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His name is Ray-Ray. He's an 8 mth old Mini-Poodle that is very special.
How special, you may wonder. I mean after all, they are ALL special to us...

Ray-Ray was born with no eyes. I know, it sounds odd. It's not so uncommon for a dog to be born blind, but he litterally has no eyes. Nothing developed past his own eyelids that are half fused shut.

But that isn't what makes him special.

He's smart, incredably smart and at 3 months old he mapped out an entire house, learned the sound of the eight people that live here, and the scent, movement and size of every dog that shares our home. (that is over six dogs, two of them giant breeds). He runs in the back yard with them and so much wants to learn to play fetch. He smells the cat and knows she's something to bark at, even if he can't see her. He dosn't seem to mind that she just gets up, moves off someplace so quietly he dosn't notice, so that while she's on the way other side of the room, he's still barking at the empty chair she once was relaxing in.


But, still, that isn't what makes him special.


What makes Ray-Ray special is his Molly.

Molly is my 11 yr old daughter. She was born premiature and her lungs have never quite developed strong enough without help from medication. Ray-Ray adores...no, simply loves Molly with all his little poodle heart. He is always near her. When she goes to school, he sighs and whimpers, waiting for her to return.

What makes Ray-Ray very special, very important to Molly, me and the entire family is what that special Magic only Ray-Ray holds for his Molly.

You see, sometimes, Molly dosn't realize she's having a problem breathing. She can't feel an asthma attach coming ... but Ray-Ray can! She could be sitting, watching TV, and he's suddenly crawl up her chest and start pawing lightly,while kissing her chin and eyes. Or, she could be sleeping and he'll suddenly wake up, crawl over to her head, take a mouth full of hair and tug untill she wakes up.


THAT is what makes Ray-Ray more special than any other poodle or any other dog, Molly has ever known. Any of us have ever owned.
 

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Typing this with tears in my eyes for this fabulous relationship! Thank you for sharing the story of Ray-Ray and Molly - very inspirational!

I had a "special needs" dachshund for many years and she never, ever knew that she was any different than the other dogs in my house. Dogs never feel sorry for themselves and when they have a job to do - they do it with all of their heart!!

God bless!
 

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:)I'm smiling as I sit wanting to cry at the absolute amazement in your story. So often we get caught up in trivial meaningless things....dogs truly are a gift. Thank you for sharing concrats on your new addition!
 

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Thankyou :)

We love him so very much. He came to my home as a foster and for months, not a single person would even look at him. Thank God! I found myself cringing with every adoption event, praying no one would. And finally today I asked my director if we could keep him and just why we love him so much.

Her response was so sweet.."I was wondering what took you so long."

In the five years of fostering, I never once asked to keep any of them. I kept beleiving there was always a better home. Granted, it's hard to see my fosters go, but... Ray-Ray would have been pure heartbreak.

I had joined this board when Ray first came to our home. I kept wanting to post about him, but held back because it wasn't fully mine.

Today, he is officially our's!
 

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You and your family deserve it after years of your dedication. Enjoy YOUR new dog.
 

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WOW Teresa, this is such a beautiful story as just life can create :) God bless you and your family :)
 

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What a wonderful gift God gave to Ray-Ray and to Molly. God Bless you and your family. Thanks for sharing a beyond wonderful story.
 

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WOOHOO!!!!!! <clapping!> I'm so glad he's Molly's friend! Relationships like this are rare...these two were meant for each other. Hugs to you all!!!!
 

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Teary-eyed here too! What a beautiful story. I hope two things: 1) That you get him designated as a service dog so that he can go everywhere with Molly, and 2) somebody from Animal Planet sees your post and makes a documentary about it.

:welcome:
 

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awww man, that brings back memories. It might sound odd, but I keep pet rats, and have berd and also rescued a lot over the years. I had a girl who was born with no eyes too, and she has no idea she was different at all, cos as far as she was concerned, she WAS normal! She never knew any different, and was the most amazing rattie ambassador. :) heh.

Your lil guy is special for sure. :)
 

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"BEAUTIFUL" story. Love stories with happy endings. Actually this is not an ending, but a wonderful beginning for all of you.
 

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I just don't know what to say that hasn't already been said!! Such a special relationship for both of them. Thank you for sharing such an uplifting story with us and welcome to the forum.
 

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Thankyou for such a warm welcome! Even though I've been lurking since Aug. I have learned quite a bit from you all.
Ray seems to not only be loved by Molly and family,but you all too!

Today, Molly took him for a walk to his favorit place. There's a tiny park in our subdivision. On the very next block (our blocks are even tinyer.lol)
She takes her inhaler and knows to listen to him if he keeps jumping up and pawing at her knee and thighs. Happily she didn't need it but by the time she brought Ray-Ray home, she had to carry HIM. Hehe. Poor baby was exhausted, but happy.

I'd say he had a good day. I know Molly sure did!
 
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