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12/28/08 -- Pinnie has a new home!

Hi Marc & Kandace,

Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for letting us take Pinnie home
with us. She is wonderful. Sweetest dog in the world. We love her.
Hope your other dogs are doing well.

Hi Marc,

Quick status update. Been having a great time with Pinball. We love
her so much! She takes me on long walks and loves our back field. When
we had snow I could watch her track coyotes out there. Lots of fun.
Here are a few pictures:

  • Gender - Female
  • Age/DOB - 1/05
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 110 lb.
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 3/31/07
  • Available as of - Now
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Yes
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids -  Yes
    • with the elderly - Mostly
  • Temperament - PinBall is just amazing. She is so confidant and secure, so sure of herself. We watch her play with the other dogs and it's hard sometimes to even tell she is blind.She is a love and really wants to please. An easy keeper for sure.
  • Comments
When PinBall first got here she was in an Elizabethan collar. She had had her left eye removed and was still in stitches so the collar was to protect her while she healed. Fact is when she had her eye removed they first glued the eye shut, but she managed to rip that open so she had to go back in and get the eye sewn shut. Her first night here with us we decided she needed a new name. PinBall is one of those fearless blind dogs who moves ahead without reservation. The thing with these dogs is that until they learn new surroundings, they do a lot of bouncing off walls and stuff. It doesn't bother them, and generally it doesn't bother us either. But with PinBall wearing this huge Elizabethan collar, she was a lot wider than she was used to and the first few days she spent bouncing off just about everything. And since she was so fearless, she was doing it at speed. After a few hours that first night my wife and I felt like we were in a pinball machine. Well you see how she got her name. That Elizabethan collar was shredded by the end of the 2nd day from having been run into door frames and couches,and ...well you get the picture. We threw it away and just kept a close eye on her after that.

The eye is all healed up now, and PinBall knows her way around the place, so she is no longer bouncing off stuff the way she did those first few days. But she is still self assured, secure, and inquisitive, and she still moves out full steam most of the time. She really is quite amazing. To watch her play you would be hard pressed sometimes to tell she was blind. She is smart, well behaved, has learned to use her nose and her ears to let her "see" the world, and she simply loves life. She gets along with all the other dogs. She is one of the least "handicapped" dogs you will ever meet, and one of the most joyous and loving. She can be very talkative when she wants, but she doesn't bark a lot.

Dog rely more heavily on their sight than they do on their hearing, so being blind is a bit harder on a dog than being deaf, in our experience, but it is actually easier for the owner. That's because you can be a normal "lazy" owner with a blind dog. You can call them in from the yard without having to go outside to find them. You can call them for dinner from the far end of the house and they come running. You can scold them for getting on the furniture, without getting out of your couch. Owning a blind dog is in many ways just like owning a "normal" dog, and easier than owning a deaf dog. PinBall would be happy to teach you all about owning and loving a blind Dane. if you are interested, let us know. You'll be glad you did.

We will post additional photos of PinBall as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about PinBall or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
Click here to fill out an application to adopt PinBall or any of the DDRI dogs.

Cleo, Malcolm and PinBall

Malcolm and PinBall

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