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Merlin the Blind Shih Tzu Finds His Way Home

The 7-year-old blind Greenbelt shih tzu has been adopted by a family that could see through his disability.


Merlin the blind shih tzu was without a home after his Greenbelt owner became sick. So he hung out at the Greenbelt Animal Shelter waiting for a new place, showing a cleverness for finding his way around despite his disability Now the wait is over.

On Thursday, Kim DeAngelis, shelter manager, told Patch that Merlin had been adopted. A husband, wife and older daughter took him into their Greenbelt home to join their family and three other dogs. 

"They love him," DeAngelis said.

Merlin's new family already has shown they can see a good dog beyond its disabilities, as one of their other dogs is deaf.

The cleverness Merlin showed while waiting to be adopted has done him well in his new place. At the shelter, Merlin figured out how to manage steps by using voice commands, a skill he hadn't needed in his previous owner's cottage.

Now he's navigating his new home, according to DeAngelis, who went to visit him Monday night. He's found his way around the yard, knows the house real well, and even begs for food, she reported.

"He's doing great," DeAngelis said. "Know's when dinner time is."

There are other dogs and cats still hoping for a place to call their own. The shelter is at capacity this week with dogs and cats waiting for adoption, according to DeAngelis.

The Greenbelt Animal Shelter's hours are Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment. For more information call (301) 474-6124 or (240) 508-7533.

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