Dog Loses Eyes But Gains a Forever Family

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Wally and Vanessa
Wally and Vanessa

When Wally, a little MiniPin, arrived at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, chances seemed to be against him finding a forever home as he is not only advanced in age but also has no eyes and is consequently blind.

Wally was found wandering around the beach and, when he arrived, looked like he had been cast to play a role in a scary movie. In addition to the cloudiness and redness in his eyes, they were bugged out and had growths in them!  An emergency vet gave the prognosis that he had an untreated eye infection which had ruptured his corneas. The ruptured corneas had caused him to go blind and were so painful that all he could do was shake, scratch his eyes and cry.

As a result, it was obvious that he needed his eyes removed. Thanks to his amazing sense of smell and perfect hearing, he adjusted extremely quickly. However, after he had recuperated, he came down with a backward sneeze that caused him to constantly regurgitate, making it difficult for him to gain weight and absorb nutrients.

Another vet visit revealed he had MRSA (a kind of Staph infection). Thankfully, it was treated and he recovered quickly, though the backward sneeze remains with him to this day, causing him to puke once a day and giving him pretty horrible breath.

So, all of these things seemed to be working against Wally finding forever love. Who wants to adopt an older dog without eyes that pukes every day and has horrible breath?!

Wally making friends
Wally making friends

One volunteer, Vanessa, had seen Wally in her duties as a dog walker for Muttville but she had not really noticed him closely. Then one weekend, Wally’s foster mom asked Vanessa and her husband to watch him for the weekend while she was out of town. They never expected to have him steal their hearts but that is exactly what happened!

That weekend turned into a week, a week into a month, and a month into forever. They started out by fostering Wally through Muttville but quickly realized they could never part with him. Since then, Wally has become their heater box, snuggle buddy, secret holder, conversations starter, heart warmer, guard dog and anxiety reliever.

And the other amazing thing is how much Wally can do. He doesn’t even seem to need his eyes! He takes walks on a leash, jumps on the couch, finds his bed, chases birds, plays with other dogs at the park and does many other activities that you would think unattainable being blind. He is a little miracle dog!

While it is true that he has been known to pee on a complete stranger’s shoe because he confused it for a rock or tree, and it is also true that he has severe separation anxiety that makes it impossible to leave him alone for much longer than an hour or two, yet he has stolen Vanessa and her husband’s hearts and filled them with so much joy. As Vanessa puts it:

“…Sometimes I think our hearts may explode rainbows and butterflies!”

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Wally at the beach


Muttville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.


7 thoughts on “Dog Loses Eyes But Gains a Forever Family”

  1. May GOD bless humans like these. Furry critters have hearts and will repay their way if just given a chance. God sends them to us for a reason, humans put out the blocks for them to jump over, under or thru – with humans like this couple, it’s a real reward and GOD will smile upon them for taking care of HIS baby.

    I send you my admiration too.

  2. you are so right. May God bless people like these. . All animals deserve the right to live. All they ask is for love in return;;Not expensive at all.

  3. I had a red Min Pin, Minnie Mouse that was blind 2-3 years before developing cancer and dying at age 13. She had eye surgery for cataracts to save her vision after being diagnosed with diabetes and needing insulin injections twice a day. The surgery although for a short while improved her vision she later at age 10, lost it completely. I would have given one of my eyes for her if that were possible. She was stunned the day she lost her vision. She eventually did well but did so for me. When she developed cancer of the bladder she had surgery to remove it. It had metastasized and she had to be eventually put to sleep. I thought the day she went blind was the worst day of my life until she had to be put to sleep. That was and still has been the worst day of my life. The pain has never gone away. But then what if I had never had her at all. Thats not thinkable. I now have since rescued a Min Pin that I named Mickey Mouse. He is black and looks a lot like Wally. He has chronic pancreatitis but with a special diet he stays a healthy weight and is now almost eleven. He was estimated at 3 years old by our vet when I brought him home which was the number of years Minnie had been gone. I often think that one day he and Minnie will be happily playing in heaven together under the watchful eye of God. Animals are a true blessing. I often wonder if they come into our lives to take upon themselves an experience or ailment in life that we could not personally have handled ourselves at the time. On an appointment years ago when I still had Minnie Mouse they found a huge growth in my bladder. Later, a recheck revealed it had completely disappeared to everyones surprise. Did Minnie take on my ailment so that I could live? Would I have gone blind? I know that sounds weird but its just stayed in my thoughts all these years. She was that sweet and giving. These precious little animals give unconditionally and get so little in return while we deal with our busy daily schedules. We owe it to them to give them the best care possible, treating them with kindness and love always. Thank you for taking care of Wally and devoting your time and energy in keeping him happy and safe. He knows you love him!


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