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Age: 6 years
Sex: Male (neutered)
Breed: Lab/Chow Mix
Location: Houston, TX area
Vet/Medical Info: Sledge is confirmed neutered and up to date on vaccines. He was given a one year rabies vaccine on June 13, 2014, and also a puppy shot, minus the lepto. He was tested for heartworm on the same day and is heartworm negative. Fecal was also negative for parasites. Sledge weighs about 60 pounds.
Owner Info: Sledge is a very handsome fellow whose owner is no longer able to care for him as she has two small children. She's tried Craigslist and posting him at a few other places, but has been unable to find a new home for Sledge. She is very much hoping for rescue. She's had Sledge since he was a puppy, where he was being given away at a local feed store. Sledge is an outdoor dog with a fenced yard, he is housebroken and leash trained. He is a friendly and loving boy, and good with people of all ages. Sledge has never shown any aggression towards people, but since he lost his eyesight, he has become possessive over food and has shown aggression toward one of their dogs. His owner writes that he did defend himself when their pit bull mix attacked him, but did not provoke the fight, and that he is not an aggressive dog. They believe this was due to his sudden onset of blindness. They believe Sledge has "glaucoma induced blindness. His eyesight is completely gone, his eyes bulge slightly and are 100% white." Other than his blindness, they write that Sledge has no other health issues. We asked for more detail about how Sledge is with other dogs: "He is fine with my blue heeler, he used to be an inside dog along with my blue heeler. But when we had our first child we moved him outside. Then we got our third dog the pit bull mix and about a year later sledge went blind. Two of them had gotten along fine before he went blind which was approximately two and half years ago. He is a generally good natured dog and still very young and healthy minus his eyesight...If given enough time I am praying that he finds a good home that can give him more attention than I can." They feel Sledge adapts well to new situations "as long as he has a leader to tell him where to go so he won't hurt himself running into things. He is very high energy so if left alone he can hurt his head a great deal." They add that Sledge is a loving dog, and he just loves to the fullest!
*Owner Surrender Disclaimer: OS dogs are blind and visually impaired dogs that are NOT with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance but whose owners have contacted BDRA because they can no longer keep them. These dogs are with their owners, and are not in BDRA foster homes. We do our best to screen these dogs, but make no guarantee regarding the information posted.