UNDATED (CNN) -- A blind person can depend on a seeing eye dog. But what does a blind dog depend on?
He is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever but the one thing he can't retrieve is his sight. But now Tanner, the blind dog, has a guide dog. Meet Blair, a 1-year-old female. Now not only is Tanner blind, he has epileptic seizures that cause him to lose control of his bodily functions. After his adoptive owner died, Tanner's seizures got worse. A retriever rescue group brought him to the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A vet with the hospital says, "I can tell you more than one time I've recommended putting Tanner to sleep."
And though the situation looked black, so did the solution. Blair was a stray brought in with a bunshot wound to the leg. She was a nervous wreck, until she and Tanner bonded in the play yard. The vet says, "The two of them together have had a remarkable synergistic effect."
The sight of a sighted dog helping a blind one reminded us of a special kind of fetch played by a deaf dog and a hearing one. In a YouTube video, you can see the hearing dog Buffy fetch deaf dog Benson by grabbing his collar in her teeth.
Blair prefers to use the leash. Does Blair realize he's blind? The vet says, "Oh yeah. I don't think there's a doubt."
One thing's for sure, they're up for adoption as a twofer, and offers are pouring in to Sooner Godlen Retriever Rescue. Tanner's seizures used to come every day or so, but after two months of togetherness, he's had only a couple.
And despite her gunshot wound, Blair is no longer so gun shy and timid. The vet says, "They're pretty much inseparable at this point."
In this case, love really is blind and Blair keeps Tanner on a short leash.