Grace the spaniel went blind from old age and missed playing with her beloved tennis balls so her mom got a huge tennis ball and made it jingle so she could still play
Dogs can be our best friends and for them, we are their everything, second to that comes balls so when Grace went blind, her mom, Mandy Robinson got creative and made a plan.
She bought a soccer ball sized tennis ball so Grace would be able to find it easily. She then drilled a hole in the ball and placed a bell inside so Grace would be able to hear where the ball went.
According to Mandy, the ball has been a big success and Grace is happier than ever chasing her larger than life tennis ball around the garden. This goes to prove that even for animals, it’s the little things that count.
“What do you do when your precious dog has gone blind, but still wants to play with a tennis ball? You get a big-ass tennis ball, drill a hole and put a bell in it. Gracie is uber-chuffed with her “speshul” tennis ball” – Mandy Robinson
At first, when Grace went blind, Mandy was very worried about how she would cope but animals are incredibly resilient and adaptable so Grace took the change in her stride.
“She somehow manages to find her way around, with the odd tree she walks into or when we forget to move the wheelbarrow in the garden. Other than the odd oopsie daisy, she is coping very well. I guess it helps that the blindness has been progressive and not sudden and that she has lived here since she was 6 weeks old”
However, Mandy’s creativity didn’t stop at the tennis ball. She grew concerned about Grace’s night time bathroom breaks and so she came up with an innovative way to help Grace out at night time too.
“I bought 50 cat collar bells and made little ankle bracelets for myself, that way she can “hear” me at night when I take them outside for a wee. My neighbours think I am nuts”
Well, Mandy, we don’t think you are nuts at all! Your love and dedication to your old-girl has us tearing up. Grace is one blessed pooch to be growing old with you. Thank you for sharing your creative ways to make her life easier, we are sure they will help many more families in the same position.
Plus, if you need even more reason to love Mandy, she rescues and rehomes spaniels in Gauteng. You can find out more here.