In a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, a town in northern England, two dogs were discovered, abandoned by their owner. They were sent to the Stray Aid Center, a shelter for dogs. The larger of the two, a nine-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, they named Buzz. The other, Glenn, a white Jack Russell terrier, was about ten and was completely blind. The bond between the two dogs quickly became obvious. If separated, even for a few minutes, both dogs would bark and whine, anxious and distressed at being apart. And when the two dogs were brought to their kennel, the staff noticed something else about them. As they neared the kennel door, Buzz nudged Glenn in the right direction. Once inside, Buzz stayed close to Glenn, guiding him around the kennel. When feeding time came around, Buzz led Glenn to their dishes. Buzz was acting as Glenn's seeing eye dog!
The shelter spread Buzz and Glenn’s story and it went viral. Hundreds of people applied to adopt the dogs. It wasn't long before a suitable new home was found for Glenn and Buzz.
Although it is unusual, other dogs also help guide their dog friends. In Waterford, Michigan, a blind Akita named Kiaya lives with her owner and two other Akitas, Cass and Keller. Adopted from a shelter, Kiaya, now 10, struggled with glaucoma for two years before her left eye had to be removed. Eight-year-old Cass immediately began to help Kiaya, guiding her around the house and lying beside her, guarding her blind side. Then a year later, Kiaya lost her other eye to glaucoma, and two-year-old Keller stepped in to help as well. Since then, Keller and Cass have proved to be very valuable friends, sleeping beside Kiaya at night, and guiding and guarding her when she gets up.