Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Falling Down

When we moved into our new home a few months ago, both of the blind girls, Brook and Hiker adjusted well.  They had very little difficulty with the stairs which were painted instead of carpeted as they had been used to. 




There was one incident with Hiker who slid down after losing her footing while turning around at the top but that was it until Brook developed a problem. Over the course of three days, little blind and mostly deaf Brook fell down the stairs seven times.  In fairness to Brook, the stairs are a bit steep and narrow. Now, you'd think that after the first or second time she would perhaps stay away from the stairs. Not our Brook.  She kept trying.  Luckily she never hurt herself.

Although it is not the most eye-pleasing, we now have sections of carpet runner stapled on the stairs for safety.  It works very well and no more falling.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tied Out and Unhappy

The other day, the weather was mild (for January) and sunny so I decided to get outside and beyond the fenced area to stack some firewood.  Since it was so nice, I thought Callie would like to be out there too.  I grabbed a collar and two tie outs, giving her around forty feet of "freedom" to explore.

I thought it was a good idea.  This is what Callie thought of it.


Here is a close-up of that miserable face.


When Callie was coaxed into walking around she walked very stiff with her tail down.  For almost an hour she sat and did nothing. No, there was nothing wrong with her other than be very annoyed at the fact that she was tied out.

I thought it was a good idea, but apparently she did not.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Little Critters

Here at our new home there have been little critters around.  When the weather is warmer, blind Hiker is especially interested in sniffing around the fence perimeter.

There was a mishap with a bag of cat kibble one day.  Then the next day while driving, I could smell something, like something was cooking.  When I arrived at my destination and opened the hood (or as they often say here on the east coast the engine bonnet)...



Yup, that is a collection of cat kibble.  Baked on cat kibble.

Yesterday there was heavy rain and most of the snow melted.  Further proof of the little critters was seen outside.


Are you wondering why the cats haven't caught these little critters yet?  The cats are too lazy and laying on the dog beds by the wood stove.

If we can convince blind Hiker to get out of bed, we'll send her hunting.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Play Ball!

Trail's foster Mom sent us a ball recently. (Thanks again D!)  This will be primarily an outside ball for playing fetch and chasing around.  While working on the woodpile, the big deaf guy seemed to think that perhaps the human's eyesight wasn't that good.  Maybe by placing the ball in with the wood it would be thrown?


Well, that didn't get very good results.  So, let's try the other one.


Not to worry, we played ball and got wood inside too.  

It is a bit challenging carrying an armload of wood while trying to not trip over two blind dogs and making sure that the deaf dog gets out of the way!

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Warm Nose

All of us have heard that dogs should have a cool wet nose, right?

Trail sometimes prefers to have a warm nose.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

More Snow!

We had another snowstorm and I was able to get some pictures of (camera-shy) Callie.  She typically turns away when she sees the camera, unlike the others who tend to pose.

Jolly Ball fun
After a session of Jolly Ball, it was off to run the paths through the fenced area and chase a smaller ball.


That is one advantage of creating paths for the blind girls, they double as runways for playing fetch.


Callie may be getting older but she still enjoys playing in the snow!