When Zac, a ten-year-old dog, lost his vision, his partner Lilli proved that a dog’s best ally is sometimes another dog.
After Zac lost his eyesight five years ago due to an infection, Lilli, a fellow Jack Russell terrier, became his constant guide and companion.
During their walks, Zac always stays just a few inches away from Lilli, and when he feels exhausted or disoriented, Lilli provides comfort, allowing him to rest his head on her.
Their bond is so strong that they are now inseparable and are seeking a new home together since their owner moved abroad. Sarah Bussell, who works with the Blue Cross charity in Tiverton, Devon, mentioned that Zac would be utterly lost without Lilli.
She commented, “Their bond is unique and they seem to have an almost telepathic understanding. Zac uses his sense of smell to stay close to Lilli so that she can guide him while they are outside. Lilli not only reassures him but physically directs him by nudging him when he strays off path. She is always by his side, demonstrating incredible patience. Lilli seems to understand that Zac is different from other dogs and is cautious not to bump into him.
Whenever Zac is off the leash, they remain together in the re-homing area of the shelter, further solidifying their close bond.”
This isn’t Zac’s first time in the care of the Blue Cross center. He was first taken in when he was a puppy. Unfortunately, his previous owner had to return him when she emigrated and was unable to take her cherished dogs with her. This heartwarming story underscores the bond that dogs share and the lengths they will go to support each other.