There are countless ways that dogs make life here on earth better for us humen. Honestly, without dogs, lots of things would be upside – down! No matter the situation, our fluffy friends seem to make things happier, and they basically have superpowers compared to humans.
Tao, the 12-year-old dog, managed to adapt to his new life after he lost both eyes to glaucoma in February 2019. The dog was trained with commands so that he can slowly adapt to losing his eyesight when they removed one of his eyes first.
Owner Melanie Jackson has since decided to get him a little companion and introduced the eight-week-old Oko to him. The golden retriever puppy has become his eyes and helps him find his way around. The two have since become inseparable and are regularly seen on Instagram.
Melanie wrote in the description: “This means the world to me – as you all know Tao is totally blind (no eyes). He is such an amazing dog and has adjusted so well to his new life but he didn’t quite have the confidence to run, let alone run ahead. He was comfortable following me.
“Oko has given him that confidence.”
Melanie said Tao’s situation all started one evening after they had gone for their usual walk in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, last year.
In an interview she explained: “Glaucoma is the build-up of fluid in the eye – it’s got nowhere to drain away. If you can imagine a migraine and times it by a hundred – that was the pain he was in.
“We managed to keep the glaucoma under control in his remaining eye with drops for 11 months.”
But it became clear over the 11 months that the sight in Tao’s remaining eye was fading.
Melanie has worked with The Kennel Club, who used Tao’s DNA “marker” to help identify other dogs prone to glaucoma – a preventable condition if diagnosed early enough.
While a human might take years to mentally recover from losing sight, Tao took it like a champ! In only three days, he was up and about walking off-leash and navigating around the house.
“Tao’s health is really good now. He’s in no pain, and to say he’s nearly 12, he acts like a much younger dog! He does everything he used to do apart from jumping up hay balls and jumping over hedges—we walk around 8 miles a day and he still trains most days,”
More info: Instagram