Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Gone Fishing

Hi from Missouri! We flew into Kansas City on Saturday and spent a couple days with friends there, and now we’re on our way to Springfield to visit my parents. We’ll be here for the week and posting will be sporadic in the meantime. As always, you can peruse the the forums, and here are a few posts you may have missed in the past (and if you’d like to follow some of our trip, I’ll probably post a little on Instagram).

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  • Kate August 12, 2019, 8:48 am

    In the past week, my dog has lost his remaining eyesight. It can happen quick like that with diabetes. He’s working on mapping things out, but it’s hard for him. We have to talk to him and reassure him a lot. I hate seeing him bump into things. Fortunately we’re on one level with no stairs. Ugh, it’s rough.

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    • anonymousse August 12, 2019, 1:40 pm

      Sorry to hear this, Kate. ❤️

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    • Fyodor August 12, 2019, 5:36 pm

      Poor guy.

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      • Kate August 12, 2019, 5:49 pm

        Yeah. He’s learning the word “step.” We say it and now he puts his paw out to feel the step. We’re gonna try “step up” and “step down.”

    • Dear Wendy August 13, 2019, 7:37 am

      I’m sorry, Kate. 🙁

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    • quark August 13, 2019, 9:32 pm

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      • Kate August 14, 2019, 4:27 am

        I was just reading about those! He might wear it and it could help. I also ordered baby gates because he keeps wandering into the living room and dining room and getting confused, and he doesn’t need to be in there.

    • Miss MJ August 14, 2019, 8:58 am

      I’m sorry, Kate.

      This happened to my husband’s dog (well, one of ours, but he’s her person, you know?) several months ago. Not diabetes, but genetic retinal degeneration. Per the vet ophthalmologist, there was nothing we could do to prevent it or fix it. I was really scared she’d have a terrible quality of life, but not at all, really.

      She was pretty pitiful for awhile, but in the last few months, she’s learned the layout of the inside areas she is in most often. (If you have stayed, out mats or rungs in front of them for a cue for him that they’re there.). And for outside, she learned “step up”; “step down” ; “stop” and “this way” and gets along really well now. Slower than she used to, but confidently for the most part. Jingling keys in the hand holding the leash seemed to help early on, too. She prefers walks in wider spaces, so when I can, we actually will walk (leashed, obviously) in the road where there are fewer obstacles , and we try to use the same route each time, too.

      The dog park is good, too, because it’s pretty open and she doesn’t have to worry about running into things. She’s leery of strange dogs, though.

      Oh, and instead of toys to play with, which she stopped doing, we got her some of those toys/gadgets where you put food in various pockets and they have to figure out how to get it out. Don’t need sight for that and she is mentally stimulated and entertained.

      The worst part now is that I can tell she wants to play with the new dog, but she’s scared to bump into things running, etc. I can’t quite figure out how to get her last that one. Anyway, it sucks, but dogs can adjust really well.

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      • Miss MJ August 14, 2019, 9:00 am

        Well, this: (If you have stayed, out mats or rungs in front of them for a cue for him that they’re there.)

        Should have been: (If you have stairs, put mats or rugs in front of them for a cue for him that they’re there.)

        Autocorrect is killing me today.

      • Miss MJ August 14, 2019, 9:10 am

        One more thing I did was get a tag made up for our dog that says “I’M BLIND” in large letters so that if somehow she does get out along (unlikely, but), someone who finds her will know what’s wrong with her. It also helps somewhat when explaining to people not to just reach to pet her, which scares her since she has no idea that they’re coming.

      • Kate August 14, 2019, 9:22 am

        Thank you! Good ideas and I’m glad to hear she adjusted. He is killing me right now. I took him back down to the Cape this week (I work remote anyway and my husband is away for work) because he seems happier down here and better able to cope – it’s a townhouse style so the downstairs is all really one room, and he’s not ready to try the stairs yet. He took a long walk this morning and seemed comfortable. We walked on the bike path, but before anyone was out riding bikes. And he can sit in the backyard on a long leash.

        I really want him to adjust and be okay!

      • Miss MJ August 14, 2019, 9:41 am

        It takes a little bit of time, but I’m sure he will be. Sounds like you’re taking good care of him.

  • Bittergaymark August 12, 2019, 3:56 pm

    Enjoy your trip, Wendy!
    I extended my lake trip a whole. extra week so it’s fun times up here at mojito beach!

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  • AW August 13, 2019, 10:35 am

    I live in Kansas City, would have loved to meet up! 🙂

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    • Dear Wendy August 13, 2019, 8:17 pm

      Aww, I haven’t had a meetup in a long time; that would have. Even fun.

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  • Part-time Lurker August 13, 2019, 7:50 pm

    MCI is such an easy-peasey airport. I used to love being able to fly in and out of there! Enjoy!

    Kate, so sorry to hear about your dog.

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