Okay, apparently there is something the bigger dogs find very appealing about that wire basket! This is blind and deaf Spinner snoozing in it yesterday evening. Maybe blind Madison tipped her off to its unique comforts. Who knows?
While we were taking these photos, I told Alayne that I bet Spinner would react when the flash went off -- and sure enough, she did. Here she is, popping up after detecting the burst of light:
This brought a flood of memories, because it was how she responded to the beam of a flashlight that made us think she might be able to see when she first came to us way back in 2005.
We learned subsequently during exploratory surgery that she had blue eyes and that the white we were seeing when we looked at her was the back of her eyes. It turned out she had an extremely rare condition known as restrictive strabismus, that experimental surgery had been done with some success, and we found a surgeon in San Diego who offered to give it a try with Spinner.
So I flew her to San Diego for consultations with the surgeon, who determined she was a candidate for surgery ... and then came the heartbreaking aftermath. (As a post-script to that last blog post, the one eye that might have been a candidate for follow-up cataract surgery eventually rotated back down, so nothing more was possible.)
Although our hopes of giving her vision again were dashed, Spinner continued to live a wonderful, happy life -- and as you can see, she finds new ways of making herself comfortable!
Final Contest of The Year -- Please Vote for the Farm!
The latest Shelter Challenge started Monday, October 8 and ends at midnight on December 16. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** You will find us listed as Rolling Dog Farm. The state is NH for New Hampshire. ***
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We just won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the current contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
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