Yes, funny boy Owen was adopted yesterday by none other than Marcia S., who adopted blind Suzi from us in November 2010! Suzi is doing just great, and over the past 18 months Marcia has kept in touch with us about potentially adding another blind dog to her family down in Connecticut. A few weeks ago Marcia felt she was ready, and we suggested she consider Owen (and not because we were tired of remaking the bed in the dog room every day or putting the boots back in the mud room!).
Owen thought it might improve his adoption chances if he personally showed Marcia how he could collect footwear from one room and move them to another room, and this he did while she was here yesterday. He also thought some facetime with a surprise kiss or two might help too:
Marcia emailed us this afternoon to say, "Owen rode so well all the way home - we were here by 7:45 greeted by the most gorgeous sunset. He IS a character - Suzi is having a bit of an adjustment but the other dogs play with him and all have embraced him into the "crew." He has to learn the difference between dog toys and MY toys, but I'm home today working on it. He slept real well last night in his kennel with Mr Ducky and other toys. Do you think he has some vision? I swear he's looking at me and he gets around so well - he has found every piece of furniture! He's so full of pep and such a cutie!"
Her question about whether Owen has any vision is interesting, because he is so bright and so well adapted that he moves faster than most blind dogs we've had. And he does have an uncanny ability to look right at you so intently that you can think he is seeing you. But he is focused on sound and smell, and he tracks really well. Owen is a high IQ dog, and I joked with Marcia yesterday that she'd better hide her car keys from him because you just never know what he might do next.
Marcia, thank you so much -- and good luck with those beds!
Meanwhile, Billy is off sizing up other potential gladiators -- plenty to choose from here!
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