Dogs have long helped blind people. Now, they are also helping blind dogs.
Tanner is a Golden Retriever who can hardly see and also has epilepsy. She was left homeless when her owner died. But the seizures stopped once a shelter worker paired her with Blair, a shy mutt who’d suffered her own hardships: She was a stray who was brought to the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after being shot. Merely having a companion was enough to keep Tanner from having seizures. What’s more, Blair began leading Tanner by the leash lest she lose her way.
Considering the way people help people–and the way dogs help people–it really shouldn’t be so surprising to see a dog helping a fellow dog. Friendship heals! Indeed, there’s been a spate of stories like this. If this tale hasn’t sated your desire for blind-dog-led-by-dog-pal stories, checkout the recent coverage of a British eye-less dog Lily and her guide dog, Maddison.
Both Tanner and Blair are currently up for adoption, but they need to stay together (obvi). If you’re interested in providing a home for this special duo, contact Oklahoma’s Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue group.