updated 12/12/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/13/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Eighteen months ago, dogs Minnie and Mickie lived in darkness.
Bilateral cataracts robbed them both of their sight, so the brother-sister pair led a very careful existence – one ruled by scents and sounds.
But thanks to a risky eye surgery that restored their sight, the Cavalier King Charles spaniels are seeing new things every day.