Kickass, the doorstop dog, may be called on to perform “seeing eye” dog duties—which would be far above his pay grade, as the keeper undergoes cataract surgery today. Thanks to his longevity and the genes of his dear old mother, the keeper has the trifecta of eye issues: cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. The VA eye clinic has done a great job of staying on top of the situation, including the administering of preventative MD shots and prescribing appropriate meds. But the eternal verity of old age with its infirmities and failures–like Father Time turning into a contrary old Santa Claus with a sack full of unpleasant “gifts,” cannot be denied.
Though the keeper has lived long enough to have seen a lot, it is not enough, and the apprehension over a possible vision loss or impairment is troublesome. Like everyone else, the keeper wants to see what is around the next corner and who might be hiding there. Eyesight, like a lot of things, is taken for granted until it is threatened, and then, and only then, some serious thinking ensues.
Kickass says that if called by the keeper to do temporary seeing-eye dog duty, his—kickass’s doorstop immobility will serve him well in that he will not be chasing back yard rabbits and neighborhood cats as some “seeing-eye” dogs might have. Phyllis should be comforted by that.