Help Me Help My New Foster Dog

Blind Willie Christmas Tree

My new foster dog only has one eye.

It doesn’t work.

In fact, Blind Willie’s big, old, useless eye will have to be removed very soon, and Wayward Dog Foundation is currently raising funds to help cover the surgery.

Eye trouble is one of the health issues common in Jack Russell terriers. Although I do not know Blind Willie’s entire history, I do know he has been seeing impaired for most, if not all, of his life.

willie and scooby

For this resilient and tenacious little terrier, though, his disability isn’t that big of a hurdle.

In fact, the 8-to-10-year-old dog gets around a heck of a lot better than Scooby the elderpin. Willie can go up and down stairs; he can hop on and off of furniture and he can use the electronic doggy door – all without help from people.

willie and luke

Little Willie also knows how to sit and speak for a treat. He’s a pretty good snuggler and content to rest for most of the day.

But at some point every evening he gets a burst of energy. During these periods, he’s a force to be reckoned with – if you are a Kong toy or a vacuum cleaner.

jack russell terrier blind

Willie has been in rescue for a few months, since he was surrendered by his former owners to the Wayward Dog Foundation.

After one failed out-of-state adoption, we are hoping to place Willie somewhere in the Kansas City area. He really does need a special home and a family who will be patient with him but who will also treat him like a regular dog.

Before Willie can be adopted, however, he does need to have his remaining eye removed. It is ulcerated and over time will cause Willie increasing discomfort. The sooner we can remove it, the better.

Buy Biscuits for Willie

One of the ways that I am helping to raise these funds is through the sale of Beer Paws Beer Biscuits.

beer paws package

Until the funds are raised, $1 from every 6-oz bag and $2 from every 12-oz bag of biscuits sold will be donated to Willie’s fund.

Click here to place your biscuit order.

Note: A portion of sales from all other Beer Paws products sold in February will be donated to the Beer Paws rescue partner of the month Paws Up Rescue of Nebraska.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on February 9, 2014, in Dogs, Dogtography, Fostering and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Linda Szymoniak

    The good news is that he should be able to live an absolutely normal life with just one eye. Heck, even dogs that are fully blind will amaze you with their ability to adapt in a seeing world. I have a deaf dog – Ran was born deaf and dumped a a shelter just after her three-month checkup and shots at a vet near the shelter. We can only assume the first adopter dumped her when they had it confirmed she was deaf. The funny thing is, virtually everyone who meets her on walks, on outings to places like PetSmart, etc. have NO idea she’s deaf until I tell them. I do a lot of driving of rescue dogs – dogs (and cats and even an occasional rabbit, guinea pig, pot-bellied pig, and even once helped with some baby goats) so I’ve helped with dogs with everything from missing eyes, ears, legs, to dogs that had been nearly starved to death, dogs that had been abused to the point of physical injury, dogs that have been shot, and being between Chicago and Gary as we are, I’ve driven more dogs that had been used for fighting or as bait dogs than I can begin to count. Dogs are some of the most resilient creatures you will ever meet. Humans could really learn from them. Thank you for fostering such a special dog. The rescue world needs more fosters. Hopefully your story will inspire someone else to foster.

  2. Thank you, Linda! It sounds like you do some amazing work and have helped a lot of animals. I agree that dogs are incredibly resilient creatures. I also knew that in my heart, but fostering Willie has made that so much more clear. He is actually totally blind already, and I am amazed at how well he gets around. He’s an inspiration for sure!

  3. Crystal, I’m trying to place an order but I’m having trouble. I wanted to order 2 bags but it won’t let me change the amount. Any help?

  4. We just ordered our biscuits and a wine paw! :)

  5. Awww what a sweetheart. Whee are going to send details of these treats to our doggy friends and tweet it out to get people to help. Good luck with him, he’s gorgeous

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

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