Stevie was rescued from a South Carolina backyard (together with another dog named Wonder), where he had been chained for much of his eight years. The Lancaster County SPCA, which works closely with other shelters such as Diamonds in the Ruff in New York, took him in. When Diamonds in the Ruff learned about Stevie, they knew he had to become a part of their rescue family right away.
When Stevie first arrived to Diamonds in the Ruff, it was apparent that he was dealing with a lot of problems. Stevie was suffering with fleas, worms, and losing fur in addition to being blind. They finally found he had an old corn cob lodged in his intestines, which needed surgery to remove. His foster family had to be patient with him as he moved to living inside with a loving family, on top of all of his medical concerns.
Stevie’s foster mom, Erin Boyd, told The Dodo, “He slept most of the trip [home], but would start snarling and barking every so often in his cage.” “We understood he was only trying to protect himself. We took the coffin inside when we arrived home, but he refused to come out. We were particularly cautious since he couldn’t see us and we didn’t know who he was.”
Stevie began to come out of his shell as he began to heal physically and emotionally, and it wasn’t long before he’d turned into the biggest mush of a dog. His foster family loved to see him go through so many firsts, such as sleeping in his own bed for the first time.
Stevie’s foster home understood he had probably never slept on a soft dog bed before, so they made sure he got one. He was so thrilled when he felt how soft it was with his paws that he immediately started jumping for joy.
Stevie now needs to do his little jumping dance anytime he comes across a dog bed. He’s just happy to have something that’s supposed to make him feel nice and comfortable, and he needs to show it to everyone.
“He jumps, plays on a toy for a few seconds, and then goes out,” Boyd explained.
Despite his blindness, Stevie has settled in well at his foster home, and everyone is amazed at how far he’s come.
Boyd said, “He’s very smart.” “He soon figured how how to get about my home. He can go inside the home from the backyard, through the garage, and up the three stairs. When he walks in, he knows to wait for a reward in the kitchen and to leap up my little circular ottoman to go onto my bed. He sleeps a lot, but he like hugging, going on walks, playing on loud toys, and kissing!”
Stevie is now interested in adopting, and he’s looking for a local family who understands and loves how unique he is. He needs a home without other pets and, ideally, someone who is home frequently and can provide him with the attention he lacked during his first eight years.
“Someone who will basically cuddle up on the sofa with him, take him on walks, let him soak up the sun, and shower him with love,” Boyd said.
Stevie has been through a lot, but he believes everything will be great now that he has his nice dog beds and a lot of humans to loves him.