I’m a Canine Candy Striper

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For the last several weeks, I have had a very important job: I’m a canine candy striper. Let me explain. One day my human daddy noticed that his vision was blurry. He thought that maybe on one of his evening runs something had irritated his eye, but the next day it still bothered him so he went to the eye doctor. And that’s when the eye doctor told him that he had developed cataracts.

At this point, my daddy insists that I point out that the type of cataracts he has is not the “old people” cataracts. It is a type of cataracts that usually occurs in people who are in their 30s and 40s, which makes my human daddy–who is in his early 50s–feel really good, all things considered.

The next week or so was filled with appointments to see various doctors, including a retina specialist who performed a laser procedure on Daddy’s retina before he could have the cataract surgery.

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So finally two weeks ago, Daddy had the first surgery to fix the cataract in his left eye . . . and I have been right by his side ever since. My mommy has been the head nurse, but I have been Daddy’s faithful little candy striper.

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I’ve kept up with Daddy’s eye drop schedule (and let me tell you there are lots and lots and lots of eye drops all day long) . . .

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. . . and I have been right there to ensure that Mommy does a good job of getting those drops into Daddy’s eyes. Yesterday Daddy had his right eye fixed, so we are looking at another four weeks of drops. It’s a good thing Mommy created my snazzy little candy striper outfit because it looks like I’m going to get a lot of use out of it.

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I must tell you, friends, that being a candy striper has been slightly exhausting, so I have not been the best blogger lately. I haven’t kept you up to date on my life; but more importantly I have really, really missed staying up to date on all of your lives. Well, I have some good news for you: First, I am happy to report that my daddy is doing well. His distance vision is better than ever. He’s still having some trouble doing computer work, but I’m keeping my paws crossed that his closer vision will continue to improve. (This wish is a little bit selfish on my part. I need for Daddy to work so that he can buy lots and lots of yummy treats for me. Is that so bad?) Second, I think I have my candy striper duties under control, which means that I can get back to the wonderful world of blogging and “visiting” all of my fabulous blogging friends. I cannot wait to see what you’ve all been doing!

36 Comments on “I’m a Canine Candy Striper”

  1. You are the best candy striper and so glad your daddy is doing much better. How scary to be going through something like that! xoxoxo

    • I have to tell you that it came as quite a shock to all of us. But I am extremely happy to report that my daddy’s second “fixed” eye was unveiled today and he is thrilled beyond belief with the results. He’s going to be extremely impressed with my nose art on the back door window panes now that he can see so clearly. 🙂

  2. Emmadog says:

    You make an adorable candy striper! Hope your dad is back to normal soon so you can take a break and get back to the good stuff like chasing squirrels.

    • Here’s some good news about those squirrels, Emma. I’ve been so busy attending to my daddy and so absent from squirrel chasing that those pesky little creatures have gotten quite fat and lazy. So there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be so slow and surprised when I get back to the hunt that I may actually catch my first squirrel. This excites me far more than it excites my mommy. 😉

  3. “Candy Striper” now that’s a term I haven’t heard in FOREVER! Do they even still exist? Oh wait! They DO! YOU!! And an adorable one you are. Hoping all is ok with your Dad soon!

    • I plan on wearing my new costume for a doggy Halloween parade that benefits a local shelter. No doubt my humans will have to explain it to anyone less than 50 years old. 🙂 Thank you so much for your well wishes for my daddy. I am happy to report that he’s doing extremely well. 😉

  4. fredrieka says:

    that is an important job like mine as a therapy dog.. your a therapy dog to your dadwithoutpaws

  5. MH Hatcher says:

    Such adorable pictures of Daddy’s candystriper! Harper Lee, please tell your daddy that we hope he feels better very soon.

    • Thank you so much. I am thrilled beyond belief to report that Daddy’s second fixed eye was unveiled today and we have great success. Daddy can see so well that now Mommy says she’s going to have to keep the house cleaner and always wear makeup. 😉

  6. That outfit is just way too cute! I’m still trying to tackle stapling tulle onto a piece of elastic LOL. Glad your daddy is feeling better. We’ve been remiss at Shoeful of Drool, too. Lots of good things going on that get in the way of writing the blog.

    • You definitely get an excused blogging absence when you’re busy with good things! My mommy actually amazed herself with her “Project Runway” skills on my candy striper outfit. I secretly hope that this is the last outfit she decides to make for me. 😉

  7. Awww you look like you’re doing a brilliant job taking care of the hoomans


  8. Ogee says:

    Such a devoted girl. I’m sure all of this extra attention has sped your dad’s recovery! Good job. 🙂

  9. Rosy Rue says:

    Oh your candy striper garb is absolutely fab! And you are even more fab for being a canine princess candy striper! Im sure you had a lot to do with Dad’s healing process– he needs his best sight to look at the stunning vision of Miss Harper Lee! RosyPoodleKisses to you and your Mom & Dad!

    • We all thank you so very much for your lovely RosyPoodelKisses, beautiful Rosy. I make my daddy smile every single time I sit by his side when my mommy puts drops in his new and improved eyes, but he really really smiled when he saw me in my snazzy candy striper outfit!

  10. Jan K says:

    Miss Lee, we have missed you, but we know how important taking care of your Dad is. It sounds like you have been doing a fine job of it, since he is doing so well (and we are glad to hear he is recovering). You are the cutest candy striper we’ve ever seen….love your outfit!!

  11. You are the cutest Candy Stripper that i have ever seen! I am glad that your Daddy’s eyes are doing better. I’m sure he had them closed during most of our LSU game on Saturday! BOL!! You keep up your good work and make sure your mom is getting lots of love too. ♥

    • Ha ha . . . even through his hazy vision, Daddy saw that game. We still love our Tigers, though, and my humans will be in the stands to cheer them on this Saturday. Now that Daddy has his new and improved vision, let hope it’s a pretty game. 🙂

  12. dorysbackyard says:

    You are the cutest candy striper we have ever seen Harper Lee!! We are so happy your Daddy is doing better!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. OMG, Miss HL. I can see how you have exhausted yourself with all your duties keeping track of your mom tending to your daddy. I’m happy he is doing well. He may still need some cuddling and snuggling. We all know that doggies are the best medicine….

    Love and licks,

  14. Kuruk says:

    Oh Miss Lee, you sure do look super cutesie-wooowooooootesie in your candy striper uniform! xoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxxoxoxo Keep taking good care of your daddy! ❤ Ku

  15. How adorable! You’ve sure got the “Can I get you anything else?” pose down, pat! Or maybe you’re just waiting for some pettings as a reward for your hard work?

  16. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man says:

    Oh, sweet Miss Harper Lee what a beautiful candy striper you are. You and your mom are doing a very good job taking care of your dad and we are glad he is getting all better. All of you rest when you can and we will see you when you get back to blogland and your dad’s eyes are doing great. Hugs and nose kisses

  17. It is a good thing you are there looking all cute and helping your dad!

    • Thank you! I’ve done such a good job that the doctor doesn’t want to see my daddy until the end of October . . . and my daddy’s vision is better than my mommy’s, which has her a bit miffed!

  18. lynn says:

    I think your candy stripper outfit is so cute and I know your daddy is so happy you are there to help your mom nurse him.

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