|Gender: Male Age: 1.5 years old|
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Susan Vanpelt, in honor of Denise Burdette to celebrate her birthday!
Needs to have a fenced environment and would benefit from obedience training.
Homer is a relinquishment; his owners have several children and this young dog bowls them over as he is vision impaired. FYI, Homer was originally purchased from a “backyard breeder,” likely a mill. We’re seeing more and more of these dogs and many have health issues. Despite his vision impairment he is a high energy dog. He also walks well on a leash. Our transport gal said he’s as sweet as they come!
Homer has been to a number of specialists since coming into GRIN's care in October 2018. Medical, Neurology, and Ophthalmology, all in an attempt to determine what issues or concerns he has and how to best treat them and eventually place him in an appropriate home. Homer has some quirky behavior and after all of the testing (MRI, x-rays, spinal tap, etc.) it has been determined his issues are a result of his struggle with depth perception. He cannot always tell how far away things are. For example he may move towards a toy or dish as though it is 10 feet away when in reality it is 3 feet away. We are happy to report he does not have any hearing issues as thought initally. The veterinarians who have evaluated Homer are not sure what the cause of vision issues are, possibly genetic, a result of poor breeding, or deep untreated ear infections that damaged the optic nerve.
Homer is a wonderful dog but will need a home with someone who is willing to manage him given his vision impairment. We are looking for a family with no young children, with few steps, 1 or 2, and a traditional fence. Homer has a wonderful disposition, is very good with other dogs, & loves to play and romp. He walks well on a leash with a collar or harness. He is outgoing and fun loving. He loves tummy rubs and aspires to be a couch potato in his fur-ever home.
Foster Update: 10/23/18
Homer: I arrived in my foster home a bit groggy after having a dental cleaning...it took 24 hours to get my appetite back. Right now am working on my 'walking on a leash' skills, learning new cues to address my hearing and vision issues and learning to be an almost 2yr old golden. I am very proud of not having any accidents in the house and behaving responsibly while gated to the kitchen area. I love having my beautiful fur brushed and belly rubs always make me smile.
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