Vision, Wheelchairs and Dog Slings

visionMy vision is generally excellent, but I need glasses to read and I have had reading glasses for most of my life. I do not wear or use glasses other than reading or, as now, working on a computer. I recently changed my optician and was tested at the start of the year. Since then hardly a week went by and I was in for repairs to the frame. Sometimes I was holding the lens in place with bits of wire. Finally it was decided to activate my insurance and  provide new frames. I had them for about a week and they broke. No, I do not use them for digging ditches – I  generally take care of my glasses because they are essential to me. After now repairing them twice it was decided that  I should have a completely new frame – different from the one I currently have. I will go back in a week and collect the new glasses and the new frames and see what happens – however, I have already decided that I will go back to my previous optician – never had any problems with frames or lenses.

This is Oscar from New York
This is Oscar from New York

My little man is now getting on for 12 years of age  (we think he may be older) and he is starting to show some weakness in his back legs. He’s not as steady as he was and we have noticed his back legs slipping away from him  at times. I have already ordered a dog sling – like a  baby sling , but for dogs – so that when we go walking and he gets tired, I can lift him up and put him in the sling and  carry on walking and he can still see the world. I will do this for a little while then I  think I will look for a dog wheelchair. I think the wheelchair is a good option because his front legs are still strong. However the wheelchair is the final option. Oscar is different, he cannot use his back legs at all and I would only use the wheelchair for the Little Man when we go out walks, not for all the time use. We have also decided to take the Little Man to the Vet and get an examination and a talk. At the moment he is driving everyone round the twist with his constant barking. At just after 3am this morning he was standing facing a blank wall and just barking. John has suggested that it could well be that his back is causing him problems and this is possible, but, although as I said we have seen that he is not quite as steady as he was, he has no trouble  running around the place in bursts of high activity. I will  see what the vet has to say.

2 thoughts on “Vision, Wheelchairs and Dog Slings

  1. I must say.. not only did your article did bring back memories of my “Old Man”, Paris, and how I felt (cried like a baby) when he “was gone”, but also about my 2 (?) year old, Gracie. Being the age that I am, it’s anybody’s guess which one of our bodies will start to deteriorate first. But you do have me thinking. It is somewhat of a sad situation.. but none-the-less.. a fact of life. I wish your “Little Man” well.. and you, sir, Good Luck with your new frames.


  2. Have you gotten a diagnoses as to why there is weakness in Mr.’s back end? 12 for a little guy isn’t really all that old. Maude has bad hips, Adequan and meloxicam got her moving again despite the fact her hips were shot years ago (but she never told us!). Sare Bear was put on a med that would treat degenerative disc disease – if that’s what she has – remember, the experts keep changing their minds… and it worked. Since being put on the new med, Sarah is unrecognizable to who she was the last 2 years,

    There may come a day when either or both of the ladies might need wheels, but so far we are holding it off :)


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