Lily is a 6 year old Great Dane from the UK who has been blind since she was 18 months old. She suffered from a rare disease called entropion that caused her eyelashes to grow into her eyeballs. Lily had surgery to have her eyes removed when she was a puppy. Lucky for Lily, she has Maddison; a faithful companion who has been by her side every step of the way. Like thousands of others, these two dogs are in need of a loving home.
No longer able to care for Lily and Maddison, the former owners turned the two dogs over to the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust in July, hoping that they might be adopted by someone with a warm heart and enough space to house two Great Danes. The trust has refused offers to adopt only one of the dogs, insisting that the pair is inseparable.
According to the Daily Mail,Trust Manager Louise Campbell said
: "Maddison is Lily’s guide dog. If they are out and about, for the majority of the time Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch. Maddison is always looking out for her."
The two dogs were raised together, but have been inseparable since the surgery. Maddison, who is slightly older, has taken it upon herself to be Lily's eyes. Quite literally taking the reins, Maddison often leads Lily around with a leash.
As BBC news writes: "She walks around so confidently, from a distance you wouldn't know she was blind." said
Kerrie Ridgway of the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust. "Occasionally she bumps into things if she is in an unfamiliar place, but if she was in her own home she would soon learn where everything was.
This touching story has been tugging on the heart-strings of people all over the world, eliciting a wave of responses and eager invitations to adopt the duo of gentle-giants. With any luck, the added exposure from the remarkable nature of this particular situation will help to place the dogs in the best possible home.
Despite Lily's disability, the two dogs seem to enjoy a very happy life together.
For further information visit: dogstrust.org.uk