We’ve got a new rescue dog. She’s pretty much blind as a bat and is now a bit over a year old. She’s the toughest dog I’ve ever had. She spent the first 8 months of her life either tied or kenneled outside, we don’t know which, but she knew nothing about manners or proper behavior when she came. She was frantic for people’s attention but to a lesser level of obnoxiousness now though she is still finding people and pack-mates by running into them. She’s getting better but it’s going to take time. Everything she does is brim full of enthusiasm. She has her full share and more, maybe six dogs worth.
Bella, after about three months of being free, learned not to run everywhere at full speed. She’s now sitting to get treats and petting (not very still and not very long) and I’m marking it as progress. In the beginning she plowed into rocks, vehicles, people, other dogs (which Chloe absolutely cannot abide), buildings . . . she continues to get better though she sports rotating patches of missing hair from her “finds” and has a constant bare neck and chest from running through unmown grass and weeds at absolute full tilt. With 12 acres in which to run she spends little time doing anything as mundane as walking. So far she hasn’t split herself open on anything though yesterday she showed up with a new mondo scratch on her face.
At some point I’m going to have to make a decision about her eyes. She has some vision, though mostly just shadows. She’s pretty much completely blind in full sunlight or dark but she can see enough to get around and I’d like her to be able to retain that ability. Because her eyes are undeveloped her upper eyelashes poke the inside of her lower eyelids which causes irritation. So the decision is, do I stick with the status quo and leave her what little eyesight she has and figure some other solution for the poking eyelashes or do I have her eyelids sewn shut to prevent the irritation and remove what little sight she has. I cannot decide. Maybe not deciding is deciding. You know us. Life is ALWAYS interesting.