staff member at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection
Service emailed us about an older, blind German Shepherd named
Babe who had just arrived at the shelter.
In her email she wrote, the “owner dropped
off her 10 year-old German Shepherd with eyes that look like
they are ulcerated, definitely white and ookey. She is a big
girl, mostly black and a very nice dog from what I have seen.
She spends most of her time lying down in the kennel but needs
help finding her way outside through the doggie door. When
she was brought in she didn't like the leash but followed
right along when you placed your hand under her chin and guided
The shelter had run adoption ads in the local
papers featuring Babe, but no one called. As an adoption prospect,
Babe had too many strikes against her: She was blind, elderly,
and big. Well, being old and blind made her a perfect candidate
We had just lost 18 year-old Keisha, which opened
a spot for another dog. We said ‘yes.’
A few days later Steve climbed in the truck
and drove to Spokane to...um...pick up this Babe. He was greeted
by a big-eared blind girl who likes to kiss. The first thing
she did was lick Steve in the face. That sealed the deal.
When Steve and Babe left Spokane, it was sunny
and 40 degrees. When they arrived back at the ranch in Montana,
it was dark and 5 below zero. We weren’t sure what Babe
would think of a Montana winter, but we had no need to worry.
It turned out Babe LOVES to roll in the snow, and she also
likes to push her nose through it like a snowplow.
Today she has settled in well to the routine
at the sanctuary, where she is right at home with all the
other blind dogs.
the Spokesman-Review’s news story about Babe here.