No Quality of Life? Murdock’s Story

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Murdock, a blind dog, was scheduled for euthanasia at a shelter after he was evaluated as having ‘no quality of life’ until one volunteer disagreed. This is his story.

Murdock was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue and went to a foster home, where he proved his shelter evaluation wrong as he blossomed and enjoyed life.

Murdock was adopted yesterday and went to his forever home last night.



Murdock and Haylie as poster dogs for the acceptance of blind pets.

7 thoughts on “No Quality of Life? Murdock’s Story”

  1. It’s a sad fact of life today that shelters don’t get the funding they need to keep every animal until it is adopted. I’m sure the shelter workers weighed the odds and decided that cute puppies and kittens have a better chance of adoption, so that’s what they keep. I can see from these letters that many people choose to open their hearts and homes to handicapped creatures and bless you for that. Please everyone, donate cash, dog and cat food, old clean towels, etc. to your local shelters. Call to ask them what they need. I have done that in the past two towns where I have lived and the shelters were very grateful. It will help them stretch the limited resources they do have.

  2. The greatest dog of my life was blind. We were together for 15 years. He taught me more about life than any person ever has. He died, of old age, last October. I miss him every single day.

    He too was a little white dog – with these same features and mannerisms. I’ve had to watch this video over and over – to feel the pain, and the joy, of missing him so very much.

    Mr. Davidson- I know you are watching. I’ll love you always.

  3. I have the opportunity of loving the sweetest little blind rescue since he was 2 months old and is now 3 years old. He is so intelligent and loves everyone. He is the greatest joy in my life and even though I am sad that he cannot see, it does not prevent him from doing most things a seeing dog would. He is such a happy little boy and everyone who comes into contact with him adores him!

  4. um… dogs don’t care if they’re blind, deaf, missing one or more limbs. they work with what they’ve got. it’s humans who look around and get jealous and resentful.

  5. OhmyGod! Blind dogs are not handicapped at all – in my years as a foster for old dogs, I have had several who were totally blind. It takes them a nanosecond to learn the lay of the land, and sure we’re careful that they learn the high places before we let them loose on the deck and we don’t rearrange the furniture much, but the rewards are everlasting. I would never ever turn down a blind dog. They are utterly amazing – most people don’t believe they are blind. No quality of life? BULL!


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