While no one would bat an eye at the sight of a blind human using a guide dog to help him navigate his daily routine, a blind canine having its own assistant pooch is definitely unusual. One blind husky found such a companion in a diminutive terrier mix, marking a remarkable friendship.
Isaac the husky is blind, with both of his beautiful blue eyes wide and vacant. As a stray roaming the streets, his condition further complicated his already difficult life. Fortunately, the sightless pooch had a loyal guide in the form of Isabella, a Chihuahua-terrier mix who was always at his side, Shareably reports.
The two built a strong bond while roaming the streets of California together. When they were finally picked up by animal control, the unusual pair immediately charmed everyone they came in contact with.
Lindsey Riggins of the Hermosa Animal Hospital was amazed by how Isabella would always stop in her tracks whenever Isaac wandered off and bark in his direction like a homing beacon so that he could find her.
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"It's just really remarkable how she's always trying to be aware of where Isaac's at and you know if he's not right behind her, she'll stop and wait for him to catch up with her," Riggins told KTLA. "It's really funny ... I've never seen anything like it before."
The pair were clearly a team, even trotting in step with each other.
Even though they were mismatched by size, there was clearly a loving bond between the two dogs.
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While the dynamic duo were being given a roof over their heads by shelter staff, they were also on the brink of being euthanized. The Stand Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need, intervened to help find both Isaac and Isabella a permanent home.
Dan Guss, a representative of the foundation, noted that adoption arrangements were tricky because the two dogs could not be separated.
"There is a work relationship between these two," Guss said. "And there's a love relationship between these two and how they know what the other needs or what the other is saying is amazing."
A staff member for the shelter at which Isaac and Isabella were sy observed that the two would not be able to live without each other, reports the Telegraph Sun: "Without Isabella, Isaac would have struggled to cope with his vision disability, while Isabella would have missed her big companion too much. We were worried we wouldn't be able to find an adoptee in time."
Fortunately, Stand was able to find a loving family for both Isaac and Isabella. Sweetening the deal, their new home was free of Isabella's biggest fear: cats.
Finally off of the streets but still together, Isaac and Isabella are now free to live their lives together under the watch of a loving family. Of course, the two canines had already formed their own familial bond with each other.
"It's like an old couple that's been married for 60 years, and they just know what's going on with the other person," Guss concluded.