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Video: Blind Golden Retriever Has Labrador Guide Dog

| by Michael Allen

At the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blair, a female Black Labrador Retriever, has become a guide dog for Tanner, a blind male Golden Retriever (video below).

The Daily News reports that Tanner was born blind, has epilepsy, and has lived in a variety of foster homes since his owner died in 2010.

Woodland West Animal Hospital’s practice manager Karen Miller said the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue placed Tanner at the animal hospital last December because of seizures, which caused him to “go into a biting frenzy,”

Woodland West vet Dr. Mike Jones told local KTUL-TV: “One day [Blair and Tanner] were exercising in a play yard together. Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around.”

Blair has had a tough life as well. She arrived at the hospital shot and homeless.

Jones added: “We’ve worked with a lot of different service dogs to provide these services for people. But it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this, the special relationship these two dogs have.”