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At A Glance
Paul and Mary T.
"Hang in there sweet boy - you are in good hands now!! Merry Christmas!!"
"With all of our hearts, we wish you a Golden life!"
"Keep on living life to the fullest!"
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November 7, 2012
Emit has been at my house since mid-day Saturday. He is almost four-years-old (birthday December 21). He is a yellow-lab, perhaps a golden mix, but most likely a purebred lab. He has the typical lab temperament, a boisterous, I love everyone type guy.
He met the canine crew at my house with zero issues, first he met my calm guy, then he met my wilder guy, then he met the golden year-old-pup I was babysitting...he did great with all three dogs.
He was surrendered to Ragom because he is now totally blind, and his surrendering home didn't quite know how to keep him safe. We have a fenced yard, and the ability to keep the dog on one level (provided doors to other levels are closed). It has been quite interesting watching him figure things out. He also is crated at night and when nobody is home so he doesn't get himself into any situations that could scare him.
Apparently at some point Emit met a critter that didn't like him much. That animal attacked his head and one eye was lost in that attack. He has some scaring on his face and head that is covered by fur, but you can still see the marks....and his eye socket is empty. The other eye seems to have a large cataract. It is obvious he has no sight in that eye either.
I think whatever happened to his eye is the reason he and my cat aren't getting along. She is 15+ years old and has been the official feline greeter since she can remember. Since she weighs 10 pounds and all the dogs I foster outweigh her by 60 or 70 pounds, she has learned to teach them from the get-go that she's the boss. She growls and hisses at them, and smacks at them and in 99% of the cases, they will never go near her again. With Emit, apparently her growling and hissing reminds him of whatever horrible thing attacked his face and he barks and growls right back at her....Right now we are at a stand-off. She's in the basement (which is her domain anyways) when he's out and about, and when he's crated, she can come upstairs. Hopefully they work things out soon because it's not really fair to either of them.
We have a vet appointment later today, so I'll report more after we know more.