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April 19, 2023

Imagine a puppy being born deaf and with some vision impairment, especially in bright light. Now imagine his family returning the special needs dog to Summit Dog Rescue in early 2023 after 5 years. He needs our help. 

Getting adopted the first time in 2018 at just 10 months old felt like a stroke of luck. Getting adopted again feels next to impossible after 100+ days and counting without any serious interest.

Meet BLUE a special needs dog who essentially needs a guide-person to love and protect him and to provide predictability and consistency ... after too many hardships already. It's kind of an emergency situation since ... His current foster family leaves town for the entire summer in mid-May 2023, and the rescue group has been unable to find another foster home or adopter for Blue. Who do we know that will adopt and adore brokenhearted Blue?

Blue - Special Needs Dog

special needs dog blue seeks guide-person
  • 6 years old
  • Neutered male 
  • Around 50 pounds
  • Australian Shepherd + Australian Cattledog mix (according to DNA test)
  • Loves learning, including hand signals from people
  • Available for adoption through Summit Dog Rescue (near Boulder, Colorado) -- potential adopters in other states welcome to inquire
  • Adoption fee $125
  • Comes with virtual or in-person training sessions with the rescue group's dog training experts because they absolutely want Blue's next home to be his true-forever home

Special Needs Dog Blue Inherited Double-Merle Genes

That's why Blue is deaf and why his vision isn't perfect, especially in bright conditions. It isn't his fault he got dealt a rotten combo genes. The problem happens when 2 dogs with merle genes get bred together. It's a dominant gene, so it's no secret dogs carry the gene. It is NOT like it hides in the DNA as a recessive gene. So either [insert curse word of choice] people bred 2 merle dogs on purpose, or [insert curse word of choice] people didn't take steps to keep intact merle dogs separate at fertile times.

As a special needs dog Blue sometimes finds the world confusing and scary because he gets too much jumbled stimuli that his brain just can't process in a way that makes sense to him in the moment. I'm sure it's even harder now with all the changes he's experienced so far in 2023, with a broken heart on top of it all. He must wonder what's happening. Sweet doggo homebody man.

Think what it must feel like to sense movement around you that you can't see 100% clearly (and definitely cannot hear) what's what. It makes taking leashed walks in busy communities too stressful for Blue. He needs consistency and predictability and NO surprises from dogs or people or other things both at home and in outdoors life.

What Blue Needs

That's why Blue needs a forever person or family with:

  • No cats
  • No kids under age 8
  • A bustle-free life with set daily routines
  • A low-stimuli community with no hubbub 

Read Blue's Full Adoption Profile (here)

Rather than me rehashing all the details from Blue's adoption profile, please read the full one on the Summit Dog Rescue's site, including how much he ADORES people and how he prefers to meet potential canine friends and the types of occasional outdoor experiences he enjoys.

From my perspective, here's what I want to say as someone who has lived with several special needs dogs:

Adopting a special needs dog is life changing. It takes an open-hearted person willing to:

  1. Extend compassion and understanding 
  2. Learn new things and accept input from others
  3. Make the most of available support resources
  4. Provide the best environment (and protection when necessary) based on the dog's needs and preferences
  5. Enjoy having a dog with an important story to tell and lessons to teach

Is That You or Someone You Know?

Then contact Summit Dog Rescue ASAP. They ask that you, email and tell them about yourself, your home environment, and your lifestyle. A volunteer will contact you as soon as possible.

And, if that's not you, please share Blue's story and needs with dog-lovers you know. 

Share his adoption profile.


Share this FB post about Blue.

Thanks for your help. The clock is ticking. Let's get to work!

About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

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