Intentionally Blinded Dog and Her Guide Dog Need a Home

We've recently reported a few stories about incredible dogs who act as guide dogs to blind canine friends. Here's an especially touching one: Ema, a...

Maria Goodavage  |  May 23rd 2011


We’ve recently reported a few stories about incredible dogs who act as guide dogs to blind canine friends. Here’s an especially touching one: Ema, a 4-year-old blue heeler, was intentionally blinded by her previous owner, according to veterinarians. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the blinding may have been from cigarette burns, or a beating. One thing is for sure: It was not an accident, or hereditary.

Ema and her daughter, Sage, were found wandering around Corrales, NM. It quickly became clear that Sage, age 2, was Ema’s eyes. She prevents her from bumping into objects, and keeps her from danger. Ema’s blindness was inflicted on her a while back, so they are a very efficient team. And despite their ill treatment by their previous owner, they seem to harbor no ill will toward people.

“Whatever these two girls have been through and it’s substantial they are completely loving,” Barbara Bayer, president of the all-volunteer Companion Animal Rescue and Medical Association of Sandoval County, told the New Mexican. “That is to me the amazing part of this story, that they can overcome this disability and still relate to people and give love.”

There have been several offers to house the two, but no right fits yet. They can’t be left at a ranch as ordinary heelers can, and they shouldn’t be confined to a home where they won’t get significant exercise.

“They love running,” Bayer said. “It’s amazing her ability to get around with a very significant disability.”

To contact CARMA for more information regarding providing a forever home, go to Ema’s Petfinder page.

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