June 17, 2012
SAFE!! MI, Saugatuck "Tanner" Blind Fox Terrier X **Need Furever Home**
Best Friends Sanctuary, the largest no-kill shelter in the country, has stepped in to assist us in finding a home for Tanner, who has waited months and months for an adoption! Check out what they said about him:
Tanners been homeless most of his life just because hes blind! He needs someone to give him a chance. Was Tanner abandoned by his previous family because he lost his eyesight? Well, the good people at Wild Dog Rescue who rescued him think it might be the case. Why else would a well-behaved, neutered puppy with his collar be sitting in an animal shelter? The poor guy spent a whole year at that shelter and almost another whole year with Wild Dog, in western Michigan. He might be blind, but he can still be a great pet! Theres so much to love about this sweet boy. He walks great on leash, enjoying long walks. He gets along with dogs that are around his size or smaller. He loves noisy toys, especially the ones with squeakers. He even plays fetch by sound. Instead of throwing the ball for him, just bounce it off the ground. He follows the sound to fetch it and brings it back to you! Hes learned to recognize people by their scent. But strangers are a little scary. Sometimes his initial reaction is to be a bit nippy unless, of course, instead of smelling you, he smells a yummy treat in your hand. Once gets used to you, hes a happy, little lovebug! Tanner needs just one chance to show he can be just as great a pet as any other dog. But so far, no one has been willing to give him that chance. It would mean the world to him if you would let him try!
Tanner is one of our three SUPER PETS, which means he has been at the rescue for an extended period of time without finding a forever family. To help promote this amazing boy, he is available at a reduced adoption fee and for "sleepovers" which means you can foster him for several weeks to make sure he is a good fit for your home before finalizing an adoption. Because Tanner is blind, he has had a hard time getting adopted. Many people are wary about committing to a blind dog because they think it will be too difficult. The good news is that there are many resources to help adjust blind dogs into homes, and Tanner is a smart boy and quick learner. He is housebroken, good with small dogs, and has a unique way to play fetch. *Check out the video to see him play fetch!* Read more below to find out if he is a good fit for your family:
Update: Tanner's new plan for adoption....we are going to work with his blindness to make him as comfortable as possible in meeting new people. We have posted his adoption information with several major blind dog rescues. One rescue suggested that we give Tanner toys that make noise and have different smells. The photo above shows him enjoying a crinkly butterfly toy. Plus, they suggested a new system to introduce Tanner to new people. We ring a bell and clearly tell Tanner that we are bringing a friend. This friend, the new person, gives Tanner treats while talking to him. Soon, Tanner learns that the bell means treats which is good and equates new people to be good. Then, we just have to find an adopter willing to make multiple visits to get to know Tanner! There has to be someone out there! Several months later, Tanner, who is blind, still finds himself without a forever home. He really needs an owner who he can slowly get used to because once he knows you and is familiar with your voice, he is a loving boy! We are offering the opportunity to foster him prior to adoption to make sure you and him can adjust successfully. Since strange voices and lots of change are confusing to him, he would do best in a quieter home without a lot of commotion. We discovered recently that Tanner loves to play fetch! He listens for the sound of the tennis ball and then will retrieve it and bring it back to you when you call him. This game makes him so excited he wags his tail so hard his whole butt wiggles! It is amazing how well blind dogs can adapt. His hearing is excellent! Can't adopt Tanner but have experience with a blind dog? We would love to hear any tips and suggestions on how we can make his stay at Wild Dog Rescue better and how to find him the right home. Tanner is a super sweet guy that is extra special because he is blind. He is just 1 year old and ended up at a local animal shelter as a stray. Despite having a collar and already being neutered, no owners ever showed up for him. The staff at the shelter realized that he was different because the other dogs would go wild barking for attention when people went by, but Tanner remained calm. It was quickly discovered that this young boy was blind! He is able to see shadows and shapes, and he may have been born this way. Tanner's sweet nature led him to become a volunteer favorite at the shelter, and when space ran out at the shelter, Wild Dog Rescue brought Tanner to their facility. Here at the rescue he does well with people he knows and is familiar with their voices. If he is approached by someone whose voice he doesn't recognize and he or she reaches down to pet him, his protective instinct is to be snappy. So, he would do best in a quiet home that has no small children or frequent visitors. He really needs someone who knows how to go slow with him and can help him acclimate to a new environment. It is always challenging adopting out a dog with special needs, so please consider opening up your heart to him and visiting today. Did you know that Wild Dog Rescue is based at one facility so you can easily stop by without an appointment to view adoptable animals? Wild Dog Rescue is located at 2525 Blue Star Highway in Fennville.
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