Bob and Sandy’s dog, Billy…In the span of a week, our dear dog Billy lost an eye. In the span of a week, Bob and I had our lives drastically changed. And in the span of a week, we discovered a vein of gold stuck inside a cramped, outdated building.
On a Friday night in December of 2007, Billy yelped in pain and red serum leaked from his right eye. We went to the emergency vet, who kept him overnight and then transferred us to UGA to be seen by the ophthalmology department there. GVS has an ophthalmologist, but the procedure Billy needed was beyond her training, so to Athens we went. Drs. Weinstien and Accola came in on their day off and worked on Billy into the wee hours of Sunday morning. A condition our veterinarian had mistakenly treated as rather routine and benign had cost Billy his right eye and severely damaged his left one. Grafting the ulcer in his left eye was no guarantee he would be able to keep it but it was his only shot, so it was one we had to take. The doctors and hospital staff treated Billy as if he was their own. They did the surgery, kept him in ICU for a week, and then sent him home with us. Read More »