So Very Special

What do you think of when you hear the words “special needs”? Today’s video introduces some very special dogs, along with some very special people. If you’re looking for a whole lot of inspiration, make sure to scroll down and check out the websites of our featured rescues, (just click on each photo) and the people who have dedicated their lives to some incredible dogs. They’re sure to inspire, and who knows…you might just find your new best friend!

Steve Smith and Alayne Marker/Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary

Michael Dickerson and Joyce Darrell/Pets With Disabilities

Michael Pravec/Special Needs K9

Leslie C., who works in rescue, sent this to me, and I thought it would be great to share.

“Most of my experience is with deaf dogs but as a child we had a blind Pekinise. We had her for over 10 years and didn’t find out that she was blind until she was 5 years old. The vet explained to us that since we treated her like a regular dog without disabilities that she just adapted to her surroundings and learned to “feel” her way around through vibrations and noises. She learned most of her training through voice and touch and no one ever knew that she was blind until we informed them. Whether the dog is blind, deaf or both, when they are given love, understanding and time they are no different than a dog without disabilities.”