Two stray Lab-pit bull mixes found wandering the Philadelphia streets in October are devoted to each other. What perhaps is more remarkable is that of the canine brothers is blind.
The Chester County (Penn.) SPCA posted the above photo of Jeffrey, the sightless dog, and Jermaine on its Facebook page. Jermaine serves as Jeffrey’s guide dog. Both pooches are up for adoption.
The eight-month old puppies were taken in by a rescue organization called Operation Ava where they are currently sheltered. According to an Ava official quoted by NBC News, “They’re always pretty much touching each other… I think this is a little bit extraordinary in my experience because they’re so careful with one another and play together so well. It almost seems like Jermaine understands that Jeffrey has an issue seeing.”
The Chester County SPCA’s Facebook page states in part that “Pictures are worth a thousand words, but this one might just leave you speechless. Earlier we posted a picture of Jeffrey, who is blind, and his brother Jermaine, who has dedicated his life to be Jeffrey’s loyal guide dog. Here they are as they sleep, holding on to each other. The unconditional love and devotion these two dogs show is positively inspirational. Jeffrey and Jermaine are STILL waiting at shelter Operation Ava in Philadelphia for their hero to come rescue them!”
The heartwarming situation with Jeffrey and Jermaine may not be a complete anomaly. The Inquisitr previously reported about Eddie, a blind seven-year-old Lab in the UK who had his own guide dog companion in the form of Milo a terrier mix, who acts as Eddie’s loyal eyes and when they go outside to play. In another case in the UK, a dog who went blind from cataracts has own guide cat in the form of a stray feline that originally showed up on the owner’s doorstep. The two animals quickly became inseparable.