Hadley gives us his one week post-op report

Hi Friends,

It has been one week today since my surgery to restore my sight. What an exciting week it has been! Surgery day was nerve-wrecking, but the follow-up has been going pretty smooth. I still take drops (a total of 7 times per day), and I take an anti-inflammatory once per day. My eyes are clear.

I know this may sound a little crazy, but I think I am seeing things!! Not sure how to process all these images, but it is just too amazing.

When I go for my walks now, I see (not just smell) some of my favorite items, like the fire hydrant, mailbox poles, and my favorite…dad’s tire on his truck. I just loved to smell them, then mark them as “Hadley’s domain”; now, I see them, smell them, mark them!!

Oh, and Hank (the border collie that Leslee adopted)…Hank visited yesterday during “movie time”. I saw this furry intruder who was so playful. I did a “spider man” jump and landed right on his back. No doubt, I can see now!! Aren’t I the big boy?!!

Vacation with Mom is going great! Yesterday I got to watch a funny movie with Mom, Dad, Leslee, John, and Hank. I was just a tad bit jealous if Hank got within a foot of Mommy. Hey, some things you just can’t share, know what I mean? Daddy thought I was being really rude, but I was just practicing growling to maybe someday save someone’s life! I am really the sweetest boy on earth.

I am definitely used to family life, the “good” life. Whoever says a boy should be single has definitely not been in my paws. The food is delicious, the temperature inside is perfect, and oh! all the cozy places to sleep…I say, this is the life!

I would not be here without all of you. I stand amazed at the help I received from all of you. I was a scraggly, blind, homeless boy with nasty fleas. Yuch! Now I am beautiful, with sight, healthy and living the good life. Thank you to all of you who care to help a Homeless creature of God.

God and Angel say thank you too.

I love you all, Hadley

PS My follow up appointment with the surgeon is this Wednesday April 30. Wish me luck!!


Hadley lets us know about his 3rd post-op day

Hello friends from Hadley,

This is going into my 3rd Post-Op day.
I am doing great. I hate my drops but tolerate them. The pain med is fine in my delicious food.
You ought to see my eyes!! They are clear, big, and dark brown. I am quite the handsome fella.
Mom says they look beautiful.

I’ve been going to work with Mom, so I can not get out of the drops. Try hiding from 3 nurses!!!
I am eating, drinking, and using the restroom well. I see things and wag my tail. I am still trying to figure out what are all these new things.

I have no infection, no complications.
I am happy and active.
Hard to even remember the surgery now.
I am doing great.

You all are my friends.
Love, Hadley

Hadley is progressing!

Hadley did well on his 2nd post-op day.
He is eating, drinking, and using the restroom well.
He takes his drops, although he is not fond of them. He takes his pain
med on food.
His eyes are open now and they are clear. No more cataracts.
Not sure if he is able to see well, but I think he sees a little.
He is sleeping well and active.
He is doing really well and no signs of complications.
He continues to thank everyone.
Love, Hadley

Good Dog Rescue thanks Linda and Scott Hunter, Hadley’s adopted family, for providing us with regular updates on Hadley’s progress that we can share with you!

A Thank You note from Hadley

Hi to all from Hadley (my mom is typing for me),

My surgery was successful. Whew! What a day. First of all my new mommy & daddy took away my delicious food last night and my water!! No breakfast this morning either. Daddy took me outside this morning and I did my “business”. Then, mommy took me on a nice car ride. I met Lisa this morning and I sure was glad to see her.

The rest is kind of foggy. I’ll get the details from mom.

Hadley received his preliminary drops to dilate his eyes for better visualization. He flinched at the bright light, which was hopeful that he had a healthy retina.

A brief hello to the surgeon, and he was whisked off to the OR (Operating Room). More drops, a shot, then general anesthesia. While under anesthesia, an ultrasound demonstrated that Hadley owned 2 healthy eyes except for the cataracts. Surgery began, and it lasted a little more than an hour. His cataracts were removed successfully from both eyes. He sleepily woke up from his anesthesia and was ready to go home.

He still cannot see because it may take a few days to a few weeks for decrease of inflammation enough to allow eyesight. Further, it will take his brain a few days to a few weeks to process sight.

Hadley is receiving Antibiotic eye drops three times daily in both eyes. He is receiving a steroid suspension in both eyes four times daily (at a different time or shortly after his antibiotic drops). He is also receiving a pain reliever / anti-inflammatory medicine by mouth. Right now, Hadley is keeping his eyes squinted (which is normal) for this time. He is very sleepy.He has napped most of the afternoon. He has been to urinate twice. He is drinking water well and has eaten a few bites.

He will be going to work with Mommy for the next 3 days. Then Mommy is taking a very needed Sabbatical from work. We will read, listen to music, watch movies…and eat & sleep of course!

I have come a long way from wandering blindly in Tipton County with an empty stomach and broken heart.

Thanks to all of you, I have a comfortable home, lots of love, plenty of food, and now I can see!!! Thank you to all of you who so generously gave to me, a blind little shelter dog. I love you all. I pray God blesses you and He will. Thank you; I am so grateful. I will never forget your kind generosity.


Love, Hadley Hunter

PS – Angel in heaven says she thanks you too. She will see all of us at The Rainbow Bridge.