Grace - A Special Dog Who Adores People>
Susan Daffron talks to Tamara Martin from the Blackhat Humane Society in St. John's Arizona about a three-year old blonde chow mix named Grace who is available for adoption. Although the Blackhat Humane Society deals with a lot of "rez dogs" from the Navajo Nation, Grace was actually found in downtown Los Angeles and was passed around to various rescue groups and kennels before being placed into foster care with Tamara. Grace's eyes have been surgically removed, but no one knows if they were removed because of a trauma, congenital abnormality, or some other reason. Although Grace is blind, she is incredibly trusting of humans.
In fact, Tamara says that Grace seems to think of her as her own personal "seeing-eye human" who takes her on walks and makes sure everything is okay for her. Because of her past and special needs, Grace is not particularly good with other animals and can be startled by loud noises sometimes. She will need a somewhat experienced owner who understands the importance of being the "pack leader" for a dog. Human leadership is vital for reducing a dog's anxiety, and Grace needs someone who can provide this level of structure and reinforcement so she can continue with her training, which helps her maintain her calm and focus. Gracie is a devoted companion and loves being brushed, going for car rides, and has learned manners such as waiting at the door, and sitting and waiting to receive an "okay" before eating.
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