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Annabelle

Annabelle at the top of the stairs to the living room. I love how she always sits with her feet together, and the toes pointing out.... isn't she pretty!
Annabelle at the top of the stairs to the living room. I love how she always sits with her feet together, and the toes pointing out.... isn't she pretty!

Annabelle in close-up.  A really good view of her implants - you can see they healed over to a solid gray-blue color...  She's listening to the noise the camera makes...
Annabelle in close-up. A really good view of her implants - you can see they healed over to a solid gray-blue color... She's listening to the noise the camera makes...

Aaahh!  This tile floor is cool on my hot belly!  My mom says I'm too plump, but I don't agree! (On the right, you can see some of the carpet runners we laid down from one door to another, to help her navigate).
Aaahh! This tile floor is cool on my hot belly! My mom says I'm too plump, but I don't agree! (On the right, you can see some of the carpet runners we laid down from one door to another, to help her navigate).

Maybe if I just lay here long enough, someone will come and put food in my bowl....
Maybe if I just lay here long enough, someone will come and put food in my bowl....

the blind leading the hysterical....  LOL
the blind leading the hysterical.... LOL

Annabelle's couch.  Annabelle's spot on Annabelle's couch.  No one else sits there - not even us! That cushion is just the right size, and then she rests her head on the arm - too cute!
Annabelle's couch. Annabelle's spot on Annabelle's couch. No one else sits there - not even us! That cushion is just the right size, and then she rests her head on the arm - too cute!

And she wanted to know why the heck I had crawled in there with her!  (Isn't she cute!)
And she wanted to know why the heck I had crawled in there with her! (Isn't she cute!)

Noel and Annabelle, with her sign we attached to her harness so people wouldn't startle her....  Isn't  she adorable?
Noel and Annabelle, with her sign we attached to her harness so people wouldn't startle her.... Isn't she adorable?

 

Menzie

 

 

The offical "history"

 

From: Menzie Campbell
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001
Subject: Help with blind dog and sighted dogs!
Sorry for the long post: I introduce myself and my dogs below, but for those who want to skip that, my problem/question is this: prior to this weekend, Annabelle had established herself as the dominant dog of the 3. Now she's blind, and Gus and Moxie have already begun to be a little more aggressive towards her - I think they can tell she's not "all there". What should we do about this? Is there anything we can do to ease this transition? My big worry is that 13-lb. dachshund will pick a fight with 70-lb. basset, and really lose badly, and get very hurt. Has anyone else had this problem?
Annabelle has congenital glaucoma. She woke up 3 months ago with a "blue eye". We were sent to an eye vet, Dr. Winston, who is wonderful. We tried laser surgery, it didn't restore any sight, and three months of meds (Xalatan, timolol, etc.) never really regulated the pressures. Finally, we removed that eye, Jan. 5th.
This weekend (Jan. 28th), Annabelle woke up blind and crying at 4:00 a.m. We rushed her to the emergency vet, they kept her overnight, gave her glaucoma IV meds, etc. Dr. Winston even came in that Sunday and tried a procedure to reduce pressures, which didn't work. By Monday morning, Dr. said we could try the laser surgery in this second eye. But we talked about it, and decided that we just couldn't do that to her again. I was convinced that this second eye was already blind - the pressures never went below 60+ in that 36-hour time frame. And I was sure there were days with the first eye that she was in pain, in spite of all the meds. So we made the decision to remove the second eye as well.
I have to admit, I broke down and cried uncontrollably in Dr. Winston's office - her assistant said that happens almost every time an owner has to make that final, irrevocable decision. But I really think we did the best thing for Annabelle. I know she'll adapt very well in the end, with our help.
So, she now has two protheses, and has been home since yesterday. She's doing pretty well; she follows the other ones around. I've already put bells on them, etc. She's learned her way up and down the stairs, and is already learning to "lead with her nose". I've ordered the Levin book, and some Jingle balls for her to learn to chase.

