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Share the Fetch: Finnigan

This week we're here to share the greatness that @finnigan_and_the_poodles has to offer.  Finn is a 3-year-old  poodle that is blind from PRA, a genetic disease that causes retinal degeneration. Finn and his siblings live in Maine. 
We caught up with Finnigan's owner; Leah who shared all the scoop on Finn!
N-Gage: What nicknames does Finnigan go by?
Leah: Mostly Mr. Finn!
NG: What have the hardest parts of training a blind dog been?
L: Building confidence has been a challenge. As he was losing his vision he became fearful of people, so we spent lots of time building confidence and he is now comfortable meeting everyone.
NG: Do the other dogs treat him as if he were sighted?
L: Yes and no, they're more respectful of him but they still play with him.
NG: Where did the pink ears idea come from?
L: Finn spends lots of time with children teaching them about disabilities so we wanted something that would stand out and make the children remember him.
NG:What do the ski/swimming goggles help with when Finnigan is swimming?
L:The goggles prevent Finn's eyes from being damaged by the trees and bushes around him at the river. Because he can't see he occasionally runs into things in new places.
NG: How does Finnigan do with swimming? He seems to love the water.
L: Finn has always loved to swim. The fact that he can't see has never stopped him from jumping into the water.
NG: Did you train Finnigan yourself or get professional assistance?
L: Finn was trained by me, although I had considered working with a professional when he was younger.
NG:Would you recommend adopting a special needs dog to others?
L:Yes! Especially for anyone who loves training dogs. You can learn a lot from special needs dogs.

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