Blind, elderly golden retriever gets his very own 'seeing eye puppy'
After Charlie, an 11-year-old golden retriever, had to have both of his eyes removed due to glaucoma, his owners thought he might be in need of a helping paw.
That's why Adam and Chelsea Stipe, of Mooresville, North Carolina, decided to make an unusual move — the pair adopted a 4-month-old golden retriever named Maverick to serve as their beloved pet's very own "seeing eye puppy."
And the two have an absolutely adorable relationship.
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Charlie's health problems started in 2016 when he had to have his left eye removed because of pain from glaucoma, the Stipes told WCAU.
Just a year later, when Charlie's vision began to deteriorate in his right eye, his owners made the difficult decision to have it removed as well.
On New Year's Day 2019, the couple decided to add Maverick to the family, and, after a slightly frosty start with Charlie, the playful puppy soon began to realize his new friend might be in need of special assistance.
"When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so (Maverick) would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime," Chelsea Stipe told the station.
Eventually, Maverick learned how to support Charlie during walks and now faithfully guides his new brother around the house every day.
The two pals and their special relationship have won over the hearts of thousands on social media as well.
After Charlie and Maverick went viral on WeRateDogs, a pet-ranking Twitter account with nearly 8 million followers, the Stipes started an Instagram dedicated to their adventures. The account has racked up over 160,000 followers in just two weeks.
"We have definitely been overwhelmed with the response, but it's such a good thing,'' Stipe said. "We love how positive the community is and how happy (the dogs) are making everyone."