Tuesday, 22 August 2006


Been watching my older Westie, Buffy, playing with my little puppy, Peggy and just realised how patient she is bless her.

I watched her playing with Peggy today and Peggy was really giving it some. She has teeth like tiny needles but OUCH !! they really do hurt.

Buffy doesn't always feel like playing but carries on regardless. I know this may seem really normal but the fact is that Buffy is going blind. She has a condition common to some Westies, called " dry eye ". This means that she's not producing tears enough to keep her eyes clear. She has to put up with me cleaning her eyes and putting drops in constantly.

 I've had her for over five years now, she was only five weeks old when I bought her. Such a tiny little thing. I was really upset when the Vet confirmed that she would go blind, even though I knew it for myself. Buffy's blindness is the reason I bought Peggy. I thought Peggy would be company for Buffy at bedtime and would guide Buffy when we go for walks.

I have noticed some blindness already, like when she's playing, I throw the ball and she runs straight past it. Although I don't think it would change her personality, I hope it wont change her quality of life. I can only continue to keep her eyes clean and give her all the love that I have, she knows it's forever.


jeanno43 said...

Ah bless her, she is so pretty.  I have dry eye syndrome myself and have to be artificial tears in but I do not think you can go blind from that.  I hear that blind dogs do very well especially if they have a companion as she has.  We used to have a westie many years ago.

z7snowflake said...

aww, Buffy is so cute. Im sorry that she is going Blind. Thats so sad. I hope she will still be able to have a happy doggie lif

jlocorriere05 said...

Poor Buffy, I hope she has a while yet to enjoy life. I think Peggy will be a good companion to her if and when she goes blind. I've noticed how gentle my older Maine Coon, Katinka, is when playing with my kitten Nina. She always lays on her back to play and have a rough and tumble to give Nina an advantage. Jeannette xx

deshelestraci said...

The more I look at your Buffy the more I realize that we have a very poorly bred Westie.  He is cute and all but he isn't THAT cute.  I think the world of him though and that is all that counts.

seraphoflove9001 said...

aaaawwww....too bad she is going blind. God bless her. :o)

paul177600 said...

when i was a child we had a x labrador/alsation and he was blind for a number of years, but he still got around ok, as she has you and Ste to care and love her i don't think she'll have a bad life, especially as you have the adorable peggy to help as well, take care love kerry

ally123130585918 said...

Love the picture of Buffy ~ I am sure Peggy will be a blessing to her if she does go blind ~ and of course she has you to give her lots of TLC ~ Ally

jeadie05 said...

Oh what a sweetie ,and how sad she is losing her sight ,but her quality of life has to be the best with a carer like you ,and little Buffy .,.,.,.,Jan xx

salonrose123 said...

Hiya Pat.  Thanks for stopping by my journal to say hello the other day!!
Buffy is just so cute.....I love that photo! It's such a shame about her eyes though.  Hopefully, as you say, it won't affect her quality of life and good nature too much.  
I just wish everyone loved and cared for their pets as much as you obviously do.
Take care
Ainsley xxxx  

am4039 said...

awww the dogs are so cute. I'm so sorry that Buffy is going blind. I'm sure that's hard. But it sounds like you do a great job taking care of her and her eyes. I know she couldn't ask for anything more. Sounds like a good idea getting the younger pup.

stevietwain said...

Awww..I love my Poffy woffy scroffy woffy!!!

Love ya Mum