Rescue beagle Olly may have missing eyes and teeth but ‘she is always happy and her tail is constantly wagging’ while she travels the world with her new adopted owners
Image: Mary Davis)
An adorable dog now lives life to the fullest despite being completely blind in both eyes.
Rescue beagle Olly survived a hit-and-run four years ago and has battled many illnesses since.
But what the five-year-old pup lacks in sight and teeth, she makes up for in heart and sheer determination to keep living.
From America to Dubai, Italy and Belgium, adventurous Olly has traveled the world with her new owners – who describes the views to her every step of the way.
“She is always happy and her tail is constantly wagging,” says owner Mary Davis, managing editor at PetKeen .
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While visiting North Carolina, United States, in 2018, Mary spotted a photo of a small rescue dog online.
The one-year-old beagle puppy was partially blind and had a half-body cast.
She had survived a hit-and-run and was left to die on the side of the road.
Despite her disabilities, it was “love at first sight” for Mary.
“I met lots of cute, energetic dogs and hyper little puppies at the rescue shelter, but this broken dog touched my heart, as I felt a bit broken inside,” she said.
“I knew we could find a way to heal together.”
The rescue center offered to care for the pup until her shoulder had healed, but Mary “wanted her just as she was”.
Within one month of bringing Olly home, the puppy’s shoulder had healed and her cast was off.
But at the same time, she had an operation to remove her left eye.
“Olly became our one-eyed pirate and pranced along with glee and a cute little hobble,” Mary said.
Three months later, glaucoma claimed Olly’s right eye, leaving her completely blind.
“I thought she would become depressed or aggressive, but you know what she did? She literally frolicked in the grass,” Mary said.
“It was so powerful to me.”
Olly was inspiring from the get-go, and remained Mary’s emotional support animal, while Mary became her eyes.
It soon became clear that Olly loved snuggles, food and sleep, and always wanted to be in Mary’s bed.
“We’ve pretty much been joined at the hip ever since,” Mary said.
From rural North Carolina where Olly was found to Dubai where she first lived, the adorable pup has traveled the world with her adopted owners.
She’s lived in Seattle, Italy and is now in Brussels.
“We’ve described the views to her every step of the way,” Mary said.
Curious Olly isn’t a fan of the rain, but loves fresh fruit and enjoys travelling.
Over the last four years, Olly has visited the vets for all sorts of illnesses, and last week, she even had nine teeth pulled out.
“You name it, she’s lived through it,” Mary said.
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“Olly has been a true inspiration to our whole family thanks to her ability to demonstrate her love of life and will to live, no matter the hurdles,” Mary said.
The blind beagle has become so skilled at followed voices, Mary sometimes forgets she can’t see.
Olly finds it easy to learn new furniture layouts and senses the slightest change in movement.
“If I let the water run for approximately five seconds, she’ll rush to my side in the kitchen – because that sound often means I am rinsing an apple – her favorite snack!” Mary said.
Though that doesn’t mean Olly’s blindness comes without difficulty.
The clumsy pup often mistakes the dirty laundry basket for her dog bed and bumps her head at least half-a-dozen times before finding her food bowl.
“Her occasional confusion is endearing,” Mary explained.
“Her drive to discover and enjoy life has never changed, despite any physical restrictions.
“She is always happy and her tail is constantly wagging. We look forward to many more years with our darling daredevil.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.