In October 2014 I adopted a pure-bred Labrador Retriever from the SPCA here in Goose Bay, her name is Grace (also known as Gracie and G-dawg). Since that day her and I have become very good friends. For a non-human, she’s very intuitive when it comes to people’s feelings and she’s very comforting to have around.
Grace was diagnosed with progressive retinal atrophy shortly before her 5th birthday, some days it’s a real challenge. But as the vet pointed out, it’s more painful for me than her. Because it’s a gradual process she has time to get used to her declining vision, but I would love more than anything to give her her full vision back. She’s such a happy dog and to see her get excited about something makes my heart feel full.
I’m not sure what the lifespan is on dogs with such a condition, or what the life span is on pure-bred Labs in general. I just know that I’m going to try my hardest to make her life safe and happy, because she does that for me.
Love M + G
Writer and photographer from remote Labrador, Canada. Just another cold Labradorian chillin' in the Big Land. Can most likely be found walking my dog Grace or behind an iMac screen slowly taking over the interwebs.