Fievel is a 96 pound, handsome, 9-year old collie who does not let his disability stop him. He is well adjusted, but he is blind. He came to Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio as an owner surrender who was having health issues.
Fievel is smart, determined and resilient. He maps the inside of a home quickly. At first, he avoided stairs, but a storm demonstrated he could manage at least a five-step stairway (he has not had the opportunity to attempt staircases with more steps). Fievel is gentle, loves to cuddle and at the moment prefers the indoors over the outdoors but that could change once he is familiar with his yard. He needs a yard with a physical fence (not invisible) for safety. He is definitely a mellow velcro dog who loves his naps. He appears to be sensitive to storms but those are the only loud noises he has experienced while in his foster family.
Fievel was a little nervous in the car but ear rubs helped him to calm down. Fievel is housebroken and is trustworthy when the family is gone; there is no need for a crate. So far, he has ignored cats and chickens and does well with the other dogs in the household but prefers to spend time with people. He did not initiate interaction with the pet savvy children he was introduced to but did not avoid them either. He knows his name and comes when he is called. His foster family is starting to teach him touch commands which are typically used with dogs who are blind along with voice commands. Fievel is a happy guy, motivated and determined to live life to the fullest and will return every bit of love you give him.
We would like his forever home to have people in it who have had experience with dogs who were blind or who are willing to be mentored and/or trained to maintain consistency in his indoor and outdoor environments. It’s clear to see he will brighten the lives of a very special family.