When Lee Asher went to the shelter to drop off some husky puppies so they could go to their forever homes, he had no idea he’d be returning to his ranch with a blind Belgian Malinois.
It was a bittersweet day because Lee was saying goodbye to some husky puppies he’d fostered that were being placed in their forever homes. But had he not dropped them off, he would have not met Bradley, who needed a forever home of his own.
Bradley was a stray that ended up in a shelter in California. It turned out that Bradley had a congenital eye condition and was almost blind in one eye and completely blind in the other. Eventually, he’d be totally blind and need a home that was willing to help him.
Family Dogs took Bradley in so that he wouldn’t be euthanized. Initially, a rescue had agreed to take him but had backed out at the last minute. So, when Lee heard his story when he dropped off the puppies, he decided to take him to his ranch to see how he’d do with the rest of his pack of rescued dogs.
Despite his vision loss, Bradley and Lee hit it off right away. Bradley quickly bonded with Lee and they were soon on their way to his ranch, the Asher House, where lots of new doggy friends were waiting.
Once they arrived, they put Bradley in a crate so he wouldn’t get too overwhelmed by all the dogs. But he was happy to meet his future besties and didn’t seem nervous around all the dogs despite his vision limitations.
Like all Malinois, Bradley was super confident even though he was almost blind. He boldly went on his first pack walk and it was as if he had always been there and was immediately settling into life at the ranch.
Inside the house, he settled right in. He got a guided tour and then he relaxed. Bradley seemed to understand he was home. It’s hard to imagine just a short time ago he was on the euthanasia list but now he was lounging with his new family.
If Bradley stays comfortable and can adapt to life on the ranch while blind, he’ll always have a forever home there. It seems as if that will be no problem and he’s already deeply loved. But, if it is ever a problem and gets uncomfortable for him, he certainly will be found a safe new home.
Asher House is awesome and lucky the dog that finds refuge there. We are so happy for Bradley. We hope you enjoyed his story. Please feel free to share with your friends.