Hello and thank you for reading this. Merlin has been with me since 2012 when I was lucky to spot him at my local rescue centre. He has been by my side pretty much ever since. As he was picked up as a stray in a nearby town the vet had to guess his age at 2years old which makes him about 8 years old now. About 6 weeks ago I noticed Merlin was having a problem with his eyesight so immediately took him to the vet. After a few tests it was confirmed that Merlin had been struck by Sudden Aquired Retinal Degeneration SARDS. Basically he had lost his sight to full on blindness within a week. I cannot begin to tell you how upsetting this is to witness. Thoughts of having Merlin put to sleep crossed my mind as it was breaking my heart to think how scared and confused he was. Looking back over the past 6 weeks Merlin has dealt with blindness heroically along with the other effects of SARDS increased urination and appetite being the most obvious. He has just been prescribed a mild dose of anti depressants to ease his anxiety slightly. I am so glad I didn't take the decision to end his life. Dogs are so amazing, I cannot imagine my life without my boy. We still go on all our regular walks and most of the time off the lead. He has become quite lazy but I'm determined to work on this with him and help him live out his life comfortably and happy. By the way my name is John and we live in West Sussex.