Ziggy, a very special dog

Sally Angelle


HENDERSON – When you first meet Ziggy he looks like just another well trained dog. Look again and you will notice that he’s blind.

Ziggy was found as a puppy under an abandoned trailer by St. Martin Parish Humane society volunteers and brought to a vet to be checked out.

Ziggy was born without eyes, an underbite and with hydrocephalus, which in layman’s terms is water on the brain. The vet suggested that the puppy be put down, but the volunteer left with the puppy, hoping to find it a good home.

Tammy Abshire saw an ad blind puppy needs good home. She knew that puppy would be hers. This was five years ago.

Ziggy is a well-mannered, well-trained therapy dog who is part of the family and goes everywhere with them.

Once a month Tammy and Ziggy visit the residents at the Williamsburg Nursing Home in Baton Rouge.

He is quite a unique dog, he dances, can give you a high five, kisses and crawls on command.

In 2008, he was King Mardi Paw, placed first in the costume contest at Bark in the Park and Pooches in the Park.

Today Ziggy shares his Henderson home with three cats and one other dog.

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