After another checkup at Vet Vision in Penrith a short walk was in order so I decided to check out one of the Miles Without Stiles walks. Given these are intended to be accessible for most, with (clearly) no stiles and good solid paths, they are pretty much ideal for a short walk with a dog who is still finding his way or less mobile.
We parked at the Cow Bridge car park and followed a good path down to the shore where the dog had a little paddle, on the flexi lead of course. It's in these unfamiliar surroundings that I get the best sense of how good or bad his sight is. He can follow a path well but his near sight is poor, so he fails to spot rocks jutting out of the water for example. The same challenge applies to rough paths, where he doesn't pick up small obstacles. Sometimes it's as if he loses me visually if there is a lot in the background behind or beside me, but he soon picks me up. I feel fine with him off lead in a big wide park field but not in this kind of environment.
As far as walks go it's lovely, with fine views up towards Kirkstone and across the water. Once we reached the farm we were joined by an aging farm border collie, who seemed to enjoy hiding behind various objects before jumping out and barking at us. I was a bit uncomfortable with this but to be fair I think he was just toying with us and it was his patch!
Back again to Penrith in three weeks time as the pressure is high (29) in his right eye, which also has a bit of a scratch that needs to heal. Back on more drops, which is a disappointment, but of course worth it to reduce any risk of longer term issues. Fingers crossed all will be fine.
I'll certainly look for another Miles Without Stiles walk for our next visit.