Link Story: Jennifer & Brutus

Star of the Story: Brutus
Pet Parent: Jennifer
Home State: Illinois 

Jennifer begins her story by reflecting on when she first fell in love with her beloved pup, Brutus, that she adopted after she found him in a college parking lot ten years ago. He was just a young puppy that she was excited to bring home to her large property in Illinois – any puppy’s dream home with endless room to explore! 

Being part Great Pyrenees, Brutus is nocturnal by nature and has always enjoyed spending his nights wide awake and barking at all the night sounds. While Brutus’s nighttime pastimes haven’t changed, his routines became a bit more difficult a year ago when Brutus suddenly developed Blastomycosis and the infection left him completely blind.

Blastomycosis is a systematic yeast-like fungal infection caused by the organism Blastomyces dermatitidis, which is commonly found in decaying wood and soil. Once inhaled, the spores of the fungus can spread to other parts of the body. Where the spores end up will determine the clinical signs. Some eye-specific signs of the infection include redness, discharge, swelling, squinting, elevation of the third eyelid, and even blindness.

With the onset of blindness, Brutus had a hard time getting around the expansive property, but didn’t let that stop him from roaming and exploring his surroundings. One night, Brutus was enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, laying on the porch at night, when it suddenly started to rain. Before Jennifer could get him out of the rain, Brutus had adventured off. 

Thankfully, Brutus is always wearing his Link. Jennifer quickly jumped into action and began tracking his location in the Link My Pet app. She was able to identify his precise location on her 24-acre property right away and quickly made her way to him. Without Link, the combination of a late-night storm, 24 acres to search, and a completely blind pup could have turned out very differently. 

Jennifer tells us that she is so thankful for Link and is confident Link has saved Brutus’s life, especially since the onset of his blindness. 

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Brutus doesn’t let his stormy, late-night incident or even blindness hinder him. He spends his days being bossed around by his 10-pound Havanese fur sibling and savoring every visit to the family’s cabin. No matter where Brutus is, Jennifer always ensures that they’re ready for an adventure, expected or unexpected, with Link. 

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