She told LittleThings, He couldnt see, and would bump into walls all the time, and then just sit in the middle of the room and cry. This was no way for her precious pup to live.
So Stratton developed a device, custom-tailored to fit her pooch, which she deemed his Halo.
She enlisted the help of a friend who owned an alteration shop, and together they designed avest for Scotty Boy, complete with a wire halo that acted as his white cain.
Suddenly, wearing his Halo, Scotty Boys entire demeanor shifted. He began exploring the world again, completely fearless and free.
Scroll through below to see how this Halo saved Scotty Boy, and howHalos for Paws is improving the lives of blind animals everywhere.
When Dorie Stratton first adopted her Scottish terrier, Scotty Boy, he was blind, scared, frustrated, and alone.
Hed been abandoned in a Walmart parking lot, likely because his previous owner didnt know how to deal with his blindness.
Scotty Boy had lost his sight to Sudden Acquired Retinal Syndrome, or SARDS, an autoimmune disease that dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds can contract.
Unable to sit back and watch Scotty Boys suffering continue, Stratton decided to take action.
She reached out to a friend who owned an alteration shop, and they collaborated on a vest for Scotty Boy to wear, adorned with a helpful wire and plastic Halo.”
This Halo would act as his white cane, notifying him when he was getting too close to certain objects.
Stratton toldLittleThings, “When the vest is put on the dog, the halo goes around the face, acting as a bumper guard should the dog run into something.”
Once Stratton outfitted little Scotty Boy with thevest, his entire life turned around.
His frustration and crying all but ceased, and his playful curiosity returned. He began exploring his surroundings again, happy and carefree.
After witnessing Scotty Boys 180-degree shift, Stratton knew these vests could be game-changers for other blind animals like Scotty.
Stratton toldLittleThings:“We initially didn’t have any plans to start a business, until we showed the vest to our Vet Ophthalmologist.
“She went crazy for the vest and said these vests are highly in demand for blind dogs and I should start a business selling these vests. I thought about it, and the rest is history.
“My partner, Ellen Burgess, and I are now successfully selling Halo Vests to keep blind animals from experiencing pain and suffering.”
These two devoted ladiesgot to work and, in the past four years, have developed an international business, outfitting blind animalswith these vests all over the world.
Since starting this operation, Stratton has been pleasantly surprised by the other differently abled pet owners with whom shes interacted.
She told LittleThings, I always felt that people were very nice and caring about their animals, and they really are!
There are people out there that have these blind animals andwould do anything to help them.
During her first year in business, Stratton was completely overwhelmed by the incredible responses shed receive from these grateful pet owners.
She shared, People would say things like, Oh my god, my dog has come back to life!
She continued, In the first year we were in business, I had to wait until around 9 p.m. to read these e-mails.
They were so beautiful, I would come to bed crying every night.
Each Halos for Paws vest is custom-made for its recipient.
This ensures each vest is proportional to thepet, sotheHalohelps,rather thanhinders, theanimals’ abilities to exist in theirsurroundings.
Halos for Paws details exactly how to measure a dog for one of their vests on their website.
Since starting this business in 2012, Halos for Paws has completely taken off.
Stratton and her crew receive orders from all over the world, their biggest customer bases residing in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
She told LittleThings of the organizations rapid growth, I never knew whenstarting this business thatthere would be thismany blind dogs all over the world.
Halos for Paws has even begun expandingits customer base beyond blind dogs, now also outfitting blind cats and sheep with these awesome vests.
Reflecting on all the lives shes helped improve since starting Halos for Paws, Stratton said, “Thesedogs get to live a normal life, and thats the greatest gift of all.
Faced with a heartbreaking reality, Stratton decided to do whatever she could to help improve her blind dogs life, and her actions have since helped exponentially more creatures to havewonderful, fear-free lives.
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