"Blind dogs see with their hearts" is the motto over at www.blinddogs.net, a wonderful website where families with sight impaired pooches share stories, tips, and resources, including a directory of board certified veterinary ophthalmologists. The profiles of individual dogs are diverse (some were born blind while others lost their vision over time, like our Greta, whose picture graces this post), but they all seem to share a commonality: being visually impaired does not destroy their quality of life!
In fact, the blind dogs community is quick to remind us humans that for dogs, eyesight ranks #3 in importance compared to smell and hearing. Although it's easy for us to focus on our own feelings of helplessness or pity when we encounter a disabled animal, our canine friends are far more resilient than we give them credit for.
Whether you're trying to cope with caring for a newly blind dog, or your pooch is getting up in years and you want to prepare for age-related vision loss, a visit to www.blinddogs.net will let you know that you're not alone.