Last week I introduced you to our new family member Podenca Andaluz Rosely. This week blind Podenco Bocelli has joined our family. We've both lived with dogs all our lives but for both of us, a blind dog is a new experience. He was apparently rescued from life on a chain in a horrible place in Lorca, southern Spain. It's not a good area for Spanish hounds. Here's a bit about his character.
Meet handsome Bo. He is as good as blind, weights approx 25kg and is 7 years old (as of July 2021). Bo wants to lay in his bed all day until it’s dinner time then suddenly he’s bouncing around and barking like a 6 month old puppy. His energy level is generally fairly low but he loves to potter around outside. At mealtimes he gets excited. He is good with other dogs.
He prefers not to be manhandled and will flop sometimes in protest. He follows the voice and is learning his way around the garden - hasn't ventured out of our large kitchen yet. He’s good about being on a schedule. He will stand quietly at the door when he needs to go out, but if you don’t notice him he will pee on the floor. It's though having another dog in the house is good for him to follow in and out. He likes having his own space, mainly on his big bed! At the moment he’s very quiet and lives for mealtimes but no doubt in a couple of weeks or so when he gains confidence in his new surroundings, which is a bungalow and a ramp at the back door so no steps, he will be much more confident moving about.
He's got his own collar saying 'I am blind' and also a white harness with the same wording.
Rosely is already getting protective of him, walks around the garden with him off lead and stays close to him when he explores in the house.