From: Menzie Campbell
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2001
Subject: [blinddogs] Update on Annabelle the 20-month-old basset hound
Just thought I would update eveyone on Annabelle, our "blind as abasset" hound.
She came home from her surgery to remove her second eye on Tuesday. In Five days, she has learned so much! She never was frightened of going up or down the stairs (thank goodness!); she just touches her nose to each step, to "see" when she has reached the last one. At first, she would dash headlong across the floor, and consequently bump into walls pretty hard, but she has learned to move a little slower now, and her inevitable "bonks" have gotten much fewer and gentler.
We read the Levin book, and put carpet runner "pathways" across the kitchen and office floors. This has really helped her get from the crate across the the back door (Outside!) without missing the doorway. We have already played the find-the-kibble game once or twice. I put little pieces of dry food along the new carpet pathway, and let her hunt around for it, which she thought was much fun! My theory is that this will also help her learn where the pathway is, and that it leads where she wants to go.
We've scent-marked doorway openings with one scent, and sharp corners of tables and such with a different scent, hoping that will help her learn to "avoid" the sharp-corner scent. I'm not sure how well that's working; for a "scent hound", our basset seems able to lose track of bones or kibble that's right in front of her! Maybe she's just not concentrating......
Our other two (the dachsunds) are learning to live with the new Annabelle. They challenged her once or twice; we have decided that, as the alpha male and female, we will not allow any aggression in our presence - per the Levin book - so we responded negatively to that. Things sem to be settling down now. The dachshunds have figured out that Annabelle will remain the dominant dog. First, because she's so much bigger that, if it came to a fight, she can still overpower them, even if she can't see them! Second, because they have quickly learned that we will support Annabelle in her position as dominant.
So, things seem to be working out. Next weekend, we're going to start taking her for the walk on our old route, which was always the same. Hopefully, we'll learn to do that with confidence, and restore as much of our old life as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Ames.,Pres. of Basset Rescue of Mt. wrote:
God Bless you for loving your kids!!!

Sarah Harper Leach wrote:
Great pictures of Annabelle, she looks so happy in your home, who needs eyes to see the love ya'll must have for your dogs!!

Anne wrote:
Annabelle is just beautiful.

Annabelle and foodslave Eva Herschleb wrote:
I know this story will help alot of people in making the right decisions for their babies. Annabelle, your beautiful and HAPPY! Good luck and keep those ears up!

Christi and Lucy, my basset baby wrote:
Lucy has glaucoma in both eyes ... we may be looking at the prosthetic eyes too. But Annabelle seems to be doing well so I feel better about Lucy's situation. Thanks,

christine wrote:
Annabelle is beautiful. She is so lucky to find parents as good as you and Noel Psss does Noel have a brother???? preferablly well heeled in the wallet department hahahahaarghhh love and kisses to Annabelle

Ruth Connah wrote:
yes she is cute it must a very hard decision to make, but it was the right one well done

Faye Bowring wrote:
A beautiful and touching story. Our pets are heroes!

Teresa and Molly(blind basset) wrote:
Your Annabelle seems so much like my Molly she is a lot older and is also huge like your. Molly also has cushing's so she has had some hurdles along the way. We always say it isn't easy being Molly. She has a mind of her own. Bullheaded as the come but very loveable and loyal.Molly did not have implants and no one has ever acted funny towards her.

Judy and Jakey (blindjake1) wrote:
What a cutie Annabelle is! Good photographs of her implants, too!

Vicki & Daesha (Shih Tzu-both eyes removed) wrote:
Annabelle is a real sweetie!

shirley wrote:
please advise why implants vs. eye removal. I am currently having to make this decision for my 4 year old chessie

Lynne Hammill wrote:
loved the pic's. It's a tough decision but Annabelle looks happy with the decision. I've always been a sucker for hounds.

Nancy Wally and the Crew wrote:
She is a very beautiful girl. I like the way she stands also, too cute!!!!!!!! Your other babies are adorable too.