An animal lover saved an adorable puppy who was due to be put down because he was born with hair growing through his eyes – leaving vets baffled.
Garage worker Tracy Smith was delivering car parts to a working farm when she spotted pup Frankie with small tufts of hair sprouting through each eye, which were believed to make him blind.
When a worker revealed the dog would have to be put down as he was no use to them being visually impaired, Tracy immediately took the Jack Russell and Papillon cross home with her.
The 43-year-old headed to the vet with little Frankie to try and get an explanation but experts were baffled – and seven years on she still has no answers.
However, she has since discovered that Frankie is not completely blind and has no health problems.
Tracey, from Tunbridge Wells, said: “When I first saw Frankie, I was out delivering some parts at a farm – usually I just leave the parts and go but I saw these little bundles of fluff running around so I had a quick look.
“I said to the man there that they were lovely and he told me that one had already been sold, but he was having to put one of them down soon.
“I looked at him and asked what was wrong with the dog because he was running around looking normal.
“The man picked him up and he was a little dog with big fluff coming out of his eyes and I was told that because he was blind and he couldn’t be used on the farm or be sold as a pet.
“I thought ‘bless him’ and the guy turned around and said if I wanted to take him I could, and that was it.
“The vet gave Frankie his first injections and told me to just keep an eye on him and treat him as if he was a blind dog, by moving things out of the way.
“I did that and when I started taking him for walks I’d let him off the lead and I found that he would run around the field just fine.
“Two weeks later when he went to have his next set of injections, I spoke to the vet and said there’s no way Frankie can be fully blind because he moves so well.
“The vet had another look and found there’s pretty much a tiny little bit that he can see out of both eyes so he’s definitely not blind, but he hasn’t got perfect vision.
“Frankie is the best dog you could ever have, he’s so well-natured, happy, lovely and obedient – he’s like my little shadow.”
Tracy said the vets believe Frankie may have two cysts behind his eyes which causes the hair to grow, but it causes him no pain and she’s never needed to cut it.
She has searched for answers but can’t find any other dog owners who have reported the same thing, making little Frankie truly unique.
When she first introduced him to her family and friends, Tracy says they were a ‘bit freaked out’ but now ‘everyone loves him’.
She added: “My wife Alex is now working from home, and she puts Frankie’s bed out in the kitchen because he always has to be with someone and he’ll sit with my wife all day on his bed until I get home.
“He’ll always be waiting for me at the window and he’s right by my side all the time when I’m at home.
“I feel really good about saving him from being put down because the way I look at him now it would have been such a waste because he’s such a loving dog.”