Blind Husky Needs a Home with His Guide Brother

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When sled dog Gonzo began losing his vision years ago, Poncho helped guide him so he could continue giving the sled rides he so enjoyed.  But he had to stop running when he went completely blind, and now they need a home so they can stay together.

Gonzo’s degenerative condition was noticed by Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel staff members when he was about three years old.  He had to have one eye removed, making it difficult to see the trail.  Poncho nudged him along so he could stay in the hitch.

“At first it kind of upset him (Poncho) because it slightly hindered his ability to run straight because Gonzo was leaning up against him,” musher Wes Guerin told WMUR 9.

 

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“Over time, Poncho kind of realized he was the only thing keeping his brother on the trail. He started to help him. If there was a left turn coming up or a right turn, he’d pull him this way or nudge him that way and do whatever he had to do to make sure he (Gonzo) didn’t run off the trail or anything like that.”

Poncho would even help his brother out of ditches by grabbing his harness with his teeth and leading him back up.

Gonzo and Poncho are part of New Hampshire Sled Dog Rescue, History and Education Center, which is a nonprofit group in Jefferson that takes in sled dogs and provides them with homes.  These are not Iditarod dogs, and they are not forced to work in extreme conditions to the point of exhaustion, but sled for exercise and fun.

Dogs in the program “have a home and a job for life.”  But when they retire from their sledding life and are ready to try their paws at a regular life, they become available for adoption. All of their huskies are outdoor working dogs, so adjusting to an indoor life with things like vacuums, wood/tile floors, and stairs can be as challenging for adult dogs as they are for puppies.

 

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Last fall, Gonzo’s other eye became painful and had to be removed.  Because of this, he had to retire from sledding.  Poncho is still out with the 100+ dogs giving rides, but Gonzo spends his days in the office learning how to adjust to total blindness and being an indoor dog.

“He’s found his way around the office pretty well,” Guerin.  “Even though he misses his eyes he is still very curious about everything that is going on.”

He hopes that the 10-year-old boys can be adopted to the same home so Poncho can keep an eye on his brother.

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      • Professional mushers have very long hard working days to ensure good health, care, and proper exercise of all their dogs. Giving these two a new home will ensure that they get the proper attention and retirement life they deserve. It’s called caring for them enough to let them go.

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        • The only people that will care enough to let these wonderful souls go will be whoever gives them a loving home knowing that in just a few years they will have to watch these beautiful beings that they love with all their hearts take their last breath.

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          • But that is life.. we all die one day.. I would rather die in a loving home, surrounded by people who care for me when I was blind than where I could die. I am they type to say that I gave them the most comfortable, loved last few years of their life, than passed them by because they are not a puppy anymore..

    • that’s my guess. use them for profit then when they can not make you money any more get rid of them. isn’t that the American way?

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    • why do you people make such cruel comments. This is a rescue group that takes care of dogs who can no longer perform the work they were bred for. they are hard workers when asked of them. They are like 70 years old in dog years how many of you have had family in nursing homes when they couldn’t take care of themselves at the age of 70. Shame on you!!!!!! I would take them myself but I have 5 dogs now and don’t have room for them.

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  1. People who use these dogs to pull there sleds should provide ever lastings home not just to pull. Shame on them.

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  2. I have taken in a few dogs that needed forever homes. Wish I had more room to take in these two. I hope they find someone that will give them forever homes.

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