|Barked: Sun Jun 17, '07 9:04am PST |
|My great-aunt had an elderly Maltese that was both blind and deaf, and got a long just fine until arthritis finally destroyed her quality of life.
For Troy, stop thinking of him as "poor Troy." Dogs aren't nearly as sight-oriented as we are, and they adjust to going blind fairly quickly. Speak clearly, don't move things unnecessarily, show him where things are now when you do need to move furniture. AND, if you have him professionally groomed, tell the groomer his whiskers must not be shaved. For sighted dogs, it's harmless and makes a neater appearance. For blind dogs, whiskers are an important additional source of sensory information, and should be left undisturbed.
For Ony--start obedience training to teach her hand signals. And get a small flashlight that you can carry on your belt or in your pocket, and teach her to recognize the light from that as a signal that you want her attention, since she can't hear you say her name anymore.
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