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?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Some of the other animals in our family

Mocha caught a fly today!

There was a fly buzzing around mocha's head, I watched him sitting very still and following it around with his head, listening, He suddenly lunged out at the fly and caught it....! His senses must be really sharp to be able to do that! If i hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it. I think a sighted dog would have a job doing that! He is just amazing!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Morning walk

Every morning we take all our dogs for a 45 minute walk, including Mocha and Latte. They really love it and get all exited when I pick up their halters and leads. Most people think that chihuahuas don't need exercise but I think it does them a lot of good, we have been taking them for about 3 months now, They have no trouble keeping up and an added bonus is that I have not had to trim their nails since we started. Mocha usually follows Latte but when I take him walking by himself he is very confident and walks at full speed and even likes to run. In this clip Mocha and Latte run to catch up with King and Maya. Mocha is the one in front:-) Mocha just proves that blind dogs can do anything!
PS. Sorry about the finger on the lens, (I still have a lot to learn about making video's:-)

Getting ready to go out.

I made these harnesses for them because I could not find anything on the market that I thought was safe or secure enough, especially for Mocha. With this harness I could lift him off the ground in an emergency without hurting him. They are made of soft leather with wool fleece lining and do up with velcro.
As you can see in the video clip they have learnt to almost put them on themselves:-) They are sooooo clever!!