Blind Woman Uses Her Life Savings To Help Her Guide Pony Survive Terminal Illness

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A blind woman named Ann Edie was matched with a miniature pony named Panda in 2003. Standing at just 29 inches tall, Panda has served as Edie’s “guide pony” for the last 14 years.

Sadly, Panda was diagnosed with an intestinal blockage last year, and has undergone multiple rounds of emergency surgery. This has left Edie with more than $30,000 worth of vet bills. Edie and her husband used their savings account to pay for the surgeries to keep Panda alive. But when their savings began to run low, the community helped out and donated more than $10,000!

Panda was matched with Edie by her trainer, Alexandra Kurland, after Edie’s guide dog Bailey passed away. The two of them have been together ever since, and Edie can’t imagine life without Panda.

“She is so much more than just a means for letting me, as a blind person, travel smoothly and efficiently around my community. Her joy in her work and in her life always puts a smile on my face,” Edie told Caters News.

She helps Edie get up and down the stairs, around barriers in the road, and helps get different items for her such as her keys.

Saving Panda’s life has been quite expensive, but to Edie, Panda is priceless.

“The amount is unthinkable, but even more unthinkable would have been giving up and losing Panda,” Kurland said.

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.