Blind humans aren’t the only ones who need help getting around. Both dogs and cats are spontaneously coming to the rescue of their visually impaired four-legged family members. Here are the stories of some of these guardian angels.
1. Terfel and Pwditat
One day a stray cat showed up at Judy Godfrey-Brown’s house in Wales and made it clear that she was moving in. Godfrey-Brown opened the door and the cat went straight to her dog, Terfel, who is blind. Before the cat, soon named Pwditat, came along, Terfel spent most of his time in his basket. Pwditat opened up his world, starting by leading him out to the garden.
“She uses her paws to help guide him. They are glued to each other and even sleep together now,” Godfrey-Brown told The Sun.
2. Libby and Cashew
Libby is another cat who cares for an impaired dog, Cashew. Cashew, a yellow Lab, is both blind and deaf. Their guardian, Terry Burns, writes in Reader’s Digest that “Libby steers Cashew away from obstacles and leads her to her food. Every night she sleeps next to her.” Burns believes that Libby “knows what needs to be done and does it day in and day out for her friend.”
3. Bob and the Australian Shepherd puppy
A cat in a Kentucky Humane Society shelter who needed rescuing himself decided that as long as he was waiting, he would rescue someone else. The cat, Bob, adopted a blind Australian Shepherd mix puppy, according to NBC Lex18, and became his seeing-eye guide. Bob was rewarded and the puppy’s luck continued when the two were adopted together into the same home, the shelter told me on January 2.
4. Megan and Millie
There is no sibling rivalry between Megan and Millie. Megan was born blind, and Millie has been guiding her around ever since, as Claire Kerker reported on Care2. The two standard poodles go for walks together near their home in England, with a leash linking them.
The compassion and generosity of these seeing-eye guides is an inspiration for us all, and a reminder not to underestimate our cats and dogs!