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Ray: 3-year-old blind male black Lab mix 65 lbs neutered

Background: Originally found as a stray up in Humboldt County [Who the heck “loses” a blind dog? Give me a break!], we have named him “Ray”. We have Ray in a foster home but really want to place him in his forever home soonest.

What Ray's Foster says: Ray has settled into our home and is doing very well. He is such a sweet dog. He has recently been house-broken and has been accident free for weeks now. Ray gets along great with people and other dogs (when properly introduced). Would probably do great with another calm/adult dog in the home – he does great with our own Lab. Ray loves his walks around the neighborhood; we walk him very nicely on a Gentle Leader. Our frequent walks have slimmed him down nicely as was initially pretty chunky. He is doing amazing with the few steps in our home and is now even managing the full flight of stairs between our main floor and our downstairs living area.

What Ray’s Rescue Rep says: A blind dog relies considerably on his/her sense of smell, hearing and, obviously, touch. Caring for a blind dog requires a unique approach but the rewards are huge:

Tips for living with a blind dog

Coping with blindness

How to help a blind dog

Medical: Besides being blind, Ray appears to be in superb health. Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, microchipped. Recently neutered. We recently took Ray to a doggie eye specialist who determined Ray is suffering from progressive retinal atrophy and is completely blind in both eyes; this condition is inoperable; he was probably sighted when he was young but progressively lost his vision due to some hereditary issue. His lack of vision does not diminish his spirit and zest for life.

Ray is currently located in Alameda.

If you are interested in adopting Ray, please contact Rescue Rep Dave at 415-686-4248 or david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

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