I just did a post search and the last post I made was in 2013! Good Heavens! I used to be a very frequent flyer on here, but, evidently, time got away from me. I live in Texas and have an 8 year old sable merle named Ellie Mae. Ellie has been a challenge since we brought her home at 9 weeks. We have been through it all, and we never gave up on her. Unfortunately, last year she became blind. She developed SARS and is now 100% blind. She is a smart, smart, SMART, dog and has adapted pretty well. She does depend on us to guide her around the house--for some reason, she still hasn't gotten the hang of where furniture and walls are, even though we keep everything in the same place. We have developed a system of verbal commands and snapping of our fingers. She quickly has learned: right, left, back, turn around, slow, careful (she goes really slow when she hears this word), wide (swing wide) and if she starts heading the wrong directions, we say "nope, over here." She gets fed at her "place" everyday, which is a rug on a tile floor, so she knows that is home base. When she first became blind and she was walking through the house and one of us made the hideous mistake of touching her--like petting--she would become irritated because it threw her off her game. She would huff at us and then turn around and go back her starting point and start the journey all over again. She quickly taught us not to touch her while she is self-navigating around the house. She has some kind of system in that sheltie head of hers. Ellie is healthy otherwise and seems happy. She still LOVES to lay next to me on the couch and is still affectionate and sassy. I can tell she misses running in the backyard, but she has 100% self-limited herself on that. She walks slowly and carefully out there. She loves laying out there on nice days and sniffing the air and still enjoys barking--at everything. Glad to be back here and look forward to reading about everyone's babies!