HATTIERescue Me ID: 23-09-20-00479


German Shepherd mix
Age: Young Adult
Sex: Female

Name: Hattie Age: born 11/1/2020 Breed: Mixed Shepherd, 38 pounds Sex: Female, spayed Location: Cook County, IL 'Hattie is so smart! She mastered the staircases at our house almost immediately.' Vet Info: Hattie is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on her Rabies and DA2PP vaccinations. Hattie is due in September of 2023 for her annual exam, Bordetella, Leptospirosis, and a new 4Dx test. She tested negative for everything on her last 4Dx including heartworm in September of 2022. According to her owners, Hattie's diagnosis is Probable Congenital Chiasmal Defect in both eyes. Chiasmitis, or chiasmal optic neuritis, is characterized by acute vision loss with a visual field defect and/or radiographic findings consistent with a lesion of the optic chiasm. Chiasmitis can be caused by inflammatory, infectious, toxic, or autoimmune processes. Hattie is fully blind with no prospect of seeing again. Otherwise, per her owners, she is healthy. Dog Info: Hattie initially came to the U.S. from Qatar with a rescue located in Illinois about two years ago. Due to living situations and time circumstances, Hattie's owners are no longer able to care for her. While they did not know that she would become blind when Hattie was adopted, they have tried to accommodate her but are finding that they are unable to meet her needs. Hattie is an indoor dog with the run of the house. She enjoys playing with her toys. Hattie is housebroken and leash trained. She will sometimes sit for a treat, and Hattie goes for daily leash walks. Hattie is great with adults who understand her blindness and respect her boundaries and space. She will eat out of one of her owner's hands. They have a close bond as he is the one who walks her daily and feeds her most of the time. Due to her past life of abuse as a street dog, Hattie is a nervous and shy girl who is anxious. She currently lives with another large dog and does not do well with him. Her owners feel that Hattie would do best in a home as the only pet. She would also do best living in a home without children. If someone goes close to her dish, steps close to her, or there is noise near her head when Hattie is eating, she can become uncomfortable. She has bitten and broken skin twice in situations where she has seemingly been unprovoked but was startled. Her owner believes it was a fearful response to something unexpected by Hattie. In one case, medical attention was sought, but no permanent damage was done. This would be considered Level 3 on the Dunbar bite scale: One to four punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the length of the dog's canine teeth. Maybe lacerations in a single direction, caused by victim pulling hand away, owner pulling dog away, or gravity (little dog jumps, bites and drops to floor). For more information, one source is: https://apdt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ian-dunbar-dog-bite-scale.pdf If you are interested in Hattie, please email [email protected]. Please note that we will ask for a vet reference. **Owner Surrender Disclaimer: These are blind and visually impaired dogs who are living in homes, but their owners can no longer keep them. These dogs are with their owners, and are not in BDRA foster homes. We do our best to screen these dogs, but make no guarantees regarding the information posted.**


Cook County



  • Not Good with Other Dogs
  • Good with Adults (Not Kids)


  • Spayed
  • Vaccinations Current
  • Blind

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