The retired therapy dog has become the best friend of a puppy who has lost his eyes. Touching care helped the dog learn to live without sight.
The Staffordshire Terrier, named Amos, was born in an animal shelter – his mother was picked up from the street shortly before giving birth.
Of the litter of eight puppies, only three survived, including Amos. The blind baby won the hearts of the shelter staff, who tried to quickly find him at least a temporary home.
Amos went to the experienced volunteer Jess Martin. She took the puppy to the vet, who discovered that he had a detached retina.
Due to the increasing pressure, the dog had a severe headache. He also lacked the blink reflex, due to which he constantly injured the mucous membranes of his eyes.
The surgeon’s decision sounded like a sentence: “The eyes should be removed.”
At 8 months old, the puppy completely lost his sight and became dependent on Jess. The girl was worried if her second ward, an elderly dog named Toby, would become jealous of her blind Amos.
But her fears were in vain – seeing the operated puppy, covered with dried blood and with sewn eyelids, Toby took pity on him and became his loyal protector.
Toby has “worked” as a therapy dog for people with dementia in a nursing home for many years. After retiring, he ended up with Jess.
The dog was her only pet for eight years. But he is no longer alone. Blind Amos became both a friend and an outlet for him – the therapist dog was used to caring for others and now felt like himself.
He carried the puppy a bowl of water, helped him navigate the house, which he now did not see.
Thanks to Toby, Amos learned to live in a world immersed in darkness. He ceased to be afraid, began to go out into the street.
His faithful friend and guide was always there. But if Toby went too far, Amos lightly bit his tail.
Jess taught her blind pet commands to help him navigate in space. She warns him about high steps or a pit.
Amos is still frightened by the sound of the seething water, but Toby is always on guard and does not allow him to approach danger.
Jess and her pets go on long hikes, conquer the forests and expanses of Great Britain.
Amos, who after removing his eyes was doomed to an isolated life, discovered new opportunities for himself.
Thanks to a kind, loving owner and a dog, for whom caring for others is only a joy.