Finger Lakes SPCA: Young Diesel dog empowered by visual impairment | Lifestyles

CNY’s Finger Lakes SPCA Special for The Citizen

Every Friday, The Citizen offers a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA in central New York. This week, focus on Diesel.

COMMENTS: Diesel has been at the shelter for a while. Since his arrival, he has followed the Shelter Spa program. He has been tested for heartworm, is negative and receives monthly preventative treatments. He was treated for all the parasites he had. He is now fully vaccinated (rabies, distemper, kennel cough), neutered and microchipped.

It was immediately apparent that Diesel was visually impaired. We believe he can see shadows. However, what he lacks in sight he makes up for with his ability to hear and his sense of space. He is surprised by loud noises but likes soft voices, so we talk to him softly.

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During some recent outings, once comfortable in his new environment, he was able to navigate without too much difficulty. He is intelligent and, with a little time, can adapt very well to new situations. Diesel would do well with a laid-back canine roommate.

Our trainer will be happy to provide a free consultation upon adoption and a half price training session for the lucky person who makes Diesel part of their family.

Please stop by to speak with Diesel staff.

Q: Who is your best friend?

A: Well, I have one, but she doesn’t know she’s my best friend – my soul mate, so to speak! That would be my darling Darla. She lives in the apartment across the hall from me. I hear him talking all the time. She sends me messages. I think she wants to play with me in the yard. You interviewed Darla a few weeks ago. What do Darla and I have in common? Some might call us “disabled”, but I would rather say that we are “empowered” by our limitations. I’m blind and Darla has three legs, but we’re not disabled in any way!

Q: What is your favorite leisure activity?

A: As I sort of alluded to, I love spending time in the playground. One of my humans is always there with me to make sure I don’t get in trouble, but I can run and exercise. Also, I had a new experience lately. I’ve taken day trips away from the shelter and visited a house that one of my humans lives in. I wasn’t crazy about the car ride. I take my time, I get used to the new environment and I even learn to go up and down the stairs. There’s a special dog that lives there, and she’s very nice to me. I think I might like a new home with a dog to show me the ropes.

Q: Which do you prefer, adults or children?

A: You know, I really don’t have a preference. However, I would like any human (adult or child) who is respectful, kind, understanding, patient and loving. That’s what I’m looking for in my new family. Is it too much to ask? I do not think so.

Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

A: I don’t think I would be very good at international travel. An occasional car ride will be all the trip I need. However, the main drive I really want is one-way, to my new house.

Q: If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?

A: Well, I just heard of a golden retriever pup named Ray Charles. He’s not as famous as his namesake — yet — but I’m sure he will be. Ray was born blind and has been featured on Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. He now has his own Facebook page! In his biography, Ray said, “Don’t feel bad for me! I can run, play and do anything other dogs can see me doing!” My feelings exactly. Don’t feel sorry for me. Take me home and give me a chance.

Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?

A: I do! Can we canines see color? The popular idea that dogs only see in black and white is wrong! Dogs can distinguish between yellow and blue and combinations of these colors. So when choosing new toys for your dog, the best ones may be those with blue and yellow hues.

Q: Do you have any advice for our readers today?

A: I do! My friends at the shelter have upcoming events, and I’d like to share them with you so you can put them on your calendars. On Saturday, October 1, a Blessing of the Animals will be held at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 26 Seminary Avenue. All creatures are welcome. On Sunday, October 9, we will be holding our Howloween Pet Walk and Parade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please see our website, flspcaofcny.org, for details and registration information. Thank you for supporting our events. Lots of love and lots of licks, Diesel and his friends.

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The Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York is a New York State Registered Shelter/Rescue, Registry Number RR-181. Pursuant to Section 26-A, Section 408 of the Agriculture and Markets Act, Declarant is permitted to operate as a registered pet shelter pursuant to that Act.