Dog Went Blind And Kept Bumping Into Walls, So Woman Built A Device To Help Him

For Dorie Stratton, watching her 13-year-old Scottish Terrier, Scotty Boy, go blind was an incredibly heartbreaking ordeal.

Scotty Boy suffered from Sudden Acquired Retinal Syndrome (SARDS) that made him lose his eyesight permanently.

Within days, this happy-go-lucky pooch turned into a scared and frustrated baby who kept bumping into things.

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One day, Dorie found a directionless Scotty Boy cowering in the middle of a room and crying out hopelessly.

She hated to be a mere witness to his suffering, and so she pledged to take proactive steps to help him out.

She built a device by inserting wire in a plastic tube, and fixed it around Scotty Boy’s head like a halo.

The “halo” proved to be highly effective as Scotty Boy’s personal cane, as it would alert him of walls and other objects and prevent him from mishaps.

And just like that, the sweet boy was back to being his jovial, playful self!

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Dorie was amazed to see the wonders of her “crude” device, and she decided to help other blind dogs who experience similar depressing navigation troubles.

She founded “Halos For Paws”, and began working on sophisticated, customized vests to fit the proportions for different blind dogs, which were basically an upgraded version of her basic halo design.

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Over the years, Halos For Paws expanded its customer base and shifted their attention toward blind cats and sheep as well.

Thanks to this wonderful effort by Dorie, several distressed animals have beaten blindness blues and are now living fear-free and fulfilling lives.

This brilliant woman certainly deserves everyone’s love and respect!

Click the video below to watch how Dorie’s thoughtful initiative became a ray of light in the dark lives of blind dogs.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


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

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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.

2. Beagle

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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

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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

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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.

5. Poodle


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.

7. Papillon

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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.

8. Doberman


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.

9. Bloodhound

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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

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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!

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