came to us from a shelter in Wenatchee, Washington. The shelter
was full and Cedar was in danger of being euthanized to make
room for new, more "adoptable" arrivals. A volunteer
asked if we could save this handsome blind boy.
Her e-mail said, "He is the sweetest, most lovable
dog. He is gentle, quiet, comes over for cuddling and is just
an easy, nice dog. He is well mannered, tries hard to please
and is happy and smiley." Even so, she wrote, his disability
left him with "no adoption prospects."
An all-volunteer transport group brought Cedar out to Montana.
We realized right away that he is as sweet as he was described.
He had been dumped at the shelter by his family for reasons
we don't know. At some point in his life Cedar had been hit
by a car, leaving scars on his legs and a slight limp. He
is a blind from a disease called progressive retinal atrophy.
But he is otherwise healthy and - like all of the blind dogs
here - he gets around just great.
Today Cedar is enjoying his life at the sanctuary with his
other disabled friends. And every morning, on the way out
to the dog paddock with his buddies, he likes to stop and
give us a kiss.
He is a Lab/Husky mix who can howl like a wolf. One of his
favorite things to do is get the entire Rolling Dog Ranch
dog pack singing in a chorus of howls. (It would help if they
could read music, because someone is always off-key.)
Cedar is usually standing just off to the side, head up in
the air, howling - apparently he thinks he's the band leader.