loves small animals, but that they don't know about large dogs because he isn't around them.  However, "Murphy gets along with all dogs when we are on walks that is his extent of his social involvement with others at the moment." Murphy is not possessive of toys, treats, or food, and has never shown any aggression.  When answering if they feel Murphy adapts well to new situations, his owners tell us, "He had very bad separation anxiety when we first got him but we did not know that he was blind at all. He has been prescribed fluoxetine which solved this issue."

Murphy's owners want us to know what a great and very special dog he is, and are hoping we can help!  "great dog, not fair he should be crated as much as he is in this situation".

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bo - URGENT!!!

Name: Bo
Age: 2 years
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever 
Sex: Male (not altered)
Location: Spartansburg, PA area

Vet Info: Bo was bought to be a stud at a puppy mill and due to his blindess they no longer want him. Due to this, he is not neutered. According to the owner, they have administered vaccines. He has not had a heartworm test. He is 2 years old and approximately 85 lbs. The good samaritan writes, "I am not a veterinarian, but I did extensive research and read many books when my own dog went blind. It is my opinion that Bo is completely blind. His eyes are completely clouded over. He has not been seen by a vet since owners bought him 2 years ago." He has a hematoma in one ear. Otherwise he seems very healthy.

Owner Info: Bo's owners (at the puppy mill) tried to contact the breeder they got him from to take him back due to him being blind but the breeder does not want him either. They bought him to be a stud for a puppy mill and not as he is rendered useless, he needs a new home. The good samaritan the owner contacted has been trying to find placement for him but has not had any luck yet. According to the good samaritan, Bo lives with about 40 other dogs, in a cage most of the time. She was able to visit the farm to see Bo. She said when asked about adapting to new situations, "Yes, when I met Bo, they invited me to the property to meet him and brought him out to me (I assume his living conditions are too bad for them to want me to see because they did show me about half of their farm and dogs) He is like a bull in a china store! He's a happy Lab, excited, strong, wants to meet everyone and everything. He is definitely 100% blind, but they have not taken him to a vet ever. (I previously owned a dog that went blind from SARDS, so I know how to check for vision) Bo was confident when he walks, pulls very hard on the leash, and was not deterred when he ran into things. I think he will adapt very easily into a new situation and he seems to be in excellent health otherwise, so he should have several more playful years ahead of him."

Bo may not be housebroken or leash trained. He hasn't had training of any kind due to his current situation. The good samaritan writes, "They believe he was indoors at his previous home, so he may be housebroken but they didn't know for sure. He's outside in a small pen. Does not know any commands." He is outgoing, good with men, women, children and female dogs. He has not shown any possessiveness with treats or food or aggression in any way. 

The good samaritan is pleading for help for this sweet guy. "Please help me get this sweet dog out of there! He's had no vet treatment for the blindness and lives in a small pen way out behind their barns. He gets almost no interaction because they said he's useless to them now. It's such a sad situation for him. Thank you for your help."

Update 9/29/16: We just received an email from the person trying to help Bo. She talked to the puppy mill owner (who has Bo) and he stated that Bo needs to be out immediately or he is going to have him euthanized. If anyone has room or knows of any rescues that can help, please don’t wait!


Name: K-9
Age: 12 weeks
Sex: Male (not altered)
Breed: Labrador Mix
Location: San Antonio, TX

Vet Info: K-9 is confirmed ​up to date on vaccines and is due for a booster in four weeks.  He is not neutered and is too young for a heartworm test.  He is on flea and tick prevention.  K-9 weighs 10 pounds.

Owner Info: K-9 is an adorable little blind puppy who was found starving in the street.  He was nursed back to health by a good samaritan.  She writes that he's very sweet, but she is unable to keep him as she has three large-breed dogs of her own, and one is very aggressive.  She is afraid K-9 will be hurt. She is hoping to find K-9 a wonderful new home or rescue!  She has tried no-kill shelters, family and friends, but has not yet had any luck.   

K-9's good samaritan writes, "He needs a home where they know how to work with a blind dog he runs and falls into water bowl I don't know how to train a blind dog, really he is very simple to care for... I cannot bring him out to general population, because of my dogs. I try and spend time with him, but I work and have tons to do, he needs a little play mate, he needs a home that know how to work with a blind dog."

K-9 is an indoor dog confined to one area of the house.  He is not yet housebroken or leash trained.  He's a smart little boy and already knows, Come here!  K-9 is very friendly and is described as "outgoing".  He's good with people of all ages, other dogs, and cats.  He currently lives with three dogs and two cats.  He is not possessive of toys, treats, or food, and has never shown any aggression.

K-9's good samaritan feels he adapts well to new situations.  She writes, "When I found him my friend fostered him for me for a week , since I was leaving town , he did great, and then when I picked him up ,he was very loving and friendly."

K-9's good samaritan gave us more information about his sight: "He cannot see from a distance , I think maybe shadows when u get close about 2 inch from his eyes . I squeeze a ball he is looking side to side all around room for ball cannot see it, I open door to room he sits there looking side to side , until I make a noise follows the noise."  Other than his sight, she tells us he is a healthy, playfully sweet puppy!


Name: JJ
Age: 5 years
Breed: Maltipoo
Sex: Male (altered)
Location: Ann Arbor, MI area

Vet Info: JJ is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and heartworm negative.  JJ weighs about 12 pounds.  

