If you looked at Mikey the pug's health records, you can see why he was considered a prime candidate for euthanasia. Mikey had demodectic mange and a severe case of glaucoma that left him mostly blind and in serious pain. But fortunately, the volunteers at the Michigan Humane Society looked beyond Mikey's health records and directly into this loving dog's heart and soul. The decision was made to save Mikey's life by removing his eyes.
Still, the opportunities for adoptions for blind dogs are slim, because dogs in this condition require special care and treatment. But that did not deter Judge Sabrina Johnson who adopted Mikey in March. As Johnson explains in a video produced by the Humane Society, Mikey's transition into her life was seamless.
"When I first brought him home, I took him around on a leash, maybe three times. And he does not bump into anything." Johnson goes on to explain what a pro Mikey is about learning new environments quickly. And when he does have the occasional setback, Mikey just takes a little Taylor Swift advice and shakes it off.
"Sometimes when we're walking in the park, he'll get going and run into a tree,” she says. “He simply backs up, shakes it off and keeps moving. He really has taught me about how to live life.”
Mikey has not only won the heart of Judge Johnson, he also brings joy to the lives of other employees and visitors to Johnson's district court in Inkster, Michigan.
"When people meet him, they melt. I've seen very tough police officers just get down on their hands and knees, just play with him,” Johnson says. “He brightens everyone’s day."
And as if we didn't already know, Johnson fills us in on how much happiness Mikey has brought into her life.
"I got him from rescue, and he really rescued me," Johnson commented. "He's just the love of my life,"
Want to see Mikey the adorable rescue pug in action? Of course you do. Here's the video.