Heidi is 13. She is blind. She is a dog who is loved and protected by her family and so the welcome she gives visitors is warm and loving. Though she cannot see, she knows her way around her property and comes as close as she can to 'inspect' guests with nose and ears and to wag her tail in appreciation for the pats and cuddles she receives. We drove up to her house the other day, when it was almost nightfall and I was worried that there might not be enough light to get a photograph of her. She stood still, without moving and 'looked' at me, as though to make sure that I got her portrait.
Puppies are wonderful with their clear, bright eyes, their shiny coats and bouncy, agile, slender bodies. But an old dog, who has given a lifetime of love and companionship, who has always been there, no matter what, is an even greater thing of beauty. Yes, I could have darkened Heidi's eyes so that you didn't see that she was blind. I decided to leave them as they are, true to Heidi, as they seemed to me to be like an opalescent light into her kind and gentle soul.
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