Trooper went to Virginia Tech for an expert opinion on his right eye today. It has not healed very well, and we were concerned that it was becoming painful.
I picked him up at 7 am, and after the usual happy greeting, he jumped right in the car. When we arrived at Virginia Tech, there was an initial air of slight apprehension from the staff. After all, performing a painful eye exam in very close proximity to any dog's mouth would be a concern, let alone one on a pit bull. But Trooper greeted every staff member in his calm, unassuming and friendly manner, and immediately had all at ease.
An hour of poking, prodding, and shining lights in both eyeballs ensued. Trooper did not move a muscle, and let the Veterinarians and students do their thing. His foster mom describes him as stoic, and she is right.
As uncomfortable as the procedures were, he never flinched. After the exam was done, he even let each student take a closer look, and he seemed to listen in as questions were raised and answered. They asked me to leave the exam room while they finished the paperwork. A few minutes later, a Vet student appeared and asked if it was OK for him to have a treat. Soon another appeared, and said she could not believe how sweet this dog was. Then a third appeared and asked if he was available for adoption, because he had won over each and every person on the team. And after that he made friends with the receptionist and the housekeeper.
After a lot of discussion, it was determined that Trooper will need his right eye removed. He is definitely blind in that eye now. The Vet said it may be due to a bite that almost punctured his cornea, or it may be from trauma to the head that hurt his optic nerve. Either way, his cornea is very fragile and is becoming painful, and will most likely never heal.
We will schedule the eye surgery as soon as possible, and meanwhile Trooper has returned to his loving foster home.
Today, once again, this little "bait dog" proved what an unbreakable spirit he has. They say that "eyes are the window to the soul" ... Trooper may be down to one good eye, but he wears his kind and gentle nature on the outside. It's not only something you look into his heart and see, but also a calm and peaceful feeling he brings to everyone he meets. He has certainly made our lives better, and I have a feeling this boy has something wonderful coming in his future.