my happy happy hawaii baby
real talk: having a reactive dog is hard and at times, embarrassing. having a blind, deaf, AND reactive dog is challenging and at times, heartbreaking. We, the guardians of reactive double merles, are a small and sometimes lonely group. When your own dog can’t see or hear you but is seemingly acting bananas in public, you can feel utterly helpless. Pearly is a feisty baby alligator who is growing and learning every day. I’m not looking for pity nor praise, but what I am asking for is the benefit of the doubt... the trust and respect that we do everything we can and more for Pearl and that she lives the best life because of our dedication to her. I’m also not looking for advice ... when we need support, I seek trusted, well educated professionals who know Pearl beyond photos and videos. In real life, we tend to get an abundance of not-so-nice glances at the funny looking dog who doesn’t quite walk in a straight line (she sometimes weaves side to side to get her bearings) and who sometimes throws hissy fits like a overtired toddler who needs a nap (but who also happens to be completely jacked with a mouthful of very sharp teeth.) The stares and glared used to truly upset me but now my entire focus is on supporting my girl. And while the majority of you are loving and supportive on this platform, we get our fair share of rude, nosy, and insensitive questions and comments. This goes beyond “trolls” or “haters.” All I ask is if you have any doubts that what we do for Pearl isn’t in her best interest and for her happiness, safety, and well being ... please kindly move along. And if you love Pearl and learning about her journey, please stay, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.
[side note: this is in the pantheon of my all time favorite Pearly photos.]
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