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Blind Dog Walks into Traffic: Inspiring Photos by Rescuers

Blind Dog Walks into Traffic: Inspiring Photos by Rescuers

Story by Lin Yan Qin of Singapore

One thing that has changed since I started volunteering with HOPE Dog Rescue is how I look at the stray dogs that roam the streets. In the past, I might walk past a street dog with only a fleeting glance. I now find myself sizing up the health and well-being of the dogs I occasionally encounter. And it’s because of dogs like Calrose.

Calrose is a Shih Tzu cross that someone spotted crossing the road and quickly grabbed before he got hit by a car. On closer inspection, it turned out that Calrose is blind and could not see where he was going. He was shivering and extremely scared, so the kind passerby called HOPE for help.

We brought him to a vet for a full check-up. In the car on the way to the vet, Calrose was very frightened and shivered nonstop. Perhaps he had a nasty experience in a car before or was abandoneed after a car ride. Since he was also blind, it could have been very frightening for him to be taken into the unknown.

At the clinic, the doctor confirmed that he was, sadly, totally blind from cataracts that had gone untreated. He had hundreds of ticks swarming all over his body and his body was covered with sores from the bites, so he had to be shaved. His tick infestation was so bad that it took three rounds of de-ticking to get rid of them.

In addition, his teeth were rotten and his breath was terrible. Fiona carried him tightly and told him everything would be all right, and this seemed to calm him down somewhat. He stopped shivering and even licked Fiona’s face many times. His bad breath was all over her face, but she didn’t mind.

Once his fur grew back and he'd spent some time surrounded by love, Calrose was a brand new dog.

There were crystals found in his urine. This is sometimes caused by diet or it may sometimes indicate the presence of bladder stones and there has also been evidence that it could be genetic and more common in some breeds than others. Treatment depends on the crystal type. Some can be dissolved by taking solutions and even flushed out by drinking lots of water while larger crystals may require surgery.

Initially, during his foster period, Calrose had severe separation anxiety and would cry and panic whenever he was left alone. Turning on the television or radio made no difference to him as what he needed was human warmth.

However, Calrose has now been adopted into a loving family and is much better. He gets on well with dogs and humans and, despite his own sorry state, is happy and easy-going. When night falls, he needs to sleep beside a person to feel that warmth, comfort and assurance that he will no longer be abandoned.

It’s Never Too Late to Begin a New Life

We’re so happy for Calrose and hope that newspaper coverage will inspire others to adopt senior dogs.

Happily ever after with his new family.

If you have helped an animal in need, we want to hear your story too. Simply share your story (and photos if you have them) on The Great Animal Rescue Chase website. Each week, some of those stories will be selected to appear here on Care2.com

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2:44AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thank you

5:39PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Could his cataracts be removed? He is 10 years old. I asked my vet about removing my dog's cataracts when he was 16. The vet said that he was too old, but that it was possible up to about 14.

2:18PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You! Keep up the great work! Thanks to all!

2:17PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You! Keep up the great work! Thanks to all!

2:16PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You! Keep up the great work!

2:14PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You!

2:13PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You!

2:12PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You!

2:11PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope Rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You!

2:09PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Hope rescue ,wonderful name...for without hope what do we really have? God Bless You!

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