Shalli and Shammi
Shalli, fully recovered from her first enucleation. We think it
healed beautifully. This was a very traumatic time for us, as we didn't fully
understand glaucoma or what would happen if the 2nd eye would also have to be
removed. Being a part of the blind dogs group has helped us tremendously.
We watched the 2nd eye closely and used preventative drops to try to avoid
what turned out to be inevitable.... glaucoma in the 2nd eye, blind totally
These pictures were taken the day after her
2nd eye was
removed. This was done 6 months after the 1st. Very heartbreaking, but she
did very well. We took these pics. to show others what it looks like... very
ghastly... but worth it. Once healed, the painful glaucoma could no longer
make her sad.
This is about a 12 days post op. We decided to take her to the beach
for recovery... You can see the swelling has gone down but the stitches are
Walking on the beach is always therapeutic.
Fully recovered months later... her age is showing w/ all the gray.
Personality hasn't changed.. still a ham for the camera!
Shalli with her house mate, Shammi, 2 y/o basset... doesn't
understand why Shalli wont be playful w/ her. Shammi gets frustrated and
barks at Shalli at times. Also has a tendency to chew the eyes off her
stuffed toys.... weird huh? We wonder if she understands that Shalli has no
eyes and that is why she chews the eyes off her toys.
The offical "history"
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2000
First time writer, 3 months "reader and watcher" of the site. My name is Serena
and I have a "newly" blinded basset hound named Shalli. She is nine years old
and we are coping w/ the loss of her sight. Bless her heart, she is so strong. She came in
from her usual sunning of herself one day in May with both eyes rolled in the back of her
head. Long story short... they diagnosed her w/ glaucoma in her left eye. Right eye was
fine. Opthamologist decided it was best to remove her left eye since there was no sight
left. We were told to watch her right eye closely and give preventative drops. Midnight in
August, I saw what I dreaded... that "snowstorm bluish" color in her remaining
good eye. We immediately took her to the emergency vet. clinic an hour and a half away and
they started IV Mannitol. Another long story shortened... vision lost in the remaining
eye. She had the surgery to try and correct the glaucoma, however, her sight was lost.
Pressure good....no sight. We went through soooooo much to try and save the vision in her
remaining eye.....we thought if we lost the vision, we would lose her. We really believed
that a blind dog really had no reason to live and that it would be unfair for her to keep
her alive. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! I am sooooo thankful for the blind dogs website. If it
wasn't for this site...well, I can't even finish the sentence. I don't know what made me
do a general search on blindness in dogs....but thank God I did. I had no idea all of you
were going through or had gone through all the things we were dealing with. It's truly
amazing how our fears and anger changed as soon as we starting learning about all of your
beautiful creatures and how well they were doing. It was like new hope! It was like
someone gave us a gift of life for our sweet girl, Shalli. All the advice, all the
suggestions, have help us so much. She is doing great... finding her way, listening for my
voice..using her nose...bumping still, but less often. We are working through it together.
She is better at it than I am. She is a wonder dog. All of your dogs are truly wonder
dogs. How lucky we are to witness such amazing strength, trust, and love. Anyway, I just
wanted to say thanks.
Serena and Shalli and Shammi (1 yr.old basset,sighted) and Maxx (Himalayan Kitty)
Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2001
Well, I guess it was just a matter of time before it was our turn to post. Shalli's (9 Yr.
old Basset, glaucoma) last remaining eye (her first one removed in May) started to enlarge
last night. Took her to the vet this AM, gave her Mannitol IV and Daranide pills, pressure
was 45... too high... She is blind in this eye anyway, but we thought we could still keep
it. She had surgery in Sept. to try and correct the Glaucoma in the remaining eye, but it
failed as far as keeping her sight. Doc said we could stop the meds. and keep the eye
(even though it was blind) , as long as the pressure stayed down and we watched that she
wouldn't poke it... well it stayed down for almost 4 months and now we have to DECIDE. We
called the eye specialist today (he gave us his home #) AND.....we are deciding to have
the eye removed on Wednesday. Like someone else on the list posted recently "all
she'll miss is the pain". I can tell she is uncomfortable and I want her back to her
good ol' self. I think we knew it would come to this, but we just shudder to think of the
post surgery... that eye removal looks sooooo bad afterwards. The last poster was correct,
it is ghastly... she looked deformed for the first few days of her first removal. It
looked soooo painful... but it was temporary. So, I try to remember that. I know it is
probably worse for us then for them. They don't want an eye that cant see. Anyway, we are
looking for prayers and good wishes (for mom and furbaby) in hopes that all goes well on
Wednesday. She is an older basset and of course I am worried to death. She is my love.
Thanks for reading this and thinking of us. We'll keep you posted. I've attached a picture
to this email so you can all see her!
Serena and Shalli, 9 yr. old bravest Basset, blind due to glaucoma
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2001
Hi. Well, her eye is horrible now... Swollen, she cant open it, I can tell the pressure is
way high and she is hurting. The Daranide is making her pee .... so much so, that she cant
make it to the door, and then pees on the floor ... which stresses her out because she
knows that is a no-no. We tried to let her know it was ok, but I can tell it upsets her.
We just spoke w/ the eye vet... he is fitting her in tonight around 7-8 pm for an
emergency operation. We cant let her be in this pain till Wednesday, when the surgery was
originally scheduled. At this point, we don't care about keeping that stupid eye... we
just want it OUT! So, please everyone, pray that we make it through today and tonight.
