Hoop keeps blind dogs from bumping into things
Hoop keeps blind dogs from bumping into things Muffin, 14 and blind, wears a Halo (AP photos)
Hoop keeps blind dogs from bumping into things
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One pet owner made a promise when her toy poodle fell ill and its vision started to dim. If her dog lived, she would help it overcome any disabilities and give a paw up to other pooches in the process.

Silvie Bordeaux of Los Angeles kept that vow after Muffin survived a cancer scare but lost his sight. She created Muffin's Halo Guide for Blind Dogs, a device that encircles a dog's head and prevents blind pets from running into walls and furniture.

When a blind dog wears a halo, it holds its head higher, its gait changes and its spirits soar, said Los Angeles dog trainer Bronwyne Mirkovich, who volunteers for the American Maltese Association Rescue.

When the device is put on her dog named Max, "it's like putting an action-hero suit on a little boy," Mirkovich said. "It's like he's bumping with a shield or cane, he's super confident."

Here's how it works.

"If the halo hits the wall first, it will slow them down," said Dr. Christin Fahrer from Eye Care for Animals in Culver City, a suburb of Los Angeles. That will minimize trauma to the face, the veterinarian said.

The halo is made of lightweight copper tubing that attaches to cloth wings and a harness fitted around the neck and chest. Other products do similar work, such as the infamous cone, known for its use after surgery to protect wounds or stitches, and vests and headbands that also have a piece encircling the head to deter collisions.

They are among a multitude of products peddled to pet owners confronting canine old age, disabilities and injuries. Companies make walkers and lifts or one-of-a-kind mobility equipment for dogs with joints that ache or no longer work. Dog stairs allow older pets to get on beds or sofas and ramps help them into the car. But some owners improvise, making slings, homemade wheelchairs or tripod lifts so they can hoist dogs with ailing hips or missing limbs up stairs or over obstacles.

Whether ready-made or owner-constructed, the products can prevent old or hobbled dogs from being turned into shelters. Bordeaux had shelter dogs in mind when launching her line of halos, thinking their chances of adoption would improve if they used the product.

"It might help shelter pets more than average pets in some ways because their environment is constantly in flux," said Fahrer, the veterinarian.

But she said blind dogs don't think about their lack of sight they just adapt and move on.

"We are the ones who struggle with the concept of our pets being blind," Fahrer said. "We struggle with what it would be like for us. Our pets don't drive or read, but we use our vision every moment of every day. It's a different world for them."

Bordeaux set up a nonprofit to get her halos to blind dogs in shelters and rescues. The devices range from $69.95 to $129.95, and come in different designs, such as angel's wings, butterflies and football uniforms.

"They can eat and sleep and play and run with it on," Bordeaux said. "It's like their superpower."

Critical thinking challenge: How does the halo keep blind dogs from bumping into things?

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COMMENTS (17)
  • jadayciao
    11/09/2014 - 05:32 p.m.

    Having dogs that are blind are not going to be as difficult anymore because, they mad a hoop and bumps in to stuff when the dog goes the wrong direction. A young girl made a commit about her dog. She said if he dog stayed alive then she would help it get over its disabilities. The hoops over the dogs head looked like halos so they didn't look that bad.

  • DevinRam-Ver
    11/14/2014 - 09:10 a.m.

    The only thing that is bad about that thing is that wouldn't the dog not like to wear that thing on them all the time. You should make something that can make nose and boons it off the object like a bat does that would be cool.

  • tcarcamobustos
    11/16/2014 - 09:20 p.m.

    The post talks about a new equipment for blind dogs which is a circle over the head of the dog which protect the animal in order to dont crush with walls or furniture in the house. You can buy this device in any pet store and its very useful for our pets to help them with their disabilities and give them some help in their process.
    You can find the "halo" (is the name of the device) in different designs, like angels wings, butterflies and football uniforms.
    Some experts say that the sight its complicated for us because we need it all the time for reading or driving but animals just adapt to their new condition and its not so terrible as we imagine.

    I think that this new products are amazing because we can offer some help to our pets in their difficult moments and we can be friendly with them. Its a great creation for them and for us. Its very simple animals don't feel weird with the device over them that its a good thing. Also dogs can do their normal routine even wearing this device.

  • 8carsont
    11/17/2014 - 05:39 p.m.

    I think its crazy that a woman loved her dog so much and did this for him. I also think its cool how she made something comfortable and not hurting the dog and its cheep. I feel people will start using this and vets will start selling them.

  • odalizr-Koc
    1/12/2015 - 02:07 a.m.

    This new invention "halo" helps prevents blind dogs from bumping into objects.
    The blind dogs can safely walk around with accidentally ramming into something. Animals may feel safer with the ring.

  • chrisw-Gon
    3/10/2015 - 11:37 a.m.

    This was a very clever idea. So many blind dogs hurt themselves by running into stuff around them. Now that they have their halos , running into stuff will no longer be a problem.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    3/15/2015 - 01:43 p.m.

    This post gives me hope that humans are doing something to protect their animals instead of abusing them. It is a very good idea to have something like this for dogs that are blind so you don't have to constantly watch and make sure they aren't going to get hurt.

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