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Kenai the blind dog

Blind Kenai was dumped at a rural California animal control facility in the Mojave Desert a few days before Christmas. The owner said "our kids don't pay any attention to her."

A rescue group routinely visited the shelter to see which dogs were most in danger of being euthanized at this high-kill facility, then doing what they could to save them. Being blind, Kenai was not going to make it out alive. They sent out an urgent appeal on her behalf. We learned about Kenai on December 23rd and offered to bring her to the sanctuary.

Four days later, the rescue group placed Kenai on a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Salt Lake City and then Missoula. She arrived on a cold and snowy evening. We were a little concerned about her transition from desert warmth to Rocky Mountain winter, but we shouldn't have worried.

Back at the ranch, we let Kenai out of her crate in the truck, clipped a leash on her collar, and took her for a walk. We didn't get 20 feet before she dropped her shoulder to the snow and began pushing herself with her back legs through the white powder, face first. On and on she went, like a canine snowboard, her black body cutting through the snow. Finally she flopped over and rolled around on her back, all four legs up in the air. She was so joyful, relishing her new-found freedom, and clearly loving the fresh mountain snow. Another rolling dog had come to the ranch.

Our vets diagnosed her blindness as progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA. There is nothing we can do to restore vision.

Despite her blindness, Kenai loves to roughhouse. She'll bound right up to you, even if she doesn't know exactly where you are, and demand to play. Then this big, sweet Lab mix will wrestle and romp with us, often jumping straight off the ground.

From certain death in a Mojave Desert animal control facility to a sanctuary in the Northern Rockies, Kenai made quite a journey over the Christmas holidays. And now she is home forever.

 

 
New Arrivals
Timmy the paralyzed dog
Joey the blind dog
Hannah the blind horse
Luke the blind dog
Claire the wobbly cat
Bailey the dog with a spinal problem
Callie the blind dog
Buzz the dog with a neurological condition
Babe the blind dog
Spinner the blind and deaf dog
Allie the blind dog
Evelyn the blind dog
Allie the puppy with cerebellar hypoplasia
Penny the blind dog
Cedar the blind dog
Peabody the old, blind dog 
Travis the dog with a fused jaw
Bud the blind dog
Birdie the dog with muscular dystrophy 
Helen the blind dog 
Patti the blind dog 
Kenai the blind dog
Pepper the blind dog
Tyler the deaf Pointer
Pappy the old German Shepherd
Widget the blind dog 
Dusty the blind sled dog
Oscar the Miniature Dachshund

 


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