My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Friday, November 13, 2015

Beautiful Eyes

For seven years Cricket shared her beautiful brown eyes with me. She helped me navigate our busy, active life each day. She showed up ready for the day with her love and willingness to serve and use those beautiful eyes to help someone who could not see.   After she retired (almost two years ago), we recognized that our house with us being gone all day was pretty quiet for her. She still wanted to be the dog that left in the morning. After some time of really thinking what is best for Cricket in this next stage of her life,  we found her an amazing home. They love her and she loves being a part of all the action. She is nearby. We can stop and visit anytime. They are so kind and Cricket loves them so much. We tend her while they are on vacation. She waits patiently for them to return by the door.  It is a beautiful situation and what is best for Cricket. We love hearing Cricket stories and her adventures. 

A couple months ago, we all noticed that Cricket was slowing down. She was hesitant to go down steps, through the doggie door, jump in the back of the car, etc.   Cricket and I had some collisions the last time we tended her.  (Later, I would realize she didn't see me and of course, I didn't see her :).   The Travel Vet, Dr. Ben Brown,  examined her.  At the time he felt she was healthy other than her eyes!!   He suspected cataracts.  Oh ...sweet Cricket was having vision loss.  I could so relate! I felt such gratitude for these beautiful brown eyes that had worked so hard for me. Dr. Brown suggested we meet with a veterinarian ophthalmologist.    

Cricket in her working days -- stopping to let me know DO NOT proceed. 
Yesterday we took her to the ophthalmologist vet.  As I sat there and she began to do the basic testing on our sweet Cricket - it took me back for a moment to 32 years ago to the testing on my own eyes.  A little different - instead of the doctor holding out his fingers to test my vision, this dr was quietly dropping a cotton ball in various angles to see what Cricket was seeing.  After a couple more tests, she indicated Cricket did not have cataracts.  She had retinal dysplasia and Lenticular Sclerosis -- hardening and thickening of the lens that results from normal aging in some dogs.  There wasn't anything they could do for this - so I was a bit disheartened as cataracts can be treated.  I could relate.  Before she hurried out of the room to her next patient, she also suggested some further testing on her overall health to make sure we aren't missing something else going on with her - perhaps thyroid.     
Cricket and Georgie (silly girl grabs something for her mouth any chance she can) before the appointment.
We came home, and I just wanted to hug her.  After a few minutes she was done with that and waited patiently by our front door.  She was so thrilled when her family came to pick her up.  She ran out to the car.  She is so loved and I am so grateful for this beautiful dog  that has brought so much love and joy to so many.   She is resilient and will get through this challenge.  (Sounds familiar :).  
Cheering you on in gratitude always Cricket.  Thank you, thank you for all the ways you helped me believe that I could take on the day.  You got this, Cricket!    


Myrna R. said...

Hi. I haven't read your posts in a long time. Glad I came by today. Blessings to you and Cricket. She's such a lovely dog. Hope she continues to have good life quality in spite of the impaired eyesight. She must have learned much from you. Take care.

Sue said...

I hadn't read lately either but when was also glad to hear Cricket is getting good care with 2 families. I wish her good health and hope the vet can help her out.