Ashton is a remarkable, loving dog who doesn’t let being ‘special needs’ interfere with his abundant love of life. His eyes never developed, so Ashton has been blind from birth and also has a cleft lip. His lip and nose may look unusual but fortunately do not cause him any health issues.
Ashton had just turned two when we welcomed him into our foster care program one year ago, initially named Ashling. Within a short time, he became a foster graduate: his foster family adopted him in January 2018!
Mom Leah, a longtime BCFS foster, is clearly head over heels in love with Ashton.
And Ashton is equally besotted with Leah!
We’re honored to share her joy and photos of this beautiful happy boy. Leah writes,
So what can I tell you about Ashton over the last year… well for starters he is the best pup EVER!!!! I was very hesitant to foster a special needs dog and I’m so happy Amy talked me into it.
As he won me over so quickly I knew I couldn’t live without him (my first foster fail) I was worried he would get hurt at our farm or our other 3 dogs would pick on him.
Well this dog is an amazing little creature. He is so daring and adventurous. He memorized our house (and several of our family members houses) in a matter of a few days. He runs and plays and doesn’t take any attitude from our very bossy chihuahua. He rolls in the snow and runs in the field like a free dog. You would never know he’s blind or special needs.
He finds all the toys and hoards them on his bed. He jumps on and off our window seat and bed. He figured out how to open the doggie gate and get into the “dog free zone” aka our living room lol! He loves to learn and figure things out. He is an extremely smart little dude.
I love watching him in new situations whether it be meeting someone new, going to a new place, meeting new animals as he is always full of happiness.
Ashton went to dog camp this year!
This dog radiates HAPPINESS from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed. He makes me smile all the time and he loves to give kisses with his cute little face!!!! I brought him to dog camp back in September and he participated in several different dog sports including Rally, Rat Hunt and Musical Free style. He learned and performed an entire dance routine!!!! He is such a trusting dog.
I’m so unbelievably joyed he came into my life because he makes life so much better! Blind dogs truly see with their hearts. Thank you BCFS for bringing this little fluff ball into my world! I will love him always.
Leah’s update makes our hearts full and reaffirms our belief in special needs dogs. Thank you, Leah!
BCFS has rescued a number of special needs dogs over the years, because we believe every dog is worthy and every dog deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest. And — we know that dogs are remarkable at adapting to what society considers a disability. Special needs dogs are able to enjoy life as much as any dog.
We are in need of foster homes for all the dogs we rescue, those who are fully able-bodied but particularly for special needs dogs. BCFS is a foster-based rescue. We cannot do the life-saving work we do without volunteers to temporarily care for these perfectly imperfect dogs in their homes.
We’ll have an entire post on that soon, but if Ashton’s story has inspired you with a can-do attitude to care for a special needs pup while they await adoption, please click here to fill out our online volunteer application.
Thank you, and Merry Christmas from Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!