(Closed) We might have found our dog… and she's newly blind. Help?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

No experience here, but I think she sounds like such an amazing and special dog.  I know she will have a special and loving life with the both of you.

Post # 4
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve heard that you can get a second dog which acts as a “seeing eye dog” for her. I think the same general rules for living with blind people would apply, which would include not moving around your furniture and keeping the floor picked up so she can memorize your house and not get confused by things being where she’s not expecting them to be.

Post # 5
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

This story made me cry.  I have no experience with blind animals, but I really hope that Helen gets a good home because she totally deserves it.  Poor thing.  That’s so sad.  I can’t believe those people did that to Helen.  How evil.  🙁

Post # 6
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have never had a blind pet, myself, but my dad grew up with a blind dog and one of my parents’ dogs now has only one working eye. It took the dog some time to adjust, and I know the situation isn’t the same because he can still see from one of them, but he is exactly the dog he’s always been.

But here is a site on blind dogs. It’s definitely an informal Web site, but it goes a long way toward allaying many worries over caring for a blind pet. One of the best things I saw on there was to wear something jingly on your ankle to let your dog know where you are when you’re moving. 

Mostly, I wanted to comment on your worries that her temperament today might not be how she really is. In my experience with dogs (my whole 27 years, my family has had / I have had dogs every day of my life), when a dog is sweet and happy after surgery and on drugs, then they are truly a sweet and happy dog, anyway. Especially toward a stranger! When feeling that vulnerable and scared, being bumped from one horrible situation to one where she’s been cut open and had an eye removed, to being in a pet store, which is loud and unfamiliar, most dogs would have been shy and anxious and even acted defensive and angry. But she didn’t. I completely agree with your statement of needing to meet her again, just to be sure, but I think there’s a very, very good chance that the dog you met today is just the tip of the iceberg of a very amazing little girl. 

Post # 8
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This story broke my heart. I wish you all luck with this. I have a Pekingese and he is my heart. Good luck!

Post # 10
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s so awful! I’m so glad she was rescued!

I think you should revisit Helen in a couple weeks, when she’s had some time to recuperate. However, if she was released from the vet’s office, I doubt her medication load is enough to drastically change her behavior. I think what asscherlover said about keeping her environment very stable is appropriate. Keep stairways closed or baby-gated off, fence the yard, keep the floor clean, etc.

Actually what really makes me want to cry is after all that, she is still so trusting and wants to be loved up and petted…

Edit: saw some of your updates. I don’t think that blindness in a dog is a special need that is prohibitively expensive. The resources she’ll need will be extra patience and maintaining a good environment. From what I’ve seen of your animal posts, I have no doubt that you can manage that just fine!

Post # 12
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Fiance has a blind and deaf border collie. Smarttest dog in the world. His only downfall is that he is terrified of thunderstorms, but whenever he is loved on during a thunderstorm, he is fine. 

Post # 14
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Oh my god! Those people deserve to have their entrails ripped out by wild pigs. That’s disgusting…

Sounds like you will give her a loving home and I’m sure she will appreciate everything you do for her!

Post # 15
4371 posts
Honey bee

That story made me so sad. How can people be so cruel?

Post # 16
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We have a husky mix who is blind. The situation is a little different because when my hubby first adopted him, he had sight and slowly went blind. We think he has PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).

There really isn’t a whole lot of extra care that I’ve found with him, but we have adjusted some of our behavior. We definitely do not move the furniture around and he responds very well to snapping fingers when he is in new or unfamiliar environments (he follows the sound). You have to let them know when to step up or down. Doobie has adjusted by using his ears to kind of ‘feel’ his way around new places. He lowers his head and uses his ears as a guide so he doesn’t bump into things.  We have a one story house, so no stairs to deal with.

We still take him on hikes. For walks we make sure to keep him on fairly level ground (concrete, grass, dirt)-he has a hard time with any rocking terrain. If you are willing to take the time I think the dog will make a wonderful pet, although I do agree with PPs that you should interact with the dog once she’s off pain medication to get a better idea of personality. If you have any specific questions, I’m happy to try and answer them. 🙂

Gratuitous photo of Doobie:

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