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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Black Dog Sunday

Our Black Dog recently had a good eye doctor appointment. He has progressive glaucoma, which is why his left eye was removed almost exactly a year ago. His remaining eye is almost completely blind but, due to the Runner's twice daily application of eye drops, its internal pressure has stayed low. Low pressure means that it doesn't hurt so it doesn't need to be removed. That is great news. Just like human patients with glaucoma, R sees his ophthalmologist every few months to monitor the pressure in his eye.

His progressive blindness makes us sad but we are learning that R is very adaptable. Most of the time, you cannot tell that he is almost blind. He can do almost everything that he could do when he had full sight. He definitely doesn't mope about his blindness.

One thing that is noticeable is that he likes the soft light just before sunrise, just after sunset, and on cloudy days. I think that bright sunlight isn't comfortable for his eye.
Being in the wildflowers with him early in the morning was so sweet this summer. We were both content.


  1. You are such a handsome boy hanging out in the wildflowers, R.

  2. That sweet face - wish I could just give him a big hug :)

  3. He's a happy boy no matter
    where he is. And R you make
    those flowers more beautiful
    sitting there in the soft light
    of early morning.

    ♥ Astro and Mitzie

  4. Hi handsome R... so glad you had a good eye doc appt... love you big black dog

  5. I am so glad R's eye is maintaining due to all the TLC.
    He looks so handsome no matter the lighting. Hugs Cecilia

  6. That is good news about R's appointment. R is a strong boy, and animals are so much more adaptable than we are. Our cat Samantha was never put off about her blindness. Occasionally she would misjudge and fall off something, but she just got right back up and kept going! ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  7. He is the darling of all Black dogs on a Sunday. Happiness shines from his face, and with love and care , his receding eyesight will not be any bother, as later on as right now, he does and will do some amazing things. I guess with one sense getting less, the others take over more, and I am sure his hearing will be acute.XXX

  8. Glad the eye is stabilizing; but he will push on if his eyesight dims further.

  9. That's good news about his eye. We will keep our paws crossed that he continues to do well.

  10. What a sweet post about the wonderful black dog I have come to love. His acceptance and adaptability really does inspire me more then most humans I know.


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