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Seeing Eye Cat Helps His Owner Adjust to Being Blind
HaloPets.com ^ | Caroline Golon

Posted on 07/02/2013 1:01:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

When Robert Sollars of Mesa, Arizona went blind in 2003, Sollars’ cat, Admiral K’reme, became his seeing-eye cat, helping his owner adjust to his new life.

Sollars, a security consultant, says his loss of sight is due to diabetic [retinopathy] and came upon him quickly. Once his doctor had diagnosed his condition, Sollars and his wife began finding ways to adjust to their new reality.

The Admiral quickly joined in to help. He established himself as Sollars’ “Guardian Kitty,” guiding him around the house and helping him navigate. The Admiral would watch and anticipate where Sollars was headed “just like a good wide receiver would,” Sollars chuckles. Then, the cat would run to the anticipated spot and meow until Sollars found his way.

“When I’d get up in the middle of the night, he’d follow me through the house, ‘yelling’ at me until I got back in bed,” Sollars remembers with a laugh. Although losing his sight was traumatic, Sollars says, “It was comforting to have the Admiral with me.”

Now 10 years later, Sollars is completely adjusted to life without his eyesight, but Admiral K’reme still takes his job as protector and guardian very seriously. He sleeps by the front door at night and worries about Sollars when he leaves the house. “If I take out the garbage or go get the mail, he’ll meow meow meow until I’m back inside,” Sollars says.

Sollars runs his security consulting business from home and is even working on a book right now, using a special word processing program. The 15-year-old Admiral is still right there by his side “helping” him, by sitting on Sollars’ keyboard or squeezing beside him on the chair.

When the Admiral isn’t protecting Sollars or helping him work, he’s keeping Sollars abreast of how the pair’s favorite football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, is doing. “Every Sunday he gets in the chair with me to watch them play football. If they start doing poorly, he’ll leave the room. Then later, he’ll come back to the chair to finish watching the game with me!”


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Pic of the Admiral at source.
1 posted on 07/02/2013 1:01:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 07/02/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Handsome boy. My youngest would help me out. The other would see it as an opportunity to increase his chances of tripping me on the stairs.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 1:05:47 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Slings and Arrows

I remember seeing a skit about a seeing eye cat on some British show....the cat on the leash dragged the guy through garbage cans, running along the tops of fences, under cars. Hysterical.


4 posted on 07/02/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Slings and Arrows

5 posted on 07/02/2013 1:06:57 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Slings and Arrows

bttt


6 posted on 07/02/2013 1:09:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Doogle; Slings and Arrows

Thank you both so much for posting this truly heartwarming story and the picture. There are a lot of great things about Free Republic but the Kitty Ping List is near the top for me.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 1:10:01 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very nice. I totally agree with Jackson Galaxy that through investment in, fascination with and empathy for the animals we will save all of them, and each other as well.


8 posted on 07/02/2013 1:11:49 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wonderful story. I am convinced that we have no idea of the complex, well...thoughts, I guess...that go through the minds of animals. What we see may very well be the tip of the iceberg.


9 posted on 07/02/2013 1:16:06 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Doogle

(cute attack)


10 posted on 07/02/2013 1:16:30 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: erlayman

LOVE Jackson Galaxy.


11 posted on 07/02/2013 1:22:16 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: re_nortex

Thank you!


12 posted on 07/02/2013 1:25:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Agreed.


13 posted on 07/02/2013 1:28:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Awwwww.....

Fangs!


14 posted on 07/02/2013 1:54:16 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: Monkey Face

Mew’re welcome.


15 posted on 07/02/2013 2:09:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

:o])


16 posted on 07/02/2013 2:19:29 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I love kitties but all of my cats would have led a blind me into walls, garbage cans and their hidden nest of grasshoppers just for giggles and sh@ts.


17 posted on 07/02/2013 3:08:43 PM PDT by Cyman
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I do think cats have a stronger capacity for complex problem solving than dogs...which unfortunately generally goes unappreciated without their unhealthy drive to please humans at all cost and tolerate frustrating situations for long periods of time.


18 posted on 07/02/2013 4:10:55 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: CatherineofAragon

We love him, too. Have learned much about our own kitties’ behaviors because of him.


19 posted on 07/02/2013 4:14:24 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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To: Puppage
.the cat on the leash dragged the guy through garbage cans, running along the tops of fences, under cars.

LOL. No doubt my AndyMan would be that kind of guide cat. With nothing but the best intentions, of course.

20 posted on 07/02/2013 4:16:34 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I do too. Hopefully marriage and attachment to a human won’t take the edge off his investment in the animal experience.


21 posted on 07/02/2013 4:25:10 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cat Info: Above the cat's eyes are sensors that can see in the dark because the sensors are heat and infrared sensors. This is an extra sensory facility which wil aid a blind man proceed with more confidence!

22 posted on 07/02/2013 5:14:36 PM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: erlayman

I didn’t know he got married!

I honestly can’t imagine his love for animals/cats lessening. I think that’s just a part of him.


23 posted on 07/02/2013 5:43:05 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: CatherineofAragon

He is engaged. You can check the lucky lady out as Minoo Rahbar (AKA “Moobarry”) on Facebook.


24 posted on 07/02/2013 8:03:34 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: Young Werther

Don’t forget the can opener detector, tuna sensor, etc.


25 posted on 07/02/2013 9:03:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I was going to suggest a subsequent headline/first lines of article after they do studies on seeing eye cats:

“Study Confirms Having a Seeing Eye Cat Leads to an Increase in Number of Can Opener Encounters”

Scientific study of seeing eye cats has proven that those reliant on seeing eye cats have a dailiy 800 percent increase in encounters with can openers. It has not yet been determined whether or not this is a random occurrence...


26 posted on 07/02/2013 11:50:23 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: green pastures

You should apply for a grant.


27 posted on 07/03/2013 12:00:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Nah, then I’d have to be more careful about typo’s on a daylilly basis.


28 posted on 07/03/2013 12:21:55 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

.. and thefreezer door closing. Early in our relationship I allowed my cat Sassie to lick my popsicle. She used to sit on top of the couch by by left ear. I offered her a lcik of my popsicle and for the next 16 years she would come a runnin when she heard fridge door close.


29 posted on 07/03/2013 4:17:48 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: CatherineofAragon

It will be interesting to see at least if as a couple they can integrate their own two sets of cats (3 his + 3 hers + 2 to be incorporated) + 2 dogs because I know he has had issues with that in past relationships. :).

But seriously I have dealt with Minoo a bit in the past with the financial sponsorship of her kitty rescues from around the world and she is definitely one in a million. Extremely sincere and devoted — will keep hubby honest for sure !


30 posted on 07/03/2013 11:31:42 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: erlayman

I’m not on Facebook, but I googled to see if I could find a pic of her-—no luck, though. I hope they’ll be happy together. Jackson is certainly a kind, sweet man.


31 posted on 07/03/2013 5:18:13 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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I don’t know if you can pull these up on your computer but the first is a speech she gave as Kitten Rescue’s advocacy award winner a couple years ago. The second is a bit of bio on Minoo’s org Puppets for a Better World. Lots of pics but they seem to be trying to disguise things a bit on FB trying to keep the news under wraps, at least for now. If she grows into a more of a public speaker they do definitely be one of the best ever power couple for the kitties. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNgXl7iADNE

http://puppetsforabetterworld.com/about


32 posted on 07/03/2013 7:12:19 PM PDT by erlayman
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