Home Needed for Blind Dog and His Guide Dog

By WebVet.com
Dogs playing togetherTwo down-on-their-luck dogs have forged a wonderful new relationship at the Oklahoma animal hospital where they arrived under separate conditions. Blair, a homeless 1-year-old black Labrador mix, was brought to the hospital after being shot -- while two-year-old Tanner was dropped by a local rescue organization that could no longer care for the Golden Retriever, who was born blind and with a debilitating seizure disorder.

Weeks went by, but no homes presented themselves for the dogs due to the high level of care each needed. Then one day, "[Blair and Tanner] were exercising in a play yard together and they got together," hospital director Dr. Mike Jones recounted. "Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around."

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After observing the camaraderie, staff members started keeping the pups together. "After two or three weeks, we realized Tanner wasn't seizing anymore. He's not completely seizure free but it's not constant anymore," Jones told ABC News. "We've worked with a lot of different service dogs to provide these services for people, but it's the first time I've seen anything like this, the special relationship these two dogs have."

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How special is their bond? If someone put a leash on Tanner, Blair will instinctively pick it up and begin leading her around.

The hope now is that the two will be adopted together. "They absolutely have to be adopted together," Jones told ABC News. "But it's going to take a special home with someone who understands their special relationship plus understands seizure disorder and is ready to take on the responsibility."

This isn't the first story of a seeing eye dog helping out another pooch. You might recall the tale of a Great Dane named Lily, who gets by with the help of her own seeing eye dog, a fellow Great Dane named Maddison.

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