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You wouldn’t know it to look at her playing, but Theresina was born deaf and partially blind. Now totally blind, she picks up a deflated rubber ball and challenges the other dogs with a bark that says, “Come play with me.” The Australian Shepherd‘s impairments are a result of inheriting …

The beautiful Akita pup deserved a second chance. So thought the people at the Shamrock Pet Foundation in Louisville, KY. They rescued her from a facility where she’d been surrendered to be put down because she has a condition that causes one eye to be smaller than the other and …

Before Finn was a year old, the hound mix was the victim of a hit-and-run driver and was left by the side of the road to die. Someone rescued him and took him to a veterinarian, who treated him. Unfortunately, one of his back legs had to be amputated. No one …

For 11 years, the Mazzies of East Meadow, NY, had been raising puppies for the Guide Dog Foundation. The family taught the basics, like house training, socialization and good manners, and then at one-and-a-half years old, the dogs were turned over to the Foundation. “Giving the dogs up is very …

It frightened Jeanette Lymburner when she couldn’t awaken her newly adopted Cocker Spaniel, Bizzy. He didn’t wake up when he was called, and they often had to shake him to arouse him. “A few times, I was quietly afraid he had died in his sleep,” she says. It didn’t take …

I recently needed to find a new pet sitter for my 5 1/2 year old deaf and blind Great Dane. Caring for a special needs pet often requires some extra care (learn more in our Living With Blind Dogs article). I do everything I can to ensure Keller has a …

Three-year-old French Bulldog Violet had been abandoned at a vet’s office and ended up at Faithful Friends Animal Advocates in Neosho, MO. No one knew her full story when she came into rescue, but she was missing a front leg; it appears to have been amputated when she was very …