Skip to comments.Dog Becomes Guide-Dog to Blind Canine Sibling
Posted on 03/07/2013 1:13:38 PM PST by Kartographer
Guide dogs are not just for humans anymore. Nope. Visually impaired dogs apparently use them, too. That's the case with dog buddies Eddie and Milo. Eddie is a 7-year-old black Labrador. His owner, Angie Baker-Stedham, of Cardiff, Wales, noticed that the dog was losing his sight last year when he started walking into walls and trashcans. Milo is a 6-year-old terrier mix. He had always been close to Eddie, and he took on a new role with his friend -- guide dog.
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I had an English Setter who had diabetes and became blind for the final three years of his life. I was truly amazed at how well he managed. He stopped going up the stairs to the second floor, preferring to sleep in a chair in the living room. He would no longer jump into the vehicles, but wait for me to lift him in. The only trouble he got into was when he went out at night and it began snowing heavily and he couldn’t pick up the scent of his track to find his way back to the house. Fortunately he was found under a spruce tree.
These are family we are talking about.
All of my dogs have been and are family. They travel with me wherever I go, sleep in my bed, have regular health checkups and appointments with the groomer. They are loved more, eat better and have better living conditions than many children in Obozo's America.
Wonderful story, but I had to chuckle at the headline. I always assumed most dogs' siblings would be canine:)
How fun to have something pleasant to read. I am petless at the moment, but that was a big adjustment for me. As a friend of mine said once about her cat- they love you, short tall fat skinny rich poor- they love you. Applies to both dogs and cats.
This happened several years ago but German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (CA) had a similar situation.
We have a min-pin going through that right now. It is amazing how well she gets around.
There is little more soothing, calming, spiratual and relaxing than having those big brown eyes peering into yours as you stroke the furry head of your devoted loving dog. Mine is an English Springer Spaniel rescue.
Do you have to give injections twice daily? I believe that was the most difficult thing for both of us.
Yes to the shots. We distract her a little and she doesn’t seem to really notice.
My wife has slipped and given her finger a shot a couple of times. I am a bit more careful.
I have seen this happen in my own life in the past.
I had an elderly Cocker that went blind and an elderly Lab mix that was her guide dog. Then an elderly Shepard mix decided to be the dog that followed along to “bring up the rear” to be sure the Cocker didn’t miss the signals from the Lab. I didn’t train the behavior...they just did it on their own.
I loved to watch them. They took great care of the Cocker.
Dang! we could have been on the internet!
Sick B@$t@RD$, I had to quit watching the “humans” after 30 seconds.
“... who had diabetes and became blind..”
My Cairn got diabetes about a year ago and is almost completely blind. I think he can still see shadows but the lighting has to be right. Anyways, I am his seeing eye human. In the evening, he is by my side. When I get up... he lets me know if he needs an escort to his water dish or outside. The GSD takes over as his guide outside and sort of stays by his side. Dogs really do remarkably well with blindness. My Cairn has everything memorized.. meaning he knows to touch the couch with his nose and back up three spaces. He reminds me of a football kicker... backing up, angling and then launching.
They were Obama voters I take it? ;-)
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