My name is Luke. I was born in the wood's of Tennessee to a mother whom I will never meet. I am not sure why, but my mother decided to move me and my siblings to the other side of the woods. To do this she would have to cross a street. I do not know all of the details, but my mother dropped me while she was crossing the street.
I will always wonder why my mother dropped me. Was it an accident? Did she do it on purpose? Why else wouldn't she come back for me? But no matter what the reason was, the fact remains the same. I was left on the street as a new born puppy.
Fortunately it was not a busy street, but it was the hottest time of the day. The hot tar began to singe my tiny feet and my umbilical cord. Before the tar caused any permanent damage, a truck was driving by and spotted my tiny body. This was truly a miracle because had the truck not spotted me I surely would have been run over.
The man in the truck scooped me up and drove me to the local animal shelter. There, the workers called a woman who bottle feeds abandoned puppies like me. The woman picked me up from the animal shelter and fed me a bottle on the way to her house. At her house, I was placed in a nice warm bed where I was able to fall asleep with a full tummy.
As I grew, my mother introduced me to some of her older foster puppies. I really bonded with a pup about my age. His name was Jake and he was much taller then me and could already see and hear very well. We played, ate, and slept together. He was my best friend.
I was approaching 6 weeks old but my mother noticed my eyesight was not developing as well as it should be. While my foster mates were running around with out any trouble, I was bumping into walls. My new mom took me to the vet to see what was going on with mt eyes. The vet took one look at my eyes with the opthalmascope and told my mother that I was blind. After we left from the vet's office, I was afraid my new mother would not love me as much because I was blind or even abandon me on the side of the road just like my real mom. But my new mom eased my fears when she whispered into my big floppy ears, "You are still perfect to me, Luke."
As soon as my foster mates turned eight weeks old, they had to be returned to the animal shelter so that they could find a permanent home. But when I turned eight weeks old my mother said that I was special and that she was going to keep me. I was so excited to find out that my mother decided to keep my best friend Jake too! This way he could lead me around and I wouldn't have to worry about bumping into any walls. I will turn four years old in June of 2010. I have been having a blast with my family ever since and I know that I will never be abandoned again.
Are you one of those people who have a dog with impaired eye sight? If yes, you probably know that taking care of a blind dog is not as easy as caring for the sighted dog.
Your blind dog will bump into things in its path but gradually will learn the layout of your house, just the way blind people do! However, if you change or shift your furniture, they will again have difficulty in walking and will again stumble around for a while. So you have to be very careful when making any interior changes.
At the same time, it is also very important for you to ensure that you keep the path for your dog clear and make sure that everything is picked up and kept away.
Apart from your house, you also need to keep your yard clear, as the dog is likely to wander in your yard. After all, that's his playground. The lawn mower should be put away and the chairs must be rearranged in a position that would not cause any injury to your dog.
If your house has a pool, make sure that it is fenced, as pools could also be dangerous for blind dogs, especially for the pups. This is very important because even if the dog knows how to swim, he may not be able to locate the stairs to get out of the pool. Due to exhaustion, he may eventually drown and die.
If your house has a staircase without the railings, it may be all the more dangerous and can result in severe injury to your dog due to a fall from a height. You must put something up along the bottom portion of the railing to avoid a tragic situation. You may find it a little inconvenient, but the very fact that you love your dog so much will make everything easier for you.
It is not too difficult to keep a blind dog. All you need is a little planning, backed up by some extra patience. Fencing off a pool, leaving the furniture in place, and always keeping walkways clear of toys are the things you can do. If you follow these suggestions, you will notice that your blind dog is not very different from any other dog in your neighborhood.
Different reasons are responsible for blindness in dogs. Some cannot be treated. However, there are many cases in which you may be able to give the gift of sight to your blind dog. Of course, you'll need a good amount of money for those surgeries and treatments. Often, due to financial constraints or due to some other reason, people opt to let their dog live with its blindness, but take very good care of it.
One very important thing to understand and remember - unlike humans who do not like to live with their disabilities, dogs are happy to live their lives despite any physical limitations that they may have.
Your dog is your family member and it deserves all the love and care that you can offer. Besides, it is not all that difficult to take care of your blind dog.