An absorbing read, with excellent advice which goes a long way to explaining just how to live with a blind dog, so that you both get the most out of life. DTW
A powerful and rare guide to living a happy life with a blind or sight-impaired dog. Owners of such pets receive tips on how to live with such an animal, covering both specific eye conditions and pairing case study examples with solid insights. Any library catering to pet owners will find this a unique, important acquisition! California Bookwatch
This is an excellent book, one which I will happily recommend to first time owners of... dogs or puppies. Our Dogs
My dog is blind but lives life to the full, deals comprehensively with the subject and is written in a non-technical style that will make it accessible to dog owners. It is an optimistic can-do book and provides plenty of case studies to illustrate how individual dogs (and their owners) have coped with their disability. This book provides a useful starting point that can help owners understand their dog's disability and learn to cope with it. As a support book it is worth recommending to owners as part of a support package that aims to empower owners and allow them to develop a sensitivity to, and understanding of, what is, at first, a very distressing condition. Owners will particularly appreciate reading the case studies and seeing how others have coped well with similar problems. It is this potential to help owners cope with their dog's blindness that allow me to recommend this book. --Glen Cousquer BSc(Hons) BVM&S CertZooMed PGDOE MSc MRCVS.
My opportunity to read this book, the first I understand in the Hubble & Hattie series and originally published in Germany in 2009 came about solely by chance. I had had the opportunity of reviewing another title in the series, `My Dog is Deaf` and was discussing various translation problems encountered with Ms Jude Brooks, Director of Veloce, the publishers, when she very kindly offered to forward a copy of this first book in the series, `My Dog is Blind for me to peruse. As the first in the new imprint I can now appreciate why the series has become so successful. This is an excellent book, one which I will happily recommend to first time owners of perfectly normal dogs or puppies. It will provide an insight into rational humane training methods and the value of gentle repetition and reward with treats, rather than discipline, sometimes harsh, when all does not go as well as expected. Like others in the series, My Dog is Blind comprises approximately 80 pages and is extremely well illustrated. The author pulls no punches! Chapter 1 is entitled Diagnosed as Blind, what now? and is immediately followed by the Question of Euthanasia, the various aspects of which are very thoroughly examined and challenged as necessary. It is in this chapter also that the case histories of Hubble & Hattie, the Westies owned by Jude Brooks, are introduced. They are subsequently followed by five other case histories of blind dogs in the following 10 chapters. I was particularly impressed with the author s description of dogs calming signals and stress and throughout the book the emphasis on training and the methods advocated, is in my view excellent. I was intrigued by chapter 3 wherein the author considers that balance is also a basic sense together with touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, to me the usual five. Until now I have always considered balance to be part of the sense of touch but there you go, you are never too old to learn! Criticisms, yes I have a few but they are mainly typos or what I consider to be translation anomalies and do not detract from the overall value of this excellent book. --Our Dogs
An absorbing read, with excellent advice which goes a long way to explaining just how to live with a blind dog, so that you both get the most out of life. --Dog Training Weekly
About the Author
Nicole Horsky has been involved with dogs since she was a girl, either her own or others that she looked after on a daily basis, or took in whilst their owners were on holiday. Her particular interest in blind dogs was sparked as a result of owning Elliott a gorgeous mix of gundog and wirehaired pointer who features in this book who is blind, and so she is well-placed to write this book. Nicole has shared her experience of living with Elliott with many other owners of blind or partially-sighted dogs, helping them and their dogs to adapt to their new circumstances and get the most out of life; in the process, she believes that these special canines have, more than any other, taught her about dog behaviour. Nicole is is a dog trainer and lives in Stockerau, Austria.