When Tanner, a Golden Retriever, was born with severe cataracts, her owners knew that she would have a tough life. But add epilepsy on top of that, and this poor pooch would end up struggling on a daily basis. Stuck in a scary world with very little visual cues, the dog would experience seizures often and required constant care. To make things worse for Tanner, her owner unfortunately passed away and she was sent to a Golden Retriever rescue group in Oklahoma.
Around the same time, another dog named Blair was in some dire straits of her own. You see, Blair was a stray who had been shot and was admitted into the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa. The entire process, as you can imagine, left the dog very timid and afraid of the world around her. Because of her situation, Blair was also brought to the same Retriever rescue group where Tanner stayed.
One day, they happened to be out in the play yard at the same time and an instant and entirely unexpected bond was formed. Blair immediately ran over to Tanner and began to interact and play with her in a way she hadn't done during her stay with any other dog. Blair would watch Tanner and give little barks to guide her and let her know where she was. But Blair also took it one step further, and with no training at all, learned to pick up Tanner's leash in her mouth and literally guide her around the play yard, trotting slightly in front of her and to the side.
This incredible friendship has also resulted in some pretty amazing health benefits for both dogs as well. Since their friendship began, Tanner has yet to have one tragic seizure--not one. Blair will now happily interact with the people at the shelter as well as other dogs, showing no signs of her previous timid behavior. For the two of them it marks a complete turn-around that has left the animal doctors at the shelter happily scratching their heads. They even fully admit that Blair knows that Tanner is blind due to the way that she guides her around and barks to give her directions--though they have no idea how she came to figure that out so quick.
The two of them are up for adoption, but the shelter will require that they be adopted as a pair, since their friendship has quite clearly healed them both.