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Hello,

So I am currently looking at dogs to adopt and I came upon this one dog who I am absolutely in love with. Sadly, this dog needed to have one of his eyes removed but, the information for the dog said he was still acting like any other dog with no problems adjusting.

This is all great but I am a very active person, where I go on hikes quiet frequently and I sometimes go on trails that don't have the best terrain. Would this be a problem for this dog? I understand there would be a depth perception issue and I'm worried about the risk of injury to the dog (I mean more than the normal risk in any hiking adventures).

I am wondering if, despite missing an eye, if a dog could still go on hikes?
 

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My Doberman cross lived for over fourteen years with only one eye. For the most part, she adapted well, but did run into things on her blind side at times. Like the time she was trying to chase a squirrel up a tree, but was on a leash. She turned back to me, and ran smack into a pole that, had she not been moving so fast, she would have seen.
 
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Hello,

So I am currently looking at dogs to adopt and I came upon this one dog who I am absolutely in love with. Sadly, this dog needed to have one of his eyes removed but, the information for the dog said he was still acting like any other dog with no problems adjusting.

This is all great but I am a very active person, where I go on hikes quiet frequently and I sometimes go on trails that don't have the best terrain. Would this be a problem for this dog? I understand there would be a depth perception issue and I'm worried about the risk of injury to the dog (I mean more than the normal risk in any hiking adventures).

I am wondering if, despite missing an eye, if a dog could still go on hikes?
LOL I'll blow your mind. You can take a BLIND dog on a hike! My Aunt has had several blind Saint Bernards. The last one came to her with her brother at a year old when the housing market crashed. My Aunt has 30 years of fostering Saint Bernards and is very good with giant breeds. She took this dog everywhere. It walked on walks and even came to our house for a visit. I saw her hesitate for a few minutes till she heard the foot pattern, but you'd NEVER have guessed she was blind! In fact my Aunt said the first owners swore up and down they didn't know she was blind the entire time they had her! I've fostered a blind Beagle puppy. She was AMAZING! The breeder gave us a male to to be her guide for life, and she ran and played with him normally. Once and awhile in my very uneven ground she'd stumble, but she was full of life and happy. Now deaf dogs have a little harder time, but I've fostered several young deaf dogs too LOL
 

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My girl Molly has had an eye removed and can barely see out of the other. We hike all the time. I pay attention to the path she is walking and she seldom stumbles. She is so happy out there with me all her anxiety seems to melt sometimes. There is a good chance she will lose her other eye, but my vet told me that frequently it seems to be harder on the human than the dog!!
 

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My girl Molly has had an eye removed and can barely see out of the other. We hike all the time. I pay attention to the path she is walking and she seldom stumbles. She is so happy out there with me all her anxiety seems to melt sometimes. There is a good chance she will lose her other eye, but my vet told me that frequently it seems to be harder on the human than the dog!!
Thank you so much! This definitely made me feel more comfortable in adopting the guy :) I was so worried about injuring him that it made me hesitant but this made me excited for our new adventures
 

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Thank you so much! This definitely made me feel more comfortable in adopting the guy :) I was so worried about injuring him that it made me hesitant but this made me excited for our new adventures
Any dog can get injured, but only having one eye doesn't seem to be a big a handicap for a dog (who tends to "live in the moment" as it might for a human (who ponders the "what ifs").

This was my one-eyed wonder. Yes, she's standing on the roof of my car. You can clearly see that her right eye had been removed and that her lids were sewn shut after the surgery.

Gin March 1991 Scan_Pic0137 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr
 
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