Adopted Dog Helps her Mom Hit the Pavement

Laurie Ann is legally blind, but with Bindy, she’s rollerblading through the world.

Laurie + Bindy

Though legally blind, Laurie Ann is seeing the world with Bindy by her side.

"Not being able to drive, Rollerblading is one of the few times I can go fast! I would never have had the courage to Rollerblade again if it were not for Bindy."

Adopted Dog Bindy

I walk everywhere because I am legally blind and cannot drive. Bindy is my constant companion and because of her, I now venture outside every single day — rain or snow.

Bindy travels almost everywhere with me and when she is by my side, I never feel lonely. We have been all over Colorado, on a road trip to Chicago and an adventure in Kansas. No matter where we are, I will search for a park — or dog-friendly place — and follow the directions on my phone to walk there. We find lakes for swimming, trails to hike and paths on which to Rollerblade.

Adopted Dog Bindy

I loved Rollerblading when I was little, so when Bindy was a year old and overflowing with energy (she still is!), I bought a pair of Rollerblades. We would walk a mile to the park where I would change into my Rollerblades, then glide four miles down the trail, and four miles back to the park. I would change back into my shoes, and we would walk the mile back home. That is how we start our weekends! That’s how we roll!

Rollerblading is a blast! Not being able to drive, Rollerblading is one of the few times I can go fast! I would never have had the courage to Rollerblade again if it were not for Bindy.

Adopted Dog Bindy

I have seen more of Colorado since I adopted Bindy in 2016 than ever before. Bindy’s high energy and inelegance forced me to learn proper dog training and has kept me from being lazy. We start many mornings off with a 1.5 mile walk to a coffee place, rewarding ourselves with a “puppuccino” and Iced Americano, then 1.5 miles back.

Adopted Dog Bindy

I taught Bindy hand signals and verbal cues for all of her commands (sit, stay, wait, down, come, spin, rollover, back). We bond during our fun and rewarding training sessions. Bindy is my family and I love her to the moon and back. I cannot wait to explore more of the world with my best buddy by my side.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Laurie Ann won 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue in Littleton, Colorado a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.