Blind Dog Rescue Alliance gives vision-impaired dogs a second chance

His name was Rocky, and he was a real-life underdog.

The 8-week-old Siberian Husky-mix puppy was a stray found in a remote section of western Canada, with nothing in his belly but worms on rocks, Brier Cadden wrote in a 7 February 2010, email. No one wanted to touch him because they didn’t like what his eyes looked like.

Rocky had an eye condition and was almost blind.

Cadden, now 33, sent the e-mail to the Philadelphia-based Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, which she found by searching Google.

What followed was a remarkable transcontinental journey for the puppy. He was flown from the town of Smithers in northwestern British Columbia to Vancouver, then driven to Seattle. From there, he rode with a truck driver to Wisconsin, where he spent a night. He then spent a week being fostered in Michigan before travelling to Philadelphia to stay with Karen Belfi, president of the alliance. He was eventually adopted by a woman in Somerdale, NJ — via

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