Bad timing Dotty, but when is it ever not?
Dotty is 3 or 4 months old and she is going blind. She has aggressive cataracts that are rapidly robbing her of sight and with that, the pleasure of life. As her world plunges ever closer into darkness, the future for Dotty as a young, active, otherwise healthy collie is dismal. While many dogs can, and do live happy lives in safe homes without their sight, they are inevitably different to what they would be if their eyes functioned. Owners must be prepared and able to adapt around their needs and such owners are not in abundance when it comes to taking into their homes a collie puppy; a dog hardwired to enjoy a busy, intelligent and physically active life. So, for Dotty, her future without sight is, at best uncertain.
Fortunately, she has found her way into the safe, secure world at DBARC – the rescue centre that Susie-Belle also arrived into foster care with. As readers know, I have huge respect for the work that DBARC do and the case of Dotty has shown me once again just how remarkable their dedication is to do the right thing, even when that is hard.Dotty was being given away by her owner on a website free as she was going blind, her fate might have been awful if a kind rescuer hadn’t spotted her and got her to DBARC.
They have had Dotty assessed by the same opthalmologist specialist that operated on Susie-Belle’s cataracts and he will be able to operate on Dotty’s eyes when they have grown a little more and all going well, her sight will be restored. This is terrific news but it comes with a painful reality check. DBARC need to raise £5000 for Dotty to have the operation and have a future with sight and full activity ahead of her. That is a lot of money for a small rescue to raise in a short period of time. And it needs to be raised quickly as Dotty’s sight is being stolen by the day by the aggressive cataracts.
I sat last night and imagined what her world is like right now after I’d watched this video clip of her:
…and what it will be like shortly as her sight disappears. Imagine how confusing that is going to be for such a young dog who is learning everything as she goes as it already is. Just as she’s now learning the pure joy of spotting and chasing the ball, she soon won’t be seeing it, that game will no longer be hers to enjoy. I know it can be adapted for a blind dog, but this is a puppy who will benefit from consistency as she learns about enjoying life to the full. As her sight fades, she won’t understand what the heck is going on around her from one minute to the next. Certainly she will adapt, but, DBARC don’t just want her to cope with a compromised life if they can do something about it. They want her to have the fullest, least affected life that she can. This is what DBARC excel at – doing the utmost to offer dogs the best life ahead of them, not just a life that may be better than an alternative fate.
So they have launched a fundraising campaign to raise the £5000. An enormous sum of money for one dog. And at a time of year when people are spending on other things with Christmas and all its demands nowadays. Bad timing Dotty. But, this is the hard reality of rescue-work – the needs of the animals are there, whether convenient or not. Dotty’s sight is disappearing now, it may be gone by Christmas day. She needs the money raised and surgery secured, Christmas or no Christmas. DBARC have many fantastic and generous supporters and donations started coming in as soon as they launched the appeal. You can donate HERE. Additional things are being done to raise the money where people are in with a chance of getting something that might help their Christmas plans:
- I am running a book give-away where one signed, pawtographed and dedicated book will be given to the name pulled out of the basket. A £2 donation gets your name in the basket. Book Giveaway
- Zoe, whose Bella received cataract surgery whilst in DBARC care and accomplished volunteer fundraiser came up with the idea of some Christmas cards for Dotty. We were more than happy for Susie-Belle to be the star of the cards. A £6 donation and Dotty will send a pack of 10 cards: Dotty Loves Christmas – Cards
Currently, DBARC have raised just over half the total required. So, while this is truly fantastic, there is still a long way to go and not a lot of time. We will be going along next Sunday, the 30th November to the Wokingham Winter Carnival and will be doing our bit to gather some donations, sell some Susie-Belle/Dotty cards.
I spoke on local BBC Radio Berkshire on Friday, and managed to talk a bit about puppy farming as well as Dotty’s sight appeal and the tough demands of animal rescue work. Every little thing we can all do to let people know just how hard life can be for animals that find themselves in rescue, we must do, and Dotty’s appeal illustrates this clearly. So, although the time of year is a hard one to ask for money from people to help one blind dog, there is never an easy time and Dotty didn’t choose it.
Please consider donating, getting some Susie-Belle cards, or entering the book give away – £2 will make a difference to Dotty. Every penny gets her closer to the surgery and future filled with sight.