Everyone who reads this blog knows how much we love our dog Lindy, and knows she has a special bond with her daddy.
Now, no matter how reassuring the online information may seem, and it really has proven helpful, we still find ourselves unprepared for what is already happening...Lindy has cataracts, and is losing her eyesight. She still has some distance vision, but she can't see a cookie (a dog cookie, of course) held right in front of her nose.
And surgery is not an option.
She is becoming more and more dependent upon us, and although we love caring for her, reassuring her, hugging her and cuddling with her, we mourn the loss of her eyesight far more than she does.
She has always loved adventure, walking with her daddy, whatever the weather, to see what they can see. She loved spotting the deer in the distance, and was always sure she would love to leap and run with them.
I remember the first time she saw antelope (what funny-looking deer!) and wanted to run with them, too.
In warm weather she loved to roll around on her back, and was particularly pleased if she could entice one of us to rub her tummy.
Now she likes to cuddle in the house a lot more, and tummy rubs on the floor are becoming the rule rather than the exception.
Will we ever be ready for, and accepting of, this change in our lives or will we always be unprepared?
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