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Blind Pooch Gets Guide Dog

A blind Golden Retriever named Tanner was experiencing regular seizures, and when struck by them would lose control of his bowels. A blind dog with this kind of problem obviously would not be as adoptable as a sighted one without the cleanup, so to speak. However, at the Woodland West Animal Hospital, the blind retriever encountered a young black lab named Blair. The connection resulted in a symbiosis – a mutually beneficial friendship that so far has changed both of their lives.

Blair had been living on the streets before being admitted to the shelter and only came there for treatment after being shot. Because of the violence she experienced her demeanor was mistrusting and skittish, which also made her less likely to be adopted.

After Tanner and Blair started bonding, Tanner’s regular seizures decreased considerably, though they still occur sometimes. Blair was not trained as a guide dog, but she will pick up Tanner’s leash and guide him, and his presence is calming for her. Today they spend a great deal of time together at the shelter.

Tanner was born blind and with the seizure problem, which was worsened by the death of his first owner. At one point, the shelter vet recommended Tanner be euthanized due to his health problems. Together, the dogs have experienced a better health status, so they have been kept together and will need to be adopted as a pair. Tanner could live another 10 years, so whoever adopts him and Blair needs to be aware of his particular lifestyle issues. The Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue will in Oklahoma City be handling the pair’s adoption.

Image Credit: Muffet, Wiki Commons (Note: the dog pictured above is not Tanner.)

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4:04AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

ohhhh

12:39AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks for the info!!

4:46PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

too sweet

4:27AM PDT on May 10, 2012

hope they get a loving home together thanks for sharing :)

6:21PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Very endearing story, thanks!

11:54AM PDT on May 6, 2012

Awesome story. This video demonstrates the devotion these dogs share. I hope they get adopted together in a forever, loving home. They both have had rough lives and now together they have found calm, peace and tranquility. We humans can learn so much from this bond. I hope Tanner and Blair have long happy lives together.

11:52AM PDT on May 6, 2012

Awesome story. This video demonstrates the devotion these dogs share. I hope they get adopted together in a forever, loving home. They both have had rough lives and now together they have found calm, peace and tranquility. We humans can learn so much from this bond. I hope Tanner and Blair have long happy lives together.

3:47AM PDT on May 6, 2012

What a great story, this shows animals also have a soul

9:10PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Sometimes it really does take 2 halves to make one whole. Beautiful story. Beautiful friendship. I wish humans were more like animals.

11:37AM PDT on May 2, 2012

noted

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