You are an angel, Claire. Thank you so much for looking after this little girl. As my girlie here says "Jemima's are the best!". She will blossom under your care Claire. I will be interested how old your Vet puts her at. xx
Jemima had a good night, slept happily in her crate/den...although she can open it herself! We went to the vets for a thorough check up. There is no sign of cataracts but she is definately blind, more than likely a retinal problem but this really doesn't bother her too much, once she is familiar with her surroundings. The swelling around the mammary glands seems to be a hormonal thing, vet thinks she may have just finished a season, booked for spaying Monday. Her nails were clipped a little bit but with long quicks we were hesitant to go too short, will ask for a clip under general. I also weighed her, 16.5kgs so a healthy weight. So far she has walked beautifully on the lead. Preferring to keep close to heal. She sits and will do anything for a treat i think! Age estimated at 8 years. So many years ahead of her all being well
My screen has just become very blurry reading your update, Claire. So sad that not only because the vet diagnosed little Jemima definitely blind but what really got at me is that she seems to stick close to you and doing anything for a treat. Poor girl probably never had very much in her entire life and is so grateful for a bit of love and attention. Your life will never more be the same as it was, little Jemima!
So please Jemima has a clean bill of health but so sad she is blind. It is amazing how dogs cope though. Hopefully she will find a home with a companion dog who can be her 'eyes'. I just want to hug her. Another blurry screen here.
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Jemima is now taking herself off to her crate after toilet duties. I think she feels safe there. I suspect she would love to sit on my lap for fussing but at the moment I am just letting her sit by my feet. She has some fear and has snarled at my bigger dogs only when she walks into them and they growl at her. She is not in the position to run away, being blind, so she will 'defend' herself. My dogs don't take alot of notice if they see her walking into them it's when she takes them by surprise, if they don't growl she just bumps into them and walks on or even under them. We have done a couple of pack walks and she is absolutely fine so not neccessarily dog reactive just reactive to challenge. I did notice a nic out of her ear yesterday so suspect she has come from travelling stock and possibly as a breeding bitch. Despite this she trusts humans and will follow you if call her.
My initial thoughts are that Jemima would be best suited as an only dog. Mainly so she could wander around without fear. She will explore her surroundings and will tackle new things with encouragement. When we picked her up the warden reported that she wouldn't walk through doorways unless she is between your legs being guided. In the past 48 hours we have seen her hopping in and out of our car, go through doorways of all widths and negociate steps of varying depths. With someone who could devote more of their attention to just her she will blossom I am sure.