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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

After a month in a shelter and a brief stay with a very nice temporary foster family, Alf arrived in her forever home. When a comment was made that she looked like Alf in one of her photos, a name was born. And maybe a breed, since we have no idea what her mix is.

As is so often the case, we can only guess at Alf’s backstory, but someone had taken good care of this little girl. She was housebroken, knew all about dog doors and about groomers, and had fairly recently received a dental. Overall she was, and is, the nicest, friendliest, and most tolerant little dog you would ever want to meet. So why was she not adopted? Alf has diabetes. Once in her Old Dog Haven Final Refuge home she was able to receive the vet care she needed and she has been very patient with all of it–appointments, insulin shots and all.

After she left the shelter, it was found that she’s essentially deaf. Then, about 10 days after she arrived in our ODH home, Alf woke up blind. Losing vision within a few hours can happen with diabetic dogs, we are told. Alf was confused and very frightened but with very limited sensory input to help, she is gradually learning her way around. The first thing she taught herself was how to find the dog door!

In spite of all these challenges, Alf’s happy, affectionate personality is returning and blossoming.

It is heartbreaking to think what Alf’s experience would have been to suddenly become blind in a shelter. How long would it have been before someone noticed? And without the resources to urgently see a veterinary ophthalmologist, how would the shelter staff have understood what was happening?

We are so very thankful that Old Dog Haven was there, and that now she is here.

(And I’m pretty sure sweet Alf is very thankful as well!)

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