|This agency was created
in memory and honor of Rocco, aka "Rocky Dog". As a teacher
of blind children, Dixie found an ad on the internet stating, "Blind
Dog Needs Home".
This began a 10 year relationship with a wonderful little Shih Tzu
who was totally blind.
After coming to live with Dixie and her family, Rocco soon had his
eyes removed to stop the pain of the glaucoma that had caused his
blindness. A few years later, Rocco developed a seizure disorder
which required daily medication to control. The seizure disorder
eventually became less controllable, and Rocco began having system
failures until he sadly passed away during the summer of 2006.
Rocco's death created a great void in Dixie's life. She soon began
adopting other visually impaired dogs, and she began to realize very
quickly that there are many blind animals who are not being adopted.
These small dogs are at risk because of their disabilities. Many
are young and healthy other than being blind. Some have other treatable
health conditions like seizure disorders or diabetes, are deaf or
hard of hearing, or have other disabilites along with blindness.
Over the course of several months, Dixie adopted three more blind
small dogs. Through much discussion with her husband and friends,
Dixie decided to begin a refuge agency to help the public understand
that a blind dog is very capable and can stay with their original
families. Now with twelve partner homes in eight states, Blind Dog
Haven provides permanent homes and medical care for those that are