Inspired by our founder Ali Jarvis’ “lemon” dog, Luc, this series is dedicated to local, special-needs pups looking for loving homes. This week’s adoptable pooch is sponsored by The Urban Dog and Pet Connections.
Name: Ray Charles
Stats: 12-year-old, 10-lb Chihuahua mix
Time in foster: 6 months
Location: Twin Cities
Rescue: Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue
SWD: When we saw that face we just had to know this guy’s story. Tell us about Ray Charles!
CH: Ray Charles is an stunning example of perseverance and love. He is like the little engine that could — he just keeps going even though he can’t see. If his foster mom is moving around cooking, he is trying to find her in the kitchen all the while softly bumping into things. He just wants to be by his human; he loves her unconditionally. Ray Charles adores a good snuggle sesh on the couch or in any other warm spot.
SWD: Our heart just grew about three sizes! So what’s his special need?
CH: Ray Charles was born blind, but he doesn’t let it slow him down. He has adapted to his disability and takes it slow so he doesn’t run into things too hard. Ray will need to be gated off from any type of stairs or things he can fall from. Poor Ray also doesn’t have any teeth, but he loves eating every morsel of re-hydrated dog food.
SWD: We’ll tell you one thing: He’s the cutest toothless, blind dog we’ve ever seen. What other fun stuff can you share about Ray?
CH: He is hilarious when his foster comes home. He gets very excited and lets out little barks while trying desperately to find her. He also has the most adorable sneeze we have ever seen. When we had our first bit of snow last week, the wind was kind of blowing Ray all around and he took a few tumbles. He got really fiesty with the wind and started to bark at it. All we could do was laugh.
SWD: Life with Ray Charles would be a hoot! What would make the perfect home for him?
CH: Ray Charles would do well in a home with mature humans (aka no little kids, if you please) where he can be the center of attention. Sometimes he likes other dogs, most of the time he’d rather be left alone than interact with ’em. The lucky family that adopts Ray will be adding a miniature dire wolf to their family: He’s loyal to a fault and very loving of his humans. If you love him, he will love you more.
Ray Charles’ story is brought to you by The Urban Dog, which offers super-customizable dog-walking and pet-sitting services, packed with affection and safety; and by Pet Connections, a weekly radio show devoted to the joys of being a pet owner.