by Lee Juslin
Rescued from the middle of a busy road by a caring passerby, Orson had spent a month in a shelter. Blind and deaf, he was becoming very distressed, and the shelter was desperately trying to find a foster for him.
As if by a miracle, Sheron came in to renew the licenses for her dogs. Knowing Sheron was a volunteer for Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network, the clerk told her about Orson. Sheron went to see him and knew he needed to be pulled from the shelter environment. “But half of me was nervous to become responsible for an older dog that was blind and deaf. I had no experience with such a handicapped animal,” said Sheron. However, her heart won out, and she agreed to take him home and foster him for Col. Potter. After all, if he was more than she could handle, she could turn for help to Col. Potter, the largest rescue organization in the country.
When Sheron took Orson home, she knew he had some health problems like raw, itchy skin, and some minor arthritis. The vet gave Orson a shot for his skin that has stopped the itching, and he has put Orson on Cosequin for his arthritis.
Surprisingly, Orson adjusted quickly to his foster home with Sheron and her two dogs. He does not do stairs well, although recently he has learned to manage the one step that leads out to her fenced side yard. Previously, he had to be carried outside. Sheron says he does a kind of cute little dance of bouncing and circling that one might think is neurological. However, it is just his way of defining his boundaries.
Orson is housebroken as long as Sheron reads his signs saying he wants to go out. He is oblivious to her dogs, not at all aggressive, and does not bark. He is a sweet, love bug who likes to sit in Sheron’s lap if he is lifted up. He has even given her kisses. Sheron says he is very clever, an easy dog to handle, and he sleeps well through the night. He is thought to be about twelve, but a rather young twelve, and he weighs about fifteen and a half pounds. Sheron believes him to be part Cairn.
This little lover would like a home with someone who either works at home, is retired, or is at home most of the day. He needs a calm home with someone who will be patient with him and will nurture him and help him gain self-confidence. He needs a home with no stairs, no kids, and preferably an open concept to make it easier for him to learn the layout. Despite his handicaps, given the right person, he will be a great companion.
If you would like to learn more about Orson or the other pups at Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, apply to become a foster parent, or make a donation to help this all volunteer organization keep on rescuing sweet pups like Orson, contact Col. Potter on Facebook or their website: