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Blind Senior Dog Finds A Puppy Friend To Show Him The Way

The Dodo logo The Dodo 3/19/2019 Stephen Messenger
a dog sleeping on a bed © Chelsea Stipe

At 11 years old, Charlie is very much a senior pup — but nowadays, his heart is fuller than ever.A few years back, Charlie's world went dark after he had both eyes removed as a result of glaucoma. He seemed to cope with the sudden change quite well day to day, though he nevertheless began to slow down and be less excitable.

Recently, however, Charlie's spirit has blossomed anew in the light of a new love. a large brown dog lying on the ground © Chelsea Stipe Charlie's adoring owners, Chelsea Stipe and her husband, could tell he was still a happy dog, but suspected he'd benefit from having a canine companion in his twilight years. And they were right.

After bringing home a puppy named Maverick, everything about Charlie began to change for the better. a small dog playing with a toy © Chelsea Stipe The two dogs quickly became inseparable friends — the younger's energy and enthusiasm seeming to inspire the same in the older.

"Charlie has definitely been more playful and puppy-like since Maverick came around," Stipe told The Dodo. "We’d buy him toys and he wouldn’t think about playing with them. Now, they’re just constantly playing with each other." a dog lying on the ground © Chelsea Stipe Maverick may only be a few months old, but he seems to understand that Charlie is experiencing the world without the sense of sight, and has adapted to help him with that limitation.

"He knows Charlie is different," Stipe said. "He’ll put toys in front of him. He’s very aware, when Charlie starts to move, to be on the lookout for him. When they walk together, Maverick helps keep Charlie in line." a dog walking on a sidewalk © Chelsea Stipe Maverick will often rest alongside Charlie, too, as if just to reassure him that he's not alone. a dog sleeping on a couch © Chelsea Stipe Charlie and Maverick may be different, but it clearly hasn't hindered their friendship.

If anything, it's made it stronger.  a dog looking out the window © Chelsea Stipe "It's amazing. They’re just such a great combo," Stipe said. "They’re always together." a dog standing on the floor © Chelsea Stipe Nothing could ever completely turn back the clock on Charlie's life, of course (nor, given all those happy years, would anyone want to). Maverick, instead, has shown that joy and happiness still lie ahead on the road they're now on together. a dog sticking his head out of a car © Chelsea Stipe "Charlie’s an older dog. We used to think we could lose him any time," Stipe said. "But now, with Maverick, it’s like he got this jolt in him, this zest for life again. If he had eyes, I know there’d be a twinkle in them."

Keep up with Charlie and Maverick's adorable adventures by following them on Instagram.

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