|About Me- Hi!
was born on November 24th, 2004 with a birth defect and was
lovingly given the name of "Hope". I have a cleft
palate with a nose deformity and one eye that allows me
to possibly see very faint shadows... my other eye doesn't function.
I arrived in Michigan at about 9 weeks of age weighing
almost 9 pounds. I was so small because I had been
tube fed the first 5 weeks of life.
But don't feel
sorry for me! I'm a normal little pup
in every way except my appearance can be startling to people
who don't know me or simply don't expect my
differences. (Actually, since I've gotten older and my
hair has gotten longer, people rarely notice a difference.) I'm a happy little
girl who runs, jumps and plays, am loving, naughty, curious
and intelligent. I occasionally bump into something
that is out of place but other than that, I get around perfectly fine.
People usually don't know I'm almost blind until my mom or
dad tells them. My human "brother" swore I had to have
vision... "our" mom pulled out a chair from the table and he
called me over to him. Well, I ran right into the
chair. He was amazed at how well a blind dog can
navigate. I get to spend the
whole summer with him when he comes home from college!
I have to laugh
because before my ma got me, she thought that she "would
lead the sweet little blind dog around her entire life".
She didn't know that blind dogs run and play and can map out
their surroundings... I tear through the house and jump up
on the bed or couch with the rest of them. I sometimes
bark until someone tells me that it's okay to jump back down
(I jumped down on one of my sisters once... oops!).
I absolutely adore
people and my sisters have accepted me just fine. The other 2 sheepie girls are
actually my real 1/2 sisters... we have the same papa. I've been bred and
raised for temperament and health just like my sisters but
something happened along the way when I was created so I'm
just a little different. My doggie mama, who never rejected
me, was spayed even though my differences may not have had
genetic basis. I am very lucky that my mama's
owner (my Grandma Kaye) thought I was well worth saving...
most breeders/vets don't give special pups like me a chance
at life. It was a big commitment of time (tube
feedings), energy and emotions. A very kind and
knowledgeable lady with
Hennwood Labradors helped guide Grandma Kaye with
feeding and preventative care information for cleft palate
I hope reading about
me has broadened your understanding that appearance does not
make the dog. There are many dogs in this world that are
blind, deaf, missing legs, are scarred, have health
problems, etc. that will and do make fantastic/loyal pets if
someone will just love and accept them. There are also dogs
that look show quality perfect with aggressive or unstable
dispositions... this is not to say that they aren't
just as deserving of a special family that will accept them
the way they are too! It's just with visual
"defects" sometimes people need to take a second look at us
to see below the surface to
find the true treasure. Thanks for reading about me!