BLIND DOG’S GUIDE DOG
Molly the Poodle loses her sight and is helped by sister Megan
A pet poodle who had both her eyes removed in a dramatic bid to save her life is now fighting fit - with a little help from her sister.
Molly, 14, underwent the major operation to combat a deadly infection which left her blind and in pain.
Her owners Maureen and Roger Newman from Dumbarton, were worried the pooch might struggle to cope with the life-altering change but they say little Molly has made a remarkable recovery and is being guided by her sister Megan, also 14, who has stuck by her side.
The couple’s other three pets Olly and Deano the Yorkshire terriers and Maggie the Australian Silky- all rescue dogs - have also rallied round Molly.
Maureen said: “All the other dogs have been great with Molly since her surgery.
“They all stick together when they go out and keep her right.
“But she’s doing well, she responds to your voice and finger clicks so it’s not been too bad for her.”
She continued: “I love all my dogs, especially since some of them didn’t have a good start in life.”
Maureen, 68, and Roger, 78, were told that poor Molly might have to be put down unless she underwent the eye removal op - known as a bilateral enucleation.
The couple, who live at Crosslet Place, were determined to do all they could for their beloved pet and gave vets at Vets4Pets in Dumbarton the go-ahead.
And animal lover Maureen says it was the best decision they have ever made for their pooch.
She said: “There was no question that we would get the surgery if it was going to give her some quality of life.
“We couldn’t believe the difference in her once she got the surgery.
“We thought she was ready to die before but now she’s like a whole new dog.
“She’s put on weight and is out running about again with her sister Megan and our other dogs.
“It’s just fantastic to see her doing so well.”
Maureen first noticed Molly seemed to be irritated by her eyes and when she checked them she discovered the severity of the problem.
It was then she took her to the Dumbarton vets.
Maureen added: “It just looked so painful for her. When I lifted her lid the blood vessels were swollen and her lens had disappeared so her eye just looked like a marble. It was awful.”
The pack of tiny dogs were all rescued by Maureen and Rodger, who have dedicated their lives to giving animals a second chance.
It was just Molly and Megan, who are a rare breed of poodle, who were bought as puppies by Maureen and Rodger alongside their other sister Missy, who belonged to Maureen’s son Andrew until she dies two years ago.
“It’s such an amazing feeling seeing them do so well especially since they were in such bad condition.
“But Molly, Megan and Missy were special. We wanted them for such a long time before we got them. They are beautiful wee dogs.”
Ciara Mulhern, owner of Vets4Pets in Dumbarton, who performed Molly’s surgery, said: “Molly’s major surgery to remove her eyes which due to a very painful condition that wasn’t treatable by any other means.
“It sounds shocking, but she’s now much more comfy and has adapted amazingly well.”
Dog house Maureen with Molly and Megan, alongside other canines in her family
Dog friends Molly and her sister Megan
Care Molly lost both her eyes