Bertie the blind dog in urgent need of a forever home

Bertie the blind dog stands in a field dog-sad
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The RSPCA’s Little Valley animal shelter has put out a general request for a home for Bertie. The six-year-old terrier has failing eyesight and is in need of a loving and sensitive owner to show him love.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 05/09/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:24

Writes Devon Live, Bertie arrived at Lilttle Valley “through no fault of his own”, but the demands of his degenerative blindness had caused his owners to be concerned about how well they could care for him.


Hello from Bertie ? Bertie has limited sight and is looking for a loving home!

Posted by Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter (RSPCA) on Friday, August 30, 2019

As a result the terrier was brought to the shelter in Exeter and now awaits his new forever home.

The RSPCA describes Bertie as energetic and handsome, but easily spooked by people and other dogs, especially if they approach him unannounced.

Bertie has limited vision so can often bump into objects he cannot see,” writes the shelter. “Staff will be happy to discuss his vision with his new adopters. A new home environment is going to be quite scary for him until he has learnt to find his way around the house.

Supportive environment a must

Despite their not having the best eyesight dogs still rely on their sense of sight to get around. Often a dog that is partially or completely blind is nervous and quick to become defensive. It may also become clingy especially if it is surrounded by unfamiliar people and animals.

In time however, and with a lot of care and attention, a blind dog will settle down and become less agitated.


Bertie would like to say a big thank you! to everyone who bought poo bags from our Amazon Wish List...

Posted by Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter (RSPCA) on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

ITV reported on the case of Bertie at the weekend. According to the report, the centre admits that Bertie’s “limited vision causes him to often bump into objects he cannot see. He therefore needs an ‘understanding’ home and with a ‘supportive and consistent environment’”.

If you believe you have what it takes to look after Bertie then get in touch. You can call the shelter to discuss Bertie’s requirements with one of the members of staff. Call 07748 629202 to speak to one of RSPCA Little Valley Animal Rescue Shelter’s dog team between 11am and 4pm any day except Wednesdays.

Check out a video of Bertie here: