Tao, a ten-year-old golden retriever, has not had the easiest life. A few years ago, Tao suddenly went blind due to glaucoma. That means that the nerve that connects his eye to the brain was damaged because of poor eye fluid drainage.
Melanie, Tao’s mom, first discovered the issue when she noticed that, one day, her dog was acting strange. Tao kept whining and scratching his eye. That concerned Melanie, so she brought the pup to the vet that night.
The vet quickly diagnosed Tao’s illness and told Melanie that they had to remove his eye to stop the pain. Unfortunately, they also learned that in a matter of time, they also need to get rid of Tao’s second eye. Melanie taught her dog everything she could in preparation for the inevitable. Eleven months later, the vet removed Tao’s second eye.
Tao gets a friend
Melanie commends Tao because of his amazing strength and adaptability after the surgery. However, life naturally became more difficult for him. Thankfully, things started to change when Oko came into Tao’s life.
Oko is Tao’s seeing-eye dog. He helps the blind pup get around and make his day-to-day life more comfortable. Oko was only 11-weeks old when the two of them met. A few months since then, they had already developed the sweetest bond.
Oko has not yet finished training, but he has already made a difference in Tao’s world. They have such an amazing relationship that warms the hearts of their Instagram followers. On one of their photos, Oko was seen holding Tao’s lead while taking him for a walk.
Tao and Oko’s fan base on Instagram is growing so fast, and Melani hopes that they could use the platform to raise people’s awareness about canine glaucoma. She also worked with The Kennel Club for them to take Tao’s DNA and use it as a “marker” to help identify dogs that are prone to the disease.
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