A crossbreed terrier named Milo is a loyal best friend and seeing eye dog to his canine brother Eddie. Eddie is a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever who went blind last year and who, without Milo, would have difficulty getting around and enjoying life.
Milo and Eddie's owner, Angie Baker-Stedham, said she first noticed Eddie was going blind last year when he started to walk into walls and bins. "It happened so quickly which is sad because before they used to play together so easily," she said.
But 6-year-old Milo quickly took to caring for Eddie and needed no training to become Eddie's assistance dog. He acts as Eddie's eyes when they are out playing and always guides him back to Angie. He can also pull Eddie along by his leash.
"Now Milo helps me to fetch Eddie when I call for him. He leads Eddie all the way back to me," Angie said. She added, "'Before Eddie went blind they both used to chase after dog toys, but now Eddie relies on Milo to help him play and they love going into the woods."
It doesn't matter where the pair are, Milo is around and keeping an eye on his friend. "Milo has always got his eye on Eddie and even sits on Eddie's back when he lies down."
Recently, when Milo was diagnosed with immune mediated haemolytic anemia, he had to undergo a blood transfusion. While Milo was away being treated, Eddie struggled to cope. Angie and her family grew to appreciate even more how much Milo helps Eddie and how much Eddie depends on Milo to get around the house and outddors.
Milo is back at home and healthy, and the two longtime friends are happily together again. Angie said, "Milo really cares for Eddie, he always licks his face, they sleep in the same room and spend all their time together. Without Milo, Eddie would be lost."
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