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Spinner the blind and deaf dog

A Humane Society in Spokane called us about a blind and deaf female dog they couldn’t adopt out. Until this dog arrived, we thought we’d seen almost every eye condition possible. But her eyes were altogether different – they were completely white.

We watched this happy, beautiful girl race around the yard spinning in tight circles, head straight up, nose pointed skyward, barking as she went. We named her ‘Spinner.’

When you're blind and deaf, your nose is all you have to work with. It took us a while after Spinner arrived to realize that smells in the air triggered her, just like a 'normal' dog would react to new sounds or sights by barking.

Normal dog, barking: “Look, it’s the UPS guy!”

Spinner, barking: “Wow, what is that cologne he’s wearing?!”

Often we can't notice the smells she can, so it looks like she's just having a spontaneous outburst. But there's something in the air, and she knows it. She reacts to faint smells the other dogs never seem to detect. For her, it’s the arrival of something new … she doesn’t know what, but she barks to tell us about it.

Our vets discovered that Spinner has a very rare eye condition in which the eyeballs rotate down toward the bridge of her nose. The white we were seeing was the back of her eyeballs! Follow-up surgery by an eye specialist did not succeed in restoring her vision.

For now, Spinner relies entirely on her nose as her source of ‘data’ about the world. She is most animated first thing in the morning, when we let her out of her cottage. She bursts through the door, spinning in little circles, barking, with her nose pointed up in the air. It’s her way of greeting the world and finding out what’s new.

For this girl, it really is only the nose that knows.

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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