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Posted: May 22, 2015

Blind Akita has two seeing-eye dogs; the photos tell the story


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk


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A 10-year-old Akita from Waterford, Mich., lost sight in both eyes due to glaucoma over a 15-month span, and as her eyesight went, her two canine housemates became her bodyguards. (Source:

“It’s amazing to watch,” said Dr. Gwen Sila, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital who performed Kiaya’s surgeries. “It’s clear the other dogs are trying to protect her. Their sense of loyalty is really remarkable.”

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Jessica VanHusen, the owner of the three dogs, said the dogs gradually started flanking Kiaya as she lost her eyesight. 

Now the two male dogs stand on each side of Kiaya and guide her through adventures, leaning on her to keep her steady during car rides.

And, as the photos show, they are at her side at rest, too.

VanHusen said Cass, 8, also began allowing Kiaya to get to her food dish first and then waited for her to start eating at meal time.

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