Batty the blind Bulldog was completely layered in feces when his owner dumped him at the Sacramento SPCA.
The owner cited that he was unable to care for the disabled 5-month-old puppy, but the workers suspected otherwise.
Batty’s situation looked more like a backyard breeding game gone wrong, and the breeder probably discarded him as there was no way to profit out of a blind pup.
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Batty had a large abscess on his chin that was treated right away. As the puppy began receiving care and support from the workers, he slowly blossomed into a sweet and easy-going boy deserving of a loving home.
However, the vet discovered that his blindness was caused by a rare congenital birth defect. As expected, no one wanted to adopt a permanently blind pooch.
Although Batty’s future seemed grim, the happy-go lucky puppy was unperturbed by his troubles. He happily spent his days with Bueller, another disabled pup at the shelter.
But when Bueller got adopted, the workers knew they had to do something to help the lonely Batty.
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The workers shared Batty’s story on social media and made a desperate plea for his adoption. As fate would have it, Wisconsin couple Cassidy Kraus and Brett Weyers learned about Batty and they instantly knew he belonged with them.
The couple already had another blind dog, Soto, and they knew Batty would fit right in with him.
Soon, Cassidy, Brett, Soto and the kids set out on a 33-hour drive to Sacramento to get Batty. It was an emotional moment when the exhausted family finally met the treasured pooch!
The overwhelmed Batty was ecstatic as he greeted his new folks, and he simply lost his mind as he embraced his big doggie brother who was just like him!
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Despite being born into a literally dark life, Batty has gratifyingly found his ray of light. This gleaming soul has been renamed as Ago, and he certainly is a pampered cutie in his new home.
With his sunshine personality and healing presence, he has made his family complete in the truest sense!
Click the video below to watch Batty/Ago’s extraordinary journey of defeating darkness and finding his true home.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!