Cathy Symons wrote Blind Devotion: Enhancing the lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs after her first dog, Booda, lost his sight at 7 years old. In it, Cathy uses her vast experience as a veterinary technician and canine rehabilitation practitioner to offer advice on caring for a blind dog. Cathy educates the reader on what it means to be blind, how to keep your pet safe, stimulating other senses, making life enjoyable for your pet and developing new commands. She also discusses difficult topics such as quality of life, commitment, anxiety, enucleation, and addressing owner emotions.
Several years later, Cathy adopted another blind pug named Digger and wrote a children’s book Watching Out for Digger, which she uses as a teaching tool for young children to learn about living with a disabled dog.
After fifteen years of practice as a vet tech, Cathy went on to study canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. In 2003 Cathy was one of the first of thirty-six people in the country to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner.
Shortly after obtaining her CCRP Cathy was instrumental in establishing the first veterinary rehabilitation center in Massachusetts and continues to follow the latest options in rehabilitation including Digital Thermal Imaging and Laser Therapy.
Cathy has devoted her life to being an advocate for physically and sensory impaired dogs.