Blind Golden Retriever Gets His Own Seeing Eye Dog

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Blind Golden Retriever Gets His Own Seeing Eye Dog

 

Like humans, blind dogs also have the right to have their own seeing eye dogs. Such is the case of Charlie, an 11-year-old golden retriever. His owners Adam and Chelsea Stipe had to get the dog’s left eye removed after he suffered from glaucoma in 2016, reports Joelle Goldstein of celebrity and human interest news platform People. The following year, Charlie also lost his other eye. 

Now, Charlie has a new friend—Maverick, a 4-month-old puppy—who can guide him. Adam and Chelsea brought Maverick home in January. Charlie and the puppy did not get along at first, but they became friends soon enough. Charlie now relies on Maverick “for nearly everything, from walking, playing,” and even using a pillow. Chelsea told “Today,” an American talk show, “They’re both pretty crazy and special. They’re definitely our entertainment.”

 

Photo Credit: @charlieandmav (via Instagram)

 

As the two dogs became more comfortable with each other, the owners noticed that Maverick started to pick up Charlie’s routines and patterns. Chelsea said, “When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so [Maverick] would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime.” 

The Stipes couple created an Instagram account to document the lives of Charlie and Maverick. In their first post, they joked that Maverick was helping Charlie while the latter taught manners. The caption was accompanied by photos of the dogs standing beside each other and looking up at the camera. Within the first four days, the two dogs had gone viral, amassing more than 52,000 followers. 

 

Photo Credit: @charlieandmav (via Instagram)

 

Chelsea did not expect Charlie and Maverick to touch the hearts of netizens. “We have definitely been overwhelmed with the response, but it’s such a good thing. We love how positive the community is and how happy [the dogs] are making everyone,” she said.

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