Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Unfairness of Life

Today I'm here to tell you about the utter unfairness of life. I'm sure you've heard about it. In this case, instead of a person who has been faced with the unfairness of life, it is a dog. My dog. Jonah.
This is what he looked like approximately 11 years ago when I brought him home.

Two weeks ago he went blind, apparently due to high blood pressure which caused his retinas to detach suddenly. He's on medication now but needs more tests to determine the cause of his high blood pressure. Unfortunately these tests are not within my budget at this time. More unfortunate is that barring a miracle, Jonah will not get his sight back.

This is the unfairness of life. That a dog like Jonah, who is the most easy going, friendly, good natured dog you can imagine to suddenly not be able to see his ball or the water he so loved to swim in or his beloved dish (yes, he's a lab so he loves his dish because that holds the beloved food) just about kills me. He has no idea why his world suddenly went dark.

The stairs are hard. He isn't a young dog any more so I have to hold him back to make sure he doesn't fall if he missteps. I have to make sure the cellar door is shut when he's downstairs. I have to find new words to help him understand how to navigate, and he has to try to learn them.

And Jonah? Still just as good natured as ever. Gobbles up his food (and his medicine hidden in a lump of peanut butter) as fast as ever, follows his nose around the yard, and still manages to find the litter box occasionally and help himself to the treats. Honestly, it's probably more sad for me watching how well he takes this new life he's been given, a life that will be perpetually in darkness.

This is the unfariness of life and why I haven't been around much. Now excuse me while I go fill a Kong with peanut butter and dog kibble to entertain the best blind dog in the whole world.

28 comments:

  1. Life is unfair but Johah still loves it and lives it with zest. Good doggy! Give him a skritch behind the ears for me!

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  2. Very sad. But it's amazing how well animals adapt. He's going to keep on keeping on.

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    1. It IS amazing and Jonah is adapting, slowly, being not the brightest star in the sky, tho he is the brightest star in my sky :)

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  3. Poor dog, but he's probably handling it better than a person would. My dog went blind slowly and had almost not trouble navigating as long as he was in familiar space.

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    1. Definitely handling it better than a person. And yes, we're trying to keep everything the same - No re-arranging the furniture!

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  4. It is indeed unfair. Our last German Shepherd went blind. It bothered us a LOT more than it did her. Though to the end of her days she just barrelled through screen doors - we gave up fixing them.
    Give Jonah a pat from me - and a cyber hug for you.

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    1. Thank you, and yes, definitely bothers me more than him.

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  5. I'm so sorry. At least he seems to be taking it in stride.

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  6. I know. It's horrible. I once had two dogs who had one good eye between them. My late great smooth collie Faulkner went deaf a couple of years before he died. I know he was mystified by it. I was glad I taught him hand signals when he came to me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I wish I could explain it to him *sigh*

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  7. Poor Jonah! :(
    You must get him a guide dog! Imagine the fun of having a new friend!

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    1. lol, but I think that's more than I can handle right now!

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  8. I am so sorry for Jonah (and you). Last fall, our 17 1/2 year old Aussie/collie mix finally had to be put down. He was mostly blind, but could see shadows the last two years. It was sad that he could no longer catch popcorn out of the air (his former favorite game).

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    1. Oh, yes, Jonah loved that game. Now he has trouble finding his dish :(

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  9. Poor guy. Glad to know he’s keeping in good spirits anyway.

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    1. He is. Such a good dog.

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    2. It is... a dog's gift. We have so much to learn from our four-legged friends.

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  10. Having a mom who loves him and who will help him adjust makes all the difference. A worse unfairness would be if he didn't have you.

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  11. Poor, sweet doggy. Of course, this brings me to the focus that he's living life just as enthusiastically, regardless of a loss. He's a good example, eh?

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  12. Aww, so sorry to read this. But I'm glad he is still enjoying life and that he has you to take care of him. Give him a hug from me.

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  13. Oh, bless his soul. What a difficult thing to witness. I agree with Julie, including another hug for you.

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