I’m working on our winter/holiday print newsletter and our lovely Stella is going to be on the cover. That’s one of the photos that will be in the newsletter. I took it late last week during an outdoor “photo session” when I was getting a variety of different shots. We had the other dogs (aka “attention hogs”) up on the porch behind the gate while we were photographing.
It’s hard to believe that those beautiful, clear eyes are completely blind, isn’t it? But that’s what progressive retinal atrophy looks like — the retina in the back of the eye no longer works, but the rest of the eye remains virtually normal and there’s no discomfort. She is developing cataracts and will need regular monitoring by our veterinary ophthalmologist, but for now they aren’t even really noticeable.
During her heartworm treatment, which lasted for months, we needed to keep Stella quiet — no activity, no physical exertion. Now, you’d think for an old gray girl that wouldn’t be a problem, but that wasn’t the case with Stella. As we mentioned in an earlier post, she loves to roughhouse and play tug-of-war, and when you let her outside she enjoys doing spontaneous twirls. She goes so fast it’s hard to get crisp photos even with the digital SLR camera we have, but here are a couple of shots of her in mid-twirl last week:
And here she is, one second later, finishing the twirl:
Stella is one very happy girl, and she takes such immense joy in each new day. This morning I passed her in the hallway, and the next thing I knew, she and I were roughhousing once more. What a turn-around for a girl who was abandoned only a few months ago.
She says, “Would you like to see me do that again?”
2014 Fall Shelter Challenge Begins
The fall round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began October 13 and ends November 23. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
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