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New forever home for blind pooch Stevie

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New forever home for blind pooch Stevie

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

A Moorlands man has taken in a blind Irish Wolfhound, saving the pooch from being put down. Robert Piers-Leake, who lives in Cheadle, has named the lovable canine ‘Stevie’ because: “he is blind and somewhat of a wonder.”

A Moorlands man has taken in a blind Irish Wolfhound, saving the pooch from being put down.

Robert Piers-Leake, who lives in Cheadle, has named the lovable canine ‘Stevie’ because: “he is blind and somewhat of a wonder.”

He and his wife Pamela have prior experience of having a blind Irish Wolfhound, having looked after ‘Finnegan’ who suffered from a neurological problem and could not see.

Knowing their past experience with sightless dogs, Stevie’s breeder contacted Robert offering them the pooch.

Robert told the Times & Echo: “The choice that we were presented with regarding this new Irish Wolfhound puppy was that he was found a home or would be put down, so no pressure there.

“You can’t put a dog down just because it’s blind.

“Heart ruling head, we decided to save the puppy from being put down.”

He added: “We journeyed up to Skipton to collect said puppy to find that he was running around in a yard with another puppy of a different breed and three young boys, probably around five years old.

“He was competing for food with this other puppy and was quite underweight.

“The breeder did not want any money for the puppy, which could have cost as much as £3,000, but we did give her some money to cover that which she had spent on food for him.

“There is a bit of an up hill struggle training him due to the total lack of training up until we picked him up, but we’re getting there.”

Robert said that, upon a visit to the vet, they discovered that 17-week old Stevie was just 25 kilograms, which was underweight for his age.

It was also discovered that he had two digestive system parasites.

Thankfully, medication has solved that issue and Stevie is now up to a much healthier 45 kilograms.

“He’s going to be huge,” Robert said.

“In the eight weeks we’ve had him he’s almost doubled his weight.

“When he was born he could sit in the palm of your hand.

“He’ll probably grow to a metre to the shoulder – he’s already over six feet from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

“He’s probably going to be the biggest one we’ve ever had. He’s a beautiful dog.”

Previous pooch Finnegan sadly died from a fit aged two but Robert says there is more hope for Stevie.

He said: “Half the time you wouldn’t know Stevie was blind. He sees with his ears.

“In his mind map of our house, there’s not a step he doesn’t know about.

“Finnegan had his head down most of the time but Stevie’s head is up and he stands proud.

“At Stevie’s current rate of growth, I would be surprised if Stevie doesn’t turn into a record breaker.

“We only hope Stevie’s life will be longer that Finnegan’s.”

Robert and Pamela are well experienced with Irish Wolfhounds in general having had several over the years, naming their first one ‘Chewbacca’.

They have a passion for rescuing pets, and currently have a houseful of them.

“He’s our third dog, the other two are rescue dogs,” Robert, who is the chairman of the Royal British Legion Cheadle branch, added.

“We’ve got five cats which are all rescue cats. If we can avoid it we don’t buy our animals, we rescue them.

“Our hearts are bigger than our heads sometimes.”

Stevie has settled well into his new home and around his new furry family members.

Robert will be writing monthly updates on the progress of Stevie for the Times & Echo, so readers can keep up to date with this ongoing heartwarming story.

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  • We met Stevie, when staying at Robert & Pamelas B&B. Beautiful dog, wonderful people x
    Written by Katrina, October 30, 2021 - Reply

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