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1/12/18 FOSTER UPDATE: Tank is such a good boy, and we often forget he can’t see. There are circumstances when we are reminded that he needs to navigate with his other senses. It is very impressive how well he is adjusting and how much he compensates. As with any new situation, we are all learning along the way.
He wants the company of his people all the time and is one of the most affectionate dogs we’ve ever known and freely shares his kisses. He is another example of a dog that doesn’t hold any grudges and is such a happy boy.
After the first few days, he has not had any potty accidents. There are times we have to be extra vigilant to keep him safe. He pushed a gate to follow me and tripped on the stairs. No harm done, but this was one of those times we were reminded that he can’t see. Tank also gets along very well with our pack, but if being annoyed by our over-jealous dog, he reminds her to allow him some space, which she respected.
After spending his first night in a crate, he decided that our bed was a better arrangement and has joined us and two of our other dogs in our bed. It’s amazing that we all manage to get a full night’s sleep. For some odd reason, he is obsessed with the hair dryer and has developed the ritual of accompanying me in the morning and just loves getting the dryer breeze in his face. It is a great start to my day to see his joy and having so much fun. He also loves going for walks and does surprisingly well on a leash. He is a great student and quickly learning his manners, and adjusting to living inside after being relegated to be outside.
The very best part of this experience is that his tailed hasn’t stopped wagging since he joined us as his foster family. He truly is a very special boy with an enormous heart and being blind does not diminish his joy at all.
1/4/18 MEDICAL UPDATE: On Wednesday we took Tanker to meet with the ophthalmologist at Med Vets for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which is a genetic condition. He most likely lost his sight a year ago and has adapted so well that many were not even aware that he was blind. Because his other senses are so acute and the deterioration is gradual, dogs with this diagnosis do adapt. He has also developed very small cataracts, which is to be expected. No surgery is required as he has no discomfort and his sight cannot be restored. He will need periodic rechecks to make sure that he doesn’t develop glaucoma-which is generally treatable.
We do want to add that he was a wonderful passenger in the car on his way to the doctor and only leaned in a few times to grab a few kisses. During his examination, which is a little awkward and invasive, he was a perfect gentleman. We doubt Tanker has a mean bone in his entire body and just wants to be loved. He really deserves a loving home- he’s a GREAT dog in spite of the lack of care he received from his previous owner, and his blindness should not deter you from opening your heart to him.
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