Lily, a six-year-old Great Dane, was an 18-month-old puppy when she lost her eyes due to a disease that damaged them beyond repair. It was after this traumatic event that her relationship with Maddison, who is now seven, developed as Maddison stepped up to be Lily’s guide dog. Miss Campbell, the manager at the rescue where they currently live awaiting a forever home says, “Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch.
“Maddison is always looking out for her. With her lack of sight, Lily’s other senses have heightened so although we don’t split them up often she can tell if Maddison is nearby. They curl up together to go to sleep and they are very vocal with each other. We haven’t analysed their different barks but if Lily wants to go forward and Maddison is in her way, the bark will have a different pitch.They are very close to one another and enjoy each other’s company.”
This pair of best friends resides at a shelter in the U.K. looking for a home that can take them both. Miss Campbell adds, “‘They are really happy with life, the glass is always half full with these two.” I think we can learn quite a lot from these loving dogs.