Sorry for your loss Critter Sitter and Hunter.
Originally Posted by eliduc
My JR terrier had a detatched lense in his eye that passed through the pupil. Then he contracted glaucoma and we had to have the eye removed. I medicate the other eye every night to keep the same thing from happenning but he is losing the sight in that eye too. He is five years old. We raised JR's for years and was never aware that this problem is congenital. We never had a problem. Bo and I have become closer since he lost his eye. He is my constant companion. He is canine glue. He sleeps pressed against my side at night. If he is not at my feet here in the office he comes in periodically to check up on me. At night we share my recliner and watch t.v. Together. Often, he is draped across my lap or has his head nestled against my neck. I am Lucky that my wife is so tolerant.
I am sorry to hear about your pups eyes, especially at such a young age.
I had a dog that we all thought was a complete dummy. Lovely dog, but not so smart. He started tripping up and down the stairs when he was older, I used to laugh at him and tell him he was a loveable dummy. A short while later we had a car parked in our yard as the roads were dangerous and we've had people hit our parked cars before, anyway, Oscar walked into the parked car. We took him to the vet, he was completely blind, he'd been completely blind for some time. He'd never walked into anything in the house as things don't change much in my house.
Once I knew he was blind, things started to fall into place, that I hadn't really noticed so much. It sounds terrible to say that now, but I am always busy with the kids etc. Anyway, he was trained with hand commands with everything, I realized that he hadn't responded to those for some time, however if I didn't get an immediate response, I'd just verbal cues. So I figured he was just old and responding slowly.
The point of all of this ramble is to show you that my dog adapted so well to being blind that we didn't realize he was. As your pup still has one eye, arrange your house now, so that not much changes and your dog has time to get used to everything. Should the worst happen, your dog will adapt to it. You can start training now on a leash so that a little gentle jerk means a step etc.
Wishing Pepper well, she looks like a good dog.
It's my birthday tomorrow, I will be 37, so I am getting closer to be a legit member here. :)
My none horsey husband is taking me to Dover saddlery, which is in the next state on from us for show clothing. I won't be buying there as I am the bargain queen, but I need to try things on, figure things out and then shop online.
Guess this is Brad pushing me into getting my rear end showing. I do need the shove, I seem rather comfortable putting it off til next year, pretty much every year.
Oh wait, I should add a Lucas photo.