Dogs with disabilities can still live their life to the fullest when given proper care.
They can become assets instead of liabilities if they get the same love, attention, and care that normal dogs usually receive. And this blind dog named Stevie Wonderful is a living proof to that as he gets the prestigious Pedigree Foundation’s 2020 Rescue Dog Of The Year.
Stevie, a 9-year-old Border Collie, serves as a canine greeter at Cleveland Clinic every Wednesday.
This job is his way of giving back to the community. He hopes to inspire the hospital staff, visitors, and patients and bring smiles to their faces no matter how difficult life may seem.
Stevie’s efforts did not go unnoticed when the Pedigree Foundation decided to choose him as the Rescue Dog of the Year for his significant contribution and “enduring spirit.” He has been doing this role for two years now, and he has no plans of quitting despite his disability. He wants to show others, especially those who are seriously ill, that as long as there is life, there’s still hope.
Three years ago, Stevie lived a tough life due to his neglectful owners.
He thought he would not make it because his body was covered in mange in fleas, and he was in terrible shape. But the Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue gave him a second chance at life—they spent months rehabilitating him—until a kind and loving couple decided to give him a forever home.
Spending 90 hours as a canine greeter every week is Stevie’s way of paying it forward. He’s grateful that despite being a handicapped dog, a loving family still adopted him. He owes his new life to both his family and the people at ISBCR—they are the reasons why he wants to serve as an inspiration to others.
Source The Animal Rescue Site via YouTube