Blind Dog Has Her Own Seeing-Eye Dog

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These two dogs are more than just best friends, they share a rare bond.


Ellie, a young cavalier King Charles spaniel in England, is almost completely blind. While her owner and a local animal organization are working to raise money for a vision-restoring operation, a German shepherd named Leo has taken matters into his own paws, and is protecting and guiding her.

"Ellie has cataracts on both eyes and is only aware of shadows," explains Jean Spencer, manager of Rochdale's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in an interview with the Manchester Evening News. "But Leo, who's an absolutely massive dog, has become her eyes. It's touching to watch them together. She follows him around and snuggles up to him."

Ellie was part of a litter of five puppies rescued from harsh conditions by the RSPCA, says Julie Lander, an RSPCA volunteer and Leo and Ellie's owner. "As well as having cataracts, Ellie's eye muscles haven't developed as they should have as she'd been kept in the dark. The puppies had no light or heating. I felt so sorry for her when she arrived, and knew she'd need a special home. But I also knew she would be all right with Leo, as he just loves little dogs and they took to one another straight away," Lander tells the Manchester Evening News.

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Lori Ann

Adorable! Hopefully after this story they will be able to raise money to do the eye surgery soon or a vet will be willing to offer a payment plan and do the surgery sooner rather than later.

October 01 2013 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lori Ann

Adorable! I bet after this story they can raise enough money to get her eyes fixed soon.

October 01 2013 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sutt202

Dogs helping Dogs. And no reward expected. No wonder they're are best friend.

August 14 2013 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Parker

awesome was searching a story on nbc nightly news tonight...

March 21 2013 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roy Gardner

Lovely story

October 27 2012 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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