Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Seeing-eye dogs are a feature of most urban areas and a godsend to folks disabled by challenges to their vision. What isn’t so common is a seeing-eye dog for a dog. Ellie, a King Charles spaniel, is the victim of abuse by humans and almost totally blind. Kept in the dark most of her life before her rescue by the local SPCA, her eye muscles haven’t developed and she suffers from bilateral cataracts. While the SPCA raises money to pay for an operation that could mitigate the problem, Ellie’s protection has fallen to an unlikley hero.
Leo, a massive German Shepherd, has become Ellie’s eyes and bodyguard. Says Julie Lander, a volunteer at the Rochdale’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), “Leo, who’s an absolutely massive dog, has become her eyes … I take them for walks in the park and Leo guides Ellie around. He is so protective and herds the more boisterous dogs away from her.”
It’s unknown whether Leo realizes Ellie’s disability or acts out of instinct to protect a smaller friend, but the reason seems less important than the sentiment. “It’s touching to watch them together. [Ellie] follows him around and snuggles up to him,” says Lander.
In this era of balancing budgets on the backs of those least equipped to bear it, perhaps a lesson in caring and compassion lost among some animals of the two-legged variety.
Source: Paw Nation
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger