In late March 2019, ZuZu was rescued from her home down south by a concerned member of her community. She was in very poor condition, and was rushed to the local ER vet. At that time, she was so weak from malnourishment she could not lift her head, and her eyes were ruptured with significant corneal damage (perforation), and both eyes were infected. She received care and then was transferred to her Blind Dog Rescue Alliance foster home in Virginia.
And she is doing much better! ZuZu now weighs 10 pounds (she had weighed 8) and is a lively, alert little dog. Her heart and lungs are good, as are her joints, ears, and teeth! She hears very well.
ZuZu was seen at Virginia Tech Ophthalmology on April 24th. The veterinary ophthalmologist said he believes ZuZu is totally blind due to the significant corneal damage, although her foster parents feel she may have some very minimal vision. She still has ulcers in her eyes, and is on medication. The ulceration could be a short-term or long-term issue for her. The Virginia Tech vet said removing her eyes at this time is not necessary as he feels she is not in pain, but the status of her eyes could change at any time and then removal of one or both may be needed. Anyone adopting ZuZu must ensure she sees a vet regularly so her eyes can be monitored, and they need to be prepared for possible eye changes, including changes that might require eye removal.
ZuZu will be spayed in early May. Prior to her arrival at BDRA, she reportedly had six puppies, and none survived, probably due to her malnourishment. Once she recovers from the spay, she will be ready for adoption.
ZuZu loves people, especially her foster parents, although may be nervous when she meets someone new, and so may initially growl or bark, but then she quiets down, although she may still tremble for a short while. After introductions, she has been fine with the staff at the local vet and when she was seen at Virginia Tech.
With her foster parents, she likes nothing better than to snuggle up in their arms or right beside them on the sofa. She really enjoys getting lots of love and loves to give kisses. And she is a little bit nosy, too, and follows her foster parents around the house to see what they are up to. But she is also content to take a break and have a nap.
With the other 3 dogs in the foster home, she is somewhat interested in one of them, ignores the second, and barks and growls at the third if the third dog gets too close to her foster mom. So far, she ignores the cat in the foster home but has wanted to chase a neighborhood cat she smelled out in the yard. With dogs that come near her in other locations (example: at the vet), she may growl if she catches their scent. She is not possessive of her food or bed. She is not yet interested in toys. Her foster parents are working through the barking and growling issue with her and she is improving, but it will take more time, and still might be a concern when she is adopted, so she needs someone with experience, patience, and understanding to adopt her. While it is expected she will continue to improve, she may always be at least somewhat reactive to new people and/or animals.
ZuZu has a great appetite, and eats well. She now generally sleeps quietly through the night in her crate, although may get into some mischief, including tearing up the dog bed, if allowed. When she has soft blankets instead of a dog bed in her crate, she does not tear the blankets up. In fact, she loves to burrow in blankets, and will get herself completely covered and take a nap!
ZuZu really enjoys a walk around the yard. She moves along quickly and not always in a straight line. Sometimes her nose is on the ground and sometimes it is up in the air. She is very alert to sounds and smells. She is fine on a leash.
She is housetrained and, so far, has had no accidents in the foster home.
ZuZu has not been around young children. Because of her low-to-no vision and her tendency to become nervous at times, she will not able to be adopted into a family that includes young children.
ZuZu is a most special little dog who, at age three, should have a long life ahead of her. She would really love to be adopted by someone who will understand she had a very rough start and so will give her all the love, understanding, and care she needs and deserves. She has so very much love to give. And she has an adorable tail that curls!
Until she is adopted, ZuZu will be writing in her blog about her foster home adventures. Please check back regularly to see what ZuZu is doing!
Zuzu was adopted on July 13, 2019.
- Sex Female (unspayed)
- Size Small (10)
- Age 4 years, 7 months old(approx. DOB Jan 1, 2016)
Good with other dogs? Other
Good with cats? No
Good with children? No
Currently fostered in Fairfield, VA. (Transport is available)
- Vision Completely Blind(Cause: corneal damage)
Zuzu is looking for her forever home. If you think it could be yours, read more about Adopting from BDRA before submitting your application below.
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