It's hard to lose one of your senses, as Tao the Golden Retriever knows all too well. He had perfect eyesight and a perfect life for about 11 years. But as he grew older, he developed glaucoma, which eventually led to the complete loss of his sight.
Tao gradually learned to move without his sight, but the humans wanted to make the transition as easy as possible for him. So they got him his own dog, Oko. The Golden Retriever brothers have become the greatest of friends!
Transition to a new life
Melanie Jackson, Tao and Oko's mother, said Tao's blindness occurred unexpectedly. The day it happened, he was fine in the morning, but later, he was constantly shaking his head, as if in pain. He arrived at the vet five hours later, where they discovered he was blind. On the same day, one of his eyes was removed.
Although veterinarians suggested euthanasia, Jackson refused to go that route. If Tao is able to be safe, happy, and healthy without sight, his family will do everything they can to ensure that. Jackson didn't mind the extra cost or effort because Tao is a member of her family.
Tao kept his second eye for several weeks afterward. Jackson kept his eye pressure under control by giving him eye drops on a regular basis. She was preparing him for life without sight at that moment. She showed him how to walk without relying on his vision. As a result, by the time his second eye was removed, he was an expert at moving on his own.
However, even professionals need help from time to time. Jackson didn't want Tao to have to struggle, which is why she chose oko. Oko will give Tao company and protection on a regular basis.
Oko helps his brother oko fell in love with Tao as soon as he moved in with his new family. The puppy follows his older brother everywhere, and even walks him on a leash when necessary. Moreover, Tao seems happier than ever with his baby brother by his side.
“We were thrilled when Tao started walking up and down the stairs just three days after surgery,” Jackson added. "But I simply felt that he needed someone to help him and play with him now that he couldn't see."
Jackson was right. Tao's emotions rose and he felt safer with oko near him. They love running through the fields together and even napping next to each other. Their friendship is very beautiful. Oko is now about 16 weeks old, and is constantly learning how to be a better guide dog for his brother.
Tao and Oko have their own Instagram account, where Jackson posts adorable photos and videos. Follow them to see what they are doing!