Watch The Heartwarming Moment When A Formerly Blind Dog Sees Family For The First Time After Surgery
When rescue Irish Terrier Duffy started to lose his eyesight, Duffy’s caretaker, Benjamin May, says he and his parents (Duffy’s owners) were beyond devastated. Duffy’s decline seemed to progress rather quickly, May explains.
“Within about 3-5 months he went from a totally normal 8 year old dog to a dog who was completely blind,” May wrote of Duffy on the popular website Reddit.
“It broke my heart seeing this dog I grew up with, who I see as a very good friend…running into things, not being able to recognize me…just struggling,” he added.
Duffy, now 9 years old, suffers from canine diabetes, which, much like diabetes in humans, means that his body cannot properly produce insulin, making it difficult for the body to process sugar. There is no cure for the condition.
His owners first suspected Duffy might have diabetes last year, when he began peeing in the house frequently, one of the telltale sign of the often-debilitating disease.
Sure enough, doctors confirmed the worst — Duffy’s blood sugar was all over the charts. Soon after his diagnosis, Duffy went blind, no longer able to see his loved ones.
But his dedicated family and skilled veterinarians weren’t ready to give up on the sweet Irish Terrier. Duffy’s family administered medications and monitored the Duffster’s blood sugar levels religiously, until one day, vets gave the okay to try a surgical procedure that could restore Duffy’s sight.
“Thankfully we got his numbers steady and [doctors] said we could attempt surgery,” says May.
Duffy underwent surgery in January, and the procedure was successful. His family made sure to have a camera rolling as Duffy’s vet removed the bandages and allowed Duffy the chance to see his loved ones once more. Duffy’s joy is palpable as he wags his tail, greeting his mom and dad with, if not a fresh set of eyes, then an improved set.
A friendly dog in a small shop in Japan can though, making his cute and fury face the first thing people see when they stop by the store.
When this dying dog rescued from the streets of India was originally found he looked like a lost cause, as well as the saddest creature you’ve ever seen. The organization Animal Aid Unlimited came to the dog’s rescue just two-months ago in hopes of saving his life and making it worth living again.
When he was first found on the side of the road, the poor pup was starving, dehydrated, suffering from mange and had not experienced any human contact in a long time. A spokesperson for Animal Aid Unlimited said, “He was so exhausted and inward.”
As soon as the dog arrived at the rescue facility they hooked him up to an IV and began treating his many infections. It took 10 days for the dog’s skin to heal, at which point the real transformation began to take place.
The results of his transformation are unbelievable. To think this is the same dying dog rescued from the streets only two months before is not only shocking but also inspirational.
When Imichi, a tiny tabby kitten, was rejected by her mother she was taken in by Ponzu, a golden retriever, and Jessiepon, his owner. Jessiepon is best known for turning her previous cat, Wasabi-chan, into an Internet sensation; after Wasabi-chan died suddenly last year, Jessiepon decided to open her home to this rescue kitty. From the looks of Jessiepon’s Instagram, though, it seems the rescue might have been Ponzu’s idea.
The dog struck up an immediate friendship with Imichi, treating Imichi like a puppy and playing with her constantly once she regained her strength. Jessiepon has started chronicling the animals’ friendship in photos, and the two appear to be inseparable — and very, very loving.
This is what a dog with separation anxiety goes through when you leave them. It’s heartbreaking, but fixable.
According to Jonathan Kim who experienced this with his dog:
“I had the same separation anxiety issue with my dog. Found out by installing a wifi camera. He would howl and cry for 20 minutes after I left.
My solution: I started leaving kibbles around the house when I left. He would stay preoccupied looking for the kibbles around the house and then forget I was gone. No more crying. This also led to a positive association to me leaving because me out of the house = kibbles to eat = happy dog.”
Do you have a tough time getting your pooch to stand still while taking a selfie? A new smartphone attachment can help.
Jason Hernandez in California has developed a smartphone attachment that helps dog owners take the perfect picture or selfie with their pet.
The attachment is a phone mount that holds a tennis ball to grab your pet’s attention towards the phone’s camera as you click a picture.
Hernandez has been working on the project for about a year and was inspired to create the Pooch Selfie after seeing his wife experience some difficulty capturing a photo of the family’s pet dog, ‘Huffington Post’ reported. Hernandez noticed that a tennis ball successfully captured the dog’s attention. That observation sparked a eureka moment and he began developing the product.
When my 160-pound English Mastiff was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, I was crushed. Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City. This dog wasn’t just my best friend – she was my roommate and confidant. What does the vet mean she only has a few months left?
My sobbing seemed unstoppable, but Gizelle was sensitive and didn’t like to see me cry. I had to be strong. So I decided we would bury our worries in the dog park and create a bucket-list adventure of everything we wanted to do before she died. It was my mission for us to indulge and explore life’s joys. We’d escape the city and search for waterfalls, cook lobster, and nap in the grass. We’d jump in the ocean without towels, just to enjoy the sun drying us, and never stress about details like sand in the car.
Doing a bucket list for Gizelle not only helped me cope with losing her, it was also one wild ride. It helped me live in the present and see life for what it truly is: a sweet, simple, precious adventure. So paw in hand, we packed our bags and set off. Here are some of our favorite adventures.
Ride in a canoe
There’s nothing worse than when your parents, friends and just about everyone else keeps asking when you and your bae are going to "have some babies."
Instead of shouting ‘when we’re ready!’ couple Abby Lee and Matt Kay decided to take a different approach to get their in-laws to stop asking when they were going to become a family of three.
They decided to do a newborn baby shoot – with their dog, Humphry, acting as the baby. In the hilarious pics, Matt and Abby can be seen doing the typical things we see in most newborn baby shoots with their curly-haired pup.