What It’s Like To Have A Dog With One Eye

“How did she lose her eye?” is a question that every single person who has ever met Freckles always asks.


To be completely honest, I’m not really sure as it happened prior to us adopting her. From what we were told, when she was just a very young puppy, she had an accident with a crate that caused her to have her eye removed.

A couple of weeks ago, someone on a private Facebook group I belong to was asking for advice as her dog also had to have it’s eye removed from an accident.

To be honest, you would hardly know Freckles only has one eye other than looking at her. She has had no problems going up and down stairs (except for the ones into our basement as they are both steep and wooden). She has no problem jumping on and off our bed (which is very high) and couches and even does so in the dark. I think I’ve only see her not make it up a handful of times. She goes to daycare and plays all day long without any problem.

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I will say the only minor thing is her depth perception. There are times where if you place a treat right in front of her, she might not see it right away. But she does eventually find it using her nose (and sounds like a little pig grunting as she does it).

When we go for a walk, she likes to walk only on my right side so she can see me at all times. She does get scared if a dog or anyone (specifically young children) get right up to her and her instinct is to stop and hit the deck.

Dogs are very good at learning to adapt to anything they face. They are resilient and I think a lot of people could learn from them.

How I Manage Three Dogs

I won’t lie, there are times I question my sanity by owning three dogs. That being said, I don’t think I could never not have three dogs as part of my family.

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We have been extremely fortunate to have adopted three absolutely sweet (except Max, haha), adorable and super lovable dogs from three different rescue organizations.

When we adopted Max, we had our sweet Boston Terrier, Bandit. We wanted to get another dog who could match Bandit’s energy and would be a good play mate for him. What’s funny is that for the first while, they completely ignored each other until one day they both wanted the same toy and decided to play tug of war with it. Then, it became a regular thing.

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When Bandit died, it left a huge hole not only in my heart, but I could see that Max missed having another dog around. That’s when we were so fortunate to adopt Freckles, as we knew we wanted another Boston Terrier. Like Max and Bandit, Max and Freckles pretty much ignored each other for a long time. Especially considering that as Freckles was a former backyard breeding girl, she didn’t really understand how to play with toys.

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We were just going to stay with two dogs, but I knew in my heart that I wanted a third. My husband did not feel the same. When I saw Dolly and her story on the Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society’s page (and I was just starting to volunteer with them at the time), I knew I had to meet her and felt in my heart that she would be a good fit for our family. And thankfully, she was.

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So how do I manage three? Lots of planning.

Max and Freckles thankfully for the most part have been pretty easy to deal with and are pretty similar, especially in terms of food. Neither of them have allergies to anything so I found it easiest to put them both on the same food. I will say that I have found Max tolerates raw food a bit better than Freckles, so I still have to utilize some high quality kibble or freeze dried raw for both of them.

Dolly’s been the biggest challenge, especially during food time. As I have shared Dolly’s challenges with allergies, the biggest challenge with her is having to feed her completely separate food and treats from the other two (they do share the same treats but Max and Freckles do get more variety).

Bath time is also different for the three of them. When Dolly’s seasonal allergies flare up, she requires more frequent and medicated baths (twice a week if her skin is really bad). Whereas the other two get a bath once a week (or longer), with a non medicated shampoo and I don’t need to put a conditioner on them afterwards or a paw balm on their paws. They are much easier in that aspect.

I always gets asked every time I’m out for a walk is “are they all yours?” and “are you a professional dog walker?”. My answer to them is “yes, and I have done some dog walking for people previously”.

So, how the heck do I manage to walk three dogs at one? Well, I usually can hold Dolly’s and Max’s leash in my left hand (as they tend to walk the same speed), and Freckles in my right hand (as she tends to be a much slower walker). The fun challenge is when they see another dog, or Dolly’s favourite, a bunny. Basically, I have to always be prepared for it as Dolly will lunge at full speed, followed by Max also lunging at full speed. Good thing I have decent upper body strength. They are usually followed by Freckles who then runs up to Max and tries to bite his face (it’s hilarious but something I have to correct her on because it’s a terrible habit she’s developed).

It can be challenging as Dolly can handle much longer walks than Freckles, so sometimes I do take them for separate walks. The life saver for me has been my Green Trout Outfitters Adventure Pack as that’s where I keep baggies, treats, keys and my phone (because I need to be able to take photos for Instagram).

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Another question I get is where do they all sleep? Well, Max sleeps on the bed with us on his blanket, Freckles sleeps in her crate (until I let them out in the morning and feed them, then she sleeps in the bed), and Dolly sleeps on her pet pillow in our room (occasionally she’ll come and sleep on the bed but Freckles moves around too much for her so she leaves).

The one “downside” of owing three dogs is the cost. As any dog owner would know, one dog is expensive. Multiple that by three.

Between vet visits (Dolly alone was in the $1000’s in the first year that we had her), daycare costs, boarding costs (anyone able to watch them for three weeks when we go to Europe in October?), food, treats and of course accessories (because if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I love to accessorize the dogs), it’s a lot of money.

I’m in an incredibly fortunate financial position, but I will caution that if you are not, I would not recommend multiple pets. To give you an idea, all three of the dogs needs dental work last year and each bill was in the $1000’s. It was worth it, but you need to be financially prepared for something like that. If you’re not, it’s a shock and major stress and I know it’s one of the reasons that people surrender their animals.

Overall, they are pretty low maintenance. They don’t fight with one other (even though Max will steal a toy from Freckles when she’s playing with it) and seem to be upset if one leaves to go the vet or two come with me to a pet store. They have gone from pretty much ignoring each other to becoming a bonded pack. Dolly and Freckles are pretty much inseparable together.

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Personally, I don’t find having three dogs that much more overall work than two dogs. Maybe I could handle a 4th……..

