The Gypsy and The Giant: My Life with Longdogs

What is it like to live in a small town with a couple of longdogs? Especially one that can lick your chin without taking his feet of the floor.......

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Irrepressible Kizzy the Wonderdog

A story in which Kizzy goes blind, has an eye removed and still keeps on smiling.......

Some  of you will have read already about the terrible accident that my beautiful longdog Kizzy had in 2016, three days after my old deerhound longdog Mac died.  Kizzy ran through a bush and managed to skin herself from shoulders to hips.  It was  the worst degloving I have ever seen and it resulted in a three week stay in the Dick Vet in Edinburgh whilst she got stitched back together.     You can read more about this here

Kizzy has always been a feisty, spirited dog.  This side of her personality made her a bit of a handful  when she was a puppy and was the reason why it took lots and lots of work (and tears of rage and frustration!) to bring her on, but it is also what has made her into such a  happy dog with a friendly outward looking nature.  Kizzy loves life, other dogs, people, cats, name it  Many people have fallen in love with her charming good nature and gentle outlook.  And I thought she had been through enough with her accident. After she recovered I was looking forward to spending time with her as she grew older - the two of us sharing long happy walks on the beach, up in the hills, out in the fields, evenings on the sofa sharing a nice cup of tea together.... and then a month or so before Christmas 2017 this happened:

What was originally diagnosed as conjunctivitis turned out to be tumour in Kizzy's right eye which quickly became complicated by severe secondary glaucoma.  Within a week she had gone blind in her eye and was in a lot of pain.  We took the decision to have the eye removed even though Kizzy was coming up for her tenth birthday (the older the dog, the greater the risk of complications during anaesthesia) because her general overall fitness was still very good.  Since her stint in the veterinary hospital Kizzy has been very wary of the vet and it was a struggle just getting her through the door for her annual check up so I felt really mean leaving her at our local vet knowing that she was going to have to go through yet more pain.  I asked if I could take her into the kennel myself and get her settled.  I think that made us both feel better.  We were able to pick her up the same day - and this is how she came home, with a patch actually sewn into her face!  My son and his friends gave her a new name to reflect her  pirate look - Kizzadora Blackheart.  I have to say I was a bit scared to see what was underneath that patch....

Once the patch was off this is what it looked like (above).  The eyelids are sewn together and then an incision made at the top to remove the eye.  Packing of some kind was put into the empty socket so it doesn't look too sunken in this picture.

When I first looked at the wound I felt so sad that Kizzy had gone through so much (again), now had restricted vision and was changed forever.   But it seemed not to bother her.  Dogs don't look in the mirror so she didn't care what she looked like and she soon got used to not seeing much on her right side (after a few bumps).   In this photo her right ear is down - as sign that she is most definitely not feeling herself, but removing the eye took away all of the chronic pain which had been caused by the secondary glaucoma and she was on the road to recovery.

And here she is now (ear up - feeling good!).  What a dog!!  Kizzy continues to enjoy life to the full, running around on the beach like a two year old and staying by my side for the four or five miles we walk every day.  She is my constant companion and a wonderful, loving girl.  She truly deserves the title of 


C'mon, its just a bit of snow....

Ten years on, and me, the Longdoglad and Kizzy are still enjoying the snow (Longdoglad has grown a bit!)