Having a disability does not mean that you can’t live a full and happy life, and no one seems to exemplify that better than our animal friends!
Amazing animals like Mercury the bipedal cat and Duncan Lou Who the two-legged Boxer don’t even seem to notice that they’re a little different than most, and get along amazingly without the help of prosthetics or wheelchairs.
But some pets need a little assistance, especially ones who are blind. To help her 13.5-year-old blind toy poodle, Muffin, get around without bumping into things, pet parent Silvie Bordeaux invented Muffin’s Halo, a special lightweight device that cushions a dog’s head with a harness and a pillow, while a metal ring (or “halo”) in front of their face allows them to run freely and explore without the fear of bumping into things and getting hurt.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see Muffin modeling his special protective halo!
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Silvie was inspired to create the device after witnessing her blind fur baby bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. Muffin lost his eyesight after developing cataracts.
A prototype is now available for purchase to help guide other dogs.
Pet parents who have purchased the revolutionary device have uploaded videos of their blind pups using them to run and play safely to YouTube.
Silvie hopes that shelters will adopt her device, as dogs in kill shelters have a far lower chance of being adopted if they are blind.
The device has even proved to be popular abroad in the UK! This blind rescue dog named Basil now uses Muffin's Halo to run and play like any other dog.
Silvie adores blind dogs and hopes that her invention can help as many as possible.
Silvie has also founded the non-profit organization, "Second Chances For Blind Dogs," which donates Muffin's Halos to shelters.
Currently the device has two patents and is recommended by vets as a safe and useful aide for blind dogs.
"They can eat and sleep and play and run with it on," Silvie said to the Associated Press. "It's like their superpowers."
"We are the ones who struggle with the concept of our pets being blind," Dr. Christin Fahrer from Eye Care for Animals told the Associated Press. "We struggle with what it would be like for us. Our pets don't drive or read, but we use our vision every moment of every day. It's a different world for them."
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