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Ralphie's first birthday wish is a new home

May 16, 2017

Spring is all about getting outside, enjoying the sounds of birds singing, the fragrances of hyacinths and fresh grass, the long-awaited warmth of the sun on your face

For our pup Ralphie, these are joys he rarely gets to experience. Ralphie came to us from Texas when he was almost 6 months old, and it was quickly evident that he’d been in a shelter most of his life. He's now 9 months old and still growing up within the four walls of a kennel. You might think that there must be something wrong with this dog or someone would have adopted him by now. But while we’ll be the first to admit that he presents some challenges, we promise you there’s is nothing really wrong with this adorable pup.

One challenge, if you want to call it that, is the fact that Ralphie is blind. Having been born blind, he doesn't know any better, and his excellent nose and ears go a long way toward making up for his lack of sight. He has no problem getting around and will often fool you by staring you right in the eyes when you talk to him. So Ralphie’s blindness doesn’t seem to be a challenge to him, but it does require that he find a home where furniture and other things stay arranged pretty much as they are, so he can create a reliable mental map of his environment.

Another small challenge is Ralphie's tendency to get very excited about everyone and everything he meets. Because he’s blind, he doesn't always know if he's dealing with a small child or grownup, and he may try to grab you by the sleeve or your pant legs in his excitement. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his goofy body, and for some people, that might be a little too much. We know he’ll calm down once he's in a real home. And anyway, who could blame a puppy who's kept cooped up 23 hours out of every 24?

Truthfully, for the potential adopter, the only significant challenge involved in caring for Ralphie is the fact that he’s been diagnosed with neurogenic diabetes insipidus. Before we learned that he has this condition, we noticed that he would drink all day long and urinate almost as much. Now, though, he’s on medication (we give him an injection twice a day, but if that sounds scary; the prescription also comes in pill and eyedrop forms), and he's doing well!

Is there someone out there who’s not afraid of a challenge or two and would leap at the opportunity to give a smart, courageous, floppy-eared bundle of love the joys of stable, loving home? Or, if that’s not you, would you please help us share his story wide and far? Ralph's first birthday is coming up, and we so want him to be able to celebrate it in a real home.

Meanwhile, kitten season is here! In the next few weeks, we will be overloaded with adorable kittens, and those babies can eat! We urgently need canned cat food, dry kitten food, and cat litter. if you can help us out, we would love to see you at our location 123 John St. in Camden. If you’d like to know more about Ralphie or have other questions, please check out our website, pawsadoption.org, or give us a call at 207-236-8702.

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