Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rite of Spring

"C'mon Ray, let's go do yard work," I said to my hound.
Immediately, Ray headed for the back door, then turned to see if I was really coming or if I was trying to trick him. I jammed a hat on my head, put on my gardening gloves and opened the backdoor. Ray took two steps outside, turned, grabbed my hand, ripped off the glove, and ran.
Laughing, I ran after him.
"Don't you put a hole in that!" I warned him as I watched him slap himself silly with it.
Ray stopped for a brief second, then just as I got close enough to snatch my glove, took off again. I chased him down, pried my glove from his jaws, and got to work.
His annual glove-grabbing ritual completed, Ray also got down to work. He dug a few holes. He ate some mud. He lay in the sun until it got cloudy, then he dug some more holes. He yelled at the back fence.
Ray's trajectory 
After a few hours of trimming plants and pulling weeds, I was done. Followed by my trusty dog, I entered the kitchen. Obviously, at some point during his work, Ray had gotten thirsty and had gone inside to get a drink. The trail of mud clods followed his usual route from the dog door, across the kitchen to the far cabinets, then to his water bowl.

I went to get a broom. While I was sweeping up the mud clods, Ray ambled out the dog door with a rawhide bone in his mouth. Obliviously, I went about my chores. Ten minutes later, I was sweeping up more mud.


  1. Do you think he is touching the mats to get his bearings? My blind ones do things like that. We had swipes of mud on the door frames.

    Have you ever noticed if Ray's navigational skills are worse sometimes? My trio tend to bump into things and/or trip when they are tired. Just wondering.

    1. Absolutely he does that. He takes the exact same routes all the time.
      And yes, Ray's navigational skills are much worse on some days. The eye doctor has said that Ray has some sight in one eye because the retina in one eye is still attached in one spot, but the top of the retina is folded over the bottom and the retina is deformed. (She can't understand how he can see anything) But I've noticed that on low light days, he bumps into stuff a lot more. Also on some other days, without explanation (the lighting is fine) he will bump into stuff all day long. I think maybe the top of the retina floats or something to change his vision periodically.
      I haven't noticed him bumping into things when he's tired. Being a hound, Ray tends to conserve his energy for the 'hunt.' Which in his case translates to taking walks, digging holes, playing keepaway, and chasing Hugo up the stairs. He is a well-rested dog.

  2. Conor bumps more when its rained which I assume means his scent markings (how he follows his route not necessarily installed by his good self) are diminished