Dutchess is a blind therapy dog who works with individuals with autism. The eyeless pup provides a calming and therapeutic presence for those in need. Even without eyesight, Dutchess has no problems navigating, playing fetch, and locating all near-by treats. She visits classrooms and becomes part of a child’s reading class, assisting with speech goals or other academic endeavors.
The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. The round head is massive with a short, blunt, square-shaped muzzle. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The teeth meet in a slight undershot bite. The very large, prominent eyes are dark. The small, thin ears are either rose or button shaped. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The high-set tail is curled over the back and a double curl is preferred in the show ring. Dewclaws are usually removed.A delightful blend of dignity and comedy, the pug is an amiable, playful and confident companion. It can be stubborn and headstrong, but it is pleasant and generally willing to please. It loves to cavort and show off.
But one most important characteristics of the beauty of this dog…are his adorable big and shiny eyes! This is Pugsly, he is 8.5 years old and just recently went blind last summer from Pigmentary Keratitis which is quite common in Pugs of all ages. He’s learning his way around, and has already had some improvement since he has learned warnings words like “watch out”. It is a little tougher to get photos of him now, especially of him looking at the camera, but he still does great. [Read more…]
Sometimes pets best friends are their other animal buddies. Or sometimes when people have let you down, our pets are there to be more of a support than our human companions. We miss them dearly when they are no longer around and this gallery is devoted to friendship between pets and pets and their handlers.
It’s been rather cold and rainy here lately, and I know in some parts of the country there’s still snow, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s spring! Flowers are blooming, bright green leaves are returning, the sun is shining—and the dog is playful as ever, if not more so. My dog are indoor-only, so sadly he don’t really get to enjoy the nice spring weather. But here is one dog that do get to enjoy it, rolling in the grass, smelling the flowers, and just enjoying the bright warm sunshine.