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PUG AND THE BLIND SHIH TZU HE GUIDES ARE ADOPTED TOGETHER - “The middle-aged Otis and Bandit have been together their whole lives…”
A Pug named Otis has been guiding his blind friend, a Shih Tzu named Bandit. They were recently given up to the Humane Society of Delaware County for adoption after their previous owner had to move into a nursing home. Otis leads Bandit around and even helps him eat. Thankfully, Otis and Bandit were recently adopted together by the Workman family in Ohio. Read more from the Columbus Dispatch:
He sticks close by when the two go for walks. He alerts his companion when strangers are coming. Sometimes, he even helps him find food and water.
Otis is no ordinary guide dog, though: His partner, Bandit, is a Shih Tzu.
Together, the dogs are settling into a new home after Chester Workman and his girlfriend adopted them this week from the Humane Society of Delaware County.
The dogs landed at the shelter last month after their previous owner moved into a nursing home, but shelter officials said they know little else about their past.
How long Bandit has been blind is unclear.
He arrived at the society unable to see, his eyes dry and irritated.
“After consulting with two different vets,” Girberd said, “the decision was made to remove his eyes to ease the pain.”
Bandit seems pain-free now, with fur growing over his eye area.
“He looks like he’s looking up at you,” Workman said.
Before he and Powelson adopted Otis and Bandit, a sign on the dogs’ cage had read: “We can’t bear to be apart and must be adopted together. Please consider making us a part of your family!”
It’s great to hear that Otis and Bandit can remain together in their new home. Dogs are amazing. Click here for the full story and here for more about the Humane Society of Delaware County. (Photo by Jonathan Quilter)