“Warming” of body and heart after finding a home.
Dusja about 2 months after she joined us.
Jessa - the “invader”
Dusja shortly after going blind
Sleeping in the enemy’s plate!
| Dusja’s story goes back to 1994 and happened in
Latvia, one of the ex Soviet Republics, now an independent country. Once waiting for a bus at a
most crowded bus stop, I noticed a dog, who was looking for a place to lie down to sleep.
Finally she found her spot at the very edge of a curb. I understood it could be a disaster in a
minute, as lots of people, tired of waiting, got themselves ready to take by assault their
long-awaited bus. I decided to call the dog just to move her from the dangerous place. She came
to me, put her nose on my palm, and immediately fell asleep (probably decided she finally found
a safe place to do so). I did not have any intention of going home that day with a dog, but at
that very moment without hesitating, I grabbed her and brought her home.
She made her first appearance in our flat and in front of my mom’s eyes as a skinny, partly bald,
hungry creature and my mom’s reaction was: “She can have a good sleep, meal, and tomorrow I want
her out of here”. The dog decided to sleep in my room, and when in the early morning my mom was
passing by, we heard such a frightened roar, which one can hardly expect from this tuckered out
animal. She was protecting me the whole night no matter how badly she wanted to sleep! This episode
has determined the dog’s future.
Many things, good and bad, have happened since then. Shortly after her adoption Dusja decided she
was seriously ill and left home, probably to die. We found her 3 days later not very far under a
bench shivering from the cold autumn rain. A vet discovered a serious illness, which we managed to
overcome. Later she was bitten by another dog and had to suffer through two operations. Sometime
later due to her unusual behavior, we took her to a vet who found out that she needs another
operation to cut out a cyst.
We managed to overcome these difficulties as well. But at that time we did not know that there
would be another challenge to face – the day I got married! This resulted in the appearance of 2
new family members: my husband and his dog Jessa. Dusja has not accepted this invasion, as she
always considered herself the master in her house, thus the dogs have never become friends.
Months were passing by, the things were moving in groove, but one day we noticed that Dusja stepped
twice on my husband’s feet within 10 min. Then during a walk she fell from a little step. And later
that evening we have conducted an experiment with her favorite sausage: we were holding it 30 cm
from her nose and she could not find it!!!
Another visit to a vet clinic has discovered that she is not only totally blind now, but also has
diabetes, which has actually caused the blindness. She became blind very quickly, probably within
several days. This happened in 2005. Since then she receives her insulin shots twice a day. Sure,
we have not had any holidays since then, as nobody wants to stay with a blind dog, which pees 2-3
times a day in a flat because diabetes makes her thirsty! I get up every morning at 7 o’clock, and
no matter what, I must be back at home at 7 in the evening for regular insulin shots. Husband has
never complained. Neither when he comes home from work first and cleans Dusja’s “mines”, nor when
we need to rush back home from the weekend’s party, when everything's just starting. I guess one
can call it love?
It has been already 13 years since Dusja came to live with me… My mom keeps telling me that the dog
is suffering from her blindness and that I should put her to sleep. Despite all the inconveniences
I face now, I will never do that (unless really necessary). I cannot say she is suffering now. She
enjoys the meal, her walks, she just simply enjoys being alive! I don’t know how old is she, don’t
know how much is left for her (doctor said it will depend on how strong her heart is), but I will
do everything possible to give her a life as convenient and stress-free as possible.
P.S. Thank you for the site. Until now I was not aware how many people have blind dogs. I feel much
Story by: Elena Nosireva Latvia - July 2007