Hayden Kristal’s father, Steve, was concerned when she brought Bitsy home five years ago. He was concerned about how the 5-week-old deaf and blind dog would fare in life and if she would be able to navigate on her own.
But as soon as Steve met the hyperactive, happy-go-lucky puppy, his anxieties vanished.
“She has been her own woman since day one,” Kristal told The Dodo. “The first thing she did when I brought her home was to make a beeline for the food dish, crawl into it and eat until she passed out.”
Bitsy is far from the helpless dog her grandpa imagined. She’s traveled all over the country with her mom — hiking, canoeing, riding the subway, and even skateboarding. “Bitsy is the sweetest, friendliest, most loving, and loyal dog in the world,” Kristal said. “She is bold and sassy and she loves adventure!”
Kristal’s father adores his granddog more than he could have expected, and the two spend as much time together as they can.
“”He is her biggest supporter and cheerleader,” Kristal remarked. “He’ll tell anybody who will listen how wonderful she is and how much he adores her.” He treats her like a grandchild by indulging her with goodies and toys, and she enjoys just hanging around with him.”
Bitsy and her mother’s lives stalled when COVID limitations went into force last year. Kristal and Bitsy had to be separated from relatives, especially Kristal’s father, which was one of the most difficult transitions for them.
Over a year later, Bitsy was finally able to join her grandpa for an emotional reunion:
After so long apart, Steve worried that Bitsy wouldn’t remember him. But nothing could’ve been further from the truth. “As soon as I got within scent range, she totally lost her mind with joy,” Steve Kristal wrote on Facebook. “So did I.”
“Once again Bitsy proved that the abilities she has are far more impressive than the ones she’s missing,” he added. “What a truly amazing and wonderful soul. Maybe you can tell from this video how much we love each other.”
Kristal had known all along that a person who cared so much for her beloved dog would never forget her. And now that the family is back together, the world appears to be a little brighter for everyone.