I have 7 year old lab mix who just went totally sightless this month – it was probably 3 years ago I first realized he had some night sight issues – and about 18 months ago I realized he was loosing peripheral vision (also up & down) and was progressively in tunnel-vision – it was about 10 months ago when I saw animal eye specialist and he was diagnosed with ‘severe PRA’
I was crushed – like brick fell on my stomach – for the next 6 months his sight slipped but he was still able to roam in forest, retrieve in ocean, climb mountains – in last 2 months – his rate of sight loss increased dramatically – I was in denial – and then his sight crashed – and on December 3, 2016 – he woke up to a world of darkness – he was suddenly without sight.
I will not tell you that this is easy – we are 2 weeks into it – but the GOOD NEWS is that – Shian is a level 10 fetch addict – he is the ultimate retriever – and we are playing fetch everyday now AFTER he went blind – we have had to adjust the game a bit – using the sound of bouncing ball and play in open space (no dreaded trees to run into!) – but he almost always gets it first using sound and then smell to grab the ball – and loves it – he embraces the challenge – but at the end of it – our lives have changed – just going up/down stairs is having to be relearned – but the love never changes – as they say – love is blind.
lShian has always been my hero – even more so now as he teaches staying in the solution – it is my grief – not his – we will get through this together