like any other day in Theresa's life she was on Petfinder.com checking
out the dogs in the rural animal shelters. One day Theresa stumbled
onto a page that portrayed a picture of a black and white speckled
pointer mix dog. What struck Theresa was that this dog was blind and
had come from a meth lab in Southern Illinois. The dog, now named
Lovey, had been found by authorities in an abandoned meth house.
Something about Lovey tugged at Theresa's heartstrings. Not being able
to concentrate on anything but Lovey Theresa called the animal control
facility that Lovey was at. Theresa was informed that all the
dogs at that facility were going to be put down due to an outbreak of
Parvo but that they would quarantine Lovey and wait on this dog if she
wanted it. Theresa got busy trying to find a way to get Lovey to
Partners for Pets. Sue,
another volunteer, said her husband would be willing to drive the
distance to get the blind dog. And so he did.
later Lovey was in the care of Partners for Pets. She was a little
tense upon arrival but didn't act afraid. She was pretty calm and
didn't move much. It was apparent that Lovey was completely blind.
Lovey's quarantine and her escape from parvo, she stayed at Lisa's
house for a while to be evaluated. Lovey could maneuver her way
around the yard just fine and only had a couple of light bumps running
into things in the house. She would follow the other dogs and
keep her nose to the ground as she moved. Lovey learned her
surroundings quickly and even took to playing with the other
dogs. Lovey learned quickly how to go up and down the stairs and
would follow a voice around the house. Lovey loves being with people.
soon took a trip to Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital to see Dr.
Randla. Lovey received a clean bill of health except for the
blindness. Dr. Randla found that the eyes were working and even
reacting to light but there had been nerve damage and she could not get
the images to her brain. There was no external damage and it could have
resulted due to the meth. Dr. Randla told Lisa that the people that
make the illegal meth inject the animals with the drug to see how it
affects the dog and then adjusts the recipe based on the
reaction. Basically the animals are used as guinea pigs by the
meth makers. But Dr. Randla assured Lisa that except for the
blindness, Lovey doesn't seem to have any other problems that he could
for the fate of Lovey and her rescuer...Lovey is now staying with
Theresa. She just couldn't get Lovey off of her mind and
Theresa's determination got her to Partners for Pets. Lovey is now
enjoying being a real dog and playing with her foster brothers instead
of being a guinea pig. Apparently Lovey's last "experiment" was the
best one of her life.