My wife's aunt is a long time sufferer of fibromyalgia so a standard 9-5 isn't in the books for her anymore so many years ago she took up the mantle of dog breeder and for the most part sticks to small breed dogs.
About 3 years(I was not in the market for a dog) ago she informed my wife that she was having a very hard time selling a particular Shih Tzu, that everyone who saw her did not want her. She was willing to take only her vets fees as a rehoming cost. I of course told my wife no.
Fast forward a few days and my wife calls me up, and asks "hey what are you doing," with a giggle in her voice. I tell her I'm working, and ask her what's up.
She laughs and tells me she is on her way home from the aunts house.......should have known I lost that battle before I spent the breath to say no.
Fast forward a few hours and I get home from work and there is this precious little brown and black fur ball lying in the middle of my bed like she owns the joint(she does, well most day anyway). I pick her up and I'm looking her over and I can't figure out why anyone wouldn't want her.
It was then that my wife informed me that she was born with only one eye, a silly reason not to love a sweet loyal dog like Precious. She has been a very faithful and loyal companion since the day she came into our lives.
Can you guess who her favorite is? Yep, the one who said no to her in the first place is her favorite. I suspect it's because I give her treats when mama says no ;)
About 5 weeks ago she gave birth to her first litter of pups(Shorkies) and she's as loyal to them as she is to us.
------------------------------------ Hi Janice Here from Small Dog Place ------------------------------------
What a wonderful story! It is so sad that people turn down a perfectly delightful dog because they look different or perhaps they have some feelings that a dog with a "defect" will create an undue burden.
I too have a Shih Tzu with one eye and she does just fine. You would never suspect that the dog had only one eye and most people don't even notice at first glance because they think her hair is covering the eye.
Sight, will extremely important to people, is a minor sense in dogs. They rely on their sense of smell and hearing so while vision is great, it is not crucial to their survival. I've also lived with totally blind dogs who did fine as long as their environment remained relatively stable.
I hope your story, Bob, will encourage others to consider the "less than perfect dog" because in the end those minor probles turn out to be no problem at all. AND, the less than perfect dog turns out to be the most perfect anyone could have.