Say hello to Tatiana!
Tatiana is a very special girl and is therefore seeking a very special individual or family to open their heart and home to her. She is a beautiful Collie mix, fully grown and with a very loving disposition. She is a happy and playful dog outside the shelter, is very inquisitive and simply adores her walks. She seems to get on well with other dogs her size but doesn’t much care for small dogs. She does however like humans very much and, in fact, she enjoys nothing more than settling down for a cuddle and a belly rub!
One other thing that you should know about Tatiana is that she is fully blind. Tatiana doesn’t care that she is blind. It doesn’t stop her from introducing herself to new people at the shelter and offering herself up for a pat on the head nor does it stop her from taking every opportunity to go for a walk and a possible adventure with a shelter volunteer. This courageous little girl now deserves to find the best home with a forever family who will adore her as much as she will adore them. As the saying goes – Blind dogs see with their hearts.
If you think you might be the right person to offer Tatiana forever home (or a foster home while she waits), please contact the shelter to arrange to meet her on 949 1461 or e-mail [email protected] Shelter Hours are on Monday through Friday: 11am to 5pm; and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
Dispelling the myth
There are a number of myths about blind dogs and whether or not they make good pets. Below some of those myths are dispelled. In fact, those who have blind dogs in their families say that watching these dogs energetically and enthusiastically embrace life every day, inspires them to live their life to the fullest.
MYTH: Blind dogs are unadoptable.
Reality: A blind dog is a dog first! They may be too big or small, too playful etc but they are dog first, blind second. They are just as sweet, friendly, and loving as sighted dogs and are every bit as adoptable.
MYTH: Blind dogs are high-maintenance.
Reality: Not true. They do not require extraordinary amounts of care, nor are they difficult to take care of. They require just as much love and attention as a sighted dog.
MYTH: They will bump into furniture if we move it and constantly break things.
Reality: Blind dogs map out their areas fairly quickly, sometimes in only one day. They can go up and down stairs, run about in a yard, and even jump up on the furniture to get the best spot for a nap. They can also adapt to changes in their environment quite quickly, so you can reposition your furniture in your home.
MYTH: Blind dogs are not trainable and more difficult to handle.
Reality: Blind dogs are completely trainable. Vision is not the primary sense in dog, smell is. Just like sighted dogs, blind dogs learn quickly and enjoy being rewarded with treats.
MYTH: Blind dogs can’t enjoy life.
Reality: Blind dogs can and do live normal, healthy and fun lives. If they can smell, taste and feel you petting them, they’re enjoying life. They can go for walks, run about, play with toys and other dogs and enjoy they enjoy car rides, belly-rubs and couch surfing with their human friends. There are also scented toys or toys that jingle, which help blind dogs enjoy a game of “fetch”.
MYTH: Blind dogs cost more and/or that blind dogs are not healthy.
Reality: Some blind dogs may cost more because they might need surgery or eye drops, but many dogs, blind or otherwise, have something for which they’ll eventually need medication or surgery. Blind dogs, like sighted dogs, run the range of health issues.