Star, our Shop Greeter Dog
Much as I don't like to bring you down, I must tell you that Star has been fighting with a disease of the eye called pigmentary uveitis. This is a genetic inflammatory disease which has robbed her of her vision and also causes glaucoma. We've been dealing with this for about 18 months and the disease always ends in blindness. She has been visiting MSU where we receive the very best care (in my opinion!) and I would recommend them if your pet has any eye issues!
I'm continuing to bring Star to work because you're such a big part of her life. I ask your complete understanding of the following as Star and I continue to adjust to her now total blindness.
1. She may not be able to greet you as before because she can't see her way. Please DON'T call out when you come in the door. Rather I will try to have her greet you in the table area when possible. When there are many people in the shop this will not be possible. I don't want her to further injure herself by running through the shop. (She's already done so once so I hope you understand.)
2. She may bark unexpectedly as she can hear you but can not see you. Again, I appreciate your understanding.
3. NO PITY! This is just a part of our lives now and I understand that you may feel bad for her but she is still a normal and active dog. I've been told by blind dog owners that pity is not an option. Of course we welcome your UNDERSTANDING as this has been a long journey for both of us!
I know many of you will know blind dogs that do just fine and I know that we'll be able to do this, but it's the in between time that has been hard. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your understanding and empathy. I look forward to re-training my little Star as we continue to work together. :-)