Angels come in all shapes and sizes and service dogs are among the real-life angels, helping people with different struggles in their life. They provide comfort to people suffering with anxiety issues or can be a guide dog for people with disabilities regarding their vision or physical impairments. Service dogs are amazing and can handle it all. Now it has been proven that service dogs can also provide service to other dogs.
Charlie is an 11 year old golden retriever who has lost both of his eyes to glaucoma. This was a huge adjustment for Charlie since he is normally a vivacious dog. His owners, Chelsea and Adam Stipe, quickly noticed the struggle Charlie was having to find his new normal with the absence of his eyesight. They decided to try to help Charlie by providing him with a new puppy friend, Maverick. They were hoping the new puppy would cheer Charlie up.
At first, it wasn’t clear if it was going to work. Charlie was somewhat reluctant about being around Maverick. It didn’t take Maverick long to realize that Charlie was struggling in life and maybe he could help.
Chelsea and Adam said that Maverick is attentive to Charlie when they play. Maverick noticed that Charlie would sometimes lose the toy he was playing with and Maverick would bring it to him, placing it in front of him. Playtime could then continue and the puppies would re-engage. Maverick and Charlie also walk together and the owners describe them as little sled dogs.
They like to refer to Maverick as their “seeing-eye puppy”. Both dogs are incredibly special to their owners and provide a lot of entertainment.
It is believed Maverick gave Charlie a gift and has even encouraged him to learn some new things, even at 11 years of age. Chelsea and Adam recently stated on their Instagram account, “Maverick is here to help Charlie around and Charlie is trying to teach Maverick manners.”
Charlie was having issues with his eyes for one year prior to Maverick coming into his life. It began with glaucoma in one eye then, a year later, glaucoma took over his other eye. After he lost sight in both eyes, his owners decided on a buddy for Charlie.
The couple had to dig into their retirement savings to pay for medical expenses for Charlie. It wasn’t a move they questioned but something they wanted to do for their dog who brings them so much happiness.
For Chelsea, she had always wanted another dog in the family and after finding out she was pregnant, the couple wanted to adopt another dog so their child would have the opportunity to grow up with a dog. Adopting Maverick proved to be the perfect answer for their growing family and for Charlie.
Chelsea and Adam have received a lot of attention from the posts on their Instagram account. People have been so positive and loving and many have shared their own stories of their journey with their dogs and glaucoma. It’s been a welcomed surprise.