As My Dog Goes Blind

Posted on by Jeff Raught

As my dog goes blind, I’m learning and he is

leaning. Henry, our dear dog of 15 years is slowly losing his sight. The

cataracts are narrowing his field of vision and helping to expand my

own.  I took him for a walk today and went out in the field. He was

fine as long as he was on the leash. As soon as I unhooked it, he would stop

and be unwilling to move forward. He would look at me as if to say…..hook it

back up, that way I’ll know where you are. It’s the unfamiliar landscape that

is a problem. The kitchen table and chairs generally stay in the same place,

but a pair of human shoes left on the floor….well they weren’t there

yesterday….and make him stumble.


Henry needs you to get closer for recognition. And if

you stay outside of the 3 foot circle…. (or whatever it is in dog

feet)…he takes longer to know who you are.  I am learning a great

deal from this short dear friend of mine. That trust is more about moving

closer. He can’t always see you, but if you get close enough, there is

that wag of relief in the shape of a dog’s tail that says, “Thanks for

coming toward me so I could see who you are”. There is much for us to

learn about each other in that.


Henry is 15. He has been with me for more than a quarter of my life. I would

be foolish to not pay attention to this change he is experiencing. I am now his

eyes. I am a seeing eye man for my dog. And I hope to help him navigate

these days as he has always done for me, in his own Maltesian way. As my dog

goes blind, it’s amazing what he is helping me to see.Henry at 15 1/2

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One Response to As My Dog Goes Blind

  1. June Landis says:

    Wow, what beautiful thoughts. I have always loved Henry and his bouncy little way of living life. I loved watching the ferocity he would use to tear into his stuffed veterinarian or other toy de jour. Your thoughts generated many of my own…like can we see through the Father’s eyes if we aren’t connected to him…hmmm….

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