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Blind Pooch Has His Very Own Guide Dog Puppy

Blind Pooch Has His Very Own Guide Dog Puppy

This blind golden retriever has his very own guide dog in the form of an adorable puppy - and we weren't emotionally prepared for these photos of the pair.

When eleven-year-old Tao sadly lost his eyesight due to a glaucoma last year, his doting owner Melanie Jackson set about finding him a furry friend.

Friendly little Oko, who is just 16 weeks old, is ideally suited as a companion for Tao, who needs guiding on walks.

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The pair, who live in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, are now inseparable and go everywhere together.

Melanie said: "Tao was diagnosed with glaucoma - a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged - when he was 10-years-old.

"It all happened so fast as he was fine in the morning but on the evening he was shaking his head which suggested he is in pain.

"Five hours later, he was blind and his eye was removed!

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Tao and Oko are inseparable (Credit: Caters)
Tao and Oko are inseparable (Credit: Caters)

"We were told his second eye will need removing to but we were able to control the pressure for a few weeks by applying eye drops."

To prepare him for being blind, Tao was taught a series of new commands. The brave pooch went on to have his second eye removed in January 2020.

But despite being happy to walk off the lead, Melanie says felt Tao needed extra assistance - and companionship, too.

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Enter adorable Oko, who now goes everywhere with his doggo buddy, giving him new-found confidence and a play mate for life.

The Golden Retriever and pup take walks together (Credit: Caters)
The Golden Retriever and pup take walks together (Credit: Caters)
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Melanie said: "We were pleasantly surprised when Tao began walking up and down the stairs just three days after his operation.

"But I just felt like he needed a buddy to help him and play with him now that he can no longer see.

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"We got Oko from the same breeder at eight-weeks-old and they have formed the sweetest bond.

"Tao follows him around the fields and they sleep with each other.

What a duo! (Credit: Caters)
What a duo! (Credit: Caters)

"We are in the process of training Tao to follow Oko so he doesn't get in the way of any danger."

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Today, Tao and Oko can be found playing in green spaces together, or enjoying a competitive game of tug of war.

What a duo!

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Dog, Pets, Puppy, Life

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.