Next to Chicken Strips and Belly Rubs spring brings my favorite thing in the whole world - Kids! In the spring they all come out to play games and sports. They ride bikes and scooters and are just everywhere. I love kids- they are so much fun. I have 3 that live on my street that run to meet me when they see me and they laugh and pet me while I try to give them all big kisses. They also ring the doorbell when I am in the foyer sleeping to wake me up and then I get to go outside and play with them. Last night AP and I were walking through Nala's neighborhood and a group of kids were playing a game and one little girl saw me and yelled- TIME-OUT TO PET THE BIG WHITE DOG! They had to stop the game while she came over to pet me. I love kids!
Today was my 6 week checkup since they fixed my eye. I had to get up early to get my walk in since my appointment was in the morning. When we got there I got to say hi to everyone and they put some stain in my eyes and Dr.Weigt looked in them with a couple different instruments. I don't like the one with the bright light in my right eye much. She said my zombie eye is looking good and my good eye is clearing up. I still have to keep putting medication in my good eye and probably always will but that is OK.
AP had a bunch of questions about my zombie eye and Dr.Weigt is such the expert and made her feel much better about everything plus she gave me a Pup peroni so I love her! I still have a stitch that has not dissolved but she is not concerned about it and she said I can go back to playing and doing my normal Tonka activities.
We have a recycle bag that we keep in the corner of the kitchen and I try to help by minimizing the things in the bag. Everyone gets a little upset which I don't understand. Tonight I realized that the paper was taking up too much room in the bag and that I could make it smaller and it would take up less space- so I went to work.
I got all the paper out of the bag and shredded into smaller pieces and then the humans walked in. I got in trouble for having it all over the kitchen. I was going to pick it up and I was just taking a little break when they came in. This recycle stuff is hard....
Today is our 2 year Tonkaversary. It was 2 years ago today that I drove down to Richmond to pick him up. I had already spent time with him while helping out at AGPR and went with him to 1 of his first vet appointments. He was such a little guy and so full of himself. He is now a big guy and still full of himself.
He was kept in the office at AGPR and had it all mapped out so he knew where everything was. He would climb up on the couch (something he rarely does anymore) and then kamikaze dive bomb off of it. If you happened to be on the couch he would climb up on you and bite at you to get you to play (something he does still do). The toy box was a big cardboard box and he would climb in and pick out something to play with- which translates to something to try and destroy (also something he still does).
He was the cutest little thing with his weepy eyes, giant paws and fuzzy cotton ball coat and at the same time he was an annoying little brat with sharp little needle teeth and stubborn as a mule. Now he is the size of a small bear – still a cutie with a beautiful white coat, big paws, big teeth and a stubborn brat.
Sometimes Tonka operates on Tonka time which is not always in synch with people time. If you ask him to do something it will take him a few minutes to respond. He is a good boy and he will do what you want him to just not quickly and this has taught me patience.
Tonka and I walk every morning first thing while the sun is coming up and when we get to the park we play “duck, duck, goose” and the big guy is the funniest thing to watch when he runs at you. We call him the blippity blop because he puts his head up and lifts his feet up really high when he runs and we say he is blippity blopping to find you. He has a big goofy grin on his face and is just pure joy running around. You just cannot start your day off wrong playing with him.
Wherever you go with Tonka you meet someone and sometimes their kids and dogs as well. People are always curious about the big dog and even more curious about him when they find out he is blind. Tonka loves everyone and everything and believes it is all here for him – the whole world is Tonka’s playground and full of things to love and play with. Can you imagine having that attitude or being that trusting in today’s world?
At the end of everyday Tonka has a set routine (he is very much a creature of habit) to get ready for bed. The end of that routine has him lying belly up waiting for a belly rub and someone to sing him the Tonka song.
He is such a love and this is what I see at the end of my day. He cracks me up.
So I start my day with the happy, funny man and I end my day with the big goof. How lucky am I to have a Tonkaversary? How lucky am I to have a Tonka every day?
I saw Dr. Weigt today at Animal Eye Care in Annapolis and that line of white at the top of my eye is not white blood cells it is probably scar tissue or a lipid type deposit. My eye looks great to her - Dr. Gift did an awesome job with the surgery. I will miss him but Dr. Weigt is so nice and said I can stop almost all my medications. That was a good thing to hear because I am tired of people messing with my eyes. She said that I still have a few stitches that have not dissolved but that the implant was not being rejected and I am healing very nicely. AP is very happy about that.
So I am 3 weeks out of surgery and AP is concerned about the line of white at the top of my eye. That is a line of white blood cells that seems to be getting wider. I went to see Dr. Woodburn today for my Kennel Cough and Lyme vaccine but since I have been having some issues we are going to wait on the Lyme. We don’t want to stimulate my immune system to respond any more than it is with my bionic/zombie eye. AP is going to call Dr. Weigt tomorrow and move my eye appointment up from next Tuesday to this week sometime. She is worried that perhaps my body is rejecting the implant. On a positive note I got out some of my toys tonight and wanted to play and that is a first since the surgery.
This is what an evisceration with implant looks like 2 weeks and 3 days after surgery. I could not find much documentaion or pictures when I was researching it so hopefully this will help someone else know what to expect.
I am a rescue from the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue Association in Richmond Virginia . I was born blind but that does not stop me from being a very happy boy. My humans are helping me write about my many adventures so I hope you follow along.