And then the dog went blind…

I kid you not.

There’s a saying here in “straya” when you strike a run of bad luck. Something about killing a Chinaman but apparently it is not politically correct, so I won’t use that phrase. Please note… I love Chinese food and Chinese people.

A couple of weeks ago, I put Chi to bed and she pretty much woke up the next day blind. That is how it appeared to me. She goes to bed fine one night and the next day is bumping into furniture/walls/doors/us, missed her chair she attempted to jump up on and she is tripping on anything in her path.

The vet said she has been losing sight for some time and has a fully formed cataract in her left eye and an almost fully formed one in the right. Sight can appear to go suddenly.

I feel so sorry for her. She can’t put out her arms to protect herself so runs nose first into things. I’m petrified she’ll knock out a tooth so have been pedantic around the house and yard to ensure objects aren’t left laying around. I can’t do much about the walls and doors.

Sheesh, shoulda got out that pet insurance. Four gorillas for two lenses. Chi is only 6 years old. Quite young to get this problem but recovery should be quick. She is booked in to have surgery on Thursday.


So on the upside, my daughter is getting married at the end of October. Last weekend the hens party was an all girls weekend away on the Sunshine Coast. The young-uns stayed at a high-rise apartment complex on the beachfront. My girlfriend and I stayed a few metres down the road in Dad’s caravan at a caravan park. The van is part of his estate and still in probate so I can’t sell it yet but apparently I can use it.

On Friday night my friend and I had a few quiet drinks in the caravan and laughed too loudly. The drinks were quiet but we were not. Saturday we met up with the hens and we went on a riverboat cruise luncheon. My friend and I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out on the beach. We met up with the hens later that evening for a bit of “hens business” then my friend and I went back to the caravan park and the young-uns went clubbing. (Dancing – not chasing men with clubs.) If you follow me on twitter you would have seen the little teaser I posted during the strippers performance. If you don’t follow me on twitter.. why not check it out now?  Sunday was spent back on the beach and in and out of cafes.

These photographs were taken over the weekend at Maroochydore in Queensland Australia. Please click on the gallery to enlarge.




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10 Responses to And then the dog went blind…

  1. So sorry about Chi, I hope the surgery goes smoothly and she recovered! It must be tough for both of you! And congratulation on your daughter’s almost wedding 🙂 Sounds it was a fun weekend after all! Great images 🙂

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  2. Hi Kristin, congratulations and best wishes to you, your daughter and her husband-to-be for their wedding and good luck for your dog’s operation.

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    • Hi Phil, thank you. I’ll pass on your well wishes. It is a very exciting time. Jamie has put such a lot of work into organising the wedding. She has been stalking ebay and gumtree and attending every garage sale in Brisbane to purchase the items required. They are having a weekend affair in the hinterlands, northern NSW. They have hired out the venue with a range of accommodation for everyone. I’m really looking forward to catching up with people and meeting new. Holding the wedding over a number of days is a great idea allowing everyone time to really interact.
      The vet said once Chi’s lenses have been replaced she should not get cataracts again. I’d love to see her reaction when she realises she can see clearly.
      I hope all is well with you 🙂

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      • Hi Kristin, it sounds like your daughter’s wedding will be fantastic – holding it over several days is, as you processed, an excellent idea. Good to read that Chi will be getting her sight again and, as you processed, it will be very interesting to see how she responds – I hope you post about it. I’m more than knee deep in processing my thesis – I’m 1/2 way through and will be extremely glad when its finished – glad that it will be over and extremely proud that I did it. All the best as always, Phil

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  3. Rainee says:

    Fabulous photos and touching tale about your dog. I hope the operation goes well – I can empathise as I had two cataracts removed a few years ago with great results :-).

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  4. We had a Labrador who, though we didn’t know it at the time, was in the early stages of Progressive Retinal Atrophy when we adopted him at about three years old.
    By the time he was five, he was bumping into things in low light, and by eight, he was totally blind. We started playing games with him to encourage him to use his hearing more, which we like to think helped him.
    By the time we had to let him go, at 14+, he was blind and deaf, his sense of smell had all but gone, he was arthritic and, despite our best efforts, well above his ideal weight. Through it all, though, he was (as far as we could tell) happy, loving and loved, and supported by his long-term companion, a Greyhound who, incidentally, developed heart problems within two months of his passing, and followed him four months after that.

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    • Your dogs were very lucky to have a loving owner.I like your idea of playing games to encourage your dog to use his hearing. I’ve been verbalising more when interacting with Chi. She still loves walks so we’ve worked out a verbal system to help her negotiate curbs, hollows etc. Most of our previous training has been done with hand signals.

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