This is an exert from the Animals In Distress (AID) December 2017 newsletter about Boo, the diabetic dog available for adoption. The Diabetic Dog Bakery has donated diabetic-friendly treats for Boo and Terri (another diabetic dog at AID) this past year and will continue to donate again this year.
This past summer (2017), Animals In Distress (AID) partnered with The Center for Vision Loss in a summer camp program for children with vision loss. The theme was “Seeing with Your Heart” – a theme that we have been stressing for 40 years – and a message that the children totally understood and appreciated. The campers met our animals, and smiled broadly as dozens of cats competed for their attention, or as special needs dogs sprawled in front of them to receive hugs and pets. It was moving beyond words to watch the children relate to these animals, many of whom were “unadoptable” and worthless in the eyes of some.
In addition to baking homemade dog biscuits for the dogs and creating artwork reflecting their feelings about kindness to animals, the children raised enough money to sponsor two pets in our Take-A-Pet-To-Dinner Program. Of all the animals they met, they chose two animals – a cat and a dog – who touched their hearts the most.
The dog they chose was Boo, a poodle/bichon mix who has been with us for a while. He developed diabetes and as a result, lost his vision rather suddenly. He had difficulty adjusting to being blind, since he had been able to see for most of his 9 years, but he is adjusting to his reality. Although the children loved many other dogs they met, they chose Boo as their Take-A-Pet choice because “he is most like us.” That statement moved us deeply and reinforced what we already know: people, especially children, need to see animals that are loved despite their challenges. They need to see animals that are not discarded because they are older, or blind, or diabetic, or imperfect in some way. They need to know that unconditional Kindness exists in this world, and that others share their feelings, that others have learned to “see” with their hearts.
Boo is still available for adoption and would be a great addition to any family that is not scared off by his diabetes and blindness. We have a blind basset currently, named Gracie and we had a diabetic and blind basset named Daisy. Gracie’s hearing and smell are enhanced now with her blindness, so she can usually find family members and food. She has learned how to climb the deck stairs to get back inside the house and knows how to go down the ramp to the grass from the deck. She is a joy in our family!
Would Boo be a good fit into your family or a friend’s family, so he can experience the joy and protection of a “forever family”? I am hopeful that this post will go far across the country and find his future family.
Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036