BENEFITING: AMERICAN BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE INC
American Boston Terrier Rescue
Tootsy was picked up by a local shelter in 2012 as a stray. She was completely blind at that time due to cataracts and remains blind now. Tootsy has been in foster care with American Boston Terrier rescue for almost 3 years now, we estimate her to be around 8-10 years of age. Although Tootsy is an amazing dog with tons of spunk and lots of personality, she has not had much interest from adopters. Once in foster care, we really were able to get to know Tootsy. She has an amazing loving spirit – she loves every living being she’s met (even cats!) A lot of dogs avoid walks, activity and play once they become blind, but Tootsy is extremely intelligent and very brave! All around Tootsy is an amazing dog who would make a wonderful addition to any family. Unfortunately, her bravery does have its limits. Once in foster care, we discovered that Tootsy has severe separation anxiety and absolutely cannot be left in any confined space. She loves and trusts her humans, when they are not around she gets very anxious. At first, she would break out of any kennel she was placed in – plastic, wire and even steel. Being unable to kennel her, she gets run of the house when there are no humans around. Due to concerns about her safety, we began monitoring her with a nanny cam. We were able to observe what happens when she’s alone and it’s heart breaking. Once the humans leave the house, Tootsy begins panting heavily and frantically searching for them. She howls, barks and cries. This appears to be panic attacks and it can last anywhere from an hour to four hours. Several remedies have been tried, unfortunately none have been successful. Although Tootsy is brave and is an active dog, it is easy to see that she desperately wants to be more active. When she runs, she runs very pensively and stops after just a few feet in fear of running into something. When she goes on walks, she sometimes stops and sits down because she doesn’t know her surroundings. When she plays, she can’t keep up with other dogs because she can’t see where they are running – which means she misses out on the best game of all, chase! After extensive testing, we recently discovered that Tootsy is an excellent candidate for cataract surgery. Our Veterinary Ophthalmologist is extremely confident that Tootsy can have surgery to remove her cataracts and regain her vision. The testing itself was very expensive, and the surgery costs even more. Part of the purpose of rescue is to rehabilitate the dogs in our care. Our job is to provide them with the best care possible to maximize their quality of life and then find them homes that can continue this. Rescues run on generous donations from supporters such as yourself. By donating to Tootsy's surgery, you are helping us give her an improved quality of life where she can run and see to play with other dogs like she so desperately wants to. Thank you for your generosity and support!