Age: 5 Years
Foster Home: Patty
Update: Mel was adopted in November, 2008. A month later, his new family writes: "We love Mel and I think that he is happy with us. He amazes us with how well he is getting around. He is a very sweet and loving dog--especially for all that he has been through! He has been on a few walks, and you are right, he loves them. He wags his tail the whole time. He has met new people on his walks and is nice to everyone and they all love him. I hope that he likes it with us, but for our part, we are thrilled with him. Our other dogs are still a bit jealous when I pay attention to him, but they are all getting along fine. I will be sure to update you, but everything is good!"
April 2008 (From his foster mom)
(Mel is 6 yrs old and blind from CEA. )
I think he's having fun here. Today for the first
time he smelled the sheep, and he was all over the north west corner
of the yard with his head high in the air sniffing. He's not used
to grass as his last home had wooden walkways and gardens in their
back yard. So he's rolling and sniffing, peeing on the trees, doing
dogly things..... Today he was actually romping around and even
running in the yard.
If only I could catch that happy face on film.
Inside the house he's a lot more careful. You can see how well he's
adapted. I'm teaching him step up, step down, door, wait & stop.
He likes a pathway so I've dragged out all my old throw-rugs and made
paths thru the house. I don't have any carpet, it's all wood or tile
and he doesn't like bare floors. He does like it when you talk to
him and he's loves hugs and tummy rubs. When you have to take Mel
to and fro, he feels quite comfortable with a leash on. Takes the
guesswork out of it for him. Of course your voice is always a safe
He's just so good, perfectly housebroken, crate trained and
takes treats so gently.
His white ruff is all curly :-)
Mel is one incredible
dog - he's had nothing but crap his whole life yet he maintains a
great outlook and love of life. If only we could all be like him.
Mel's shelter photo - doesn't he look scared? Fortunately, he's not scared any more - just look below!