Blind Dog and Rescued Stray Form Partnership for Life

Introduced by chance, two disadvantaged dogs learn to lean on one another for support as they await adoption. Is there room in your home for this remarkable pair?

1-year-old Blair came to the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., after being shot. The stray remained at the hospital after her recovery because she had become so timid that finding a home for her was challenge, according to hospital director Mike Jones.

Blair and Tanner

Her new best friend, Tanner, was sent to Woodland Hospital after his owner died. Blind and suffering from a seizure disorder, he was eventually transferred to Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. The Oklahoma City based organization has struggled to find him a home since he came to them.

But of late, a remarkable development has bolstered the confidence of both dogs, giving them a sense of security and making them ideal candidates for a family with the room to adopt both.

“They absolutely have to be adopted together,” Jones said.  “But it’s going to take a special home with someone who understands their special relationship plus understands seizure disorder and is ready to take on the responsibility.”

That relationship was formed when, by chance, the two were introduced in the hospital’s play yard. When they met, something unexpected happened.

“One day they were exercising in a play yard together and they got together, Jones said.  “Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around.”

Sensing Tanner’s uncertainty, Blair took the lead – literally – and began to carry Tanner’s leash, gently guiding him around the play yard. At the same time, hospital workers noted a pronounced change in Blair: the once frightened dog was gaining confidence in her new role as guide and moral supporter for her pal.

As if that weren’t remarkable enough, vets at the hospital noticed another positive development. Tanner’s seizures had mysteriously abated.

“His seizure disorder was really, really bad and nothing — no medications — seemed to be helping,” Jones said.  “Anytime he [Tanner] seizes he expresses his bowels. After two or three weeks, we realized Tanner wasn’t seizing anymore.  He’s not completely seizure free but it’s not constant anymore.”

Astounded by the immediate connection between the two dogs, hospital staff boarded Tanner and Blair together. Since then, the two have been inseparable.

“We’ve worked with a lot of different service dogs to provide these services for people,” said Jones. “But it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this, the special relationship these two dogs have.”

Considering that special relationship, their caretakers are seeking a new home for Tanner and Blair, one that will allow them to live out their days together.

“The big thing about this is just finding the right home for Tanner and Blair, which is a very specific mission,” said Jones.  “This is not a typical adoption.  Tanner is only two-years-old.  We’re looking at probably ten years or so care for Tanner.”

The adoption application process is being handled by Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. Should you have room in your home and your heart for this bonded pair, please contact SGRR via their website.

 







60 comments

  • April 28, 2012 11:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Janice

    I believe animals are more sensitive than some idiotic humans.

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      April 29, 2012 2:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Krystyna

      My very thought Janice, we could all learn from this but I am speaking to the converted…….others could if only they would learn from this, bless them bothXXXX

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    April 28, 2012 11:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marie Maria

    Awwww *sniffles* I needed Kleenex after reading this! What a wonderful story!

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  • April 28, 2012 11:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Cristina

    Beautiful!

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    April 28, 2012 11:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jasmine

    That’s so cute! :)

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    April 28, 2012 11:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tonya

    I pray they will find a wonderful home together!

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  • April 28, 2012 11:23 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sonja

    Wow,you left me speachless

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    April 28, 2012 11:24 amPosted 2 years ago
    Peggy

    I love this!

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    April 28, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Andrea

    What an incredible bond <3

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  • April 28, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Baran

    slm

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    April 28, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    <3

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    April 28, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jules

    “Tanner’s seizures had mysteriously abated.” the power of friendship

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  • April 28, 2012 11:26 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    saw it on the news I wished I had a house I would so take them in

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    April 28, 2012 11:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Teresa

    WATCHED THIS VIDEO AND MELTS YOUR HEART!!!

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  • April 28, 2012 11:29 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I’m sure they will get homed together, what a beautiful story, warms the heart <3 xx

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  • April 28, 2012 11:29 amPosted 2 years ago
    John

    He stopped having seizures. That part just killed me inside. So wonderful, and they didn’t say anything about it, but did he just start leading him around with the leash in his mouth on his own???

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      April 30, 2012 6:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Cherie C.

      It certainly sounds like it, from the written article.

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    April 28, 2012 11:30 amPosted 2 years ago
    Petronela

    fantastic….

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  • April 28, 2012 11:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    It is remarkable how nurturing dogs can be.

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  • April 28, 2012 11:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    LeAnna

    Someone please paste this link into a message to me, because i love it so much but i can’t post it now since I’m mobile…. thanks!

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    April 28, 2012 11:32 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dee

    a lot of dogs are smarter than a lot of people…

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  • April 28, 2012 11:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Please please please tell me nothing will happen to them & that they will stay together at rescue if not adopted, if I could they would be home with me

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    April 28, 2012 11:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Carol

    This story made me teary…

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    April 28, 2012 11:39 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    aaaawwww

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  • April 28, 2012 11:40 amPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    Special needs pets are just that more special! Bless them both.

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  • April 28, 2012 11:41 amPosted 2 years ago
    Marsha

    so heartwarming,praying they find the right home and live a healthy life with lots of love for them both!

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  • April 28, 2012 11:42 amPosted 2 years ago
    Fatima

    Dogs are so grateful creatures !!!!
    That is why I like them sooooo much !!!!!!

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  • April 28, 2012 11:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Barbara

    tears of sadness turned to tears of joy. may they find that special loving home very soon.

