Saturday, April 16, 2011

Visually-impaired chihuahua has a leader dog, gets adopted

Training a dog to assist someone who is visually-impaired typically takes a lot of time, skill and money to achieve. Having a leader dog can offer a great sense of freedom to someone who cannot see - but as you'll read, humans are not the only ones who can benefit from having as little help from an apt second set of eyes.

Rhett and Scarlett are two peas in a pod. They were put up for adoption together in Albuquerque, NM recently after their owner had to relinquish them.

The chihuahuas have been together for quite awhile, and have forged a unique bond: Rhett cannot see, and relies on Scarlett to guide him around. Scarlett is an all-too-willing assistant, who leads the way through their days. Rhett follows the sound of the bell that is attached to Scarlett's collar, navigating through doorways, around on walks and more.

The pair were adopted by a nurse in their area who had previous experience with dogs who had lost their sight, after the shelter that facilitated the adoption made it clear that Rhett and Scarlett were to be kept together.

Adjust and adapt - it's amazing what can be achieved if one is given the tools to do so. Way to go, puppies!

Lorrie Shaw is a pet blogger and owner of Professional Pet Sitting in Dexter Twp., MI. Follow her daily writing and pet adventures on Twitter or shoot her an email. 

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