At the beginning of June, 2012, my 9 year-old Doberman, Lexie (aka "Lou"), was diagnosed with anterior uveitis and secondary glaucoma. After surviving three eye surgeries, sudden blindness, and a subsequent double-mastectomy in the span of less than two months, sadly, I had to say good-bye to my sweet Lou on July 26, 2012, secondary to Stage III mammary carcinoma. Lexie fought so hard for me and endured so much in such a short amount of time. She was my hero, and this is her story.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Introduction: Why I'm Blogging
My name is Courtney Bell, and I'm the proud mother of three beautiful canine daughters. From left to right in the photo above: Jocie, my oldest, is a Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix, Sam is a coonhound/Rottweiler mix, and my youngest is Lexie (aka "Lou"), who is a full-blooded Doberman (not registered). Jocie is my goofball, Sam is my "human dog" (I swear she feels emotions and has intuition like a person), and Lexie my little turd. I say that with love, of course, but there really is no better way to describe her.
Lou is by far my most active, playful, and demanding dog. When she wants to cuddle, you'd better scoot over and make room on HER couch or else she'll whine and groan until she gets her way. If she thinks it's time to eat, even if it's an hour before dinner time, she'll pick up her food bowl and carry it around the house, tossing it at your feet until you finally fill it with food. When she decides it's time to go out to pee, she "rallies the troops" and gets both of her sisters all excited to go outside. In other words, Lexie rules the roost!
Over the span of just one month (June, 2012), Lexie developed sudden onset glaucoma and blindness, which was not only devastating to me and her, but also to everyone who knows her. While trying to learn more about Lou's condition, treatment, and long-term prognosis, as well as wanting to know the best methods for helping her adjust to blindness, I have searched the Internet for similar stories, but surprisingly I've found very few. Therefore, I decided to start this blog, which will chronicle mine and Lexie's adjustment to her new life as a blind Dobe. My hope is that other owners dealing with sudden canine blindness will be able to find some comfort, encouragement, and maybe even a little advice in our story. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions or just want to share your own story: firstname.lastname@example.org