I am considering adopting another lab. She belonged to a hoarder who shot 18 of her dogs and relinquished another 16 to the authorities. She was extremely malnourished and due to the large number of scars on her body, it is assumed she was also abused. She gave birth to 8 large puppies shortly after being rescued. She is also blind. The vets in charge of her care have determined that her retinas are detached due to a severe head trauma (possibly abuse, possibly being hit by a truck). She is starting to understand what love is, how nice is feels to be touched, and that she will always have food to eat and a warm place to sleep..........
I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions if I do decide to adopt this dog, or things that I may not have thought about yet. I own a doggy daycare/training/boarding facility in our town and have trained dogs with all kinds of problems, however none of them have had histories like this or have been blind. I have been doing as much research as possible about living with a blind dog but I am hoping that you will all be able to help me out, too.
Thank you for anything you are able to provide.
Teresa and Her Crew:
Razors Watching Hailey's Comet, "Hailey" - Chocolate Lab, Oct. 24 '09
Matty - Chocolate Lab Rescue, Gotcha Day Feb. 21 '11
Chester CGN - American Cocker Spaniel, Nov. 23 '06
Sadie - American Cocker Spaniel, May 21 '08
BLESS YOU for considering giving this girl a home & good luck with her.
I wish I had some suggestions or thoughts, but I don't. I think you are on the right track, you've acknowledged that she will have issues & you seem prepared to deal with them as the crop up.
My pretty girl, Lexi!
I think it is great that you are considering this.
I meet two blind Labs at the dog parks I visit. What I observe follows.
First one is the only dog the owner has. The dog explores with its nose. The owner has trained to direct the dog with voice commands. Stop, Right, Left, and Here(which is followed by continuous talking, humming, singing, whistling, to guide the dog back). The dog is really responsive to these commands (or guidance). They seem real happy together and the dog is great.
The second one has a Lab partner. This dog is not a well trained to similar commands, but is glued to her partner dog. Where that dog goes she follows. They play together, run together, bitey face with each other. I wondered if the dog was totally blind, and the owner assured me she was.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
I have no experience, but bless you for taking her in. At least I hope you do.
Me, Abzilla and the Helomonster.
A neighbor had a blind poodle when we were teens. The dog "learned" his way throughout the house and she "navigated" by bumping softly into things. The problem was when they moved things around, then she had a hard time. She was quite sensitive and could be a fear biter if caught off guard.
My cocker lost one eye to glaucoma around the age of 14, and she had some trouble moving around and bumped into things and hurt herself sometimes. When she lost her second eye at age 17 she panicked horribly and at that point my parents decided it was time to let her go.
Some dogs adjust very well to being blind, you would have to see how this particular dog behaves, and I would definitely keep her in "trial" for a few weeks to see if she adjusts fine. If the typical dogs takes, for example 3 weeks adjusting to a new home, a blind dog would take probably twice.
Good for you! Adopt! Adopt! Do it! Do it! You will be blessed!
I hope you are able to give this poor dog a forever home, you sound like you would be the perfect person for her. I have no advice/experience but definitely wish you the best of luck and thank you for doing something so awesome!
BLESS YOU BLESS YOU BLESS YOU! I hope you take her in.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Bless you for seriously considering adopting her.
I bet she'd do great with your love and patience.
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