|By Caroline D. Levin RN
Blind Dog Stories is a heartwarming collection of short stories for the dog-lover. Spawned from her previous work with blind dogs, Caroline Levin enlightens and entertains the reader with two dozen amazing dog stories. This, Levin’s second book, demonstrates that blind dogs can lead happy, useful lives and celebrates the beauty of the human-canine bond.
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From Chapter 8 – In Plain Sight
A volunteer from Labrador Retriever Rescue called Kathy to say that they were holding a black Lab at the local animal shelter. She went on to say that he had been found near-by, at the intersection of 39th Street and Oak. What she really should have said was that he was found in the intersection.
The dog was lying in the middle of the pavement with his legs outstretched and his head buried beneath his paws. It was as though life had just become too difficult for this gentle spirit, and he had thrown in the proverbial towel. The only reason anyone had even helped this poor creature was that he was causing a traffic problem.
Kathy had been involved with Labrador rescue work for many years. Black Labrador males were her personal favorite. And while she fully expected that she would someday adopt a special needs dog, she didn’t realize the time was at hand.
She drove to the animal shelter unsure of what she would see. Some of these dogs were in pretty bad shape when they came in. This one was no exception. He was emaciated and disoriented. He had whipworms, kennel cough, ticks, and a bad ear infection. He was blind from PRA and tested positive for heartworms, a life-threatening condition.
“In addition to all his problems, though, there was a special sweetness about him,” remarks Kathy. “I was afraid to give my heart to this little guy who might not live… but I did.”
She named him ‘ Keller’ after Helen Keller. Kathy continues, “Once you name something, it belongs to you. That’s how Keller became mine.”
This is one of those jewels you don’t want to place down until you’ve reached the final page. Levin was inspired by many cases of owner dedication and canine fortitude and details those beautifully in this upbeat book that accents heroism, attitude and inspiration.
– Ranny Green, Seattle Times
While Living With Blind Dogs is a wealth of information and support for owners of blind dogs, Levin’s second book Blind Dog Stories offers something for all dog fanciers…well-written, uplifting and inspirational. I could have gone on reading these great dog stories forever!
– Sandra Meuller, The Living Chow Chow
Here’s a book that will tug at even the most stoic of heartstrings. Blind Dog Stories relates the happy, sometimes even euphoric tales of blind dogs and their owners…tales of heroism, dedication and love. For anyone who is considering euthanizing a blind dog, read this book. It will give you hope. And it demonstrates that a dog’s quality of life does not necessarily depend on perfect vision.
– The Oregonian