Saw a dog at the dog park today that broke my heart.
He was an 8 year old ShihTzu and he was deaf and blind.
I was talking for quite a while to his owner. She was a nice lady. I felt so bad for this dog, I have a bad back but I bent over to pet him as much as I could. He was a sweety and his had was long but healthy. Poor guy walked a few times into the fence that separated the small dogs from the big ones. I guess he smelled them. Poor guy has had trouble sleeping the last few days too. The park was not too full, I tired to get my Chi to play with him or stand next to him, but dogs don't understand when another dog is blind or deaf.
Poor thing. There is a deaf dog in the puppy class I go to. He is actually the most obedient dog, although there is lots of movement around, he seems to have amazing focus! It must be really hard for him being blind also.
A vibrating collar can help some of these dogs. If he is in danger (like going to close to a fence/other danger, you hit the button and the dog feels a vibration to warn him to stop. This is NOT a shock collar. They need training with this, obviously. Lots of info on the web about blind and deaf dogs.
I have to wonder if they sense that another dog is blind or deaf or has special needs? I see all sorts of stories where another dog will be a dogs eyes for them when they are blind. Maybe that is just when they grow up with them or are around them all the time though?
RIP Yoshi...You will be forever in my heart as you took most of it with you...
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