You may recall that I wrote about Priscilla, my lovely little Maltese dog who went blind in April 2015 with SARDS (Suddenly Acquired Retinal Disintegration Syndrome). I wrote a blog about Prissy when she received her Muffin’s Halo from California recently and how this product has revolutionised her existence. Very slowly, Priscilla’s personality is emerging once again. The biggest help in Priscilla’s life, apart from the excellent product Muffin’s Halo, has been her companion Teddy, a silly but adorable Shih Tzu who has never had to grow up, thanks to being brought into an existing pack of two dogs. Now that Teddy no longer has old Ralph to fuss over since the dear old boy’s demise on 7th December last, he seems to have turned more than the usual attention towards his beloved Priscilla. Prissy has her enjoyable moments out in the back garden with Teddy and for once, she was able to roll Teddy over and “attack” him with the usual play growling associated with Maltese dogs with attitude. Teddy wasn’t complaining either. He just enjoyed the moment for the delight of playing with his beloved Priscilla.
Priscilla’s blindness does have its drawbacks. We are moving back to our home state of Victoria soon and this in itself will give Priscilla a whole new take on her life. A long educational process of the new house will be high on the agenda as Priscilla will need to be encouraged to learn the new map of the house interior. The Muffin’s Halo will be tap-tapping around the house as Prissy discovers the “road map” of the house interior. That is the beauty of Muffin’s Halo as it is made just a tad longer than Priscilla’s nose. Priscilla uses the Halo to tap around unfamiliar places and when she hits something hard, she stops and considers her situation and allows the Halo to slide off either to the left or right.
In the meantime, life is “business as usual” in our household dominated by animals. Prissy will continue to enjoy her life and her constant companion Teddy. What I really appreciate about dogs is that they are creatures of the moment who seize the day and make the best of what comes along in their life. I think if humans had this capacity to just “let go” and enjoy the moment more, there would be happier people in this world. I have always loved the happy spontaneity of dogs and their ability to enjoy the moment in life and not worry about the future or the past but to just concentrate on the here and now. This to me, is a valuable life lesson that I have tried to adopt in my own life. All of us can learn a lot from the wisdom of dogs.
Teddy “Teddlybops” Hoover ….. enjoy life!