Help Gooey See Again!

Gooey (aka Mr. Goo, aka The Goo Man) is our beloved Shorty Bull that was surrendered by a breeder to the Leon County Humane Society in March of 2016. We were so thrilled to have the opportunity to foster this adorable little guy. Before he came to us he spent the first 10 months of his life living in an outdoor kennel with very little human interaction. At first, he was very anxious, timid, and very overwhelmed. Soon, with lots of love, he began to come out of his shell. The dog that emerged is the goofiest, cuddliest pup you can imagine! We absolutely fell in love with this little comedian. But soon the good times were interrupted. One day we noticiced his eyes were slightly cloudy in certain lighting. "There's no way he could have cataracts!" we thought, "he's only a year old!" So we took him to a veterinary eye specialist who confirmed our fears. Gooey was beginning to develop cataracts as a result of a genetic condition.

Early stages of cataracts development at ~12 months.

At first, his impaired vision didn't seem to affect him, but it kept getting worse. We noticed a quick decline in his vision over the next few months. He started running into things and frequently and injuring his bottom lip. He is now not allowed to run freely in the yard anymore after he ran head first into a tree while playing. The eye specialist gave us steriod and dialtion drops that we have been giving him twice a day to help to improve his vision and slow down the progression of the cataracts. On our last visit, our vet informed us that the cataracts were now fully developed in both eyes.

Fully developed cataracts at ~18 months.

We discussed our options and he said Gooey would be a perfect candidate for cataracts sugery. The surgery is costly, but the vet is extremely compassionate and is willing to give us a large discount because he is a foster pet from the humane society.

Even with the generous discount, the cost of this surgery would be extremely taxing on LCHS and would take away from other life saving efforts. That is why we are seeking as much help as we can get to be able to give this wonderful dog the young life he deserves. Any donation that you could provide to help this little guy will be greatly appreciated! If there are any donations left over after surgery costs they will be donated directly to the Leon County Humane Society.

Thank you!

Here are some pics from our time with Gooey:

Gooey and his sidekicks

Gooey hates waking up early

Doing what he does best... cuddling on the couch!
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