A dog who needed her eyes removed after being abandoned twice has finally found a loving new family.
Miyoshi, a two-year-old Akita, underwent life-altering surgery after suffering with glaucoma and an autoimmune disease that attacked the retina and other parts of her eyes.
She was suffering from agonising pain before the operation and her condition was only going to get worse.
Tyler Keith, 25, and Abby Richardson, 24, instantly fell in love with Miyoshi at the adoption centre in September, and knew they had to welcome her into their home.
She has managed to adapt to life with her new owners, using her enhanced hearing and sense of smell to get through everyday tasks, from negotiating her way around rooms to walking down the stairs.
Despite strangers pitying her and often remarking on her ‘weird’ looks, the couple say Miyoshi is extremely happy, loving and just like any other dog.
‘She is just happy her eyes don’t hurt anymore,’ Abby, from Allen Park, Michigan, US, said.
‘It was good for her and she’s very happy. She is a very loving and loyal dog, she absolutely adores us.
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‘When people see her, they are shocked and comment how “weird” it is that she doesn’t have eyes, but it doesn’t bother us.’
The couple also believe her good memory has aided her too, especially on walks where she is able to recognise where she is and stops at the edge of the curb.
Tyler said: ‘She has a very good sense of smell and hearing, so when people move around the house she faces them right away as if she can see them.
‘The hair around her eyes look like it’s shaved so it’s like she has a little mask on, which normally draws attention.’
Since moving in Miyoshi has learned the family’s work routines and while she battles with separation anxiety they believe she is getting better.
Tyler and Abby try to make her life simpler by keeping the house layout the same and not moving objects around – as well as finding noisy toys, which are more fun for her.
He said: ‘She has a noise toy, which is a mouse that sings when you squeeze his belly.
‘She can play fetch better with that, when I throw it she will go right to it, rather than the toy making a single sound when it hits the floor and her having to find it, she can hear and find it.’
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It’s believed Miyoshi’s anxiety stems from being abandoned twice. The most recent was believed to be because her owners could not afford her treatment.
When she arrived at Michigan Human Society (MHS) she was blind from her conditions.
Her eyesight deterioration was caused by a combination of glaucoma, as well as developing an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the skin, retinas and other parts of the eye.
Deborah Land, shelter veterinarian at MHS Detroit, said: ‘This condition is most often seen in Akitas like Miyoshi, and some other sled dog type breeds.
‘Glaucoma is a painful condition, and due to the underlying cause, Miyoshi’s glaucoma would not improve with any medical or surgical treatment.
‘Since she was already blind, the decision was made to remove both her eyes to provide pain relief. She also seemed well adjusted to her blindness at that time.’