Pet owner creates device to help blind dogs

A pet owner whose dog went blind developed a device to help other canines facing the same problem.

Silvie Bordeaux came up with the idea after her 14-year-old toy puddle Muffin started to lose his sight three years ago, according to KABC-TV.

“Desperation for my baby, I wanted to create something, so this is how I gave birth to this,” she said.

Bordeaux made a gadget called Muffin’s Halo from lightweight copper tubing, fabric and Velcro.

She said it’s easy to put on and take off, and protects blind dogs from bumping into things.

“When he walks around, this is what hits the hard surface and it’s like a buffer, a bumper car and it just redirects him, “explained Bordeaux.

Bordeaux operates her business from inside her home and has made thousands of Muffin Halos for dogs of all sizes.

Despite being a small company with just a few employees, it has found success.

“It’s all over the world now, so I get letters in different languages saying, ‘You saved my dog. My dog’s back to life. He’s got his confidence again.”

Bordeaux also has a nonprofit called Second Chances for Blind Dogs.

It provides free Halos for blind dogs in shelters, so they can learn how to navigate their new homes when they are adopted.

*KABC-TV contributed to this story.

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