Why I Crate Train

When we first adopted Freckles, I was the one who didn’t want to use a crate for her. She was a former backyard breeding dog and spent pretty close to her entire life in a crate. Plus, an accident with a crate is how she lost her one eye. Obviously, I did not want to put her through any more trauma.

We soon discovered that she suffered from separation anxiety, and would pee and poop on the floor whenever she was left alone. We did everything to try and curb that by cutting her water off after a certain point before bedtime to taking her for a walk right before we went anywhere or went to bed (as she would do this night because she does not sleep in the room with us because she snores incredibly loud).

We even would leave our bedroom door open so she could come up and sleep on the bed. While I had no problem (as she wouldn’t usually come up till around 3am), she started coming up earlier and would spend the night standing on Dean and trying to lick him. Enough to say, that didn’t last.

Whenever we tried something with her, it would only work for a short period of time and we would go back to finding pee and poop on the floor. As you could imagine, we were exhausted and incredibly frustrated.

Plus, if we had to travel and take her, I really did not want the people we were staying with to see a mess on their floors.

Dean suggested we try a crate and for a long time, I resisted. After another full week of cleaning up messes in the morning, I finally was at my wits end and we bought a crate.

In order to make a comfortable and safe place for her by putting her blanket from her pet pillow in and also by rewarding her with a treat whenever she went in.

I was extremely nervous and anxious on the first night. As I’m the one who usually goes to bed last, I was the one to put her in her crate that night. So, I grabbed a treat, picked her up and gently put her in and closed the crate door. She didn’t whine or cry, she just sat there and looked really confused. I headed upstairs and went to bed. She managed an entire night alone in her crate, downstairs until I let her and Max out around 4am (yes, that is the time they go out and I feed them). It was so nice to come downstairs and not be filled with dread of what you might have to clean up (or worse, step in).

Soon, it became our evening routine where I would tuck her in for the night by putting her in her crate and shutting the lights of. And for a period of time, she would go in her crate whenever we would leave but thankfully no longer needs to as she has not made a mess on the floor since we got her the crate. Instead of whining and pacing, she goes upstairs to lay on her pet pillow in our bedroom or lays on the landing in the sun.

She has become so comfortable in there that she even goes in willingly on her own when we are all sitting downstairs. It’s become a place she likes going, instead of fearing it.

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We also crate trained Bandit when he was a puppy to help him with house training (especially as we lived on the 9th floor of an apartment at the time). Many trainers will recommend using the crate over pee pads and I have to be honest, as someone who has done puppy sitting, the puppies who were in their crate and let out house trained faster than those who used only pee pads. That being said, do what works for you.

Crate training is a positive tool if you use it that way. That’s one of the reasons why it’s been so successful for her is that we make it a positive and comfortable space for her. If you use a crate for punishment, your dog will hate and fight going in. It all comes back to positive reinforcement. I can definitely speak to my experience that a crate is what helped her separation anxiety.

Introducing: Max

Today I would like to introduce everyone to my dog Max.  But this is no normal introduction.  As all my dogs have unique personalities, I thought I would showcase them in a fun way.  So please enjoy what I think Max’s online dating profile would look like.

Name: Max Somerset


Nicknames: Maxy, Maximus, Maxy Moo, Moops, Mooples, Booboo, Squish, Squishy Bishy, Skeesh

Age: 8

Breed: French Bulldog/Boston Terrier AKA. Frenchton

Body Type: Squishy

Likes: Food, barking at everything and everyone, getting treats, making weird noises while trying to get a blanket, sleeping, eating, being warm, sunshine, summer weather, walks (but only when it’s not too hot or too cold), Grandma, going to the farm back in Shauanvon, sticking my butt too close to fireplace, digging up carrots from Grandma’s garden, being grumpy, sometimes going to daycare, being smug AF.


Dislikes: Every other dog, people we walk by, people who walk by the house, people who drive by the house, any motion outside the house, bunnies in the neighbourhood, my arch nemesis the one eyed Shar Pei in the neighbourhood, getting baths, being cold, being in the car for too long, waking up, wearing booties and a jacket in winter, not having food in my bowl, my sister stepping on me, the fireplace not being on, mom telling me to stop putting my butt toward the fireplace, people farting (especially if I’m laying on them, so gross), waiting for food, going to the vet, the vet having to put a muzzle on me because I nip.


Favourite Food: All of them

Ideal Saturday Night: Eating supper right at 5pm, sitting on daddy’s lap, laying in front of the fireplace a little too close, getting too hot, going outside, getting a treat and going to bed around 10pm.


Goals In Life: Bark at all the dogs, bark at all the random strangers, pee on all the trees and eat all the treats, run really fast for a short time.

Puppies: None that I’m aware of. Sorry ladies, that ship has sailed as I have been fixed. Plus, as if I want to deal with that and share my attention and treats with puppies.

Adoptive Satus: Taken. Mom and dad adopted me from Alberta Bulldog Rescue six years ago.

Interested in seeing more of Max? Follow me on Instagram @fortheloveofanimalrescue

Animal Rescue Profile: Alberta Bulldog Rescue

This month’s animal rescue profile is Alberta Bulldog Rescue.


Five years ago, we adopted our squishy face French Bulldog/Boston Terrier, Max through Alberta Bulldog Rescue.


Alberta Bulldog Rescue is a shelterless, non profit organization that was founded back in 2009.  They focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing French and English Bulldogs.   They primarily take in dogs that are personal surrenders, breeder surrenders and rescue transfers.

As of right now, they have been forced to do a freeze on intakes.  This is due to taking in dogs with multiple medical issues and not having the funds to cover all the costs.  If you are able to DONATE, please consider doing so.  Even $20 will make a difference.

Along with donating, you can help out in other ways:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to Like them on Facebook