Written by Erma Voigt, founder of Camdeboo Sterilisation Initiative (C.S.I.)
Wollie was surrendered from the township, as his eye needed to be removed, and it was suspected that he had very little, if any, sight in the other eye too.
We often struggle for ages finding homes for super-healthy dogs, and even adorable pups, so when it comes to finding a home for a special needs or blind doggie, our hopes are never high.
But angels still walk among us… people who first and foremost ask the question: “What do I have to offer this dog?”, and not: “What can this dog offer me?” People who look past the “perfect pooches” and seek out the frail, the handicapped, the old, and the special needs souls… because so few others will.
A huge THANK YOU to Roland and his wife who opened their hearts to Wollie, travelling from Van Wyksdorp, in the Western Cape, to collect him in Graaff-Reinet.
Wollie, you are ONE LUCKY BOYTJIE!
Wolfie’s new owner shares…
We’re on the mailing list of CSI (Camdeboo Sterilisation Initiative), an animal welfare organisation in Graaff Reinet that’s run by Erma Voigt, with assistance from Pietie Voigt, her husband, and a small group of volunteers. They do the most wonderful work in Graaff Reinet and the surrounding areas: spay days, rehoming of abandoned, rescued dogs and cats, feeding of animals, and organising veterinary treatment for sick and injured animals. The list is endless. Erma and her husband work tirelessly and rely entirely on donations.
Several months ago, we received a mail from Erma about a little dog with a serious eye injury who’d been discovered in the township. The owner had no idea how it had been inflicted and had surrendered him. Erma took the dog to the vet and the eye was removed. The picture of this skinny, mangy, miserable little dog that couldn’t understand why his unconditional love had resulted in this pain and abuse touched our hearts. We couldn’t ignore the opportunity to give the little animal the chance to have a happy life full of love.
My husband drove from our farm in the Klein Karoo and collected Wolfie in Graaff Reinet. The vets were concerned that there might be damage to his remaining eye, causing his vision to be impaired.
Wolfie arrived at the farm and immediately became part of the pack of five rescue dogs, and our two cats accepted him without any problems. The two pet sheep were rather reluctant to become friends and bolted every time he came near. We think that they thought he was a jackal! They quickly, however, realised he was no threat.
It soon became evident that he was almost totally blind in his remaining eye. He walked with a strange high-legged gait, obviously to feel his way around. We were very concerned about him wandering off and getting lost, but he’s become very confident and independent. Wolfie marks his way when we go for walks and follows the scent of the other dogs.
He’s familiarised himself with the garden, orchards, and house area. He loves racing around, playing with the younger dogs (even if he can’t really see them), and chases his tail more often than a fully abled dog. His coat is shiny, and he’s put on weight, but – best of all – he’s absolutely happy and content with his new life.