I thought I would share this story I read from Nancy Hassel and her experiences with blind dogs. See it started several years ago when she was at her Vet with her three legged dog and noticed sitting next to her was a one-eyed Beagle who other eye was noticeably cloudy. She struck up a conversation with the dog’s owner. She said that when the Beagle was young, she had a ruptured eye. And when she adopted her, she had to have it removed. The owner continued on saying that you would never know her dog was blind. She was just as perky as the day she adopted her four years prior.
Nancy continued asking questions. Questions like, was the blind dog able to get around okay. Or if there were any other issues. The Beagle’s owner said that her dog had learned the layout of their home and yard very well. So she was able to get around with no issues. The owner continued to say how resilient dogs can be. Of course Nancy knew that too with her three legged dog sitting right next to her.
Another time, Nancy met another blind dog. This time it was Tye and beautiful adult black dog. When Nancy started talking to Tye’s owner about his blindness, the owner really opened up and shared the wonders of having a blind dog.
See Tye was born with microphthalmia.
Microphthalmia is a condition that does not allow eyes to grow full size. Tye’s had only grown an eight of what they should have been. The owner opted to have his eyes removed in two separate surgeries. It was necessary because Tye would constantly be dealing with infections. So they had his eyes removed and lids sewn shut. She said this was a great decision. Now Tye was able to go to the beach, play in the yard and be as active as he wanted to be. There was no need to worry about infections in his eyes.
Nancy commented on how she really couldn’t tell Tye was blind until you looked at his face close up. He was running around, sniffing around, wagging around just like any other dog. Both ladies were amazed at how dogs with disabilities can adapt so well. It gave them encouragement and joy to watch this wonder of nature.
What can you do to help blind dogs?
I wanted to leave you with some suggestions on what you can do to help blind dogs. The first one that comes to mind is adoption. The next time you are considering adopting a dog, don’t just walk past the blind dog. You may be walking past a living wonder. Also, ask your local shelters or rescues if there are any blind dogs your could take for walks or foster. You will quickly grow a lasting friendship. And finally, if you meet a blind dog maybe take the time to talk to the owners about them. You might just be amazed at what those precious dogs can do.Attribution:Article From Nancy Hassel