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  • April 28, 2012 11:45 amPosted 2 years ago
    Catherine

    <3

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  • April 28, 2012 11:50 amPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    Beautiful friendship, <3<3

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  • April 28, 2012 11:51 amPosted 2 years ago
    Betsy

    What every friendship should represent <3

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    April 28, 2012 11:55 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jen

    Dogs are awesome.

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    April 28, 2012 12:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Megan

    Love love love …..so amazing!

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  • April 28, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    This story touches my heart in more than one way. Such a beautiful thing

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  • April 28, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christine

    I hope they find the perfect home. If they found one another I know it will Happen. Sounds like he has epileptic and non epileptic seizures. If he has non epileptic I think this means a lot. This just proves that people are not making it up when they have non epileptic seizures!!!!

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    April 28, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yana

    Beautiful!!!

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  • April 28, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yolanda

    This is truly amazing! God’s hand at work…such a sweet thing. Keep us posted about these two. :-)

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    April 28, 2012 12:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melissa

    What a beautiful story. I hope they find a loving home together. Dogs are so much more than pets.

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  • April 28, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tina

    Aw that’s fantastic <3

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    April 28, 2012 12:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kristie

    Great story…

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    April 28, 2012 1:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christa

    Such a sweet story :)

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  • April 28, 2012 1:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cindy Warner

    they r pack animals, and the greatest of the pack survive, they lean oand support those around them. that is why im so against pit bull fighting. After yrs all that will be left are the fighters. . sad how MAN has comes along and messes with something till its out of controll but even more sad is we dont learn from our mistakes. you can not take with out giving back. etc

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  • April 28, 2012 1:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    awww beautiful!

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    April 28, 2012 1:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Edna

    I wish e were all like this

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  • April 28, 2012 1:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Wish I had the place for them. Wonderful story!

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    April 28, 2012 1:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynn

    dogs are beyond amazing……. :)

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    April 28, 2012 1:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    SSB Pack

    Thank you so much for posting this story. Something tells me there will be a long and growing list of people wanting to adopt this pair.

    Remarkable!

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    April 28, 2012 2:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    beautiful hope they find a forever home together

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    Michelle

    <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3!!!!! There aren’t enough hearts in the world for this post :)

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    April 28, 2012 2:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katie

    Crying….again today….animals are so amazing.

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  • April 28, 2012 2:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    I LOVE THIS STORY!!!

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    April 28, 2012 2:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jerry

    How often I have wished I had 10 acres out in the country to be able to help some of these helpless angels.

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  • April 28, 2012 2:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    I want them! If only I could…..I would take them all!

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    April 28, 2012 3:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    Truly, in this case, the sum is greater than the parts :)

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    April 28, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I agree that dogs can take care of other ones. I have one that was lonely not eating till I got another then he started eating. Now they are together all the time and if you seperate them they cry. Dogs have feelings too just like a human being. Hope they find a home together and have a wonderful life.

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    April 29, 2012 2:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    001mum

    oh Lordie- this is the true bond of friendship.

    when there is a need…….

    one of my foster pups is a seizure response dog-the young lad he is with used to have multiple seizures * MULTIPLE * only at night
    in the last 14 months (since they have been a working pair) there has not been one single event. not one.
    the black lab i have now (now this is a real pain!) always holds the end of the other dogs leash , when they have field runs, he grabs and leads the other dog around (it’s not a fully fenced area so both pups have short “pony leads” that are easy to catch and don’t have loops for anyone to catch their legs/feet in)

    so these 2 lovely pups waiting for a forever home, truly have an intrinsic awareness of the other.

    how cool is that?

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    August 15, 2012 12:55 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    Hi. I am deaf and I have a dog who is deaf along with a Lab who naturally learned to hear for us and notify us of any noise or to get our attention :) See the story below that melted my heart, so I am doing research to see if anyone know organizations that takes in blind dogs and I was wondering if you have any contacts and resources in Oklahoma or Arkansas areas that could help to find these two a home together. I have an adorable picture of the love between them attached. Thanks for your time and have a great day. Tammy
    Wonderful story!

    Tanner is a golden retriever who was born blind and suffers from seizures. Due to their continuous seizures during the night, his family decided to moved him to a hospital for animals of Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA), where its fi
    nal almost surely would be euthanasia.Everything changed when in his life appeared Blair Tanner, a frightened dog which had been more than one year at the clinic after someone shot him.

    As soon as the two had the opportunity to meet in the garden of the clinic, something magical emerged between them and they quickly established a good friendship. As incredible as it may seem, the Tanner epileptic seizures decreased from having them every night to once or twice per month. On the other hand Blair appears to be less anxious and scared since it takes care of her blind friend.

    Blair has become the friend and guide dog Tanner. It has a short leash and takes you to all sides.

    They both need to be adopted together, they need each other, they are in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    9360 S. Union Ave, Ste 100
    Tulsa, OK 74132

    Phone: 918-299-1208
    Fax: 877-840-1603
    Email: Woodland West Animal Hospital

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    August 15, 2012 1:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    Oh no I did not realize the same story was on this page. I copied and pasted a post on my Facebook wall to share with organizations related to blind dog rescues. I looked up to find my posting on this page with the same story orignally posted here. AWESOME! Sorry for the confusion. The more, the better :) I sent about 30 emails tonight to organizations and rescues for the blind dogs. Praying Woodland Hospital will get a call tomorrow with a perfect match. Hoping for Happy Tails ending :))

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    August 15, 2012 5:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kyah Warburton

    not read it yet bet its good

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