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Ray: 4-year-old blind male black Lab mix 79 lbs Nuetered

Background: Originally found as a stray up in Humboldt Count in mid-2020 [Who the heck “loses” a blind dog? Give me a break!], we named him “Ray”. We adopted Ray to a young couple in late 2020, but Ray’s has exhibited some inappropriate behavior that they feel is incompatible with plans for a family. So we have placed Ray back up for adoption… hoping to find that very special forever home for him.

What Ray's current adopters say: Ray is a resilient and loyal companion with a puppy-like spirit. He is a balanced work-from-home partner who will patiently let you focus on work, while also reminding you to get up and be active a couple of times a day. Ray has even built up an impressive resume of tricks in such a short time including stop, stay, come, leave it, take, and even belly rub! His secret to learning so quickly is a stable routine with a healthy dose of exercise, regular mental stimulation, and plenty of treats and pets for reinforcements. While he initially demonstrated some resource guarding behavior with us (likely related to being a blind stray earlier in life), this improved immensely through hand feeding and a consistent breakfast/dinner schedule. Some of his favorite past times include receiving belly rubs, exploring the smells and sounds of the outdoors, and breaking down cardboard. That’s right - although he’s not very fond of many toys, he is very committed to recycling. He’s also quite the amateur hiker now, with his longest trail being nearly 5 miles. He would love to keep this up and rack up even more miles. He would like to remind you that you’ll be his eyes, so please be extra aware of your surroundings to steer him away from things like poles and pokey branches. While he relies on his strong sense of smell, sound, and touch, he can be easily startled by dogs and humans who don’t live with him. Because Ray can react in defense without much warning in these situations, he may be best suited for a home with adults only and infrequent visitors.

What Ray’s Rescue Rep says: Ray gets along great with people and other dogs that he is familiar with. Surprising a blind dog is never a good idea. He requires careful introductions with new people and new dogs. Would probably do great with another calm/adult dog in the home. Not for a family with children. A blind dog relies considerably on his/her sense of smell, hearing and, obviously, touch. Caring for a blind dog requires a unique approach:

Tips for living with a blind dog

Coping with blindness

How to help a blind dog

Medical: Besides being blind, Ray is in superb health. Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, microchipped, and neutered.

Ray is currently located in: Oakland.

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