Daisy is a blind dog whose best friend Ellie Mae helps her get around. The constant companions have lived together their whole life prior to arriving at the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, Rhode Island. After observing them together, the Potter League want them to be adopted together.
About a year ago Daisy woke up and couldn't see. "It's something that comes on," explained Kerry McKinnon of the Potter League for Animals. "Suddenly. There's not an explanation as to why it happens. There's no sign that it's coming and no other medical issues except that they go blind."
Ellie Mae instinctively knew she needed to help Daisy and now helps guide Daisy around. The staff noticed Ellie Mae caring for Daisy. "I'm seeing Ellie Mae go ahead and when she realizes Daisy's not behind her, will stop. And Daisy will walk up until she bumps into her back leg or the side of her and they'll start walking again," said Pam Collum at the rescue.
Pam also demonstrated how bonded the two were by putting the two dogs' beds on opposite sides of a room. When she went back a few hours later she noticed that the beds had been moved together and the dogs were resting next to each other.
"It's a bond that we see on occasion, but a lot of times companion dogs have to be trained, and the training is quite intensive to do what she's naturally doing for Daisy," Kerry told NBC.
The rescue said the pair of dogs are great with people and love to be around people. Ellie Mae is an 8-years-old black and brown Black and Tan Coonhound mix. Daisy is an 8-yaer-old tan Beagle mix.
They said they would be great with a family with kids and a fenced in yard. Ellie Mae and Daisy have been at the shelter since December 27, 2012 and the rescue is offering them as a two-for-one adoption. Both dogs have been housebroken and spayed.
For more information about adopting the dogs, call 401-846-8276 or visit The Potter League's website.