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One Is Blind, The Other Guides Him. Together, Their Bond Is UNBREAKABLE.

For many decades, guide dogs have been trained to lead blind people through a somewhat normal life. They act as their eyes, allowing them to enjoy independence in their homes, offices, and wherever else. But have you ever seen a blind dog with a guide dog? If not, you have now!


This dynamic doggy duo was abandoned together in Salem last month. Sadly, someone dumped them, along with one other Dachshund, over the fence of a local man who formerly rescued Doxies.


The man no longer rescues dogs, but did take them to the Marion County Dog Services shelter. The shelter then contacted Diane Young a Salem Dogs, a local dog rescue. The rescue took in the two pups, who Young thinks are possibly related.


The third Dachshund they were with was healthy and adopted right away. The other two, who are estimated to be between the ages of four and five, required more care. Hilda, a long-haired, black dappled female seemed to be the guide dog for Herbie, a light-brown, smooth-coated brown Doxie who was blind.


The shelter staff saw Herbie walk into walls, so it was obvious that he couldn’t see much. The think they he sees some shadow and movement, but Hilda stays by him protects him.


Their special bond was apparent right away, and the shelter knew they needed to be adopted as a pair. Before putting them up for adoption, the shelter neutered and spayed them, put in microchips, and gave them dental cleanings and vaccinations.


Then, she posted their pictures online with the hopes that someone would adopt both of them. It didn’t take long before they found their furever home! John and Dorothy Sinner, a retired couple from Yakima, Washington, have rescued Dachshunds before and have previously had three of them. They lost their 16-year-old Dachshund in April and have been wanting to adopt another ever since.


As soon as the couple saw Herbie and Hilda’s picture online, they knew that they were the dogs for them. So they drove five hours to come see them. It was definitely love at first sight! The couple planned to take them on the road with them in their motor home, exploring many beautiful places, after they settle into their new home back in Washington.


“Dogs are like medicine,” John said. “They’ll keep you healthy in so many ways.”

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