So I realized that Keller's condition and story has never been really shared here, so I think it's about time I do.
I, Keller's mom Calista, got Keller when he was about 7 weeks old. His current owner had not been keeping him in a container area and he was left outside with the other puppies in his litter. He kept getting lost and I came to realize that he was not only just blind but deaf as well. Keller's mother actually did not show much interest in him.
When I went to check on him one morning, the woman who owned him at the time said she believed he was dying. I took him to my house, he was lethargic, weak and shakey, he couldn't even stand. Turns out he was dehydrated from being out in the sun, unable to find adequate shelter or find water because his environment was so large he was unable to map out the area in his head. That was the day he moved home permenatly.
As for why he was born this way? Simple. Bad breeding. His parents, actually are siblings. But in dog cases, first generation of inbreeding doesn't normally result in abnormalities. Inbreeding isn't why he's like this though. Both of his parents had a merle coat and breeding two merle dogs is dangerous, each puppy of the litter has a 25% chance of being born blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. Keller has a double merle gene which caused him to be mostly white and blind and deaf. He's completely deaf but not completely blind. He can see bright lights and he reacts to shadows moving over him, though he can't see any shapes, only light and dark.
Although caring for a blind and deaf dog is a challenge, it's just as rewarding Different doesn't mean disposable, I hope more people take on the challenge of caring for and loving a disabled pet. The love they return to you is unlike any other .
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