All Heart

Happy Thorsday!  I know Valentine’s Day was Tuesday, but we’re behind the eight ball here in the woods.  I wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance and their Have a Heart fundraiser. 

We have nothing but love and praise for the folks at Eye Care for Animals, especially the Leesburg location.  They have taken such great care of Sissy for almost 14 months now, and they reaffirm their compassion and commitment to her care every single time we interact with them.  I was already their biggest fan when a friend who lives in that area sent me a message on Facebook last week… 

She was doing something with one of her sons when she somehow made the connection that one of the other moms was one of the techs from said facility.  Not only did the tech remember Sissy (DIVA does make a strong impression), but she remembered the Valentine I sent last year.  Ooopsie.  I instantly felt VERY guilty for not getting Valentines out this year, because I can’t thank those good people enough. 



13 months later, I’m finally ready to show you what our darling girl looked like just 3 days after her surgery.  It’s painful for ME to remember how confused she was and how much pain she was in for those first 36 hours or so at home with us, but it’s been smooth sailing ever since, with Sissy teaching US that this is no big deal, and showing us that everything really is more than okay.

We all have a hard time remembering Sissy *IS* visually impaired, all the while being aware that we’re on borrowed time with the remaining eye.   But those of you who know Sissy know that she already lived each day to its fullest, so we just follow her lead and indulge her a little more than we would have otherwise. 

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I do miss her left eyeball, especially that brown band that looks like eyeliner applied with a heavy hand  paw, but I kiss that spot almost daily.  It’s still plenty expressive; the incision and reconstruction within were done so that the skin around the former eye still moves as it did before. 

photo.JPGShe’s a hot mess, a DIVA, and so full of personality.   Why yes, that IS my pillow she’s resting upon.  I don’t know what’s in store for us with her right eye, but regardless, it’ll be just fine because Sissy is all heart, and has a way of winning more hearts everywhere she goes.

Don’t forget to cross paws, pray, sling drool, send good vibes, or whatever you do to support those in need, for our pals Tsar and Fred.   They and their worried moms need some power of the paw!


10 Responses to “All Heart”

  1. Monkey vines « Chan Knits Says:

    […] finally got a very special thank you up on the girls’ blog.   Despite the other animal title, my post does kinda’ have something to do with the dogs, […]

  2. gMarie Says:

    What a beautiful, expressive face she has. She really is a darling girl. And you know – we do what we can. So send the vets St. Pat’s card. Mix it up. 🙂

    Sending all the power our 12 paws have to Missouri and Texas. g

  3. Sue Says:

    Thanks guys. Sissy, you are an inspiration to all of us.

  4. Nichole Says:

    Wonderful post. 🙂

  5. Mitch and angel Maggie Says:

    You are so beautiful, Sissy! What a great post!

    Love ya lots,

  6. fern reed Says:

    Chan you are a very kind, loving person!!!! I wish I could do more and more for the fur babies!!!!!
    Looking forward to spring!!!

  7. Bubblesknits Says:

    That picture just breaks my heart. I’m so glad she had you and the Knight to take care of her.

  8. britknitter Says:

    She is one remarkable girl, and very lucky to have you and the Knight giving her such loving care. Hugs and kisses to your girls from my brits!

  9. fern reed Says:

    Sissy You are a trooper!!! All most every dog is!!!! Dogs are so good and cats too!!! Animals are troopers!!!! LOL

  10. fern reed Says:

    Happy was the only animal we had when she showed up one day and told us she had come to live with us!!! She took right over and just 2 months later when Bambi came, Bambi took second spot and didn’t mind at all!!! LOL

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