We’re now used to seeing-eye dogs as trained animals helping humans. What we’re not used to, however, is a seeing-eye dog helping out another dog. That is precisely what we get with Maverick, a puppy who is helping out Charlie, an 11-year-old golden retriever.
Charlie lost his eyesight back in 2016 because of glaucoma. Charlie’s owners decided to have his eyes removed because of the disease, and his life has been difficult since then. That is until Maverick came along.
The best of friends
When Maverick first came into the household, the two dogs were not exactly the best of friends, but things have changed since then. Now Charlie relies on the four-month-old Maverick for almost everything that he needs. Maverick helps him out when it comes to playing, walking outside, and eating.
The owners of the two dogs say that the dogs have distinct personalities and are fun. They are amazed at how Maverick is developing into such a caring and loving companion for their blind dog. They said that when they got used to each other’s presence, Maverick started to follow Charline around. Most of the time, the disabled dog would drop his toy. That’s when Maverick would pick up the toy and give it back.
The two-way relationship
The owners of the dogs started to document the interaction of the two dogs, which was endearing. It’s not just a one-way relationship. While Maverick helps Charlie to get around and to do most things, the older dog is teaching the puppy some good-doggy behavior at the same time. They make a great team together.
According to experts, glaucoma is a condition where too much pressure is placed on the eyes and will cause permanent damage. The condition is quite common among several dog breeds. Unfortunately, 40% of all dogs who will get glaucoma will become blind because of the condition.
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