One year down…


Sissy's harness of choice - Lupine no-pull

We are defying the odds!!  Sissy’s regular, quarterly eye exam went quite well.  We truly can’t say enough about the vets and staff at Eye Care for Animals.  With offices in 14 states, there’s a chance there’s one near-ish to you.  It’s worth the drive, I promise.

But you want to hear about the exam.  Sis is such a trooper.  She doesn’t even need them to hold her eye open anymore for the test.  She just mellows out and stares until they’re done.  It seems each visit has a take-away, and this one’s was that for canines, eye pressures peak in the morning.  (Cats, at night.)  It’s all part of their circadian rhythm

There’s no magic window where at some point, we’ll be able to say, “We did it!!  The glaucoma’s gone!”  This is a commitment for the rest of Sissy’s life, which I do hope is another 10-12 years or so.  (Why yes, that will put her beyond the average basset life span.  Your point?)  As long as she has an eye in her head, we’ll be doing a drop every 12 hours and most likely, a third drop off of that 12-hour schedule on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, to help offset the irritation the other drop causes to the white of her eye.

She must be walked on a harness to avoid increasing eye pressures (yes, eye pressure increases with pulling when only a collar is in use but in a healthy dogs without eye problems, that’s not a cause for concern) without fail.  All of this is on top of her extensive list of food allergies – corn & chicken are accute, causing vomitting almost immediately, but she’s also allergic to basically every critter that walks on land too – and we won’t even mention her environmental allergens, which are almost non-issues in the grand scheme of maintaining the Queen.

What never ceases to amaze me is how Sissy takes it all in stride.  Heck, I get stressed out and worked up and upset and frustrated and… while she just shrugs it off, asks for extra treats, and keeps on being our sweet, funny, DIVA.

photo.JPGAnd don’t worry; Gretchen Greer didn’t have to suffer through the ride.  She stayed home and snuggled with Dadaw, and then helped him with chores around the house.  Sissy and I also stopped at Dog House Yarns where she made a new friend (a customer from Michigan with a basset neighbor) and checked out the sock yarn.  No, I don’t have photos because I was too busy saying, “No, no, leave it!” and urging her on her way.


9 Responses to “One year down…”

  1. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning Says:

    She truly is one of a kind. So good to hear about the great report. Give her an extra treat from us.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  3. gMarie Says:

    Yea! What a wonderful report. The nearest clinic is California – might not be worth the drive for me.

    As has been said before – it’s an honor to be able to care for these animals isn’t it? So lucky that the Precious Diva found you. g

  4. Sue Says:

    Yeah for a good exam! We go to the University for eye exams in Columbia, about three hours away. They have exams yearly.

    Dr B was telling me about a couple who brought their dog in to him and said that she had run into the side of their car parked in the driveway that morning. He hadn’t seen the dog before and after examining it, told the couple that the dog was completely blind.

    They couldn’t believe their dog was blind and said that she goes out each morning and runs around the yard and when they call she runs up to them. She showed no signs of being blind until she ran into the car.

    He asked if they always parked their car in the driveway and they said no they always put it in the garage. They left it out that day because they were going somewhere. He told them the dog went blind so gradually that it compensated and knew where everything was, till they moved the car.

    He was making a point to me that although Morgan is losing her sight, it’s very gradual and she isn’t bothered by it. Dogs are pretty amazing little creatures.

  5. Katherine Says:

    Brava Sissy you are the best! We are so happy to hear the good report and pray for many more. We’re also proud of Gretchen for staying home and doing chores. She is a real trouper!

  6. Ruth Says:

    Hooray for Sissy! HOw nice that the “little one” got to stay home with Dad, which also allowed for that nice stop at the yarn store, and all that that entailed.

  7. Jed & Abby in MerryLand, USA Says:

    So glad Sissy had another good check-up. Dogs are amazing in how well they adapt. Mama had a non-Dane rescue dog years ago [stop us if you’ve heard this before] who was blind in one eye when she rescued him and lost the vision in his other eye as a result of treatment for a severe heart worm infection. His total blindness was sudden, but after a rough couple of days he adapted amazingly well to the house and yard, and learned to just keep beside mama’s knee when they went out into the world, so she could be his guide person. As always, we wish Sissy the best.

    Jed & Abby

  8. KittyplusCoco Says:

    Awesome checkup Sissy! So glad to hear that. You are doing a great job staying on top of the evil Glaucoma. Always good to hear you are as diva-ish as ever.

  9. Bubblesknits Says:

    I’m so glad to hear that she’s doing well! And very proud of her for being such a good girl for the vet. 🙂

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