Eye Spy…

photo.JPGToday, Sissy met the new vet.  It was time for her regular, 6-week eye pressure check and her annual visit stuff.  This dog cracks me up.  She’s watching the street in front of the clinic.  True basset aficionados will appreciate those wrinkles.  The girl is fit as a fiddle, but finally at age 5 has gotten herself some of that saggy, loose basset skin.

No, they’re not fat rolls.  Bassets were bred to hunt and flush rabbits and other small game from the underbrush, so they needed thick, double-coats (a layer of fine, almost down-like fur under a coarse, straight coat on top), and loose skin to take a briar and carry on.    <basset conformation class over>

photo.JPGHonestly, watching Sissy watch the world breaks my heart and motivates me to FIGHT for her remaining right eye.  We speak regularly about how she’s a scent hound, NOT a sight hound, and she ignores me.  I’m tickled to pieces to have a vet who, before we parted, verified that I knew what to watch for in that one eye, in case the pressure does spike.  Best of all, she’s about 10 minutes away if we do have an eye crisis.

Oh, and her pressures were fine.  They were higher than at the eye clinic, but I now know that eye pressures tend to be higher in the morning because of circadian rhythms or whatever.  Dr. D also pronounced her “wonderful” even though Sissy’s weight is higher than it has been before.  As with Gg’s first visit, she touched every hair on Sis’s body, listened to heart and lungs, checked ears, and given Sissy’s digestive issues, she poked and prodded all through there too.


And you know I’m always fascinated by what’s on the vet’s walls.  Love that muscled JRT, bottom left.

It’s a VERY good day in the woods, rain and all.


9 Responses to “Eye Spy…”

  1. World Spay Day « Chan Knits Says:

    […] was time for Sissy’s regular eye appointment and her annual visit.  You can read about that here.   The cliff notes version is that her pressure is fine, she and the new vet got along well, and […]

  2. Nichole Says:

    That top pic is too cute! 🙂 Yay for a good check up!

  3. Nancy Says:

    Excellent news!

  4. Jed & Abby in MerryLand Says:

    What excellent core strength Sissy has! And great posture! Glad the eye – and other – checks went well.

    Mama has always loved that poster. Just knowing there were vets for pets and not just farm animals that long ago is somehow encouraging. Interesting that JRT’s and what looks like a black Lab are still popular, but one seldom sees a Borzoi any more. They were really trendy a hundred years ago.

  5. Mitch and Molly Says:

    We love the picture of you watching out the window, Sissy, and we’re so happy to hear your great news!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  6. Mary Says:

    Sissy you look much better than me from the rear when standing up at a window. I’m too short for some windows and I have the rolls, too, but unlike yours that were bred into BH genetic makeup, mine are simply fat rolls. So glad the eye pressures are okay and that you have a nice new vet. (Gg, too, not dissing you, G)

  7. gmariesews Says:

    Love that the girl got a clean bill of health! I love that she acts like a sight hound – I routinely have the same convo with Beau. Keep up the fight – you are doing a wonderful job with it. g

  8. HoundDogMom Says:

    So glad things went well with the new vet. Winston says you back view looks just fine the way you are. BOL Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  9. Bubblesknits Says:

    I’m so glad the visit went well! I absolutely adore that picture of her looking out the window. Micro doesn’t seem to be terribly interested in seeing what goes on outside. Now, my parent’s dog, Puck, was a window peeper. His favorite place to be was on the back of the couch, with a paw tucked into the blinds (to keep them separated) so he could see. : )

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