(I've already posted an email from Toronto Animal Services West about Daisy and Rudy, two Cocker Spaniels, but I wanted to go visit them myself ...)
Where the eyes should be black, they are white and the white stops the subtleties of light from passing through clearly so Daisy sees only a hint of things, grey shadows or maybe not even that, maybe only big splotches of light and dark.
She bumps into things a lot. In the outdoor dog run, she bounces off the fence, bounces off the dog house, bounces off my leg, bounces off Rudy her companion.
Despite the darkness Daisy lives in, she is a bright dog. Her tail is always wagging and she is always exploring. She perceives her world, though it is misty and undefined, as a wonderful world. There is much to discover, much to be happy about. The other dogs sense this in her. The other dogs, even the dogs who don't like dogs, seem to like her or at least tolerate her.
Rudy is Daisy's partner in life. He sees everything and sees enough to be Daisy's lookout, guide and patient companion and maybe that's why he has a more sorrowful look on his face, a more melancholic demeanor. He sees and senses the fragility of their situation.
I'm told Rudy has a strong heart murmur. Despite that, he's come through a general anesthetic with no worries and the murmur is not noticeably affecting his health at the moment, at least not in any way we can measure. The vet hasn't recommended any medication for him for the time being but that may change in the future.
When Daisy and Rudy arrived they were matted, infested with fleas, had rotten teeth. They weren't abused but they were neglected. They were both delivered from the hands of a backyard breeder along with another male Cocker Spaniel. Same story you've all heard many times before. Same story I'm sure you'll hear many times again until we get these puppy profiteers under control.
Daisy and Rudy are both very pleasant dogs, both very well house trained and quiet. Rudy is nine and Daisy is six and Daisy has probably never known a life without Rudy.
These two belong in a home together so let's see if we can do that for them.
In the video, Daisy stands in front of my leg for a moment. She can sense something in front of her but isn't sure what it is. Then, she leans forward and sniffs and when she realizes it's me, she clambers up my leg in case I have a doggie treat to give her, which I do. Yes, I'm reinforcing her jumping up on people. That's one of the prerogatives of being a blind dog. They get to jump up on people and wait for treats.
Daisy and Rudy are at Toronto Animal Services WEST. If you are interested in more information about adopting them, visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call (416) 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If they are no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because they've been adopted already.