So this is Bella. This poor baby girl has a congenital disease that predisposes her to glaucoma. She came to Del Valle Pet Hospital this week and Dr.Conner determined that both of her eyes need to be surgically removed due to the painful pressure associated with glaucoma. Her parents couldn’t afford the surgery so they were going to euthanize, BUT my really amazing friend Kim Adams, has decided to not only be the technician for her eye (and spay) surgery on her day off, but she will be fostering Bella until she finds her forever home. Although Kim and Dr. Conner are completing the surgery on donated time, there will still be costs to the hospital, as well as costs associated with her foster care.
Today Bella had surgery and it went sooo well. She had bilateral enucleation (both eyes removed) AND she was spayed today. This evening she is at her foster home (with Kim) figuring out her surroundings and she is feeling soo much better. We can already tell that she is feeling the relief of having her painful eyes removed, and she will continue to adjust every day. Here are some pictures from her surgery, and we will post more as her recovery continues.
September 25th, 2013 Recovery Road
I am happy to report that Bella is doing AMAZING!! She had her surgery only 3 days ago and she has already learned to navigate stairs and how to get in and out of the car! Funny thing is, she is using her Basset ears to her advantage! Every time she approaches a step (either up or down) she uses her ears to help her know when to step up or down! Here are some pictures and video to hopefully give everyone a sense of how she is doing. YAY!
November 25th, 2013 Home at Last
I promised all of my wonderful donors a chance to see Bella post-surgery AND settled in with her new family.
So, today I have a message from her new dad and new dog-sitter, as well as photos to share. YAY!
This is a message I received from Bella’s new dog-sitter, Varee:
“…I want to give you an update from my perspective. I have Bella day care at my house on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, plus she visits on the weekends. So not only has she learned her house, she has learned my house too. One thing I did for her was to mark with orange room spray (from Trader Joe’s—it’s natural with no chemicals it says) at the entrances and steps. She learned her way around on the first day. She knows the commands “step up” and “step down” and doesn’t seem to mind taking a chance stepping down, especially if we have her lead attached. She loves the car, and will step up, but she likes a little hind lift as her little legs are so short; of course, we love to help her. She goes out by herself in the fenced yard, and she finds the door back inside by touching the fern in the flower planter with the side of her face. She is an inspiration to everyone who meets her, and she gets extra ear rubs because she is so adorable.
Bella is the first Basset I’ve known, and she is the most affectionate and resilient dog ever! She’s doing extremely well. I tell people that she’s a dog who just happens to be blind. She meets every new situation with a wagging tail, and she has really bonded with her daddy, Chuck. She doesn’t mind to meet strangers, but she likes to check them out before being touched. The only time she is skittish is when there is more than one dog.
Thank you so much for the work you do. Reading about Bella on your blog brought tears; I hope you have a way of letting those kind people know that there is a happy ending to Bella’s story and that she is well loved and cared for.”
And this was a message I received from her new dad, Chuck:
“I just want to let you know that I adopted Bella, she is now very happy on my little farm in Orangevale, Ca. She is a lovely dog, and no problem at all. Everyone that meets her, and there has been a lot, simply love her.
For me I have already gotten much more from her than I have ever expected.
She will be with me forever and ever.”
To everyone who helped; whether you donated, shared the post, tweeted, or took the time to read and tell others about Bella’s amazing story, you can pat yourself on the back today because you saved a life…