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*Emily EltonJohn -- BLIND   

In shelter Dog

Pittsburg, California, 94565
Pet name:
*Emily EltonJohn -- BLIND
Rat Terrier, Whippet, Mixed
Brindle with White
Coat length:
 ~8 yr old, 23 lb Rat Terrier (and Whippet?) Mix SPAYED FEMALE for ADOPTION Please ensure all adoption inquiries mention very specific details about this very extensive bio
EMILY – SF Bay Area of CA (some transport available)-- **FOSTER, FOSTER TO ADOPT or ADOPT**
“And Emily they come and go The shadows and the distant sounds But Emily don't be afraid When the weight of angels weighs you down” –
Emily is a ~8 year old, 23 lb Rat Terrier (and Whippet?) Mix who joins us from
She is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, free of parasites and has had senior labwork that shows she is healthy.  She will have a dental cleaning +/- extractions in a few weeks.
Emily is blind but she is smart and savvy and figures her way around quickly.  It does not bother her and unless you were planning to compete in sight-coursing with her, it should not bother you.  She would likely be a great hiking buddy as long as she was on leash (after some practice with verbal cues)
Emily is on two very cheap medications for arthritis (around $6/month total per GoodRx) and will come with a several month supply and prescriptions to take to the pharmacy of your choice with refills good for one year at your cost.  
 (Many of our senior dogs are on arthritis meds because just like people over the age of 40 often have aches and pains, so do dogs.  "Not treating" is not the same as "not needing" for all of the people who constantly ask us why our dogs are on arthritis meds when many other shelter/rescue dogs are not.)
Emily appears to be housebroken and crate-trained and is doing really well on the leash but needs some practice.  She is smart and eager to please.  She did well in the car and seems to enjoy the ride.
 Emily likes people and that should include respectful kids who know she is blind.  This dog would probably do best with kids aged 8+ who are more 'tea-party' than 'superhero' but we do not have strict age rules as all children are different 
Emily would probably do best in a home with animals who are her size or larger OR as an only pet.  She is not aggressive, but occasionally becomes fearful and defensive with other dogs – likely due to her lack of sight. This, of course, may be an expected adjustment thing but we try for full disclosure.
Emily is currently fostered in the SF Bay Area of CA and looking for a foster home or a foster-to-adopt home while she awaits her dental procedure in a few weeks.  These homes would need to be able to transport her to our vet in the East Bay (94565) and drop off/pick up could possibly be on different days.  We would also be willing to straight adopt her to a family who wanted to take care of her dental expenses at their own vet at their own cost and there is no distance restriction on this.
After her dental procedure if she  is still available, we will consider ground transport between here and Seattle on already scheduled stops (adopters must be flexible and able to meet transport) or within a reasonable driving distance elsewhere (would be awesome and amazing if you could meet us halfway but we are willing to discuss).
If you would like to foster, foster-to-adopt or adopt please send a THOROUGH email that mentions DETAILS FROM THIS BIO to
If you cannot adopt, but would like to make a tax-deductible (EIN 45-4103375) towards this pet's care please do so on this post (if this is an option) or by one of these
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Please spread this dog around in order to help them find a home.  We welcome adopter referrals from other rescues and breed clubs 
Housebroken?: Yes, we think so
Crate Trained?: Yes
Leash Trained?: Yes, but needs some practice
Rides Well in Car?: Yes
Non-Shedding?: No
Good with cats?: Wouldn't recommend (no known history)
Good with dogs?: She is but can be defensive about her sight. Probably best in a home with dogs bigger than her or as an only dog
Qualifies for Seniors for Seniors?: yes, reduced adoption fee for adopters 55+
Umbrella of Hope does not have any strict rules on ages of children because all children are different, but our best approximation is that this animal would do best with children over the age of 8
Umbrella of Hope is an all-volunteer, donation-run, non-profit animal rescue based out of Pittsburg, CA that rescues animals from local shelters, places them in private foster homes, provides them with needed medical care and then finds them new homes. 
Also, ask us about our seniors for seniors program, where we adopt animals 5 years or older to qualified homes with a $5 donation as an adoption fee. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and given any additional treatments (dental work, bloodwork etc) as recommended by our vet. 
Adoptions to veterans of the US Armed Services are ALWAYS free to thank you for your service.  
We thank Well Pet Vet Clinic for providing most of our veterinary services and give a special thanks to volunteer photographers Tanya, Barbara, Kristy, Christine, Teressa and Natalie.  We are on all social media at @umbrellaofhope and we invite you to follow us and share which helps more people see and adopt our pets. 
To help our ALL VOLUNTEER team rescue more senior, special needs, medically needy and hospice animals (and a few "typical" ones along the way, please consider making a tax-deductible (TAX ID 45-4103375) donation online at or Venmo @umbrellaof-hoperescue or Zelle  
You can also buy tees, tanks. sweatshirts, hats and bandannas where all proceeds benefit our animals
We also have an Etsy store where the merchandise is made by volunteers and supporters, changes regularly and 100% of the proceeds benefit our medical fund
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