As soon as her feet touched the kitchen floor it was obvious her blindness did not bother her, or slow her down. There was no bumping into furniture like Buddy had when he arrived. We had been told Tyler was house trained. Oh yeah! I was so glad it was Steve who had insisted I telephone Sam to say Tyler could come to live here. Little parcels and puddles began to appear everywhere. Carpets were covered in newspapers. and Tyler soon let us know which newspapers she preferred! Regular trips out on to the lawn were organised, the trouble was Tyler preferred to run about on the lawn like a lunatic than do what she was supposed to be doing! The trips outside became more frequent, often with Buddy for company. Buddy had accepted Tyler's arrival with a disgruntled look on his face but despite Tyler playfully attacking him, he never growled or snapped at her. Tyler soon learned the words "Tyler, NO!"
A huge crate was installed in the kitchen for Tyler to sleep in, but she soon let us know she did not like this arrangement. Sleepless nights became the norm, as did trips outside at 2 am, 3 am,4 am! However, after 6 days, Tyler was getting the message of what these visits to the lawn were supposed to be for.
Our living room began to look as if it had been bombed, her favourite game is to bring anything she can find out of the kitchen in to the living room! Tammy the cat soon put Tyler in her place, and anything that moved, or didn't move, was fair game to Tyler! Feeding time became a relay, Tyler in the crate, feed the cat and Tyler and Buddy's food was put down at night while Tyler was in the crate.
A week after Tyler arrived, an appointment at the vets was arranged to check Tyler and to register her. The vet weighed her and said she was almost 9.8 kilo. He suggested a referral to an Opthalmic Specialist as her paperwork stated she had suspected CEA and an appointment has been arranged for 6th March. If she is blind, it certainly doesn't stop her trying to lead a normal life.
We compare Buddy who had sight when he was born, to Tyler who has never had sight. Within 24 hrs Tyler was climbing the kitchen step which took Buddy over 2 weeks to master. Tyler, Buddy & Tammy are now the best of friends, Tyler just needs the occasional reminder from them that they will not tolerate being pounced on! Tyler's zest for life is unbelievable and very tiring, but we love her to bits.