Tito, a little tan-colored Shih Tzu, was probably born blind. He has eyes but you can barely see them and they don’t provide him with any of the visual information about the world that we all take for granted. Fortunately for Tito, he has a seeing-eye dog, really a best buddy named Davo, a sleek black and tan Chihuahua.
When Tito is confused or needs something, he circles and Davo comes to his rescue guiding him to whatever he needs. Davo can be quite protective of Tito, but if you sit on the floor they will both come and get into your lap. They like to play together too, even if sighted Davo tends to get a bit rambunctious at times.
Some people who meet Tito say that they feel sorry for him, for what he is missing, but he does not seem to mind his condition at all. Tito has never known the world differently and he, like all dogs, is blessed with keen senses of smell and hearing.
Dogs have an advantage over us when it comes to coping with life’s challenges. They waste no time wondering about what might have been or stressing over what others might think about them. They are so much more adaptable than most of us.
Then there is Davo and his impressive devotion to his blind buddy. He is smaller and younger than Tito. No one explained to him that Tito was blind and he had to become his guide; somehow Davo just understood that Tito needed his help and he dutifully fulfills this role.
Now both Tito and Davo need help; they need a new home together. The pair ended up at Nevada Humane Society’s shelter when their person could no longer provide care to these two busy little dogs. Adopting two active young dogs together, especially one who is blind, is not what most people who come in to adopt a pet have in mind. But we are sure that somewhere out there in our community, some big-hearted person who could adopt Tito and Davo is reading their story right now. Maybe it’s you?
Events that Help Homeless Pets:
Super Bowl Adoption Promotion through February 5 at Nevada Humane Society.Adopt a pet and get a “super bowl”—free designer pet bowl—while they last. Most adult dogs $50, cats $20. All pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Call 775-856-2000 for more information.
The Summit Adoption Center open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at 13925 South Virginia Street, Suite 405 between Hollister and Sunglass Hut, near Starbucks. Variety of dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption.