This blind shelter dog brought a mother and daughter together in the best possible way.
Vickie was surrendered to
the shelter six years ago. My first reaction was, "Wow, she’s spinning very fast." But when I got her out of the cage, and she just kind of just jumped on me,
and tried to give me hugs and kisses, she had the best personality. I vowed, "I am going
to work with this dog. I am going to get her to a point
where she can go into a home." Vickie’s blind. The owners did not want
her because she was blind. She spins in circles a lot. No animal should be in a
shelter for their whole life. So we take her out a lot. We just need to find
that perfect home. Ellen came by with her
daughter to volunteer. And they saw Vickie, and
they saw that she was blind. - At that point then my
daughter started to cry, saying, “We can’t just leave her. We have to do something.” So I said, “Well this is the perfect time
for you to learn about volunteering, child.” - Vickie can be skittish
around strangers sometimes. She took to Ellen very well. It’s probably Ellen’s
energy, honestly. - (Laughing) Ah, what’s up? And we went down every day, even if it was only for
ten or fifteen minutes. So we could play with her,
engage her, walk her. Talk to her. She’d never been in a home. But she was just such a love, and I didn’t understand why
anybody hadn’t come for her. We decided to give
her basic commands. She’s blind, but
she’s a quick learner. It’s a question of
being here every day. So she gets used
to having me around. - No, it's empty! Vickie brought us closer. Not only as like a mother
daughter relationship, but I would say it’s just
like a friendly relationship. Because sometimes
we don’t hang out and talk as much
as we would like to. So on the drive over, or on
the drive back, we would talk. - With Honora and I, Vickie has
given us kind of a common thread. There’s a goofy little
dog that needs us. She’s just a lovely,
sweet goofball. And I think she should understand what unconditional love is. - Ellen came up to
me and she said, “I think I’m your lady.” And I said, “I think
you’re my lady too.” Today, Vickie is finally
going to her forever home. I know that she is going
somewhere where she belongs. Yes! You’re coming with me today! Are you ready to go home? Are you ready?
Say goodbye to Elijah. She will never be in
a cement room again. He’s going to cry. Say goodbye to everyone. Say goodbye. Come on! Are we ready to see
your new home? Come on.
Come on. She’s never done stairs before.
Come on. Good girl! You did it! Yes! There are so many challenges. She’s blind. She’s been
in the shelter for six years. Come on. - Okay, tail. - You just want to feel safe.
I know you do. And you will soon. You’ll feel safe soon. Who’s got a first walk? Huh? Good girl.
Good girl. Good girl.
Come here. I don’t think she knows what
to make of any of this. Who’s a good girl? I know. You’re getting a little
overwhelmed, aren’t you? Shake it off, baby.
This is your new life. It’s okay. As long as I got — I got you, I got you. I got you. Come on! Let’s go
try the stairs again. That should be fun. Vickie will just have
love heaped on her. And she will never need or want
anything as long as she lives.