Deerness Kennels greyhound rescue are appealing for a very special home for Stevie, a blind lurcher who they rescued recently. This boy needs and deserves a very special home, read his story from the Northern Echo:

Stevie Wonder, who is at Deerness Kennels, near Durham, but is hoping for a home

“Dog handlers at Deerness Kennels, in Langley Moor, County Durham, are caring for the two-year-old black lurcher after he was found abandoned, and are hoping Stevie’s disability will not deter potential owners. Despite his blindness, kennels staff are hoping to find a loving home for him as soon as possible.

Stevie arrived at Deerness at the end of last month after council dog wardens picked him up, and he remained unclaimed by his owners after seven days. Despite his blindness, staff said Stevie is very able to get about using his sense of smell and whiskers, although he does occasionally bump into things.

They are hoping he might find a home where there is already a dog, so a sighted canine companion can act as a guide to a blind dog.

Linda Forsythe, who owns the kennels, said: “He obviously can’t see anything, but finds his way around his kennel well. Dogs have a terrific sense of smell – which is much better than yours or mine – which is why a lot of dogs can adapt. He does occasionally bump into things, but this is not often.

“He is a beautiful- looking dog and loves other dogs, so going to a home that already has other dogs would not be a problem. He is such a loving dog with a wonderful, gentle personality. It would be great if someone could foster him, or better still, offer him a loving home before Christmas.”

To help, call 0191-378-0439.”

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