Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Black lab acts as guide dog for blind golden retriever

Image via TNT Magazine
It’s been a rough life for Tanner, a two year old golden retriever who currently lives at the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tanner was born blind and also has epilepsy - suffering seizures which cause him to evacuate his bowels.

Tanner had a home until his owner died in 2010. Then he bounced between a foster family and the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. The rescue group placed him at the animal hospital last December to care for his seizures.

It was there that Tanner, who may have been put down if his condition didn't improve, met Blair, a one year old black labrador. Blair, a stray found wandering the streets of Tulsa, was shot last year, leaving him skittish and nervous around humans.

“One day [Blair and Tanner] were exercising in a play yard together,” Woodland West vet Dr. Mike Jones told local ABC affiliate KTUL. “Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around.”

Since meeting, Tanner’s seizures have become less frequent, and Blair has become less anxious, hospital staff said.

“We’ve worked with a lot of different service dogs to provide these services for people,” Jones told ABCNews.com. “But it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this, the special relationship these two dogs have.”

Officials are hoping that someone will adopt the pair together. “I’m sure we will be able to place them,” said Pamela Denny, vice-president of Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. “It’s about finding the right home to love them.”

Sources: New York Daily News and TNT Magazine


  1. What a neat story. I so hope they can find a forever home together. What wonderful dogs.

  2. Beautiful. We can learn so much about compassion from dogs.

  3. That's a great story! It reminds me of the 14 year old blind and deaf yellow lab, Cashew and his seeing eye cat Libby. It's wonderful to see these guys working to help each other out.

  4. Sweet story! I just wanted to let you know about a typo I noticed. In "...may have been put down if he condition didn't improve" I think "he" should be "his".

  5. This is something an interesting story made at here. A dog treating their self as blind golden retriever that's nice one.