Kris T Wisconsin wrote:
Lots of people have told me putting him down would be the best thing for him that he will have no quality of life:( Anyone who has been in this situation please tell me your success stories:)))
Okay - first of all, forgive me if I come off sounding really nasty BUT, I adopted Miss Maxine at about 13 years. She was old, blind (both eyes had been removed) and had a bad heart. I'm sure more than one person thought I was crazy (and several said so). The shelter could have put her down and probably would have felt justified based on her "quality of life". In the almost two years that I've had my old girl she has gotten into more mischief, experienced more and enjoyed more than likely in her whole life to that point. It makes me crazy when people say a dog with a disability would be better off dead than not being able to see - and that IS what they're saying. So if the pup isn't perfect let's get rid of him because after all, if he's blind he'll never lie in the sun and smell spring coming, taste ice cream and let it dribble all over his face, stretch out in front of a fireplace on a cold night and feel safe and content, lean against his owner and feel love. Aren't THOSE things what makes for quality of life? If Maxine has taught me anything it's that we all have something to overcome to make our life what we want. And if she dealt with all she did and came through gentle and loving anyone else can too. So if you need reassurance that you taking that pup and loving him is right - you've got it from me!
As far as training, do the crate training, be consistent, have him neutered, and follow the great advice you have already gotten.
And the other thing Miss Maxine has taught is forgiveness. That's what I do when I hear people make remarks about "quality of life" which shows little understanding of what real quality is.