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Posted: 27 April 2013 - 11:06 PM
Thanks Tillie, hearing about Windy is very reassuring! I've never had a blind dog and it is very scary.

How long did it take you to retrain her? I got a kick out of how Kota would read my facial expressions. The slightest change in my lips or eyes and he would anticipate what was coming next. Like release from a down position or go thru a gate. I don't have the first clue how to work with him without sight.

Did you take Windy to the object and repeat the word? Did she do stairs? Did she startle easily or does the sense of hearing or smell compensate a bit?

I'm so glad she was able to live such a long, happy life with you. And that's wonderful that so many vets at UC Davis learned from her.

Any other tips you can think of to help me figure this out I'd greatly appreciate!! {{{hugs}}}
Posted: 27 April 2013 - 10:24 PM
My cocker spaniel went blind at five years of age.
It was sudden and at first she was terrified and so was I.
We went to U.C. Davis Veterinary university. She taught many new Veterinarians with her case.
With lots of love, attention and retraining she very happily lived to age fourteen.
She did have separation anxiety whenever I left her because I was her seeing eye person.
Solved that by buying a kennel and putting her in that whenever I left home without her, which wasn't very often.
One big problem was that I had trained her from birth to respond to hand signals, no voice commands.
We had to learn new commands and new words like "fence, hole, danger, etc"...
Because she liked a long lead and would often like to run free through the desert.
Swimming I would always insist she were on her lead.

Most humans never picked up on her blindness because she adapted so well.
Dogs, cats and other creatures figured it out pretty quickly except for one puppy who was trying to play hide & seek with her.

Hope my telling about my Windy helps you in some way.
Posted: 27 April 2013 - 10:06 PM
10:30 pm and I got back a little while ago. Boy when it rains it pours my great-grandma used to say.

I got down to the beach and the guys had cut congoleum for the kitchen and put it in but they screwed up and it has to be redone. Lots of other irritations. The carpet is supposed to start Monday. I can't get back down til Friday so am hoping it goes well.

Worst of all I get a call from my vet yesterday afternoon and she says one of my German Shepherds, Dakota, went blind. WTF??!!!!! Apparently she thinks he has SARDS ~ Sudden Acquired Retinal Degenerative Syndrome. About 4000 dogs a year in the US get it. Just flat out sudden blindness, walking into walls. She set up an appt with an eye specialist for Monday. I was just in shock. I have no computer at the beach so I called a friend who runs a sanctuary. (Check out her website House With A Heart.) Sher gave me some info and calmed me down. She's had lots of blind dogs and says it is no big deal at all.

So we'll deal. That sure is a sucky reason but I'm gonna have to work really hard to get some big, clear areas for Dakota. We'll start first thing in the morning. He'll be home Monday night.

On the bright side I saw lots of dolphins. The ocean was perfect for them yesterday. They generally swim south along the shore in the morning and back north in the evening. Close enough that you could swim near them. And since the water was so calm besides riding the swells some of them were breaching pretty high. So cool!

The other good thing I'll post over on personal care. I am very proud of myself. :)
Posted: 27 April 2013 - 08:56 PM
Dianne, how did the trip go?
Posted: 26 April 2013 - 12:07 PM
(((HUGS))) Dianne :)
Posted: 26 April 2013 - 04:03 AM
Good thread to post these feelings on....

I'm feeling agitated and overwhelmed. I got the dogs boarded at the vet til Monday. Laura can handle the cats. I have to go to the beach and get a lot of last minute stuff taken care of before a new carpet is put down. So I'll be spending a couple nights there.

I was supposed to go yesterday (Thursday), then last night, then this morning, maybe tonight. I just can't decide. I started to get more stuff done here to get things prepped for Laura and now I don't want to leave here. It is so much easier to get things done without the dogcare.

Then the washer broke and I really need that everyday. Can't get someone out before next Thursday. It really pisses people off when I carry a load of animal beds in to a commercial laundry. I don't blame them so I try to go very late at night.

We leave one lamp on all night for the older animals to see in the familyroom. The light bulb went out and I couldn't get another in. That seems to be a problem I'm dealing with more as my stuff is over 35 years old.

I've been trying to get a guy out here for 6 weeks to screen part of my attic to keep bats out this year. It's about time for them to nest I think and I don't want to shut the moms away from the babies or they will tear thru the siding to get to them.

My fence is leaning and the fence guy hasn't come out for that. A bunch more little irritating stuff like that.I'm having a very hard time focusing and setting priorities.

Maybe I'll just head out now. It's 5:00 am. I'll be off for a couple days then because I don't do computers away from my desk.

Take care everybody. :)
Posted: 25 April 2013 - 11:00 AM
Hi KCLynne :)
Posted: 25 April 2013 - 07:46 AM
Hi Kclynne,

From your other post (working 3 jobs, school, etc.) you are crazy busy. So congratulations, you are already a HUGELY strong woman!!

My hoard has been the same ~ some areas liveable some not. That's a good thing because you already have some things done.

You have a wonderful man in your life ~ another plus. Most importantly you have 2 beautiful children. They are the biggest motivators of all! Sometimes when we just can't do something for ourselves we can do it for the little ones who depend upon us. Clearly you are already doing that by working so hard to provide for them and improve your future earnings with an education.

Also you are young and recognizing and dealing with this problem now. So you are decades ahead of many others who have to struggle with aging bodies and poor health as well as their hoard.

Kclynne you have many, many positives going for you. Keep checking in here as often as you can. Read the older threads and see that there are others just like you. We all share your shame and overwhelming fear.

This is a small group of amazingly supportive people with great ideas. Keep posting and everyone can help you move forward in bits and pieces. Take some deep breaths ~ you are in the right place.

Dianne :)
Posted: 24 April 2013 - 11:25 PM
I know I have a problem, I ave some areas in my home that are live able, and others that aren't. I don't know where to begin. I need help. I don't want to keep living like this but I am so overwhelmed that I just can't get started. I have two small children who deserve better than this, I am ashamed and I fear this is ruining my relationship with my boyfriend who is the greatest man I've ever met.
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