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Old 09-03-2015, 11:02 PM
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I am one of those chihuahua lovers that will look over adds for chihuahuas. I have a 15yr, 10yr, 8wks. They are my furkids- love my chi
I came across a craiglist add of a person who had a litter of chihuahuas and one was born with her eyes open. The vet told the person there was nothing they could do since she is so small and she is just put eye drops in her eyes. The chihuahua owner is considering putting her to sleep
I can't imagine putting my babies to sleep just because they are blind. My husband and I have started looking into what accommodations can be done to help this sweetie and have asked the owner not to put her to sleep.
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I'm sure there is something on the internet for blind dogs/puppies. Why does he want to put her to sleep? Money or lack of it for selling her? Most dogs do fine even when born blind. They learn very fast where furniture etc are. Hope you can get someone to take this poor pup.
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:31 AM
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She wasn't sure anyone would want a blind puppy. But she has changed her mind after a few chi lovers responded to her. I am considering adopting her and started reading info. Wondering if anyone in this group has experience raising a blind puppy?
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I have experience with a blind puppy, but NOT a Chi... Ours was a Siberian Husky who had other things going on (Hydrocephalus) and she sadly deteriorated enough that we had to put her down at 13 weeks. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Anyway... she was totally blind. She was a lot of work. I'm thankful I was a stay at home Mom at the time because if I'd had had any kind of job or other obligations outside the home, she wouldn't have gotten the care she needed. She needed to kept under strict supervision at all times and if not, into her crate she went. We got her at 8 weeks old and even though we never changed a thing in our house in the 5 weeks we had her, she did not learn the layout of any of the rooms in that time and would bump into things constantly. She was very clingy, etc. Everything was different, playing with her, taking her out for walks in the yard, etc.
I loved her like a baby and I hardly minded the extra care (Ok, I had my days where I'd be very down and overwhelmed, like a mother with a couple toddlers that thinks she can't do this, can't keep up, etc.) but I'm warning you and making sure that if you are seriously considering adopting her, that you know exactly what you are getting in to because it could be a long road, especially with a baby that is like a pound or two and much more fragile. A baby that small goes running through a room headfirst into a wall and what would be a shake off whack to the head for a bigger pup could seriously injure a Chi baby.

It's so easy to get your heart strings pulled and anyone with half a heart would and a love for our breed would feel the way you do, I'm not saying don't adopt her, but I'm saying make sure you know what you're getting. Somewhere I have a book around here that is specifically about blind dogs... I'll try to find the title and author for you.

In our case, sadly, our Sibe pup should have been put down by her breeder. We had our heartstrings pulled and her breeder actually paid us to take her, gave us $350 toward her care, a drop in a bucket but we jumped and took her because we didn't want to see her put down. We loved her so much but ultimately we broke our own hearts trying to save a dog that was meant for heaven all along.

So, advice, know what you're getting into, and make certain that the only thing wrong with her is her vision. If there is anything else going on, you could very well end up in the same boat I did.

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PS- Editing to add, it just dawned on me that you have an 8 week old pup right now already. I would really really put a lot more thought into this because a special needs puppy is going to need so much attention that your little one now might get very jealous, resentful, feel left out, etc.
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Here's the book:

Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs, Second Edition: Caroline D. Levin: 9780967225340: Amazon.com: Books

I highly recommend it if you decide to take the leap.
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Thanks for the advice, I really needed a wake up call, with reality of what it really takes to care for her. I just didn't want her to be put to sleep & my heart couldn't help but want to save her. With my little guy I couldn't imagine putting him to sleep.
Breeder states she is gaining weight. I have been texting with the breeder and she actually has 8 other people willing to adopt her. She will need to take out her eyes out and have it sealed closed. I may just buy the halo dog device that I found online for dogs and give it to the new owner if I don't adopt her.
My husband & I realize we need to really think this through before we adopt another chi, especially since she has special needs.
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It's great to know she has so many people stepping up. I wish the pup the best of luck, and I think donating a Halo device would be so sweet and probably much appreciated!
Let us know what y'all decide to do! I'm so glad you're taking a step back to really chew on this, it's hard to balance the head and the heart!! Proud of you for being responsible!
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The halo would be very helpful to her I think.

If you opt to take her, anytime she is alone she'll need confined to a safe X-pen with soft bedding and such inside. If you aren't actively watching especially at first she'll need confined. Blind dogs are hard work.
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