Owner Info: JJ is an adorable little fellow whose owners have a three-month old and a 16-month-old.  JJ needs to be approached gently and their 16-month-old son doesn't know how to do that, so JJ will startle and growl at their son.  They want us to know that JJ is not at all aggressive!  They are hoping to avoid any accidental biting incidents by finding JJ a new home or rescue as soon as possible.  They write, "I can't stress enough how difficult this whole process is for me and my husband but it is necessary unfortunately. Please please do your best to find a good loving home for our boy. He is a good good doggy." JJ was adopted as a puppy.

JJ is an indoor dog with run of the house.  He is housebroken and leash trained.  He is a smart little fellow and knows several commands, including Sit, Stay, Let's go for a walk, Come here, Go home, Where's your ball, and Do you want a cookie?

JJ is good with men, women and teenagers, and male and female dogs.  He currently lives with another dog.  They do not recommend a home with small children.  

JJ prefers to be approached gently, and if he's startled or frightened, he may show aggression by growling or snapping.  He can be possessive with toys, treats, or food.  His owners write that he has NEVER bitten anyone.

JJ adapts well to new situations and his owners gave us more details:  "...he has stayed with friends in their house with their own dogs while we traveled overseas a couple of times. 
It might take him a few days but he adjusts very well. 
Also we have changed houses twice since we got him and he does good with that too.  Maps out the layout of the home pretty fast."

JJ has cataracts and may be completely blind.  "Cataract in both eyes, one eye has gone completely blind the other we were told he might be able to see very very blurry. He does bump into the the things but only if their not suppose to be there like babies toys or a chair we didn t put back in its place etc...Beside his eye problem he is a healthy dog. We never had any issues with other medical problems."

JJ's owners want us to know what a special boy he is and that this is a very difficult decision for them!  "This is not an easy decision for my husband and me. JJ was our first baby before our human babies... He deserves to be with a family that loves him as much as we do but has more time and less restrictions for him. He is a good dog!!!


Name: Mojo
Age: 3 months
Sex: Male (not altered)
Breed: "Micro Exotic" American PitBull
Location: Philadelphia

Vet Info: At a veterinary exam at 9 weeks old, it was noted that Mojo had normal palbebral reflex and normal fundic exam in both eyes, but no dazzle reflex.  His limbs also seemed weak.  He received the DA2PP vaccine on 8/9/16.  
At an 8/31/16 veterinary specialty center exam, it was noted absent menace in both eyes with resting horizontal nystagmus with fast phase to the right and sometimes down, all other CNs are normal.  He also tends to circle to the left, which his owner writes that he does when he's tired and nervous.  He is eating and drinking normally.
Exam notes summary:  "Mojo's exam is consistent with a problem affecting multiple areas of his brain.  Based on the fact that his signs have been stable for weeks, this is not likely due to be secondary to an infection.  The disease processes I would be most suspicious of would be a congenital brain malformation or an inherited degenerative disease.  His signs may remain stable or progress over time."  
Mojo weighs about 18 pounds.  We asked how large he will get, and his owner wrote, "IF he is a true micro bully - it is my understanding that he should not get any taller than 11" and weight I'm guessing at around 35/45."
OS has copies of Mojo's medical notes and more detailed medical information from his owner.  If anyone has questions or would like more details, please ask!

Owner Info: DOB 6/6/16. Mojo is an adorable "micro exotic american bully" who was saved from Craigslist.  He has neurological issues, and his future is uncertain.  Mojo's owner is doing everything she can for Mojo and he is safe and loved where he is, but she writes that she works long hours and her daughter is in college, and he requires more attention than she is able to give.  It breaks her heart to leave him as often as they do. She also feels he'd do better in a quieter environment.

Mojo's owner writes, "I rescued Mojo with the purpose of finding him a safe home environment. I have a 6 month old lab mix that is extremely hyper. I am out of my home 8 to 10 hours a day. Mojo is crated, Diesel is sharing days in same room - blocked off from full run of the house. Mojo is blind and it also believed to have brain malformation. Although he is super sweet, absolutely adorable and has taken my heart at first sight - He is definitely a special needs and requires much more attention than I am able to give him. He gets along with Diesel, but when Diesel acts up - Mojo absolutely reacts to his hyper activity with a nervousness of his own. I feel that Mojo will do best in a quieter environment. I do not think he should be placed with small children."

Mojo is an indoor dog confined to one area of the house.  He is not housebroken, but is leash trained.  "He will walk on a leash with patience. Met with a neurologist - he believes Mojo has brain malformation and without costly extensive testing - it is a guess as to whether Mojo will train."  

Mojo is a very friendly little fellow and is good with men, women, and older children, male and female dogs, and cats.  He currently lives with another dog.  Mojo is not possessive of toys, treats, or food.  His owner tells us that he can get nervous if picked up or grabbed without hearing a verbal approach of some sort.  

In answer to the question asking if the dog adapts well to new situations despite their blindness, Mojo's owner wrote, "in my very limited experience - I feel he adapted as well as could be expected. my home is small. initially he went in circles and bumped into everything. By the end of the first day and a lot of 'uh oh's' from me - he actually maneuvers extremely well."

Mojo is a very happy and loving puppy!  "He appears to be a happy normal pup in every other aspect...Mojo may be 'special needs' but everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him - loves him. He looks, plays, follows, barks - like any other puppy. He may rapidly decline, he may live many happy years. My goal is to find him a safe loving home with someone who is patient and tolerant of his needs - knowing that he may - and possibly may not - ever fully be housebroken."