This is Samwise: The greatest dog ever. Sam has Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which is a genetic disease (this in particular is caused by a recessive gene carried by both parents) causing his retinas to deteriorate. I began to notice an increasing “clumsiness” about two years ago, but when I inquired about it, my concerns were shrugged off; however, as time progressed it became increasingly obvious that there was indeed a problem. A few months ago he was diagnosed with PRA, and is now almost completely blind. His eyes are cloudy, and much like a blind person, he has to “feel” his way around. I started frequenting message boards for parents of blind dogs, and I found that many people actually euthanize, or cast off their visually ailing pets. That does not sit well with me. I understand that having a pet with a disability is more work, and they require a bit more attention, but when someone makes a decision to bring an animal into their home, they had best be ready for anything. It is not a convenience factor. I have had people suggest getting rid of Sam- I’ve even heard euthanasia from one brave, moronic, soul. Sam is a very happy little guy. We still play a “sniff and find” version of catch- his favorite game. He runs into things occasionally, and having recently moved to a new home, he gets a little anxious, and follows me everywhere to make sure I don’t leave him, but I love him, and I will do everything in my power to make sure his life is a decent one. Do not abandon your pets simply because they are no longer convenient. The love should extend in both directions, and if you can’t grasp that concept in regards to your pets, then you shouldn’t have them. I implore you to consider your furry family members as just that- family.

This is Samwise: The greatest dog ever. Sam has Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which is a genetic disease (this in particular is caused by a recessive gene carried by both parents) causing his retinas to deteriorate. I began to notice an increasing “clumsiness” about two years ago, but when I inquired about it, my concerns were shrugged off; however, as time progressed it became increasingly obvious that there was indeed a problem. A few months ago he was diagnosed with PRA, and is now almost completely blind. His eyes are cloudy, and much like a blind person, he has to “feel” his way around. I started frequenting message boards for parents of blind dogs, and I found that many people actually euthanize, or cast off their visually ailing pets. That does not sit well with me. I understand that having a pet with a disability is more work, and they require a bit more attention, but when someone makes a decision to bring an animal into their home, they had best be ready for anything. It is not a convenience factor. I have had people suggest getting rid of Sam- I’ve even heard euthanasia from one brave, moronic, soul. Sam is a very happy little guy. We still play a “sniff and find” version of catch- his favorite game. He runs into things occasionally, and having recently moved to a new home, he gets a little anxious, and follows me everywhere to make sure I don’t leave him, but I love him, and I will do everything in my power to make sure his life is a decent one. Do not abandon your pets simply because they are no longer convenient. The love should extend in both directions, and if you can’t grasp that concept in regards to your pets, then you shouldn’t have them. I implore you to consider your furry family members as just that- family.


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    I completely believe in her words. Well said Laur
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