[blindkid] pet dog: what size to adopt?

Dan Burke dburke at cocenter.org
Mon Nov 21 20:09:28 UTC 2016

As a blind adult, I have to tell you that that statement from a rescue group is just discrimination.  That, however, is not the word that immediately leaped to my lips, and should not be printed here.

Dogs and cats of any size quickly learn to get out of the way or, as their current desire dictates, to get in the way just enough to get the attention they want.  There is no size of animal that is not appropriate on account of blindness.


Dan Burke
Public Relations Specialist

Colorado Denter for the Blind 
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

303.778.1130, x213


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From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Alison Stephens via blindkid
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 12:49 PM
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Cc: Alison Stephens <amspencer at yahoo.com>
Subject: [blindkid] pet dog: what size to adopt?

Our family is considering adopting a pet dog (not guide dog).  My 7 year old son is totally blind.  I also have two sighted tween boys.
I would rather get a small-medium dog, but one rescue group says that a small dog could be injured if my son accidentally steps on or sits on the dog.
Does anyone have insights into sizes of dogs?

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