That her surgery goes well, and she is comfortable. Please help me, my husband Chris and
our sweet shalli get through this.... Thanks soooo much for your kind words and support.
We really need them.
Serena , Chris and Shalli 9 yo Basset w/ Glaucoma, (one eye gone, and one to go)
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Our sweet girl came out of surgery last night around 10 PM. Eye vet said, the surgery went
very well. She came home w/ us around 10:30... was a little groggy and slept the entire 2
hours home. Bless her little heart. She was sooo brave. I thought the "eye"
looked pretty good. She woke up this morning, just a few minutes ago... and wow... talk
about a deformed poor little baby. Her "eye" is very swollen and there is a
little bit of dried blood around the stitches. Doc. said to expect that... and her first
eye was the same... It looks soooo painful and she screams when Shammi, our 1 yo basset
gets near her. We keep her separate now. I imagine the first day post -op will be the
hardest. I asked the vet last night for pain meds for her and he said.... She won't need
them... "The source of pain was the eye and now that is gone." We are having
trouble giving her her morning dose of antibiotics... She is snubbing even the
hamburger/rice meal and pieces of steak w/ pill inside. We tried to force it by opening
her mouth and pushing pill down, but it is too difficult to be around her face w/out her
getting out of sorts... sooooo, we'll move to other tactics after we let her rest some
more. I think I'll have to go get some sliced turkey... that may help. We bought her a big
fluffy new bed while we were waiting for her to be done and she hasn't left it since we
got her home.
I think she's going to be ok everyone. I want to thank you all sooo much for your warm
thoughts and prayers. I know that helped us stay positive and know we were doing the right
thing. The first time around we cried forever.... now, it feels more like, "yes, this
was the right thing" and "yes, it will be better for her". You all are
amazing people, just like your little furbabies! I'm going to try to make a web page w/
post op photos of her so that others will know what to expect.
She sends her sloppy kisses to you all. My husband and I send our heartfelt thanks. We'll
keep you posted on her status again in a few!
Serena and Shalli, the bravest basset I have ever met. 9 yo. Basset Glaucoma Free!
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001
Just wanted to let you know how my sweet Shalli is doing. Two weeks since her eye removal
and you know, you all were right. She seems so much happier now that the eye has been
removed. Her ol' self seems to have returned. We have post op photos to post, however, as
she was walking under the computer desk, she got caught up in the digital camera cords and
pulled the camera right off the desk. The camera is temporarily (I hope) out of order! So,
once I figure out why it wont work , I will be able to get some pics. of the ghastly
enucleation look and give others an idea of what to expect. Again, we want to thank you
for your prayers and warm wishes. I have to say that I believe it made a tremendous
difference (in her recovery and in our coping with it). The first eye removal was pretty
bad.... that was before we found all of you. The second eye removal and recovery was no
problem and healed pretty quickly. So, thanks so much!
We are praying for those still having some problems w/ their babies and we are praying for
those who went to the bridge.
Serena and Shalli, Eye-free and Pain-free! 9 y/o Basset Hound
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|Leslie Ames.,Pres. of Basset Rescue of
|Bless you for loving your bassets!
|Shalli is just so beautiful. Thanks for
sharing her story.
|Thank you for sharing your story. It is
helping me to better cope w/ what lies ahead for my 9yo Bassett, Maxine. Although the
post-op images of Shalli are hard to look at, seeing her walk on the beach and being her
Bassett self gives me hope for my baby. Thank you again for your support.
|this is a great story. my dog is an 11
year old mix, diagnosed 9 months ago with low thryoid, high blood pressure,glaucoma and he
went blind in about a 2 month period. i have tried over 10 different medications including
doing eye drops every 3 hours which has cost over four thousand dollars in less then a
year. the vet is now suggesting removing both eyes and you story is helful. thanks
|Catharine Jurist wrote:
|My 4 year old Shih Tzu Fiona is having
her second eye removed next week also due to glaucoma. The blinddog site has been a
godsend to us. You have calmed our fears and given us plenty of shoulders to cry on, and
now you have given us hope. Thank you all, Cate
|Maria Murphy wrote:
|Thanks for the heartwarming story. By
seeing how successful eye removel as been with others - I feel better knowing that I can
better make this decision if necessary. Hugs and Kisses to Shalli. God Bless.
|Helen Harrison wrote:
|What a beautiful Fuzzie, eyes don't make
them beautiful , it is the heart!
|Faye Bowring wrote:
|I, like you, thought that if our Teddy
Boy went blind that we would have to put him down. Like you, I discovered the Blind Dogs
Connections site the night he went blind and my outlook changed immediately. Plus the fact
that Teddy Boy is a canine Angel and a 5 year old Lhasa Apso. Your Story and pictures will
help so many people. Thank you and the very best of luck to you all.
|Nancy wally and the crew wrote:
|She is beautiful. I have a 12 yr old
beagle mix with her body type. You just want to hug her. She looks as undernourished as my
7. They make a house a home don't they? So much resilience and strength and they trust us
so much. God bless you guys.
|sierra kelly wrote:
|You are all so brave. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you.
|Raili Kannel wrote:
|Couldn't help shedding a couple of tears
for Shalli... Good luck to you all!