When Chris and Mariesa Hughes’ beloved senior pit bull dog, Gremlin, lost her eyesight last year after complications from cataract surgery, they noticed a depressing change in her.
She became disoriented. She started walking into walls, missing steps, and stopped playing with her sibling dog, Sam. And worse, every time someone walked near her, she startled. Unable to deal with the dramatic changes in her life, the dog just started sleeping more.
The dog was thought to be about 4 years old when she was rescued from a life of dog fighting, and was adopted about 7 years ago.
During that time, the dog has endured a lot of serious health problems – cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and a blood disease called babesia.
Even with all these health problems, the dog was sweet, goofy, funny, and incredibly loving. She also became a certified therapy dog. And it was Gremlin who inspired Chris and Mariesa to dedicate themselves to rescuing sick and elderly dogs.
The Hugheses founded the Mr. Mo Project, and upstate New York-based nonprofit that takes these senior dogs out of shelters and into “fospice” homes so they can live out the rest of their lives with loving families.
The dog has been having eyesight issues for a while. About a year and a half ago, the Hugheses began noticing signs of cataracts on top of her already partial blindness.
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