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Blind Dog and Helper Cat

As I look around, I imagine doing the same thing, but seeing only darkness everywhere I look. The feeling inside of me when I do is a dark sensation. Because it’s a loss that I can’t comprehend. It’s a grieving feeling. A mourning for the people and animals who were given the amazing gift of sight, only to lose it in some unforeseen circumstance. The whole world and everything in it seems far more beautiful when you think about never seeing it again. The smile of a loved one, the billions of glowing stars in the night sky, the changing colors of nature during spring and fall; the list of things that would be missed, is endless.

After losing their sight, dogs can go through a depressed stage. Especially if their humans are distraught about the loss. If your pooch has just lost his eyesight, approaching them with the feelings that I described above can be detrimental to their recovery. They don’t understand what’s happened to them and your positive reassuring voice is worth more than anything in the world to them, especially when it’s accompanied by your loving touch.

I’ve always believed that all animals have a special bond and a secret understanding of each other. They can sense things about other animals that are beyond human acknowledgement. This wasn’t the only story I found about a cat helping a blind dog. Cats are very affectionate creatures and they always seem to know when someone is in need of a cuddle. Maybe this secret power of theirs is what causes those special few to take on the position of seeing-eye-cat for their canine friends. They see the need and know they can help a friend while receiving their required love and affection in return, from their doggy. It’s a win-win situation.

These seeing-eye-cats develop a very strong bond between themselves and their blind friends. It’s even more than that of a sibling bond. Their special situation brings them so close that they almost function as a single unit. Two bodies in constant contact, a reaffirming union of constant comfort and a sense of security for both animals makes them whole together.

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Julie Antonson

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