Stopping to listen
Cautiously moving one leg forward at a time
Pausing if the ground beneath her feet feels uneven
Stopping to sniff and listen
Following a new scent
Down a new path
Shelby expands her horizon
This poem was written to describe how Shelby is growing and getting to know her surroundings. Today Shelby ventured into new territory; she followed the walkway beside the garage to the end of the garden. She has not done that since she went blind and today she did it twice, down and back. As a dog gets used to being blind it increases the use of scent, sound and feel to learn the size and shape of their territory. It takes a dog roughly six weeks to adapt to being blind. It takes the dog’s humans longer and they don’t do it as easily.