It has been a couple of weeks since the eight year old, black, severely matted, extremely thin cocker spaniel with glaucoma diseased eyes was discovered on a dark and desolate road. It has been eight days since Mag had both eyes removed. She has spent the last week recovering with Gina, her foster parent. And, WOW, has she recovered. She has even learned how to navigate stairs. So, now it is time for the next step in her life.
Mag, named after a blind opera singer, is a trusting soul. She trusts us with her every step, her every movement. She believes that a lap is the safest place on earth and that every step we take is a step in the right direction. She follows us blindly and without question. She loves us sight unseen. And now, she needs someone to be her guiding light.
She needs a home, a permanent home.
Originally, we thought a home with another dog would be optimum so that she had her own personal seeing eye dog. However, we have found that she is frightened when a dog approaches her, not knowing what to expect. It seemed that a home with no other dogs or at least a less active dog, may be in her best interest. After fostering Mag for a few days I now have a better idea of her needs and that's the advantage of being a foster home, learning about your foster "child."
After watching Mag around my dogs and cats, it is apparent that she enjoys the other animals. Her lack of sight does not prevent her from finding that special sniff spot on other dogs. And as long as the other dogs are calm around her she greets them with her little stubby tail wag. If they are in her face then she gets a little growly. She seems to want to play but is a little unsure of her surroundings. As far as cats go, she sniffs them and moves on.
Mag needs to be with calm dogs that will allow her to get to know them and build up her confidence with them. It doesn't take her long to get her feelings for her surroundings, such as, locating the couch and jumping aboard. The tendency with Mag is to be overly cautious with her because of her blindness. Although some caution is needed, she just wants to be a dog. Your dog.
Mag is quiet and despite her "handicap", quite easy to care for. If her story doesn't melt your heart than her warm, loving personality will.
Mag is love made easy.
For more info, or to make an appointment with the foster family to meet Mag, please call the Suncoast Animal League office at 727-786-1330.
The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency, taking in abandoned, abused, homeless and unwanted animals in the Palm Harbor and surrounding areas. Please "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We're located at 1030 Pennsylvania Ave, Palm Harbor, FL 34683 http://www.suncoastanimalleague.org