Acceptance

A thought about blindness on pets:
“Blindness is, boiled down to a point, only one of the senses. Yes it is a very important one, but the lack of it does not end our lives. Life goes on. We go on. Life is all about accepting the things we cannot change.”

Professions for Peace

It’s often been said that we have much to learn from animals. Especially our pets, these beloved animals who have lived closely with us humans for long enough to have many things to teach us. My dog is teaching me acceptance right now.

light in the darkTen days ago I knew nothing about sudden blindness in dogs. Now I know an acronym SARD stands for Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration. It’s a canine disease that causes incurable and irreversible blindness within days, or a couple of weeks at most.

In the past few days my seven-years-young, medium sized mixed-breed spayed female dog has gone blind. Completely blind. It’s not cataracts or glaucoma which brings darkness gradually, or can be corrected. This event has been sudden and complete. It could be a side effect of the near-death starvation she suffered in her youth before I rescued her. Regardless of what caused it, she is…

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12 thoughts on “Acceptance

  1. I have never had a blind dog but have been slave to 2 deaf dogs. My current deafie, Butter, knows many hand signs. Her other senses more than make up for her deafness. Believe it or not, she is the first to know when my husband is just about home. She can sense it before the others can hear it 🙂 :3-]

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post- Thankyou. Very moving and a wonderful way of finding perspective. Animals teach us so much:)

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