[NFBOH-Cleveland] Blind and deaf puppy relies on seeing-eye puppy

Suzanne Turner smturner.234 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 19:43:37 UTC 2020



Although the date for celebrating "Puppy Day" has passed by a few days, I
thought I would share this cute story.





Blind and deaf puppy relies on seeing-eye puppy brother

Star and Denver are looking for their fur-ever home 

Author: Kelly Hessedal (kfmb) 

Published: 9:20 PM EST February 27, 2020 

Updated: 9:20 PM EST February 27, 2020 



A brother and sister puppy duo in San Diego share a special bond. Star is
blind and deaf. Her brother Denver is her guide puppy.

The 3-month-old terrier blend pups came to the <https://animalcenter.org/>
Helen Woodward Animal Shelter from another shelter in Louisiana. They were
part of a litter of eight whose mom was found roaming the streets while she
was pregnant.

The thing that was rare for us to see is how completely bonded these two
were," said Jessica Gercke, spokesperson for Helen Woodward.

She says immediately staff noticed Star was special.

"Star is deaf and almost completely blind," she said. "Animals are amazing
because they really learn how to make their way in the world. Her sense of
smell is 40 times stronger than ours. Star uses her nose quite a bit." 

"Her brother Denver really stuck by her side," added Gercke. "Even though
there were eight of them Denver was really sticking near her, guiding her
around. She was depending on him."

The pair was supposed to go up for adoption earlier this week, but Denver
suffered a bee sting and needed extra time to recover. Their story has been
picked up by media across the world.

"These puppies have gone beyond anything we've seen so far," said Gercke.
"We got a call the other day, someone asked if they could ship them
overseas, which of course we won't."

Gercke says no matter what - these two will stay together

"We're going to keep them as long as we need to, to make sure they're
together," she said.

The puppies are expected to go up for adoption Friday, Feb. 28. If you would
like to fill out an application, click here
<https://animalcenter.org/adopt-a-pet> .


National Federation of the Blind of Ohio (NFBO)

Suzanne Turner, Ohio Affiliate Vice President

Cleveland Chapter, President


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