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Living With a Blind Animal
What You Need to Know
Morgance and Tabitha
Living With a Blind Animal & What You Need To Know
Just as with a deaf animal there needs to be a level of protection for the animal. Instead of startling from not being able to hear you, they startle from not being able to see you. So talking to them before touching them is very important. Always try to touch them in the same place just as you would for a deaf animal. Constant and consistant daily interaction with them is very important. It helps them to feel safe and gives them confidence because they have a life that they can trust and predict to some degree. Try to keep your home furishings in the same place so they can become familar with how things are arranged. They, like people will count steps and figure distances to objects in their living environment. Should things get changed, give them time to adapt and show them where things have been moved.
Many times another animal in your household will become the eyes for them and form a very close bond and friendship. It is a very special relationship to see.
Blind cats should never be allowed outside unless supervised and on a leash, so they are always protected from dangers they cannot see by their human caretakers. Dogs should never been let off a leash unless in a secure fenced area. I would recommend not taking them to a doggie play yard because they usually do not understand the other dogs there and this can be extemely frightening for them. Remember we have to be there eyes.
These very special animals will fill your life with so much joy. When we can reach out to these special animals and give them a place in our home andheart we grow in wonderful ways that will make us a better person, one that is more compassionate, giving, caring and loving to all animals that live here on mother earth.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
"When I review my life, it seems to me that my
most precious obligations are to those whom
I have never seen. My dearest intimacies are
those of the mind; my most loyal and helpful
friends are those of the spirit.
As I wander through the dark, encountering
difficulties, I am aware of encouraging voices
that murmur from the spirit realm. I sense a
holy passion pouring down from the springs of
infinity. I thrill to music that beats with the
pulses of God.
Bound to suns and planets by invisible cords,
I feel the flame of eternity in my soul. Here, in
the midst of everday air, I sense the rush of
ethereal rains. I am conscious of the splendor
that binds all things of the earth to all things
of heaven. Immured by silence and darkness,
I possess the light that will give me vision a
thousandfold--when death sets me free".
Written by Helen Keller
Helen and her three dogs, Sieglinde, Darky & Ben Sith-1933