Love is blind: Teacher of sightless students adopts blind dog

Kim Smith spends her days teaching students at the Georgia Academy for the Blind.

After Smith, a lifelong dog owner, heard about a blind dog named Biscuit needing a home, she inquired about adopting the basenji mix, especially since she owned a basenji when she was a child.

Smith and her husband, Chad, call her “Bizz Bizz” or “Bizzy,” for short.

“I guess (my training to work with the blind) helps me understand the things you need to be aware of,” Kim Smith said. “She’s not aware of dropoffs or stairs. It’s just like (my students) learn to compensate after a sight loss. She seems to be coping. She had sight once, and her memories are helpful.”

When Biscuit lived with her original family, Smith said, she was struck by a car. That accident caused a freak injury which made the dog’s eyes bulge, blinding her.

Annette Sheely, dog adoption coordinator with Macon Purrs N Paws, said the rescue group took in Biscuit after the accident in late October and paid for her surgery in mid-November through donations from people in the community. Because of the severity of her injuries, the vet had no choice but to remove Biscuit’s eyes.

Sheely, who is legally blind herself, took Biscuit in as one of her fosters until she could find a suitable home.

“She was only supposed to be here three days,” Sheely said with a laugh Monday. She ended up keeping Biscuit about six weeks.

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8 years ago

Thank you for sharing this story! I hope it will encourage others to consider adopting a blind dog. Several years ago our family adopted a wonderful, blind senior dog who spent the last three years of his life with us. At the time we adopted him, we received excellent advice from an adoption coordinator at the shelter who had previously assisted with adoptions of other blind dogs. But the reason we had felt confident enough to even consider the adoption to begin with was the fact that a few years earlier we had met a woman whose family adopted a… Read more »