View Full Version : Lily And Her Guide Dog Maddison Needed A New Home
October 24th, 2011, 12:00 AM
A FRIENDLY great Dane who suffered a condition that left her without eyes needs a new home - but the new owner would also have to take her guide dog.
Staff at a rehoming centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, issued a plea to canine lovers who can foster both blind Lily and her best pal Maddison, also a great Dane.
The pair have been inseparable since Lily lost her sight five years ago.
October 24th, 2011, 01:27 AM
What a couple of cutie pies! I'd take 'em both if they were closer.
October 24th, 2011, 01:40 AM
What a heartwarming story. I hope they find that home. It's inconceivable that they wouldn't. I bet the rehoming center is already being flooded with offers.
October 25th, 2011, 02:02 PM
I had to find out what was happening with this story:
Hundreds have offered to take in a blind Great Dane and her guide dog after they were left at a dogs trust in July.
The pair were left for re-homing by their previous owners in England because they couldn't handle two Great Danes, the BBC reported.
Blind dog Lily suffered from a condition that forced her to have her eyeballs removed when she was a puppy. The condition caused her to grow her eyelashes into her eyeballs.
Now, the blind dog is guided around by her seeing eye companion dog Maddison, and the pair have been inseparable since.
Miss Ridgway added: "With Maddison's help Lily leads a full, active life. She runs around with Maddison and comes when she is called or whistled.
"Occasionally she bumps into things if she is in an unfamiliar place, but if she was in her own home she would soon learn where everything was.
The Shrewsbury Dogs Trust has received hundreds of calls from potential new owners after a plea to find the "big, gentle giants" a new home made the media.
The dogs' keeper, Gemma Pinchin, said: "I think the future's looking really bright for this pair... we've got someone coming to see them and so many phone calls which obviously we're so grateful for."
Prospective owners have been discouraged by Lily's appearance, or did not have the space required to take care of two dogs their size. . . .
October 25th, 2011, 07:52 PM
I wonder what prospective owners think is wrong with Lily's appearance? She's beautiful, as is Maddison.
October 26th, 2011, 11:06 PM
The staff at the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury in Roden, England, knew dogs Lily and Maddison were special – they just couldn't understand why potential adopters didn't see it. . . .
No one had given them a second look – until this past weekend.
The local newspaper Shropshire Star spotlighted Maddison's amazing ability to guide her friend, usually with Lily's nose touching the back of her pal's tail as she leads the way. In just a few days, their story went global and the shelter was bombarded with requests for adoption from as far away as Argentina.
"Where before not one person came forward to give them a home, we've now got hundreds of people from across the world that want to take them in," says Macey. "It looks like they possibly – not confirmed – may have found the right home and could be going home this weekend."
As the shelter decides on the best place for them, the girls continue to keep each other company by cuddling and playing together. And even with all of the media attention, Maddison's focus never waivers.
"Maddison has got quite a nervous temperament," she says. "Her main focus is making sure that Lily is around her and OK." http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20539789,00.html
October 26th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?
October 27th, 2011, 03:54 PM
I had a blind dog, after he bumped into everything in the house once he was just like a normal dog and walked around the house and yard like he could see...
October 27th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Exciting news that they may have a home!
October 31st, 2011, 04:11 PM
It’s the happy ending that Lily the blind great dane and her trusty friend turned guide dog Maddison deserve.
When the Daily Mail featured the heart-warming tale of the two great danes, who were looking for a new home, more than 2,000 dog lovers responded by offering to take them. . . .
Anne Williams, 52, and her husband Len, 53, a retired fireman, fell in love with the dogs when they read about them in the Mail and their offer was accepted by the trust.
Mrs Williams, a business manager for an insurance company, said: ‘We've always had two dogs together, I like them to have company and so taking on two of them wasn't a daunting prospect.
'My daughter moved out five months ago, taking her two English setters with her, so the house has felt a little quiet without them.
‘We live in the countryside and I miss having a reason to go for a walk - I can't wait to take the dogs out with us. We've also got a lovely big garden so it's the perfect setting for two huge dogs.’
The couple plan to take the great danes on holidays to France and the Lake District and ensure they both enjoy life with their new family.
Louise Campbell, manager of the Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury, said: ‘This is the happy ending we were all hoping for and everyone is delighted for Lily and Maddison.
‘The Williams family were the perfect match and we know they'll give the dogs all the love and fuss they so deserve.’
The Williams with Lily and Maddison.http://i42.tinypic.com/33pbv5j.jpg
November 2nd, 2011, 11:21 AM
And the Williams look ecstatic to have them.
November 2nd, 2011, 11:38 AM
"Blind dog Lily suffered from a condition that forced her to have her eyeballs removed when she was a puppy. The condition caused her to grow her eyelashes into her eyeballs."
This is a condition called entropian. It is common and can be easily corrected with a simple surgery. Her first owners are utter failures. I am so happy that the dogs have a 2nd chance with new owners that can follow through with their responsibilities.
November 2nd, 2011, 11:59 AM
Maybe the owners couldn't afford the surgery. It isn't fair to assume they are failures. At least they didn't dump the dogs off on the highway or abuse them. They did what they could and made sure that the dogs got a good home.
November 3rd, 2011, 01:34 AM
I consider it a failure as a pet owner. It is illegal & neglectful to withhold veterinary care from your pet. In this case the dog needlessly lost her vision. If they couldn't afford the surgery, they should have rehomed her to someone who could, or sent her back to the breeder. Entropian is painful and it had to be ignored for a long time if the eyeballs needed to be removed.
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