There are a lot of things we take for granted – like long days, good sleep, and perfectly working senses.
For some, these are things they can only dream of having. Feeling the world from a different perspective is just a story told to them.
Just like Hazel, a pit bull who lived most of her life blind and who doesn’t know how the world looks like. She can only navigate places and things through her sense of hearing, feeling, and smelling.
That didn’t stop her from discovering the world, however.
Luckily for Hazel, her foster parents Elli and Sam are more than willing to help her figure out this big wide world.
They shared with the animal channel The Dodo:
“When we heard Hazel was blind, we wanted to make sure we did some research. We tried to kind of figure out the best way for her to get her bearing.”
To help her in this endeavor, Elli and Sam devised a comprehensive system to address Hazel’s visual challenges.
They employed sound cues where they’d say “no” if Hazel is heading to somewhere dangerous or calling her attention to signal her to come close.
They also fixed her a safe environment where she could wander around without bumping into corners or hard surfaces.
And when it comes to roaming around, Hazel sure is an explorer even if she’s blind.
Pieces of furniture were moved around to give her walking space. Other pieces were tucked to the sides to give her room to navigate.
It didn’t take long for Hazel to adjust.
With other keener senses, she established where things are and where she should walk.
This safe environment helped a lot, especially when Hazel wasn’t as comfortable around them. Suddenly, her tail was wagging enthusiastically and she began playing with toys she’d otherwise ignore at the beginning of her stay.
But her stay with Elli and Sam is temporary. For them, the intention is to find Hazel a forever home. A place where she can be accepted and loved.
Good thing for her, it didn’t take long before she met Allison and Pete.
“Mr. Bones & Co. put out a message that Hazel needed a home. But also, that at some point, within the timing that we were going to have her, she was going to go in for surgery to restore her sight.”
The whole idea excited Allison and Pete because, for them, they’re not only taking care of a beautiful dog, but they’re also going to witness this big change in her life.
They were about to watch her see the world again for the first time in years.
Even when she was just recovering, the changes were like night and day. The once timid dog was suddenly so excited about everything – even the most mundane sights of household items and furniture. She was also super excited to finally see the people who have been taking care of her.
She was smiling always, putting on that wide grin for hours.
Hazel didn’t just get her sight back. She restored the confidence that she lost when she was meandering the world in darkness.
But in this new chapter of her life, she can enjoy the sights of the world and the love that comes along with it.
Watch how this pitbull regains her confidence by clicking on the video below.
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The moment this blind pittie gets her eyesight back — and sees her foster parents for the very first time 💙