A little dog with no eyes helps everyone around him see how precious life really is.
Wolfie is a wire haired terrier mix who is not yet three-years-old. Not only is he blind, he has no eyes.
Wolfie was taken in by Peggy Huscher over a year ago, initially as a foster dog. Huscher, who owns Always Home Pet Sitting in Salina, instantly fell in love with him and ended up adopting him.
Huscher tells KSAL News that Wolfie “had the best personality.” She says that inevitably all of the animals she cares for, as well as all of their owners, are drawn to him.
Shortly after Wolfie’s adoption was final, he developed a problem with one of his eyes. The condition of the eye, which would not produce liquid, quickly worsened and it burst. Huscher rushed him to Kansas State University’s veterinary health center, which is one of the best in the country at treating eye conditions. The eye had to be removed.
Following the surgery, Wolfie came back home, and resumed his normal routine. Things were going well, until earlier this month.
Despite all of the precautions that were taken, Wolfie’s remaining eye developed the same condition. He again was taken to Kansas State University. The little dog struggled in ICU for four days at K-State, with round-the-clock-care. Despite all of the efforts, veterinarians could not save the eye and had to remove it.
Wolfie came home to Salina last weekend, and has started his recovery. Huscher says that he has made “remarkable progress.” Though he may never run and jump into the pool and swim the way he used to, he has learned to find his way around the backyard already, and even navigates the stairs. She adds “he is still learning his way, we are all learning our way.”
The courageous little dog made a lasting impression on at least one of the veterinarians who treated him. Senior Veterinary Student Jeff Pearson made an unannounced house call to check on Wolfie this past Sunday. Pearson, who is leaving K-State for a rotation at a dairy farm in California, stopped on his journey to see his little patient in Salina. Pearson not only checked on Wolfie’s progress, he delivered a prescription for him.
There was never any doubt that Huscher would do everything she can to get the best care for Wolfie. “He is one of the family,” she says “we love him and he loves us.”
Huscher looks forward to having a long life with Wolfie saying “as much has been done for him, he has done even more for those around him.”