HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Saturday will mark six months since a partially blind and deaf puppy captured the hearts of millions in the Tennessee Valley and across the nation.
In late June, a 7-week-old Australian Shepard mix named Toffee fell into a 50 foot hole in the backyard of her foster mother’s home in Huntsville.
It took rescue crews nearly 30 hours to recover the pup, but Toffee emerged unharmed.
Toffee now lives with her new family, the Breitbach’s, in Gurley.
Richard Breitbach said he needed to research how to train a blind and deaf puppy, and that Toffee’s been an eager and loving student.
“It’s been awesome, I mean she wants to do well. She has a good structured environment to grow up in and train in, and she’s got other dogs around her,” he said.
“I think it’s kind of special, she’s got some great things in store for her in her life, and she’ll give back. I’m sure she will."
The therapy dog organization Therapy Partners reached out to Breitbach about training Toffee.
She has since successfully graduated the group’s first course in December.
Breitbach said he doesn’t know if Toffee will be able to make through all the training, but she’s showing love to the community anyway.
“It’s a daily event, if I have her outside with me doing anything. The kids in the neighborhood walking by, they have to stop to play with Toffee, and of course Toffee wants to play with them. She’s not hurting for love, let’s put it that way,” he said.
Breitbach said he’s been learning some things from the experience too.
“Things that used to matter to me, that I’d get upset about, nah not anymore,” he said.
When Toffee’s off the clock, Breitbach said she enjoys playing fetch (when she can see the ball right in front of her) and lounging with her dog-sibling Max.
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