Allie came to us from the Bay Area in California. As a blind, energetic young Lab, she frequently collided with and knocked over her family’s two small children. After trying for more than a year to find another home for Allie – no one wanted a blind dog – her family finally called us.
We generally don’t take animals from private individuals. We try to save room for those already in shelters, because when a shelter staff member calls us, the animal is typically facing euthanasia. In Allie’s case, her family had already tried everything possible to find another home for her. We agreed to take her, and they flew Allie up to us.
This beautiful black Lab has two interests in life: eating and tennis balls. She will spend hours playing with her tennis ball, popping it with her paw so it goes spinning off and then happily chasing it down. Being blind, of course, this can take a while. Nothing makes her happier than to give her a new tennis ball.
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And oh, does she like to eat! Because she has some “issues” about food, we feed Allie in her crate. Needless to say, she loves that crate and considers it her own personal dining room. Every meal she acts like she hasn’t eaten for days.
Allie had made new friends here, and among them is blind Dusty the sled dog. She loves to play and romp with the Dusty and a couple of our other blind dogs. But canine friends aside, nothing compares to a good meal and a fresh tennis ball!