Thank you everyone for your sweet sentiments.
Thank you everyone for your sweet sentiments.
I am so sorry about Buddy; and I'm so very sorry for your children, especially to lose him so close to Christmas. All of us on this thread know what a huge part of our lives and hearts our companion animals are, so we appreciate how rough this is for your family. Maybe it would help Charmie if you gathered all the photos you have of Buddy, and printed up a photo book of him.
Just got another shipment of these today in the mail and wanted to share: the best dog treats ever are made by Raven Rajani of Lucky Paws Bakery. Raven has six dogs that serve as her very own taste-testing/focus group. If you're in Lawrence, Kansas, you're lucky enough to be able to visit her bakery with your dog, but for the rest of us, Lucky Paws Bakery treats can be ordered online through the Lucky Paws Bakery shop on Etsy.
I just came across this image about Corgis : All of Them Adorably Derpy - GraphJam: Music and Pop Culture in Charts and Graphs. Let us explain them.
I know several of y'all have these adorable doggies and I thought you'd like it :-)
This is kind of a long shot, but if you or someone you know is in eastern Iowa/the Quad Cities/Western IL/SW Wisconsin and has a corgi, there will be a meetup at the Thornberry Dog Park in Iowa City this Saturday from 12-2 (hottest time of day, I know; sorry). If you or a loved one has ever wanted to meet Titus and Hector in the flesh, here's an opportunity!
Of course, there WILL be Citizen Canines, Chuck-Its, and all manner of dwarfish antics on display, and pictures will be taken.
Our oldest dog, Carson (5 yr old Tibetan) was just diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes. One eye is completely blind and the other is 50%. This all happened in a matter of months - the vet has never seen a case like this. Usually, glaucoma is in much older dogs and a much more gradual decline. We are going to see an animal vision specialist, but I am sure the surgical procedure is very expensive. I am crushed and not sure what to do...let him go blind, or suck it up and try to fix it. Damn.
We had a dog - cocker/corgi mix maybe - he was a shelter dog. He became blind. BUT - he adapted. He was still able to find his food dish and the door when he wanted out and seemed to navigate the steps ok. He was also able to find the steps to come back in the house. I don't remember what we did about walking him. If we did walk him it was on a leash. You will need to play it by ear. is your dog adapting?
It's never easy to lose a pet, no matter what kind. I have an almost 15 year old Sammie I'm quite worried about right now.
On another note I have that same pen that I use for the Poms! I have to watch Charo Ole' when shes in it becuase she can jump out but it contains Flash very well.
As for food, we recently switched all the Sammies and the two Poms to Nature's Domaine, grain free salmon, sold exclusively at CostCo and are very happy with it.
(And as a sidenote, we are celebrating a new Grand Champion here. My 6 year old girl Taiya (GCH CH WhiteStar's Gold Rush HIC) earned her new title at the Durango KC dog shows in Cortez, Co this past weekend. My Synapse, Shop Bag, Swift and numerous OPs accompanied us on our trip!)
My friend has a cocker who developed glaucoma. After several years of VERYexpensive eye drops she went blind in both eyes. Because the pressure continues to build she made the difficult decision to have the dog's eyes removed (i know-sounds gross). I thought she was nuts and in denial because the dog seemed to be getting senile and frail. Well, i was wrong! The dog recovered and does just fine! She has no trouble navigating either at my firend's house or at mine. She enjoys going for walks on leash. With guidance about obstacles- a tug on the leash- she has no difficulty and tends to follow the line between the sidewalk and grass She still plays fetch with the help of her doggy friend who does the initial retrieval and then drops the fetch at her feet so Bizzy can take it back to her owner. Her doggy friend acted as a guide dog while she was going blind and after, standing crosswise at the top of stairs so Biz wouldnt fall and sticking with her when she was in unfamiliar territory. I am not sure how well the surgery to relieve pressure actually works.
Thanks for that story jannilee...made me tear up. My Carson is not yet completely blind so I can't really tell if he is adapting for not. He seems to navigate just fine. But this weekend when he was outside with our Wheaten pup (7 months), they were chasing around and he ran into our picnic table HARD. I thought he was going to pass out. I will have to be more careful about his play time.
This is very sad news. Perhaps between you, the vets, and your dog, you will determine the best course of action, which may not be surgery at all. It's likely that once he loses his remaining sight, he will become more cautious--it's entirely possible that because things have happened quickly and he can still sort of see, he hasn't yet registered that his vision is impaired. I too have known people whose dogs have gone blind, and usually the dogs are just fine, though things get rocky for a few days if the furniture is rearranged.
After losing my baby cat of 17 years in 07, I became more aware of the environmental risks to pet and human health.
I also lost two friends and two family members, no doubt for the same reason.
The link below is intended to bring awareness of these risks in the hope of avoiding the heartache brought on by loss or illness.
Polluted Pets | Environmental Working Group
Oh yeah, Bizzy also collects laundry and takes it to the dryer - the power of positive reinforcement - she gets a crumble for it! Food trumps sight for a cocker every time!