New device helps blind dogs to safely walk
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Blind dogs may get a new lease on life with a device created in the USA called Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs, a device that creates a buffer between a dog and a potentially dangerous wall or object, keeping them safe while they play.
One of the first lucky dogs to test out this new product is Basil, a blind 4-year old Collie. While Basil is a spritely, loveable dog, he was found abandoned and is currently being fostered while the West Yorkshire Dog Rescue hopes to find him a home. It can be especially hard to find individuals to adopt blind dogs, and it is suspected that Basil’s blindness is what led to his abandonment, The Mail reports.
Basil, however, is now able to run freely and play without running into things and hurting himself with Muffin’s Halo. The device is simple yet effective. It utilizes a metal ring which circles the dog’s head and is attached by a harness with novelty plush wings. If the dog grazes an object, it alerts them that they are too close to something and are going to crash into it if they don’t stop. Hence, the Halo provides dogs with an alert system so they can circumvent an accident.
Not only does the device work to ensure that Basil, and other dogs, are less likely to bruise themselves, it also allows them to become more aware of their surroundings. Through a process of trial and error, the dogs may even be able to memorize where safe walking areas are within their environment.
Muffin’s Halo was created by Silvie Bordeaux after her toy poodle, Muffin, lost her sight, hence the product is named after her. A great idea for our little pooches!