Images of a blind dog being carried down the stairs by his own service dog have been shared and moved by thousands. As the Golden Retriever (named Ginger) took one step at a time, the blind Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Kimchi) followed closely behind, showing that the two dogs had built trust and bond together.Dogs and kimchi are often invited to provide emotional support to hospital patients, stressed-out students, and company employees.
The person who photographed the dog said: Kimchi is thin and manly, weak and infested with fleas, and he is blind.
Later, he was adopted into a golden-haired mixed-race family named Ginger, and is now nearly 13 years old.
Since then, a very special bond has developed between the two. This family is Eric and Thea, and they have another golden retriever named T-Bone. They explained to “While in Manila” that when Jiang met Jin Qi at the animal rescue shelter, how he immediately made contact with Kimchi.
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Ginger became Kimchi’s guide dog by accident at first. Eric and Thea initially leashed Ginger and Kimchi together just so Kimchi wouldn’t wander off, but Ginger naturally started leading the spaniel around and patiently walking next to her.
Nowadays, the pair never go anywhere without the other by their side.
Service dogs, or therapy dogs, are often used to visit hospitals, special needs centres and nursing homes, to help support those in need. Recently, they’ve also been used to provide comfort in disaster areas.
Canine volunteers from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs have been visiting victims of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, as Herald Sun reports.
Margot Bennett, one of the volunteers, said:
One of the things that these dogs are so good at is providing support. You know, just being there and having something to pet. It makes people happy.
And these dogs are trained to do this kind of work because they are happy to be with people. It just gives them a sense of peace.
Insurance company, Allstate Corp, began using therapy dogs and volunteers to offer support at its mobile sites after helping people who’d been affected by the wildfires in California this summer.
Company spokesman, Justin Herdon said:
You kind of learn what customers need and then evolve to that. We found after the wildfires, which was a really emotional experience for a lot of families coming back to nothing, that something like therapy dogs might help. Sure enough, it has.
While service dogs are more than happy to help those in need, once in a while they need a break too. In April this year, volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence took a group of well-behaved service dogs on a field trip to Disneyland and, as expected, the photos are adorable.