In May 2013 I was standing at the front desk at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA where my sister was adopting a dog when a 22-lb. Pug barged out of a side door and barreled straight into my heart. Sergeant Pepper, as the staff named him, had come into the SPCA with proptosis of his left eye severe enough to result in enucleation. As a result, his eye socket was stitched shut. Since his right eye had already suffered the same fate prior to his arrival at the SPCA, Sergeant Pepper was completely blind.
He was also completely adorable. So adorable that I whipped out my credit card without pausing to call my husband and ask whether he minded if I increased our canine contingency to three. Fortunately, I married an animal lover who also happens to love me enough to forgive such an egregious presumption. (And the fact that Sergeant Pepper is so irresistible helped speed the process.)
Over the course of the past few months, we’ve learned that there’s a good bit of wisdom – and a whole lot of joy – to be gained from sharing our lives with this personable blind Pug. So much that we decided to create this blog to share Sergeant Pepper and his life lessons with the rest of the world.