A little over two years ago, the decision was made to add another dog our home. It would be a rescue, special needs and an Australian Cattle Dog. The search began.
I saw a bio from a small rescue in Indiana that indicated a five month old puppy had been abused. She was kicked, resulting in a broken leg that was left untreated for a few days. After being surrendered to rescue and having an operation on her leg, which had completely healed, she was ready for adoption. The bio ended with one other fact. She was completely blind. Many e-mails and phone calls quickly followed and the adoption was finalized after a long drive to the rescue!
|Brook's first day at home
Brook often has a slight head tilt which makes it seem like she is paying very close attention when she hears something. Initially, I thought that since she is blind, she's just really listening. Well, as time went on, it became apparent that she is partly deaf. Brook does well indoors but large open areas cause confusion. I've explained to the neighbors that I'm not yelling at her, she just doesn't hear well. They are all dog people and understand.
Hiker was happy to have a new playmate and the two became instant friends.
Oscar the cat wasn't as happy.
Brook visits the veterinary opthamologist at the university teaching hospital every six months. Our first visit determined that her blindness is due to detached retinas. It was suggested that an appointment could be made with another specialist who might be able to operate and possibly restore some vision. The chances of a successful surgery are extremely low and I have no intention of putting her through that. I adopted her knowing she was blind and am totally okay with it.
Intense is the best word to describe Brook. (She is the opposite of Hiker!) Brook is the one who will run or jump into something with all four feet and wants to be the first to get there, even if she has no idea where she is going! Then, when it's time to relax, she wants to be snuggled tight.
Happy 2nd gotcha day Brook! It's been a fantastic two years and we are looking forward to many, many more!