Ella’s medical history: surgery to remove subluxated lenses (not totally successful, one lens remains in rear of eye), surgery to reduce eye pressure (not successful), chemical ablation of ciliary body by injection (caused blindness but successful in one eye), finally enucleation of one eye. All this in her first two years of life.
The good news is that after suffering two surgeries, chemical injections, drops and pills and losing her sight, Ella hikes daily, chases balls, retrieves sticks and causes onlookers to doubt her blindness. She hikes off leash.
I admit that I had no idea of the capabilities of blind dogs. Ella amazes me every day. She lives to chase. Her persistence in endless retrieving is trying on my patience but I am just so thankful that she seems to not realize her own blindness. In the house, she drops toys at my feet and remains still in an expectant crouched pose ready retrieve until I give in and kick the toy. She never gives up. She runs down soccer balls kicked on the lawn.
This video shows her soccer prowess (she catches better than I kick)…