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Frankie has train to be Merry Myrtle's "Seeing Eye Dog". Bummer
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Oh, Sally, this is such a precious video what a break thru for Mytrle!! WHOO HOO I can see you grinning ear to ear too! How this lit up both your worlds! It made our day watching her!

She loves all the attention. She is excited, and tail wagging love it!

So happy to see you have found a way to bring her joy. I can only imagine how hard this has been on you both. She had such a good time hopefully she won't be so afraid the next trip. If we close our eyes and hear all the sounds and try to get around with our eyes shut, of course, it would be scary! I would suggest making Clares/Megastar liver treats, but I'm not sure you cook?

Merry Myrtle, you are our blind Rockstar! Keep it up girl slow but sure this will become a new normal with your sparkle back all the time. She showed you her sparkle it's still there she proved that in these videos.

You missed one halo Sally! Draw one on YOU!! We see it!
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Awwww! It's wonderful to see her getting out and having a good time Sally! In that heat, and she managed to enjoy herself? WOW! It says so much about her strong spirit and the connection she has with you. Those car rides are magical! YAY! A little pixie dust and loads of affection and admiration at Petco worked their magic. Thank you for sharing!

As for the halo devices...we've actually met the Muffin doggie who inspired that particular halo. It was wonderful to see her getting around with it at two different and very busy vet conferences. I would absolutely consider having one in your toolbox.

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Thank you everyone,  yet again!!!  Thank you soo much!❤

I have seen the halo in some of the stuff I've  researched (love that you met Muffin Jerry).  I did a little bit of DIY trial and never invested  in one because  of how she reacted negatively to my "sample" I tried.  Granted,  that was NOT a good test of what could be a helpful tool.  I didn't  know how she would react when she a Frankie sleep by each other and the halo bumps him. , Plus I have a small living  area and jer "halo" would have to be pretty large for that big smoochable  head of hers❤

Anyway,  I need to revisit the links (thanks Karen and Michelle) and maybe give it a try.  Sounds like it was a great confidence  builder for Muffin in a strange environment.  That could really  open up Murtle's world.

PAM!  So sorry  your sweet Athena is  faced with loss of her eyesight. My Merrh Myrtle's came on so suddenly that I didn't  have anytime to try and develop  some techniques and strategies  to help her.

 Most of the below  you probably already know.  Plus, I'm probably  about as clear as mud trying  to explain  stuff!!

I'll share a few things that I wish I'd had time to implement while she still had some sight.   Even though Athena is able to only  "see" bright light,  or distinguish  between dark and bright, you still have "time" to prepare her.  When Myrtle went from one good eye, to that eye rapidly  losing  sight, to just distinguishing some light, I didn't  realize how much she could still actually distinguish  until she went totally  blind.   Prior to complete  blindness, even though she stumbled over things, maybe bumped into some things, she still had a fairly good sense of direction...relatively  speaking.  If she got turned around in a room, she was able to reorient  herself at least some of the time.   Now if she gets "off course" just by inches she gets completely  confused and can rarely find her way without me physically  touching  her and guiding  her.

Sooooo....if I had a do-over, I would  associate as many words as possible  for certain locations and directions.  Walk her through it over and over while she has "some" vision  no matter how slight or how cloudy.  Just constantly  use words and/or tapping.

For example, I tap each step as Myrtle tries to go down or up stairs.  Then I say the word "done" when there are no more steps. 

Another thing, especially if she feels uncertain, I get in front of her and  bend down and clap right in front  of her head  as I "lead" her where she needs to go.   Just a steady low sounding  clap. 

I have to be careful  not to JUST use my voice for things like helping  guide her up on my bed.  She will follow my voice which may, for instance, be at the end of the bed.  She jumps up and  BAM...misses the bed! So I make sure I'm  patting loudly on the spot she needs to jump up on and lean my head down tpwards that spot to help guide her with my voice also.  Just  making sure my voice is in same spot as my "pats"so she doesn't  miss the bed.

I'll navigate with my hand on her butt like a rudder and say things like "left", "right", etc.  I can say "wait" when I see her getting  ready to crash into something  and she'll wait for  me to help her make the correction.

Again, getting  in front of her clapping  seems to help guide her as much as my voice.

I'm  going to give you a video link and a book  that were very helpful.   It talks about using  different  textures, different scents, etc as  markers for them.   You may not ever be able to move a door mat or rug ever again!  And be careful.  Can't  tell you how many times Myrtle  has bumped into me when my back was turned and nearly knocked  me down!  One recommendation  was  to put bells on yourself and your dog.

I found that Myrtle  can get "lost" in her yard if the wind is blowing, so I'm  always aware that seems to mess up her scent tracking.   There are scent tracking  systems you can place around  to help them fi d their way.  I happen  to know Myrtle is about to be "gifted" ❤some....shhh...she doesn't  know it yet.   I'll let you know how they work.

Okay....enough of a "for whatever it's  worth"  on stuff you already know novel!!   Just so  sorry you are having  to deal with this.

Would love to see a picture of your girl!

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8 August 2018 - 10:51 pm
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The book: Living With Blind Dogs  by Caroline D Levin, RN

And video:

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thally!!! How wonderful to see an update like this for your Merry Myrtle!! Im sorry i have been MIA lately, just working my butsky off like mad! But I saw a whole bunch of wordpress that i couldn’t ignore...

i love the videos of Myrtle getting her cookies and i love that you are finding a way to guide each other along this very difficult journey! 

I am now going to pop on over and see how your Freakin’ Handsome Franky is doing... 

Many hugs to you all and special face kisses to your darling Merriest Myrtle. Such a very brave girl!

Super Stu sends many, many smooches your way! 

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Thanks for the info!  My dogs have had many things over the years but I have never personally dealt with blindness yet.  I will look into the book...thanks for the link!

I am still undecided on the halo but perhaps I could start it now while she still has some daytime vision.

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