A little bit about me, I am currently a grad student living in New Orleans. I adopted my first puppy Bradley a 7 y/o maltese mix back in December 2014 he was rescued from a puppy mill. Yesterday, I adopted Winston a 15 y/o maltese mix that had been surrendered by his owners to the LSPCA. I found out about him through a Facebook post and when I found out he was scheduled to be euthanized this morning I rushed over to adopt him. He is blind and has a hard time walking because his back legs are very atrophied. His fur was all mattes with hundreds of dead fleas and his hind quarters are rubbed almost raw and he keeps scratching it and causing sores. I have been helping him try and walk with the aid of a homemade sort of harness contraption until the one I ordered him comes in. He is making good progress in being able to stand for a bit and walk but gets very tired very quickly so I am very hopeful he will be mobile soon!
I have never owned a blind dog before and I’m not really sure what I can do to help him adjust to his new surroundings and just really anything to do with making sure he’s safe and secure. I have been searching online and not found much advice at all. His blindness is due to cataracts so I’m pretty sure he had sight at one point of his life. Its also possible he’s deaf or partially deaf. Sometimes he responds to my voice (he still hasn’t really learned his name yet) but I am trying to talk to him as much as possible and sometimes he seems to hear me and sometimes he’s oblivious.
I know I’ve only had him less than a day really so these things may come. I have some time to figure out how to handle him being mobile because he really doesn’t attempt to move outside of his bed without me there to help him. He is getting groomed tomorrow because he’s such a mess he has had 3 baths since I’ve had him (cause he pees on himself if I’m not there to hold him up) and he still has dirt and grime everywhere. I’m excited for him to get all cleaned up! I guess what I am looking for is any advice on what it takes to have a blind fur-baby! Also, if you have any advice on helping both of my babies bond I would appreciate it! Bradley is warming up to him but still isn’t quite sure what to do with him or whats going on. But he’s been sweet and gentle with Winston.