“We were blessed the day William came into our lives 2 years ago, what a special boy he is! William is about 8 years old now and his story is a sad one, no longer wanted by his owner he was handed in to Sussex Pet Rescue as a stray. William was very underweight, weighing only 33 kgs, he had a flea allergy, his skin was red raw and he was filthy dirty. The saddest thing of all is that he is blind and the owner didn’t even realise. We took him to see an eye specialist who informed us that William was born blind, we were told his optic nerves are not attached which is a very a rare condition apparently.
Despite everything William is a gentle and loving dog, he touches everyone’s hearts and we are amazed at how well he copes with his blindness. He has such an expressive face and people are always shocked when the realise he is blind as he acts and moves as though he can see. When out walking on our regular route he knows instinctively where to turn and at home he steps over the other dogs where they lie and knows when a dog bed is free for him to lay down on, such a clever boy.William is confident and has great spatial awareness, learning about new environments very quickly.
He now lives with two other GSD’s, Max and Babe, and a Cavalier called Ella. Max and William love to play together and this is amazing to watch. William also loves to play on his own with his ball and he seems to know exactly where it is at all times, incredible really. He also loves his walks and is enjoying life now. We are so pleased that this incredible dog has come into our lives and it is a joy to see him so happy now.”
Jane & Sally