Stan became blind in one eye this week. Suddenly. Well pretty much overnight really. Some sort of inherited Jack Russell glaucoma. After a couple of days on emergency drops to try and rescue the damaged eye, but also reduce the pressure in his other eye, I took him back to the eye vet in a nearby town at lunchtime.
We arrived 10 minutes early, so I took him to a nearby park for a walk. He’s obsessive about having sticks thrown for him, so I wandered around a bit, chucking a stick for him. There was only one other person on the other side of the park. Walking up and down, in a weird way, looking at the ground. Occasionally he or she seemed to be picking something up. They didn’t have a dog or anything, so it was a bit odd. We kept our distance.
Half an hour later, the vet recommended an injection to the back of the eye to deaden it, and Stan was led off, tail wagging, to surgery.
I went out to the car park, without a waggy tail. Only to find out I’d lost the car key.
“Fuckingshittosswank.” It was freezing and I couldn’t work out where it could be. I decided to retrace my steps to the park and started walking along slowly, scanning the grass carefully.
“What do you think she’s doing?” I heard a girl say. I turned round to see a couple with a dog, looking at me as if I was mad. I started to explain but they walked carefully away from me.
Postscript: I eventually found the car key near the goal post. I shouted to the couple but they pretended they didn’t hear me.
PPS: Rich and LB have gone to collect Stan.
PPS: Stan is home, very cheerful and chirpy 🙂
I hope Stan’s OK, my Uncle used to have a Russell that was practically blind. He got on fine as long as no one moved the furniture!
Thanks! He’s remarkably cheerful considering. The other eye has improved so hopefully he’ll keep some sight. If not, we’ll remember not to move the furniture 😉
Much love to Stan and the rest of the family.