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In His Forever Friend, Blind Staffie Finds A Guide

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Jess Martin fell in love with an adorable Staffordshire named Amos who was born blind while volunteering at her local animal rescue organization.

When she learned that he was having difficulty finding his forever family, she quickly welcomed him into her house.

What started off as a temporary foster home for Amos transformed into the place where he would spend the rest of his life.

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Toby, Jess’s 9-year-old terrier, was first concerned about how he would react to his foster sibling. Toby was Jess’s closest companion.

They’ve shared some fantastic adventures and built a wonderful bond, so the prospect of expanding their tiny family seemed a little intimidating. Toby and Amos’ friendship blossomed after a few days of uncertainty between them.

Amos had never lived in a house before meeting Jess, as he had spent his entire existence at a rescue center.

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Amos would run into walls, be terrified by the sound of the television, and even dislike the feel of the carpet under his paws.

Finding the water bowl, for example, was a huge difficulty for the blind puppy.

Toby was skeptical about Amos at first, but Jess soon discovered something remarkable. Toby would nudge Amos in the proper direction if she spotted him straining to reach his water bowl.

What began as a kind nudge turned into Amos being assigned his own personal guide. Jess and her family were aware that they had obtained a new friend.

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When Amos was a little older, he went to see an eye doctor.

It was determined that his eyes were most likely causing him daily pressure and agony, and that removing them would be the most compassionate decision.

Toby assumed the job of “unofficial guide dog” for Amos soon after the surgery.

Amos was nervous the first time he and Toby went on a walk together.

He’d be terrified by the noises around him, and he’d have to take regular breaks to lie down and collect himself.

Toby would immediately lie down next to him and wait for him to be ready to continue!

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Hiking across the hills has become one of the furry best buddies’ favorite pastimes!

Toby uses body bumps and nudges to direct Amos through the hills, as well as assisting him in returning to the path if he ever strays.

“They have developed a nice communication between them, and they know each other’s boundaries.”

Amos is an expert hiker, but he still has a lot to learn about socialization and how to socialize with other dogs.

Toby will frequently act as a go-between during these interactions, as many dogs are put off by Amos’ inability to communicate like a regular dog.

Every day, Jess and Toby work together to enhance his sociability skills!

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Amos could not have asked for a better guide and bodyguard than Toby! They’ve found a lifelong buddy in each other.

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