I am not a writer, but I do have some thoughts and ideas about a variety of things…life, food, vacation, creativity, art, photography, pets, gardens, plants, family…a little bit of everything.  Decided that I needed an outlet to share some of these random thoughts & ideas….so WELCOME to RoxannesRandoms!


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  1. Roxanne I would very much like to talk to you about Leo and his eye surgery. Do you have an e-mail I could reach you at. I have just found your blog and posts about Leo and am thankful because I too have a Boston, Stan, who has just had the surgery yesterday and is doing amazing.

      • I may reach out to you too as well….! My one cocker spaniel, Isabelle may need to have hers removed soon due to glaucoma. I am heartbroken for her….and I guess for myself as well. I do not want her to live in pain, so I would rather have this done. She may lose her other eye at some time, so I am now taking steps to teach her some of normal activities with sound and smell, so the transition may be easier for all of us. My other cocker, Hunter is deaf…It should be interesting around our house soon!! She is going to be 12 in June, and he is 13 1/2. So far other than these deficits, they both seem to be in good health. Thank you for sharing your experience with Leo’s surgery.

      • Hope all goes well with Isabelle. Our house has two senior disabled dogs and one that is younger but a little chubby. Leo of course only has one eye, poor vision in the other eye, hearing is going and he has Cushing’s Disease. Our other disabled senior has some back legs/hip issues. Helps keep life interesting. I love hearing stories about families keeping and caring for their senior pets (especially the disabled pets). I think it is heartbreaking when people give up on or abandon their senior pets. Keep me updated on Isabelle.

  2. Roxanne,

    Thank you for posting a detailed account of Leo’s surgery. I’m about to go through this with my Magou. I was wondering if you would be willing to chat with me about it. We did cataract surgery on Nov 20th and he could see perfectly until Christmas. His right retina detached and he developed glaucoma in both eyes. We have him going to the vet 3 times a week and he’s on 5 different eye drops 4 times a day each. The vet is suggesting we remove both eyes.

    I love my baby but I can’t help the feeling I get in the pit of my stomach at this suggestion. I know it is what is best for him and I am trying to prepare for this in every way possible. We have other dogs and he is hurting himself when bumping into them and their ever so happy tails. Would you be willing to give me some suggestions on how to help him to adjust?

    My email is moonwolf@thoughteater.com. You can also find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/moonwolfshowl

  3. Roxanne- I’m reading your story and viewing the photos of Leo’s eye surgery – and I just have to pause to thank you. Maddie, my almost 16yr old Boston is having her eye removed as I type. She too had a luxated lense last year, and we’ve managed to keep her eye by keeping the lense posterior- eventually it settled back there and she’s had normal eye pressure , adjusted to being blind , running around feeling great. She actually looks almost exactly like Leo – very similar coloring and face structure. So I took her to the vet this morning because her eye suddenly ruptured – pain and fluid. No question to do the procedure- the trick will be surviving the anesthesia and surgery. Ì just can’t tell you how comforting your story is to me right now – it was so quick turning her over to the vet this morning – I know nothing about this process, so I googled and your play by play account is so helpful. Ì can’t thank you enough for taking the time to post it. Hope Leo is doing well .

    • Susan- You broke my heart and made me cry 3 times…my husband also cried. I am so sorry to hear about Maddie’s emergency. I hope that her surgery went well yesterday and completely understand the fear of her surviving anesthesia (the combo of being flat-faced and a senior can be tough). I would love to hear an update on Maddie when you get the time.
      I haven’t had the strength to write the blog yet, but Leo passed away on 8/21/2017, he was 14 years 5 months and 10 days old…he had a very good life, full of love. In the end the combo of Cushing’s disease and cancer were just too much for his little body. He passed away at home, surrounded by love.

      • Now you made me cry too! I’m happy to report that I just picked Maddie up today and she’s doing great ! I’d like to send a photo but not sure how to attach it. I’m so sorry to hear about Leo – he looks like such a good boy. If his surgery was 2014 – he enjoyed more years with his family. I have grown adult male children- who now have kids and dogs of their own – but all still can tear up , over Bailey , our other Boston who we had to let go at age 15 , Christmas 2014. We all kind of laugh at each other , trying to hide choking up over the family dog years later. But they get all the way into your heart – and some stay there forever. Maddie just ate as if she was starving , and has assumed her regular spot on the sofa , snoring away. Ì have to confess I called the vet clinic after I dropped her off , before her surgery , questioning if putting her through eye surgery was fair to her , that maybe I decided too quickly. Thankfully they didn’t listen to me – assured me her bloodwork was ” awesome , like a young dog ” – and they knew what you knew – shed be fine , actually far more comfortable than before. That’s when I found your Leo story – the words and pictures- close up and real – were just what I needed. So thank you. I’ll try to send a photo. She looks so Badass 🙂

      • I am so glad that Maddie is doing well. You can email roxg.ross@gmail.com if you would like to send pictures. Did you opt for the prosthetic? Yes, dogs sure do work their way into our hearts. I had actually bottle fed Leo and his siblings as babies due to their mom getting quite sick…so our bond went all the way back to his birth. 🙂

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