What a wonderful update. Dogs are so amazing. I am sure that he can sense and understand that you love him and that he is safe. You are truly an angel for taking the time to help this boy. Your rewards will be plenty! Please keep us posted on his progress because it is so nice to have good news in a world that is so full of bad.
Well, we had the vet here today, and she said he is very healthy. Sadly, there are no eyes at all behind the lids. I was hoping there might be a viable eye...but no. His progress is nothing short of amazing today. He is now going outside with little coaxing, and coming back in okay for the most part. There are some issues with resource guarding, but I can work on that. He got his ear botten by Derby today, (not punctured, just grabbed) because he would not stop shoving his face in Derby's nether regions. I figure he has to learn on his own what is and is not acceptable, the same as any other dog. He even mooched at the lunch table when our vet and Ruth and Don and I had lunch together! LOL! Nothing wrong with his sense of smell that's for sure.
Hey Sally, We are back, I will email shortly, had to catch up on the thread readings. There was a dog named Andi at BuckeyeBCrescue, he was the cutiest, cutiest, cutiest, did I say cutiest puppy ever. I wanted to foster him, but he was at a foster. I kept track of him and he is now in his forever home and doing well. They had mentioned at one time the place that takes care of deaf and blind dogs. I can't remember where it was, because I have no memory half the time unless I write it down. I graduated from school with a degree to teach the visually handicapped, but they didn't include dogs in my training Bon
I wonder if Glen Highlands Farm took him, that is not where they said they take care of visually handicapped dogs though. They never mentioned anything except Bonnie we are giving you good news, we know you kept track of Andi, he has gone to his forever home. Buckeye is who had him. The only trouble with changing a dogs name is sometimes you see a dog and say, man he looks like so and so, well it was, but they changed his name. Isn't it confusing for the dog?? You know I think Steppinstone also had a blind dog. Not sure on that, but I think they did.
The progress you've made with this dog is fabulous!!! I wouldn't have a clue on how to deal with a dog with no eyes. I've known dogs who've gone blind later in life but they were very familiar with their families and their locations so they had already developed other sense associations with what they used to be able to see. Plus they were already feeling good about themselves and their homes. What this says about a dog's ability to love and trust is amazing. But what is even more amazing is that there are people like you who don't give up on a dog because he has a rather severe physical handicap. I guess the point made is that a handicapped dog doesn't know he's handicapped and thinks this is just the way everyone else is. It's the human side that has to figure how to work around it and you've done the job beautifully.
Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I am on a pretty steep learning curve here. He is teaching me a lot. I am seeing some aggression at peculiar times, and I don't understand why. I understand the aggression when he smells food. He will come to where the smell is, and bare his teeth at the others. When he does this, I put up the baby gate, blocking his usual route, and say "Gate" so he knows. But there are other times, he will lash out at a dog he knows is there, for no apparent reason. Because of this, they don't like him. Freckles plays with him, and he does some funny things...he play bows and bounces around like a cat chasing a string. Freckles and Riddle bite each other's cheeks and play, and it is so sweet. He will also growl at me at weird times. This morning he wanted up on the bed for a cuddle. He was up with his front end, and I coaxed him..."Cmon up Riddle!" and I pulled him forward, just a little. Not only did he growl, but he showed his teeth and snapped. So I pushed him off and told him to go lay down. If he is going to have dominance issues, he ain't allowed on my bed. My biggest problem is how to wear out his energies. I can't take him out anywhere, as he has only had one vaccine. I wish I had a tread mill. Any ideas?
It could be Joe, but it came across the same way he reacts when I give him a bone, and he doesn't want me near it. I think you have to see the posturing...either way, the behaviour is unacceptable, and I will let him know it in no uncertain terms. He will come up on the bed or on my lap under my rules, not his own. He has to have the same guidelines as all the others. In fact, I don't think I will allow him on the bed at all until he has learned what is and is not acceptable.
Well Riddle went for a walk with us tonight. We found a big field to run the dogs in, and we took him on leash. He was raring to go, and pulling like crazy. I wonder what he would have done offleash??? Where would he go??? I wasn't about to find out! LOL! HE is finally TIRED!
I have a blind AND deaf dog. She's not a border collie though; she's an aussie. You can just PM me if you have any questions and I will give you my personal email addy.
Kelby is about 6 years old. She's a lethal white aussie. She's SO smart. I've already taught her 7 touch signals and she gets around on her own around here just fine. The hard part is that she learns from experience...so I have to LET her explore and crash into everything. I take her to the fenced dog park. She loves it there. The challenge was finding the right dog park for her that had no "potholes" for her to fall into and not too many trees. She would be running and running at the dog park. We have another dog who is her "guide" dog. We trained Kira to fetch Kelby for us. So we would leave the leash on her and when we want Kira to get Kelby..we would tell Kira to go get Kelby which she does.
Here's a short clip of Kira going to fetch Kelby until that darn puppy knocked Kira off Kelby's leash....but you get the gist.
Here's a pic of Kelby when we first got her.
Good luck with Riddle....she's gorgeous; eyes or not.
Aspen: Border Collie x Blue Heeler; gone over the rainbow bridge-never forgotten and forever missed July 1995-August 2008