This VERY VERY special beauty is Leni Lemon (we call her Lemon!!)
Not such a great start in life but more about that later. Her life now has improved 10,000 fold since she arrived with her foster family in Connecticut.
Lemon arrived to them totally unable to control her exuberance for life - that’s our story and we are sticking to it. She was happy as a clam to be around people and have attention paid to her but it could be overwhelming - she had zero boundaries. Slowly but surely she is now realizing that love and attention will always come her way so she’s not so desperate all the time.
Her not being able to see really doesn’t make her life worse than any other dog - she gets it - it’s us who worry about it. Lemon is able to follow commands and now knows sit, come, cookie (which also includes nice and easy).
When she arrived, taking a cookie out of her hands was almost an act of bravery but no more - she’s learned that like love, cookies will come pretty frequently as well and she loves it.
She can now be in the same room with the foster’s cat but it’s still a work in progress and honestly probably not ever going to be great so let’s say no felines (unless of course they are kept separate at all times).
Before coming to New England, Lemon was in a boarding situation but upon arrival to fosters it was decided to work slowly with introductions - she can meet dogs on leash and seems to do okay. She walks with her fosters’ dogs and has settled in pretty well with them
A plus? She’s crate trained and happy to hang out there if you provide her favorite thing in the world - a Bene-Bone. And, if you have poochie bells, she’ll ring the to go out - we suggest you get a pair for her - they sound great and it really is a good thing for her to do.
She’s happy to hang on the couch while you watch TV - she listens to the sounds.
She’s super smart this girl - loves dog puzzles, treat balls, tug of war. All good things for her!!!
She’s not a big barker, that’s always good.
She loves kids - their fosters have a teenager come and babysit with her when they need to be gone for long times. She thoroughly enjoys that company. We are convinced she had kid sin her past somewhere - she instantly takes to them.
So, in short, although she’s categorized as “special needs,” she just like any other dog - she just can’t see you. (Think about it, you won’t have to get dressed in the morning because she won’t be able to tell anyone.)
When we first got Lemon into foster care, we reached out to the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance who have been so helpful - we are taking their advice and our first mission for right now is to find her a place where she will feel safe and secure - someone who is home a lot, working from home or retired. Who has the time to bond with her immediately before work on any behavior concerns. Obviously having a child in the home will be a bonus for both Lemon and your youngster!!
The great peeps from the BDRA have agreed to provide assistance to any adopter we find for this girl and we will of cover any further training that may be needed.
As is normal with blind dogs, once she gets to know her surroundings she will be almost like any other dog. At first thought it’s going to be hard for her to adjust and she will be stressed and look to you for assistance - she will always stay close to you when moving as you will be her guide. Patience and kindness is going to be the key here.
Obviously, her blindness can lead her to be easily startled when approached quickly without warning.
We want this to be Lemon’s last home so will be sure to be careful choosing where she lands. She’s so affectionate that anyone will be lucky to have her!
Breed: Bully Breed mix
Weight: 45 lbs
Vaccinations: Up to date
Special Needs THIS DOG IS BLIND
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Over 10
Good with Dogs: Has done well with dogs in the past - would need slow intros
Good with Cats: Absolutely no
Adoption Fee: $350.00
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.
Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.
Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.