Hi, its been a while since I gave an update on Alfie so here it is: he's doing incredibly well and we celebrated his (re)birthday last week as I have had him 12 months now. He's an amazing dog, totally happy and incredibly content. He is now fully house trained, although does sometimes let himself down, but hey, nobody's perfect are they? We worked our way around surface problems and he now potters anywhere and everywhere in the house and he acts as though he owns the place. He knows where his water is and he knows that first thing in the morning and last thing at night if he goes out to pee, that when he comes back in his dinner will be waiting and he walks straight to it. He is now trained to walk on a lead, and despite his small stature he can walk a couple of miles max and he really enjoys walks now.
I have to say having a blind dog is an amazing experience and one I would fully recommend. I love Alfie and wouldn't swap him for anything and I think the feeling is pretty mutual. He calls me 'Papi' (maybe he has some Spanish heritage) and is currently lording it up on the sofa next to me right now snoring his little head off. Having a blind dog makes the owner a it like a reverse guide dog as I am his seeing eyes and he has become totally dependant on me. He follows me around the house and will not sit down and relax if I am moving around. He follows me around and likes to sit on my feet so he has some contact and knows where I am. Brilliant dog and I just want to say a big thank you for all your initial advice when I first got Alfie.