Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Poodle (Standard) (long coat)
Weight: 36 lbs and anticipate 40 when full grown
Height: est 23 in at the shoulder
Estimated Birthdate: 6/13/2019
Fence Needed: Yes without exception
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Owner release, vision issues
Special Needs: Willow is vision impaired. Shhh... she does not know that. She thinks she is just fine. However, we don't know why she can not see well or if things will ever get better or worse. See Other tips and tidbits for a full explanation
What kind of home would be best for me: Willow needs a home with an understanding owner who will work with the fact that Willow sees the world differently than normal dogs. I believe she sees lights and shadows and movement but that otherwise, she is compensating with her nose and her ears for what the eyes can not tell her. She is not blind but she is definitely not seeing clearly.
I'd like to find a home with another gregarious large dog who can become her buddy and be her seeing eye dog. She follows other dogs just fine but as a puppy, she can be aggravating to little dogs. She also can't read doggie body language which is so important in the dog world. This is why her companion dog needs to be well adjusted and a little bit tolerant. His or her new sister needs cues that are verbal or with nudges and soft taps.
What is my personality like: Bubbly, affectionate, inquisitive, innovative in all her approaches to everything, Willow is a typical standard poodle puppy. She loves to learn, she loves to ride in the car, go for long walks and she loves to experience new things. She's never met a stranger and is into everything all the time. She is becoming an expert at counter surfing and as a growing puppy, I can't seem to get enough food into her! She is crate trained and walks well on a leash.
Willow loved learning when she went to the trainer and would thrive at something like nosework where eyesight is not part of the learning curve. She would make an exceptional therapy dog, especially as she shows the world that different is so very much fun.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Friendly and happy.
Tips and Tidbits: Willow's birthdate is 6/13/19. In early August 2019, Willow, a perfectly normal puppy, was placed with a family who wanted to teach her to be a support dog for their austistic son. I know she was normal at birth because her breeder has supplied pictures and video from when Willow was just a few days old. All was well in the first month and then sometime in September, the new owner reported back to Willow's breeder that the pup seemed to have trouble seeing. In early December, the owner reached out to rescue to relinquish the pup, stating she was "blind." That is where we came in.
CPR has had Willow evaluated by a board certified ophthalmologist. There is nothing physically wrong with her eyes. She has been seen by a neurologist. Her neurological functions on exam (no lab testing was done) are just fine. She has been evaluated by a dog trainer. She is a normal puppy, learning at a normal rate for a dog who can't always see well. In summary - we do not know why she can't see. It could have been from a trauma experience of some kind or it could be a lesion or tumor. At this point, I seriously doubt a tumor because we would be seeing other behavior changes and there are none. She is a normal puppy. Our experts have all said the same thing - we could do an MRI ($2,000) which may or may not tell us anything at all. Or we can find her a home. We're opting to find her a home who will understand that different is beautiful and that there are no guarantees in life. I don't know her anticipated life span but I do know that if you choose to live life with Willow - every day will be a gift and a grand new adventure. Willow will see to it.
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
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