If anyone asked me if I believe in love at first sight, I would have to say YES because it happened with my dog.
Buck is a purebred West Highland White Terrier, but he was born with some problems with his vision. This made him ‘unsellable” and was going to be euthanized. This wonderful woman took him in and promised to find him a good home. This is where I come in! After an interviewing process and several phone calls, I found myself making the drive to the border of Virginia/North Carolina to meet this little guy.
I couldn’t have been happier to give this guy a loving home. It was assumed that he had juvenile cataracts that would be fixable with surgery. When I went through with the adoption, I had made a promise to do whatever was necessary to help fix his vision. After visiting with two ophthalmologists, he was diagnosed with a detached retina in his right eye that was unresponsive to light. Which is a lengthy way of saying that he’s blind in his right side, and no surgery can fix it since his eye is not functional. The good news is that his left eye is perfectly fine, and if I didn’t tell you any of this, you would never know!
Around 6 months old, Buck started to display some odd behaviors that came out of the blue. After several vet visits, conversations with dog behaviorists and emergency room visits, we were able to come up with a diagnosis after 6 months of torture for both me and Buck. He has both Intestinal Bowel Disease (IBD) which is caused by certain types of food, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which can be caused due to neurological factors such as stress. He is on a VERY strict fish diet with some lamb as snacks along with medication for his stomach, and takes melatonin daily to help keep him stress free.
Through trial and error and patience, we have the perfect diet, and system in place to minimize any pain he might have.
Key things to know about Buck:
~ He loves plastic. Plastic bags, swiffer duster handles, hangers, frisbees, ect…
~ He loves to stand on two legs.
~ He will clear my coffee table without warning.
~ He loves to walk on ledges.
~ Buck has a new found love for biting the hair on the top of sheep’s heads….