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Old 08-07-2012, 04:13 PM
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That's so very thoughtful of you. Is it for small dogs such as Chihuahuas? How do they work? Is there like a harness that holds them in? Or is it all enclosed with a mesh thing? I never really looked into them.

I hate to trouble you with looking to see if it's still there and all that it would entail to get it here. But if there's an easy way, maybe that would work well. Thank you so much for thinking of it.

Edited to add: Maybe...the more I think about it, a back pack might be more versatile because sometimes we like to walk in fields or trails that aren't made of concrete, so then, a stroller might not work as well. Hmmm. Before you go to any kind of trouble, I'll do a little checking...might be better to get a back pack or front carrying thing if they make it like that.
Just let me know I can look into it no problem at all I think it was an open one but cam with a mesh you can zip onto it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:24 PM
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Maybe she'd even like a wagon, if you've got one lying around? Mammoth (totally blind) has a wagon that he just adores. Just hops right in and we go on our merry way.

I'm sorry to hear about your girl, but hopefully a backpack or a stroller will give her the enjoyment she gets from walks without the startling elements. -hugs-
You dog is totally blind? Wow! It sounds like he's adjusted well. Thanks for the idea. I'm thinking though, that she may be too much of a fraidy cat for a wagon. I think she needs to be snugged into something. It's great that Mammoth has such a good time though. Wonderful.

P.W. Thanks. That's a good idea. I bet I could find one at a garage sale around here.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:25 PM
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B.B. It sounds like that dog was made to be very secure that way. I could do a sling but I bet I'd get too hot when the weather is hot. LOL. Those Chihuahuas can really put out the heat.

Jo...Thanks so very much. I'll p.m. you.

Thanks everybody for your thoughtfulness. I know how you know how hard it is when our pets get old and start having problems which make us so sad for them. At least she's not too terribly bad off....just this darn vision thing mostly. Her heart murmur isn't causing her much difficulty yet, but the vet said that eventually it will get worse. But for now, we'll just give her the best life possible.

Thanks so much for your support.
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You dog is totally blind? Wow! It sounds like he's adjusted well. Thanks for the idea. I'm thinking though, that she may be too much of a fraidy cat for a wagon. I think she needs to be snugged into something. It's great that Mammoth has such a good time though. Wonderful.
He sure is! When we adopted him four years ago he was suffering from untreated glaucoma. At eleven years old, he wasn't sturdy enough for any of the invasive surgeries that could have restored his vision, so we removed both of his eyes (to control his pain) and he adjusted fabulously.

I totally understand that she might be leery of a wagon: since Mammoth is just shy of a hundred pounds, a backpack wasn't really an option for us! =P

I know it's scary and hard to watch, but she *will* adjust to losing sight in that eye if she does eventually lose it completely. It might take a while (especially if she's a timid sort), but she can do it, especially with you here to help her along the way!
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Edited to add: Maybe...the more I think about it, a back pack might be more versatile because sometimes we like to walk in fields or trails that aren't made of concrete, so then, a stroller might not work as well. Hmmm. Before you go to any kind of trouble, I'll do a little checking...might be better to get a back pack or front carrying thing if they make it like that.
How much does Chulita weigh?

Sorry, I don't have any good photos of it, but Allie and I each have this front carrier that's meant for small dogs (Allie's is larger size than mine), that we use for the ferrets. It could very well be a good way to carry her around

It has a hole at the top for them to stick their heads out of..


The sides are mesh so if she puts her head in she can still see out



LOL sorry for the lack of pictures really showing it.. and, ya know, lack of dog usage
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So sorry to hear what's happening. I hope if you can try a stroller or the backpack that it will do the trick so she can at least enjoy going on walks again. Hugs
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PW...Buzz looks very content and ready to roll. lol. It looks like he's saying, "Let's get the show on the road." Cute!

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I know it's scary and hard to watch, but she *will* adjust to losing sight in that eye if she does eventually lose it completely.
Houlahoops, she has lost it completely in the left eye. I sometimes wonder if she'd be better off if she were totally blind because what's freaking her out, I think, is the loss of depth perception by vision in just one eye. She sees things as though they're going to smack her, even when the movement of the thing is several feet away. But inside, she can tear around. She spins when she's happy, just two or three spins and looks up at me just before she's going to twirl around again, as if to say, "watch what I can do." She grabs toys or dirty socks and shakes that prey, spins around, goes in for the kill again...really cute. She's quite happy and she doesn't seem to have any arthritis or anything like that. It's just outside where she has this trepidation. She even dislikes going out to pee when it's sunny. Those shadows freak her out. I do hope she'll get accustomed to or be able to compensate somehow. I notice that she does recover much more quickly than she use to. She is or has gotten more timid than she use to be. She's extremely sociable...loves people, so she's not timid of people...just scary things or fireworks...stuff like that.

Jess, That is so cool! Your ferrets look really cute in there. I would think something like that would make her feel really secure and might just be what we need. She weighs between 5 and 6 Lbs. It fluctuates. When she's 6 lbs, she's a tad on the fat side, which she is right now. I am cutting her back so she'll get closer to 5 lbs, which is really the perfect weight for her. I love Outward Hound stuff. Lyric use to have a back pack that he'd carry on some of our walks. I'd put my water bottle, a sandwich and my cigarettes in the pockets, along with treats and a collapsible, nylon water bowl for him, (if we weren't hiking where there was a creek) also from Outward Hound. Thanks for showing me those photos. It gives me an idea.

Barb, I will try something...I want to make sure she even likes going on outings that way. So, I might try a home made sling or something just to try her out first.

Thanks for all your ideas and pictures.
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