Courtesy Donna Miller/Le Puparazzi
04/25/2013 at 02:00 PM EDT
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Meet Tonto, a Pomeranian who was dumped at a local animal shelter because he couldn't see very well.
When Tonto's previous owners realized he was having trouble seeing, they took the dog to a rural animal control and said "they didn't want to deal with a special needs dog," says Laurie Johnson, director of the Florida Little Dog Rescue
. "So they just discarded him."
The 6-year-old pup was matted, his teeth were severely neglected and he needed to be neutered. After an evaluation, vets discovered that he had some vision, but that he stood to lose it in the future because of juvenile cataracts.
"This little boy is just so sweet though," says Johnson. "He doesn't let it get him down in the least. He has a huge tickle spot on his back hip that when scratched makes him wiggle his backside in sheer delight!"
Dubbed a "true snuggle bug" by his foster mom Joyce Ross, Tonto, who is house-trained and now sports long, beautiful fur, just wants to be close to humans – possibly because it makes him feel secure.
"He's a quiet boy," says Johnson. "Only barking when he wants to find you."
And once Tonto learns the layout of a home, his vision problems aren't really an issue.
"In all honesty, this little guy is such an easy fellow once he learns to navigate his surroundings," she says. "He is very attentive, and will follow your voice. If someone would just take a chance with him, they would be rewarded with a faithful friend full of love."
If Tonto sounds like the loyal companion you've been looking for, contact the Florida Little Dog Rescue
via their website.
to meet last week's adoptable pet, Jude.
Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it's important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.