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*BlindTom EltonJohn -- BLIND   

In shelter Dog

Pittsburg, California, 94565
Pet name:
*BlindTom EltonJohn -- BLIND
Chihuahua, Mixed
Coat length:
 ~10 yr old, 10 lb Chihuahua Mix NEUTERED MALE for ADOPTION 
"General he's a fine old manTreat him like his ownBoy wouldn't know from moneyJust throw old Blind Tom a bone" -- Elton John
Meet Blind Tom! SF Bay Area of CA -- possible transport available. SEE CUTE VIDEOS IN COMMENTS
Blind Tom is a ~ 10 yr old, 10 lb Chihuahua Mix who joins us from City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center
He is (or will be) neutered, vaccinated, free of parasites, microchipped and has had senior labwork that shows he is healthy! He will have a dental cleaning with extractions later this month.
He is blind but literally he does not seem to know or care and neither should you! After about 24 hours he acclimates to a new environment and does just fine.
His foster mom JOYFULLY says this about him
"Blind Tom is such a sweet boy. He loves other dogs and even though he’s blind he tries to play with them. He doesn’t care he’s blind so why should we!!
When I first brought him home we had a tail wagging fest with all of the dogs in the home. It was like a family reunion with tails flying every which way. I got a chuckle for sure watching all the happy tails, face licking and ear cleaning they did.
Dog beds are Blind Tom’s favorite place to be. He will switch beds a few times before deciding which one he likes best. He doesn’t mind sharing a bed either -- on fact we think he prefers it!
Outside he does like to explore. His ears are sharp and he listens for all the noises and voices around him. He does get frightened if you pick him up but he’s ok after that.
We believe he’s potty trained but he’s still learning how to get around in his new surroundings.
We’ve had to be a bit tricky getting him to take his meds but a little wet food does the trick.
He struggles with small kibble but once his dental is complete he will feel much better.
He has yet to bark or make a sound and sleeps through the night without issues. I would say he’d be ok with older children who understand he is blind.
Other than that he hadn’t shown any interest in toys or asking for love. As we get to know him we will post more about his personality"
He is on a very cheap medication for arthritis (around $2/month 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)
He is fostered in the SF Bay Area of CA and will only be available locally for foster-to-adopt for the next month (through 7/1/21) while he has his procedures and heals. After that, we will adopt him to people willing to come to him to adopt for 30 days (through July 2021). If he has not been adopted by then, we will consider out-of-area transports depending on the COVID-19 situation (as our transports are very affected by the virus and quarantine).
If you would like to 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 beourpet@gmail.comVenmo umbrellaof-hoperescue
You can also buy Umbrella of Hope merchandise where you not only advertise our cause with cute clothes, but the proceeds also benefit our medical fund — at
We have an Etsy store where all proceeds benefit our medical fund at
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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 and appreciate networking 
Housebroken?: Yes, we think so
Crate Trained?: Yes
Leash Trained?: Eh, limted due to sight
Rides Well in Car?: Yes
Non-Shedding?: No
Good with cats?: Yes, we think so
Good with dogs?: Yes
Qualifies for Seniors for Seniors?: yes
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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