A shelter near Boise, Idaho, contacted us a couple of weeks ago to ask if we could take in an older, blind female dog named Madison. She had been picked up as a stray back in April. The shelter's adoption coordinator, Debbie B., told me in an email, "No one has claimed her and we haven’t had anyone interested in adopting her."
Debbie described her as "real sweetie," and said: "I don’t think her tail ever stops wagging! We would love to get her to her forever home as she is so deserving. We named her Madison and below are pictures of her. If you have availability, we are wondering if you would be in a position to take her in and give her or find her a good home."
We agreed, and then the next step was to work out travel arrangements. Boise is a long way from the ranch, so we arranged to meet them half-way in Idaho Falls on Friday. One of the shelter's volunteers, Haley S., was kind enough to drive Madison out from Boise, and Alayne met them in Idaho Falls around noon. She got back to the ranch with Madison early Friday evening. I took the photo above of Alayne with our new arrival this afternoon.
Madison is a Chow mix, though we aren't quite sure what else she may have in her. She is a very sweet girl, and is definitely up there in years -- probably about 9 or 10, we think. That's a very gray muzzle you see in the photo! She looks bigger in the photo than she actually is; she's more like blind Samantha's size -- about knee-high and 40 lbs or so. My 'educated guess' -- judging from the appearance of her eyes -- is that she is blind from progressive retinal atrophy, but we'll know more after she gets her eye exam with our vet, Dr. Brenda Culver.
Please join us in welcoming Madison to the ranch!
Don't forget, you can vote every day for us in The Animal Rescue Site/PetFinder's Shelter Challenge. Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT for Montana, and it will bring up our listing so you can cast your vote. Invite your family and friends to vote, too!
Wow .. still No. 3! Please keep voting -- thank you!