Princess Fiona, or Fiona for short, is a very special girl. This 5-year-old, purebred Cocker Spaniel was found abandoned in a field, covered with ticks. Her fur was also matted and dirty. Fiona was picked up and brought to a Los Angeles shelter where she sat for 23 days before getting treatment. When she was finally looked at, it was discovered that Fiona was blind.
Fiona has been diagnosed with Uveitis, which, according to veterinaryvision.com, “is defined as inflammation of part of or the entire uveal tract (iris, ciliary body and choroid).” After a full check-up, and despite her condition, Fiona is a very healthy dog. She has been receiving steroid eye drops to relieve the inflammation and is slowly being weaned off of them. It is imperative that your house be dog-proofed before letting Fiona roam free.
This remarkable pooch, who most likely suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of her former owner, has not let that or being blind stop her from being a sweetheart. According to her foster mom, Diane Doyle, Fiona is an active, playful, loving and wonderful dog.
“She relies on her sense of smell and hearing to navigate around our house. Fiona will live a perfectly happy life just like a sighted dog. She loves to go for car rides and walks around the neighborhood, or just cuddling next to you on the couch. She is housebroken,” said Doyle.
Every Friday, i Love Dogs spotlights a homeless dog as part of our i Love Dogs Rescue Network effort to find furever homes for these pooches.
I chose Princess Fiona because her foster mom contacted me after I introduced myself to her at an adoption event and told her about the i Love Dogs Rescue Network. I let her know that I have a soft spot for special needs and senior dogs. She told me about Fiona. Together we hope to find Fiona a good and loving furever home.
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PHOTO: Dianne Doyle