THESE DOG DAYS
A resource for disabled dogs and their owners
Meet Walter the Borzoi from Central Florida. Walter was diagnosed with bilateral mature cataracts and micropthalmia at ten weeks old. Micropthalmia in dogs is a condition where they are born with abnormally small eyeballs, which typically leads to other malformed eye structures and varying levels of vision impairment. When combined with cataracts, this means that Walter has little to no vision.
A huge thank you to Samantha for taking the time to share your experience with Walter and passing on some great advice for others caring for vision impaired dogs.
Kirsty from Brighton, UK talks to us about life with her blind dog, Maggie. Kirsty fosters for the Wild at Heart Foundation where she met, and eventually fell in love with Maggie who had been shot and suffered terrible abuse.
Maggie, a former street dog, had four bullets removed from her eyes which left her blind, with a further 13 bullets that were left in place. Her ear was cut off but thankfully this has not affected her hearing.
Despite all of this trauma, Maggie is a loving, kind dog who is now living a happy life with Kirsty and her family.
Today we talk to Paige from Santa Cruz, CA about life with her pit bull cross, Steve.
Steve was born both blind and deaf. His life could have taken two routes - he could have been aggressive, scared, and unpredictable (I would be terrified of everything if I couldn't see or hear it approaching!) or he could have been a confident, happy dog who didn't let his disabilities get in the way of enjoying life. He chose the latter. As far as I'm concerned, Steve doesn't have any disabilities - he is a normal dog that likes to eat, sleep, play, go on walks, and snuggle (ALL the snuggles).
What does a regular day with blind and deaf dog look like?
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