Fans of the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team are in for a treat this season when they see the newest member of the club energetically running on the field. He is a 6-month-old blind puppy named Stevie Wonder.
Stevie is a shepherd mix that was adopted by pitcher John Ely after he met the dog while volunteering with other teammates at Watermelon Mountain Ranch, an animal rescue group. For Ely, it was love at first sight and after hearing Stevie’s heartbreaking story; he knew the puppy would be coming home with him.
Rescuers found Stevie wandering on the streets, partially blind from a bad injury in one eye and an infection in the other. To save the puppy’s life, both eyes were removed.
“He’s got not eyes, but he’s about as happy as they get,” said Ely.
Although Ely is Stevie’s official owner, the entire baseball team and staff have taken the little puppy under their wing. He can be seen running on the field or chasing after a ball at every home game and practice. “He brightens everyone’s day,” said Ely.
Ely said Stevie is adjusting well to his circumstances and he takes the occasional fall and bumping into walls in stride.
“He’s got a great sense of smell and great hearing. So he kind of sniffs his way around and now it seems like he walks around without any issues at all,” said Ely.
To say thanks for taking good care of Stevie Wonder members of the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team will return to Watermelon Mountain Ranch to sign autographs at their Mega Adoptathon, June 22 – 24. Teammates Cole St. Clair, Joey Becker, John Ely and Will Savage will be there for photo ops and signings.
Photo Credit: watermelonranch