Welcome to our "dog blog"

Mocha and Latte are brother and sister Chihuahua's. Mocha is totally blind from an accident when he was only 6 months old. He got his head jammed in a door when he lived with his previous owner. He had brain damage which caused the blindness and also misshaped his jaw. He had his left eye removed a few months later. So far his right eye is healthy but blind. I am hoping this blog will be of some help to other owners of blind dogs. Mocha has taught us so much all ready!

Living life on the edge

Living life on the edge
Mocha likes to sit in high places so he can "see" things better...:-) Or he just likes to live dangerously?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Feline invasion

Meeting Buffy the cat. They had never seen a cat before! They are great friends now. We used this playpen for the first few months for toilet training and sleeping in at night. We don't use the pen anymore.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Toilet training

We were told that Mocha and Latte were potty trained, but found out later that they were paper trained and we think they had never been outside the apartment they lived in, so you can imagine the panic when we put them down in the grass! They had never seen grass before and they just froze like little statues. It took about a month of taking them out every hour to go potty and now they just stand by the back door when they want to go. The trouble is they never make a sound to let me know and they just wait. They only bark when there is someone at the door. and they growl when they play fight. We have never had such quiet dogs! They have been with us now for 6 months and they are completely toilet trained now and they just love going outside every chance they get. As a matter of fact they are pretty perfect little dogs and we love them to bits :-)

Exploring their new home

Mocha doesn't have too many chrashes

Monday, January 26, 2009

Meet Mocha and Latte on their first day home

This picture was taken on the day we brought them home.
When we first considered adopting Mocha and Latte I was very apprehensive and had countless sleepless nights worrying that I would not be able to handle and look after a blind dog.
We had to wait 3 weeks before we could pick them up and in that time I nearly changed my mind. I am so glad I didn't because adopting them is one of the best things I have done.
Mocha is a very clever boy who has no idea he has a handicap, We have 2 other dogs, King a hunt away (retired sheepdog) and Maya a border Colly (heading dog) Both pets now :-) and Mocha is definitely the alpha dog in the pack! He is an amazing little dog and everyone who meets him can't believe he is blind! It is almost like he has radar, he seem to be able to sense solid objects and changes direction when he gets close, he even runs outside!