Blind greyhound’s bid to be named UK’s top dog
PUBLISHED: 15:51 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010
A DOG that had to have both his eyes removed has made it to the finals of a nationwide competition which recognises Britain s most exceptional pooches. One-year-old Greyhound Elliot was born blind, probably as a result of drugs given to his mother early
A DOG that had to have both his eyes removed has made it to the finals of a nationwide competition which recognises Britain's most exceptional pooches.
One-year-old Greyhound Elliot was born blind, probably as a result of drugs given to his mother early in pregnancy.
Of her four puppies, two died, one could see in one eye, and Elliot was completely blind.
He had his eyes removed when he was seven weeks old because they started causing him pain.
But his condition did not deter owners Maxine and Rick Game from Beckenham, who adopted him as a companion for their other rescue greyhounds Mr D'Arcy and Spike, plus Dachshunds Meg and Rheinhard.
They are delighted that Elliot has made it to the final 15 in the third annual James Wellbeloved & Association of Pet Dog Trainers 'Tails of Achievement' Awards.
Charity coordinator, Mrs Game, 60, said: "Elliot enriches our lives every day, and to see him running free with his doggy friends is pure joy.
"We are looking forward to the competition, it's a lovely achievement. He is such a confident and trusting dog. And he's extremely bold, considering he can't see.
"We taught him the word 'careful' so he knows when to be a bit cautious and he also knows 'left' and 'right'. When we go to the park, he races after our other dogs at top speed. He's a very happy dog. He loves games and he's got a little ball with a bell in it so he can tell where it's landed."
The young pup has only had one accident when he ran straight into a goalpost in the park but luckily he didn't need veterinary care.
He attends puppy training classes at Wagging Tails dog school in South Norwood for discipline and agility.
His trainer Vera Marney said: "Blind dogs do really well at living a normal life, and Elliot is a fantastic dog who lives life to the full.
"We are really looking forward to these awards, and meeting other dogs and owners with great stories to tell."
The finals of the 'Tails of Achievement Awards' take place at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire on September 13 and the couple are hoping Elliot will pick up the top prize of a weekend away for owner and pet at one of the UK's top dog-friendly hotels.