This adorable four-month-old puppy who was born deaf and blind, happily runs around at full pelt – because he is completely unaware of his condition.
Henry, a 13-week-old Poodle-Cavalier crossbreed, can only make out dark shadows and is completely deaf.
But the boisterous pup is now looking for a new home for Christmas after he was taken into care because his owner was no longer able to care for him.
Kathy Trout from West Yorkshire Dog Rescue, said: “He’s an extremely social puppy. He’s a charming little dog who is very funny and playful and he is amazingly cute.
“He’s quite able to understand and learn about an environment as long as things don’t move. He needs a stable, non-cluttered environment, so not somewhere where someone might put a bag down for him to walk into.”
“Because of his breed he needs a lot of exercise and he will also need to live with another dog to follow around and to help guide him, because he is essentially living in a black world.
“But if you saw him you wouldn’t believe he is blind and deaf.
“However you can train a blind dog by touch and smell.”
“For example if you put a different scent at the entry to each door you can train him so he knows what room he is in.
“So if you put an orange scent down at the foot of one doorway he can work out he is in the orange room.”
Kathy said when Henry was taken for a checkup at the vets, who uncovered the puppy’s rare condition.
She said: “The iris in his eyes are deformed which has caused his blindness. The vet said he had never seen anything like this before.
“Dogs can go blind and deaf in later life but it is rare for them to be born both blind and deaf.”
Henry is currently being fostered by a family in Barnsley, South Yorks., until a new home can be found for him.
Anyone wishing to give Henry a new home for Christmas should contact West Yorkshire Dog Rescue through their website.
Kathy said they are looking for potential owners to live within 100 miles of the charity’s Huddersfield, West Yorks., base so they can be close enough to received post-adoption support.