So I couldn't do it!! I just had a bad feeling about it. My husband said to cancel PTS and get a second opinion. So we took a little trip into the city and wow he is not brain damaged or having seizures. OMG and to think I was going to put him to sleep this morning. The new vet told me he is in perfect health but that he is blind. I asked why the other vet would think he was brain damaged and she said well you live in a rural area and of course they specialize in large animal medicine. Not that she is a bad vet but that she was probably unsure of his condition and a lot of vets don't agree with raising a blind dog. But this one guarantees me he is fine and if I am willing to take on the challenge of raising a blind dog he will be great.
Well we are leaving for the states on monday for holidays. So while we are there I will get some pics. He is a bullmastiff. I wanted to name him Mason but the family thinks we should look at other names first. So now that he is going to be part of our family we will decide together. I will let you know when we decide. Yes very close call and very spoiled.
At the shelter back home. We got in an Irish setter mix puppy that was blind. He was just dumped out in the street.
Anyway they named him Stevie Ray. After Stevie Wonder and Ray Charlies.
Raising a blind dog isn't that hard just make sure you have your keys were they dangle next to you or have bells on your shoes.
With his height I think the keys would work better. Also don't rearange his inviornment with out him being there. That way he knows something is going on and will start to smell the area out. This will help with him not bumping into things. Since he will learn were everything is by smell and then he will advoid that area. If you put something somewhere were his isn't use to something being there he will run into it.
That happened with Stevie Ray I brought him home one weekend. The shelter is closed Sunday and Mondays at that time. Anyway he learned the lay out of our place then went back to the shelter. The next weekend I brought him home again. Well in the mean time we put a box in the hallway not thinking about it. So Stevie Ray walked right into it. He gave that box the nastiest look you ever saw. It was kind of funny. We felt so bad though. Anyway well he was glaring at it he also was sticking his nose in the air and smelling the area. You know we moved that box, but every time he came to stay with us he avoided that spot.
My dogs that could see were always running in to the walls when they ran though the house. Stevie Ray never did. Once he learned were things were he never ran into them again.
They are very smart and figure things out very quickly.
I also wanted to say that I'm glad you went for the second opionion.
I think you always should in cases like these. Unless you really know your dog is really really sick. You know like old age or you have been dealing with an on going problem.
I mean most poeple get second opionions on things for themselves like if your told you have cancer. Most people will go to a specialist for there opionion then maybe a second specialist if they don't like the treatment plan of the first one. Or they just want to go to someone who has diffrent treatments then the one they first say.
So why not do the same for our animals.
I am sure you and your family will be very happy with him. He is a very lucky dog to have been giving to you.
Let us know how things go with him.
***Edited By: langniappe on 7/9/2005 5:43:15 AM*** Reason: edited
See i told you you would keep him and that your hubbe would let you. Do you remember about a month ago you put up a post about him sleeping with your hubbie in bed and i said your hubbie will change his mind and your keep him..... I think i remember you saying no way would he let you. Im so happy for you that little guy is sooooo lucky to have you.