Gabe is currently working through a number of medical issues. We’re taking things one at a time and we are making progress. Gabe appears to be mostly or completely blind. We have an appointment with an eye specialist in the Twin Cities for later this month to see if anything can be done to improve his sight.
He has infections in each ear, which are being treated with drops. When he arrived, we first thought that he was also completely deaf. But as his ears are being treated, we now think that he may have some hearing. He has a check-up scheduled for next week to further assess his ears.
Our vet has investigated four possible tumors. Two of them turned out to be cysts but the other two were aspirated and we’re awaiting results. He also has a slight heart murmur.
Those are the challenges and they are serious. However, here is the good news. As we’re quickly learning, Gabe is a wonderful boy! It took him a day to map out our house in his brain and he gets around just fine. It’s amazing to watch him navigate.
He rarely, if ever, runs into anything. His first mission was to locate the water bowl, which he accomplished on his own within ten minutes of arrival. He is very alert to vibrations and when we or our resident dogs move around the house, he knows what’s going on.
He has ignored our old cat and gets along with our two resident dogs. He had an initial spat with our 13-year-old resident dog when he accidentally headed for Tank’s food dish instead of his own. Tank let him know that this was impolite.
We’ve moved his feeding station farther away and this problem has been resolved. Our younger resident dog Sooner has been disappointed that his play bows to Gabe have been ignored, but they’ll figure out a way to communicate eventually.