Dec 28, 2012 12:15 PM by Faye DeHoff

Blind dog finds a forever home in Canada, sister still looking

TUCSON - A dog at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has found a new forever home, in Canada!

Marshmallow is a purebred Lethal White Australian Shepherd. She is 4 years old, sweet as can be and is blind. Marshmallow was given up to the Humane Society along with her sister, BooBoo, who is deaf and blind.

While Marshmallow patiently waited for a home at the HSSA, Teresa and Iain MacIntyre of Penticton, British Columbia, were on the lookout to rescue a Lethal White Aussie. The couple contacted Amazing Aussie Rescue in Phoenix and they in turn contacted the HSSA. After a few phone calls and pictures exchanged of Marshmallow, the MacIntyre's fell in love with her and were glad to adopt her.

"It is just amazing that Marshmallow has found a home that is willing to cater to her needs. So often we see Lethal White Aussies put down or end up in bad situations because they are misunderstood. I'm just glad we were able to find Marshmallow her forever home" said Morgan Bojorquez, HSSA's Animal Behavior and Enrichment Technician.

At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, Marshmallow begins her journey to her Canadian home. The first step - a transport to Phoenix with a dedicated volunteer. Meanwhile,
Marshmallow's sister, BooBoo, will continue to wait for her perfect home at the HSSA.

Lethal White Aussies like Marshmallow and BooBoo are the product of breeding two recessive merle-colored dogs together to get a pure white coated Australian Shepherd. Problems occur when the two recessive genes combine to create health problems and disorders. As an unfortunate result, most Lethal Whites' eyesight and hearing are usually impaired.

For more information about BooBoo, contact the Humane Society of Southern Arizona at (520) 327-6088.

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