When most people think of a watchdog, an image of a muscular, “black & tan”, large-breed dog with big teeth comes to mind. As you approach Juliet’s house , you’ll hear the barking start when you can just barely see the outline of the house. When you get closer, several other dogs will join the chaos… but Juliet knew you were coming long before the others. Just as you are having second thoughts about the final approach, you will spot her, the scruffy 9 pounds behind the bark. And she will be wagging her tail even harder than she is barking, letting you know that you are a welcomed guest!
Juliet is a feisty but friendly, blind, rescue dog who adores her family as much as they adore her. She would never hurt a soul, but to hear her alert warning bark, you might hesitate and think twice. Juliet lost vision in both eyes due to severe corneal scarring in addition to chronic glaucoma (high pressures inside the eyes). Her intraocular pressures are controlled well with topical glaucoma medications, and while she remains comfortable, it was not possible to save her sight. Yet relying on her many senses other than vision, she knows that visitors are coming long before any of her canine or human housemates become aware.
Juliet takes her watchdog role very seriously, and even without vision, her successful security detail has involved running off deer, turkeys, fox and feral kitties. She is also unquestionably the queen of her canine kingdom, and her much larger housemates follow her every command.
In her most recent act of bravery, Juliet sensed an approaching black snake. She guarded her domain with gusto until the snake wisely followed her instructions and changed course.