We always take for granted how dogs are our little helpers, from constant companionship to protecting our house. They always give us such happy moments especially when they’re their mischievous selves. What if, for some reason, they’re the ones who need to rely on us this time?
An 11-year-old golden retriever named Charlie found himself in such a predicament. Golden retrievers are known for being natural athletes, intelligent working dogs, and excellent therapy dogs. But because of glaucoma, Charlie not only lost his sight; he also lost his freedom.
Glaucoma is a common condition that affects the optic nerves because of increased pressure due to insufficient drainage of fluid in the eye. If neglected, this condition can result in blindness.
Adam and Chelsea Stipes, Charlie’s owners, decided to have Charlie’s eyes removed because of his illness. Most dogs usually go blind during the first year of contracting this disease. Having lost his mobility, Charlie had to learn to adjust to overcome this challenge.
That’s where Maverick comes in. A rambunctious 4-month-old puppy, Maverick brought Charlie back to his old self. The two became inseparable, with Charlie depending on Maverick for almost everything.
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Hello there! Charlie and Maverick here. Just a couple of happy pups. Charlie is almost 11 years old and Maverick is 4 months old. Charlie had glaucoma which led to his double enucleation (both eyes removed). Now, Maverick is here to help Charlie around and Charlie is trying to teach Maverick manners. 🤣 definitely a work in progress.
The Stipes felt lucky to have brought Maverick into Charlie’s life, seeing how the blind retriever enjoys playing and being with his new best friend. Maverick wasn’t only Charlie’s playmate, it seemed. They soon noticed how the puppy brought back Charlie’s toys in front of him once he lost track of them.
The two dogs complement each other. “Maverick is here to help Charlie around, and Charlie is trying to teach Maverick manners,” their Instagram post said. Some of their Instagram posts include pictures of them playing and taking a nap.
The internet indeed loves inspirational stories such as this. It’s no wonder that their Instagram account already has numerous followers and likes. No one can resist a feel-good story.