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Re: [dachshund-427] Blind doxie question

From: Robin P.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:18 AM
My Beanpole will always have a special place in my heart. Even when he was so sick before they found out what was wrong with him, he was still the happiest little boy ever. I wouldn't trade a day I had with him for the world!! Being blind certainly hasn't hindered him in finding a happy lap to sit in.

From: Nancy Mills <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, August 19,[masked]:56 PM
Subject: Re: [dachshund-427] Blind doxie question

Beanie is so sweet and loving.  Yes, he gets lost in his own back yard during heavy snow on the ground.  First the snow itself he has no idea where it came from and he can't find his footing or familiar objects in the yard.  For example I have bricks around  the flower beds and he uses them like a road map.  The sound bounces off the back fence and he thinks it's the house and he will walk the fence trying to find the door.  I call him and he still hears the sound on the fence.  So I have to just go get him.  When you call a blind dog whether they or lost or not, they just stop and listen.  They don't move, they don't make a sound, they are just listening very intently.  Like Mom, come get me I am right here. 

Beanie doesn't get lost in the house.  It was interesting to watch him when we remodeled our kitchen.  We took the wall out between the dining room and the kitchen.  His kennel has always been in the dining room.  One Saturday I watched him for almost an hour as he patiently walked a grid in the new remodeled kitchen.  Back and forth, back in forth.  He had it all figured out and then 2 or 3 days later we moved the furniture in, and he had to bump around for a couple of days, but now he has the floor mapped out in his head.  He is very smart figuring where things are, I love to watch him run.  His front legs are extended straight out, so he can sort of feel his way, and when he runs head into a tree he can recoil, shake it off, and go on.  He is always happy, everything is just normal for him.   I swear he has the hardest head of any dog I know.  The only time Beanie really gest disoriented in the house, is when he first wakes up.  That boy sleeps so hard he has a hard time waking up, so we call him and talk to him a lot when he gets up or he will run into everything and get turned around.   I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world.  There isn't a day go by that he hasn't make me laugh or at least smile.  


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Cheri Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
Beanie has respiratory problems, so he can't use sense of smell either.  He really goes on sound.  Bells, clickers, whistles, etc might be something that might help.  I don't know if dog whistles actually work?  The ones dogs supposedly hear but humans don't?  Nyla had Kasper trained to snaps.  She would snap her fingers and he would listen for her snaps to find her.  If he was lost or couldn't find her in a crowd, he would sit down and just bark and howl until she came for him.  It was so sweet to see...
Beanie tends to get lost outside esp in the winter after it snows.  The sounds must bounce around the backyard differently b/c he just can't seem to be able to figure his way.  Then he'll just sit down and wait until someone comes and gets him.  :(  Usually stuck in a corner somewhere.  Poor blind dogs. :(


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM, Mary Alberts <[address removed]> wrote:
Mine is 16 and he doesn’t seem to have the best sense of smell left….I think that is a big part of the problem since they use smell to get around.  Poor old things
 
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of The McLain Bunch
Sent: Monday, August 19,[masked]:24 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [dachshund-427] Blind doxie question
 
Thanks, Marya! I'm glad it's not just mine. I was hoping it wasn't dementia or something. He's 17.
 
I'm sorry your senior gets lost. I feel so bad for them when they do.
 
Someone suggested I tie a little sleigh bell to my shoe so Max could find me wherever I am in the house. But it'd probably wake everyone else up. Lol. I don't know. I've read you can use certain smells to mark certain spots, like the stairs too. But I haven't tried it.
 
 
Thanks for responding!
Anna, Max and Cocoa
 
 
 
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In a message dated 8/19/2013 1:51:28 P.M. Central Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
YES!  I have a blind senior who gets lost a lot.  It seems he gets worse as he gets older.




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