Beautiful Minnie came into SDR from a family whose circumstances sadly changed, and they could no longer care for her. Minnie is partially sighted, and this change was very unsettling for her in the beginning. Over a couple of weeks, Minnie began to get used to our routine and bond with staff members. We are seeing more of her personality shine through every day.
Minnie is such an incredible dog, managing to navigate the world with one, partially sighted eye. She can just about see shadows. She is a very sweet, active girl. Minnie unfortunately developed glaucoma at a very young age. Minnie had to have one eye removed as the condition developed in her right eye. Her left eye also has glaucoma, but some sight remains. Her left eye will need ongoing monitoring to ensure it doesn’t become a problem. This may need removing in the future following the advice of an eye specialist.
Owner experience – We are looking for new owners who have previously owned dogs, and ideally have breed experience or have previously cared for partially sighted dogs. The most important thing is patience and a willingness to guide and care for Minnie sympathetically.
Personality – Minnie has a very sweet personality, once she knows you, she is affectionate, and she likes having physical contact with someone. She can get excited when she is going out for a walk. Being a Husky, they can be expressive, Minnie can vocalise to express how she feels, this can be cries, whines, and the occasional bark when she’s excited or unsure. She is an active girl who enjoys being out on walks and pottering around our exercise areas.
People – Minnie is a friendly girl, but she can be spooked by sudden movements, as long as people take their time and are gentle with her and allow her to come up to them at her own pace, she will make friends.
Training & exercise - As Minnie is blind (she recently had to have her other eye removed) so she will require continued management and consideration. She does manage to adapt well but she will need support and guidance from her new owners. It would be advisable for adopters to work with an accredited reward-based dog trainer who has experience with blind dogs. Minnie enjoys her walks, she would require a minimum of an hour total of walks per day, she is a young active girl. In addition, she would benefit from extra activities that can stimulate her brain such as scent-based games - 'Find it', scent work, and teaching her cues.
Home Alone - 1-2 hours. If adopters need to leave her for longer periods, this will need to be built up gradually once she has fully settled and feels comfortable within the environment.
Other animals - Due to her blindness she needs to be the only dog in the home as she is uncomfortable around other dogs during face-to-face greetings, she cannot read the other dog’s body language. She would love to have all the attention to herself! Minnie isn’t suitable to live with cats.
Type of home - Minnie is looking for a quiet home, with her secure garden with 6ft fencing. She needs to be out of town, ideally with surroundings that are quiet, village/suburbs. Minimal steps around the property on the ground floor.
Minnie is a truly wonderful dog with a lot of love to give, she will really make a wonderful companion to owners who could give her patience and understand her needs.
Minnie will require a minimum of four visits from all members of the household ahead of the adoption process.
The adoption fee for Minnie is £200
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