This is my dog Porthos (a six year old Bichon Frise) tonight,
This small bed is about 3 feet behind the chair at the computer in my home office. It’s his favorite place to be when I’m working at home. Heck odds are if I’ve ever worked on any of your photos he was in the room with me “helping me work.” While I don’t get too carried away about personal stuff on this site, a quick search shows more than a handful of posts he seems to show up in over the years.
As far as summers go, this poor guy has had a pretty rough run of health issues.
On our Hotchkiss vacation he ran off into some brambles with the caretakers dog of the place we where staying at. I’m not sure what he ran into but it triggered an extreme allergic reaction, which in turn triggered a problem with his auto immune system, which brought about Type 2 Diabetes.
The diabetes has been well managed these last 5 months, but they in turn have triggered another problem.
Cataracts, and with an onset time of just a week or so.
We really noticed his loss of eyesight when we were on a trip to Oregon. While just 10 days before he could catch a baby carrot mid-air if I threw it to him, no he couldn’t make it up and down steps nor navigate the hotel room without running into things.
We called his veterinarian and made an appointment and got him straight back to Denver. His veterinarian confirmed the cataracts and found him to be just about totally blind. If him being blind wasn’t bad enough the cataracts are releases proteins into the eyes, we have him on eyedrops to ease any irritation, but there are potential sides effects to this that are horrific to me.
So Porthos has a referral to an eye surgeon for next week to evaluate him for cataract surgery. Our veterinarian thinks he’s a great candidate with a high chance of success, but we have to wait and see if the surgeon agrees.
If all is good he’ll get his surgery and the cataracts (and his eye lens) will be removed and replaced with a plastic lens. His vision should come back immediately, if a bit on the farsighted side of things.
However surgery like this isn’t cheap, in fact it’s downright pricey. Since he doesn’t have health insurance it’s all out of pocket (which has already been hit with some steep vet bills between him and over 1K on Ninja the cats dental work this summer). For the most part the only way I made it through 7 years of self employment was through never getting trapped in credit card debt. While I do have a full time day job now I still feel any interest bearing debt is something that should be the last resort, not the first.
So I’m parting with my rather extensive camera collection of personal cameras that I’ve acquired over the years. Not long ago I posted about the nearly 20 cameras I owned, well many are already gone and many more will follow.
If your interested in cameras and gear I’ve got a bundle on Ebay, Leica’s, Medium Format Film (Pentax, Mamiya, Rollei), and some Fuji digital equipment. I’ll be starting up some auctions to clear out my film supply as well. Make no mistake – these are just things, none of which have much of any sentimental value – just things. Their value to me is nothing compared to that of my dog.
While we have options to finance it if needed, I’d still rather part with things that are just objects rather than have an outstanding debt out hanging over my head. But make no mistake if the gear doesn’t cover it – my wife and I will do whatever it takes to make this surgery happen.
Since we’re running into the time of year where it’s all personal work on the blog – don’t be too surprised if it takes on a different look. Instead of a wide variety of gear to pick and choose from for personal stuff I’ll have one or two very basic cameras. I think I’ll even take the challenge of pushing my creativity to see what I can pull off without an arsenal of gear.
I’ll be posting followups to Porthos as we find out more, but in the mean time here’s a shot of one of his favorite ways to sleep.
UPDATE 10/27/2014 *************************************************************************
With some brisk selling over the weekend I’ve pretty much been able to hit the target we had for the estimated surgery costs. Our thanks go out to everyone who spread links and sent their best wishes and support.