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.


  1. I believe animals are more sensitive than some idiotic humans.

    • Krystyna says on  04/29/2012 at 2:02 pm

      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

  2. Marie Maria says on  04/28/2012 at 11:19 am

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

  3. Beautiful!

  4. Jasmine says on  04/28/2012 at 11:20 am

    That’s so cute! :)

  5. Tonya says on  04/28/2012 at 11:20 am

    I pray they will find a wonderful home together!

  6. Wow,you left me speachless

  7. Peggy says on  04/28/2012 at 11:24 am

    I love this!

  8. Andrea says on  04/28/2012 at 11:25 am

    What an incredible bond <3

  9. slm

  10. Sandy says on  04/28/2012 at 11:25 am


  11. Jules says on  04/28/2012 at 11:25 am

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

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

  13. Teresa says on  04/28/2012 at 11:27 am


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

  15. 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???

  16. Petronela says on  04/28/2012 at 11:30 am


  17. It is remarkable how nurturing dogs can be.

  18. 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!

  19. Dee says on  04/28/2012 at 11:32 am

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

  20. 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

  21. Carol says on  04/28/2012 at 11:35 am

    This story made me teary…

  22. Ann says on  04/28/2012 at 11:39 am


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

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

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

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

  27. <3

  28. Beautiful friendship, <3<3

  29. What every friendship should represent <3

  30. Jen says on  04/28/2012 at 11:55 am

    Dogs are awesome.

  31. Megan says on  04/28/2012 at 12:01 pm

    Love love love … amazing!

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

  33. 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!!!!

  34. Yana says on  04/28/2012 at 12:13 pm


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

  36. Melissa says on  04/28/2012 at 12:20 pm

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

  37. Aw that’s fantastic <3

  38. Kristie says on  04/28/2012 at 12:42 pm

    Great story…

  39. Christa says on  04/28/2012 at 1:10 pm

    Such a sweet story :)

  40. 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

  41. awww beautiful!

  42. Edna says on  04/28/2012 at 1:34 pm

    I wish e were all like this

  43. Wish I had the place for them. Wonderful story!

  44. Lynn says on  04/28/2012 at 1:40 pm

    dogs are beyond amazing……. :)

  45. SSB Pack says on  04/28/2012 at 1:46 pm

    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.


  46. Patricia says on  04/28/2012 at 2:09 pm

    beautiful hope they find a forever home together

  47. <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3!!!!! There aren’t enough hearts in the world for this post :)

  48. Katie says on  04/28/2012 at 2:31 pm

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


  50. Jerry says on  04/28/2012 at 2:55 pm

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

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

  52. Cat says on  04/28/2012 at 3:06 pm

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

  53. Anonymous says on  04/28/2012 at 8:50 pm

    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.

  54. 001mum says on  04/29/2012 at 2:08 pm

    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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  56. Tammy says on  08/15/2012 at 12:55 am

    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

  57. Tammy says on  08/15/2012 at 1:15 am

    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 :))

  58. Kyah Warburton says on  08/15/2012 at 5:27 am

    not read it yet bet its good

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