Blind border collie in United Kingdom gets his own guide dog

The Telegraph reports,

Black and white hound Clyde is totally blind and relies on his partner and fellow collie Bonnie to guide him everywhere.

When they are together five-year-old Clyde seems as capable as a fully-sighted dog, but he refuses to move unless two-year-old Bonnie is nearby to guide him.


Bonnie and Clyde were rescued after being abandoned on a street in the middle of a storm three weeks ago.

A member of the public spotted them running though the rain in Blundeston, Norfolk, and when she opened her car door they jumped straight in.

Waveney District Council placed the dogs, who have no identifying collars or chips, with the rescue centre but no owners have come forward to claim them.

Cherie described the dogs as "typical high-spirited collies" and said they would make ideal pets in a home with a large, secure garden away from busy roads.


Sue Cootes, 59, who runs the rescue centre with her daughter Cherie, said it was incredible to see how Bonnie took care of Clyde.

She said: "She’s a little darling and he just follows her everywhere.

"It’s just instinctive with them to help each other and it’s marvellous to see animals doing this together.

"We get them outside and on walks as much as possible because Clyde may be blind but Bonnie certainly isn’t. We have large paddocks and they potter around together out there.

"Without Bonnie Clyde would be lost. They can’t be separated, we need someone to take them both on."

The Cootes family took over the rescue centre five years ago and now look after 45 abandoned dogs.

Two thoughts:

If only more people followed Cootes example, animal abuse wouldn’t be nearly as much of a problem. And if Bonnie and Clyde are instinctually motivated to take care of each other, and human breeders don’t feel the same empathy, what does that say about them?

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