It’s not uncommon for doting pet owners to show off pictures of their pups on the internet—but this community of dog lovers has been going one step further in order to include a blind man who was missing out on the pictures.
The Dogspotting Society is a public Facebook group for people to post photos of dogs, discuss different breeds, swap stories, and share in the general joy of canines.
Earlier this week, a blind man named Stephen William Dale Shkuratoff posted in the group asking people to describe their dogs so he could picture them in his mind.
“I love being a member of this group!” wrote Shkuratoff. “I am blind and was hoping to ask for more dog descriptions. Personality traits are more helpful than colors. Like how soft the dog is, for example. Bonus as always for dogs full of kisses and snuggles.
“Thanks for making me feel included,” he concluded. “Hope no one minds me asking for descriptions a lot recently.”
To his delight, thousands of people answered his request and left detailed descriptions of their mutts.
One comment reads: “Billy is a chocolate lab. He’s silly and funny, and so loving. He knows when you’re sad, or tired. He’ll put his super soft snoot, that feels like velvet on your lap, and when you start petting his smooth, silky head and back you can feel his whole body sigh, and relax. Something about that just pulls all the sad out of you and helps you feel better almost instantly.”
Another comment reads: “I have a Boston terrier named Elma. Her name means Apple in Turkish because she is the apple of my eye. She is a very sweet and quiet dog and rarely barks. We have to be careful she does not get shut in a bathroom by accident because she is so so quiet. She makes up for no loud barks with the loudest snores you’ve ever heard from a 18-pound animal. She is also an expert blanket hog and particularly likes faux fur blanket throws.”
Shkuratoff is not the only one who has appreciated the comments. Some users have used the post to express their gratitude for such a wholesome comment thread; others have thanked Shkuratoff for helping to make the group more inclusive for users with disabilities.
After the post had racked up roughly 2,000 comments, Shkuratoff simply said: “All these descriptions are so lovely and I am very thankful.”
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