Blind Husky Can’t Find His Bed Sometimes, So He Just Improvises
“Whether it's a stuffed animal or a pillow or a suitcase, he always has to climb onto it and step around a bunch, then finally lie down.”
When Remy the husky was first adopted into his family, his beautiful blue eyes were completely healthy. Two years ago, one of his eyes started getting very red and swollen, and the vets couldn’t seem to figure out why. Soon, his other eye became infected too — and before long, poor Remy was completely blind.
The vet told Remy’s parents that the pressure from his swollen eyes was giving him a constant migraine, and the best thing to do would be to remove his eyes altogether. At first, Remy had a lot of trouble adjusting to life as a blind dog, and was incredibly scared all the time. With a little help from his family, though, Remy slowly began to adjust to his new life, and now there’s not a single thing that he can’t do.
“He was pretty terrified and would run into stuff or step off of stuff and just stand there shaking,” Christopher Stobie, Remy’s dad, told The Dodo. “It was super sad, but we worked with him a bunch and now he's almost too confident. He will just start running off in a certain direction assuming we're going to stop him if he is going to hit something.”
Remy now has all the confidence in the world, and has almost no problems getting around anymore. Since he can’t see, sometimes things don’t turn out exactly the way he planned, but he always pretends it’s exactly what he meant to do anyway.
For instance, if Remy is having a little bit of trouble locating his bed, he’ll improvise — and sleep in his parents’ suitcase instead. Much comfier than a bed anyway. It’s totally what he was looking for all along.
Remy has a lot of quirky habits he’s developed since losing his eyes, and his parents love every single one of them, because they make him so wonderfully unique and adorable.
“He HAS to sleep on top of stuff,” Stobie said. “Whether it's a stuffed animal or a pillow or a suitcase, he always has to climb onto it and step around a bunch, then finally lie down. He's rarely simple. He likes to look out windows, which we find pretty funny, and a lot of times he'll go stand in a corner and just stare.”
Even though he is blind, Remy no longer lets that get in the way of living his life, and he loves going on crazy adventures with his family. He hikes and swims without any issues, as long as he knows his family is by his side to make sure he’s safe.
Remy also has a husky sister, Roxie, and two cat siblings. Roxie never tries to help Remy get around though, because he’s perfectly capable of navigating the world all on his own.
When Remy first lost his sight, it seemed like he would never gain his confidence back, but with a little patience and a lot of love, Remy is now just like any other dog — and he’s not letting anything get in his way.