I had to take my buddy, Shelby, to the Opthmalagist this morning.
She enjoyed the drive into Toronto. I felt bad for her. She used to watch things going by as we drove, today all she could do was sniff the air.
While I was feeling bad Shelby was enjoying the ride. It's all a matter of how you see or feel about things. She enjoyed the car ride and once we opened the window the smells and breeze caught her attention.
Shelby walked around a little after we got out of the car. She was okay at first but after about 60 feet the noise of the traffic and the new smells she got overwhelmed. She sat down and started looking for me. I put my and on her head and told her I was there. She looked to the sound of my voice and lifted her paw. She wanted up. I said "Up Pup" and she stood up so I could pick her up.
I carried her the 2 blocks to the Opthmalagist.
Shelby handled the noises, the smells of the different dogs and cats, the prying and poking of the Doctor and her team quite well. She didn't bark, cry or tremble with fear. She didn't snap or growl. She sat on my lap for a little while and then once she adjusted she sat between my feet and let the other dogs sniff her a little.
I don't think I would be able to handle going blind like Shelby. I think I would be angry, depressed, fearful. I think I would snap, bark and growl. I don't think it would matter of someone was trying to help or examine me.
I'm amazed at how well Shelby is dealing with her blindness. It's only been 2 weeks, she's learning how to get around the yard and the house again. Yesterday she even went down the 3 steps to the backyard and tried the 3 steps up to the front porch. She careful but she's not letting the fear terrify her or stop her.
I know in my life fear has stopped me from learning, trying and doing many things. Has fear stopped you from living the life you want?