A Border Terrier serves as a guide for his blind son
Lucky is a two-year blind Border terrier. Born without retina, he could never see in his life . But his father Scruff noticed his son's disability and seeing him often in trouble, intervenes to help by guiding him out of harm's way and comforting him when he runs into something . Hazel, Lucky's mother, also helps to look after him.
Jim Leonard, 65, lives in Glasgow. He often looks after the animals for his little daughter Chelsea and says, " Lucky has been blind since birth and still hit things and hurt himself. We were very worried about how he would overcome that. And then we started walking Lucky and Scruff together. It was amazing to see Scruff take charge , watch him and make sure he was .
" It's awesome to link them both. If Lucky hits something and yaps, Scruff rushes to see him and licks his head. It's wonderful to witness that, a real pleasure to observe ."
M. Leonard adds that Lucky does not seem embarrassed more than that by his handicap. " He lives his life fully . He has a very good sense of smell, he can feel at great distances, probably to compensate for not having a view. He also loves being petted and being the center of attention. He is adorable, he is true love. "
" Scruff is an inspiration to all of us "
The family has also benefited from the advice of the veterinary association PDSA to help Lucky to live at home. house with his handicap. Thus, since a conversation with veterinarians, Mr. Leonard wears bells at the bottom of his pants so that Lucky can always know where he is. He also had strong odors, like lime, at the dangerous spots in each room, so Lucky knew where he was not going to go.
PDSA Senior Veterinarian Elaine Pendlebury says that we will not stop to be amazed by the dogs' abilities and their character, as Lucky's close bond with his father reminds us. She adds, " Dogs can behave in a unique and extraordinary way. They are extremely social animals that can help both humans and other animals in ways that will always amaze. That Scruff behaves as a blind guide for his canine companion and watch over him is an inspiration to us all . It's nice to see Lucky's family, humans and dogs, working together so he can live his life to the full.
The association says that if a blind dog can be a test for the owners it is possible to help them adapt thanks to the veterinarians, who can advise on possible treatments and find solutions to make life easier.
In addition, PDSA adds that sight is not the main meaning at home. all the animals. Thus dogs have a particularly developed sense of smell which, depending on the breed, can be up to 100,000 times more sensitive than that of humans .