Bobby Sue
Bobby Sue

 

From A Blind Dog

I cannot see you Mommy, 
when you cuddle me so near.
And yet I know you love me. 
It's in the words I hear.

I cannot see you Daddy, 
when you hold me by your side.
But still I know I'm special 
when you tell me so with pride.

I cannot see to run and play
out in the sun so bright.
For here inside my tiny head
it's always dark as night.

I cannot see the treats you give 
when I am extra good.
But I can wag my tail in thanks, 
just like a good dog should.

"She cannot see. The dog's no good." 
Is what some folks might say.
"She can't be trained, she'll never learn. 
She must be put away."

But not you, Mom and Daddy. 
You know that I'm alright.
Because I love you just as much
as any dog with sight.

You took me in. 
You gave me love
and we will never part.
For I am blind with just my eyes. 
I see you with my heart.

 

Sherrill Wardrip
Rev.  3-14-99

 Bobby Sue is in a new book. 
A woman, on the Blind Dogs list, 
has written a book called 
"Blind Dog Stories" 
There is a chapter called 
"A Different Point Of View". 
It is about how children react to a blind dog, 
and the picture for the chapter is of Bobby, 
being held by one of the kids next door, Kasey.
( see above photo )
You can learn more about the book at: 
http://www.petcarebooks.com/

Click on - About "Blind Dog Stories", 
then scroll down to where Bobby is.

I am so proud of my baby Bobby Sue. 
And now she is in a real live book!!

Bobby Sue's story is below
She was a singleton ( an only puppy ) ,and her mother ran a  high fever during the pregnancy. The vet decided that this was  going on about the time  the eye organs should have formed.  But due to the fever, it never happened. Of course when she  was born her eyes were closed so it wasn't obvious to her  breeder that there was a problem. 

When they did realize that she was blind,  they couldn't bring themselves to put her down,  so they found a young couple that said they wanted her.

The problem there was that they both worked, so Bobby spent her  days confined to an ex-pen. They would take her out in the  evening and show her some attention, but they soon realized it  wasn't fair to Bobby, so they returned her to the breeder.

Julia raises show dogs and both Bobby's parents are champions.  Julia also knew she couldn't give Bobby the attention she  deserved and she also treated Bob like she was handicapped.  I mean, she was kept in the house away from the other dogs  and in an ex-pen so she wouldn't wander around and possibly  get hurt. Since Julia shows she travels a lot and felt that Bobby  needed a home where she could get more attention or she  would have to euthanize her. None of her show friends wanted  her or knew anyone that did.  After the death of Carlotta I  found the Chihuahua list and posted that I was looking for  another dog, possibly one that no one else wanted. I was  put in touch with Julia and when I drove out to meet her and  Bobby I knew I was a goner!  I got down on the floor and  called her to me. She found her way to me, licked me on the  nose and that was that. She came home with me last May  and this will be her lifelong palace.

As to training.....It took her one day to figure out where the  food and water dishes are and how to find them and about  3 days to learn her way around the house. Every time Bessie would go out to potty I would put Bobby in the yard and she would go, too. We had a few accidents until I learned to  understand what she was trying to tell me when she would come to me like she wanted to be held then run away. We  built special steps for her off the deck and now I just open  the sliding door and she goes out, makes a sharp left, goes  down the stairs out into the yard, takes care of business and  comes back up the stairs and into the house. When the  weather is nice and she wants to run and play in the yard  she knows that the yard is fenced and bordered with flower  beds. So when she is running and hits beauty bark she stops  because 2 feet away is the fence. Other than the steps we  make no concessions to her and do not treat her as if she is  handicapped in any way. Being as tiny as she is we do pick  her up onto the bed and lift her down but that's it. If she  wants to be held when I am in my recliner she lets me know  and I pick her up. If I leave her there and she wants down  she turns around and backs to the edge and then lays down  and slides off onto the floor.
She knows the basic commands like sit, stay, down, stop and  come. I snap my fingers when I say come so she can home  in on the sound to find me. I taught her the same way I taught  Bessie. I put her in the desired position and repeated the  command a few times. Then I would give the command and  if she did the right thing she was praised and skritched. If not  I would put her in the position and....repeated as necessary.  She also knows when we come to a step and I say 'step up'  that she needs to stop, find out how high the step is and then  go up it. She does a two part trick, too. When I tell her to  dance she spins really fast and then I say 'dance up' and she  stands up on her hind feet and hops. She also knows the  sound of the zip baggie the cookies are in and will start  spinning when she hears it open. In fact she will spin when  I open any zip bag .
Being born blind she thinks that this is how the world is and  she does just fine. Also her sense of hearing and smell are  extra sharp and she uses them in place of eyes. When we  go for walks she is slow because each step is deliberate as  she feels for changes in the surface. But once she has been  some where and feels comfortable she explores and snoops  and plays around like any other dog. Most people when  meeting her for the first time cannot believe she is blind. She is  so confident and friendly.
Many people say that she is lucky to have me but I beg to differ.  I am the lucky one. She has given me so much love and taught  me so much about dealing with life and the rotten tricks it plays.  And she and Bessie are the best of friends. In fact they are curled  up together sleeping off the effects of a lunch of rib steak bones  with lots of meat left on them. Nope, they're not spoiled.
Sorry this got so long but when I start talking about the kids  I just can't stop. I don't even talk about my Grandkids this much!!

Sher & The Grrrlz Bessie & Bobby Sue Fall City, WA