Animal Shelter Looking For 'Guide Humans' To Adopt Rescue Dog Which Suddenly Went Blind

As man's best friend, dogs do a lot for us. They comfort us in times of need, give us companionship and obviously they're cute af.

Not forgetting the fact that there are nearly 5,000 working guide dogs in the UK, completely changing the lives of blind people every day.

So when Alex, a four year old terrier, went blind almost over night, it's only fair we give a bit back.

Staff members at the Dogs Trust Evesham, in Worcestershire, are on the hunt for a 'guide human' to adopt little Alex. My. Heart.

Alex arrived at Dogs Trust in October and quickly became a hit with rescue centre volunteers, but when they started to notice he was walking into things, they took him to the vets where he was diagnosed with detached retinas - with vets saying his eyesight would tragically never return.

Emma Rex, who is a training and behaviour advisor at Dogs Trust Evesham, said: "It was such a huge shock to us to hear that Alex had gone blind.

Emma with Alex. Credit: SWNS
Emma with Alex. Credit: SWNS

"It must have been confusing for him initially, but he has adjusted so well and certainly hasn't let his blindness hold him back.

"Knowing he was blind enabled us to make things in his daily life much more predictable, so he's much happier.

"For example, we've applied lavender oil to his harness so he's learnt to recognise when it's near his head - and then he gets to go for a walk."

And that's not it, the absolute legends at Dogs Trust have even taught him how not to trip over when he's playing. Emma added: "We've also taught him to lift his paw when there's a step in front of him so he doesn't trip over and because he loves to play we've got him some balls with bells inside so he can hear them and knows where they are.

"These little considerations have made him a happy dog and really helped him to adjust quickly."

The team is hoping that he finds some adopted owners who will love him for his playful personality, and not be put off by the fact he's lost his eyesight.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Emma explained: "While Alex has quickly learnt to use his other senses, his new owner will need to be patient and be prepared to act as his guide human to help him settle into his new home.

"He would love a quiet home where there will be minimal changes in the furniture layout and not too many visitors.

"He'd also be really pleased with a secure garden where he can happily play with you and he'd love it if someone was around for most of the day as he doesn't like to be left alone for too long.

"He's got plenty of years left in him yet and so much love to give. He just needs a patient owner who can prove love really is blind and can give him a forever home."

Sign me up - right now.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward is a journalist at LADbible. She studied Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, before going on to work in music PR. She has also written for the M.E.N Group and various other publications.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013