by Helen Hartel
Shasta, a four-year-old female American Staffordshire Terrier/Dalmatian mixed breed has a sad history, but through it all, she has kept her gentle demeanor. While there isn’t much known about her past, and what is known is heart-wrenching, in spite of her hard times, she has maintained a zest for life that’s almost inspirational.
As you probably noticed, she has a huge “smile” that appears very welcoming. You may also have noticed that she lost one eye, and she is blind in the other. Don’t let that sway you from adopting her. Just like blind people, blind dogs are highly adaptable.
Here are some things you should know about her:
- She loves to be with people.
- She finds her peeps by sniffing around and then jumping up to be with them.
- She is very gentle.
- She loves to be the recipient of a good petting and get some scratching behind her ears.
- She walks well on leash and has learned her way around the shelter while going for walks.
- She enjoys spending time in the shelter’s “real room” lounging on the futon.
She is not timid about exploring or being in a play yard on her own, and her confidence should only continue to grow when her new family takes her into their home and shows her the lay of the land.
Because her blindness is recent and her senses are overly heightened, she will need to be the only dog at her home right now. That’s not to say that down the road, once she get used to her new surroundings and life without her sight, that another dog could possibly be introduced to her. She just needs time to adjust for now. There are volunteers at the shelter that have adopted blind dogs. If you want to talk with someone about living with a blind dog, many would be happy to assist.
If you are looking for a gentle girl to show you the loyalty that “Staffies” are known for and have a special place in your heart for a girl with special needs, ask to meet her now. She will make you smile every time you lay eyes on her, maybe a smile as wide as hers.
To adopt Shasta, request A4675348. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov