Blind & Deaf German Shepherds Are Each Other's Eyes, Ears

8:44 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- If you want to know the true definition of friendship, look no further than River and Smokey.

The two German Sheperds are best friends, raised together since they were puppies.

Now in their old age, they're literally each other's eyes and ears. The two need each other to navigate the world.

"Smokey will follow the sound of River's breathing, and River will come back and check on Smokey to make sure he gets out," said Tara Boals, a foster with Ruff Start Rescue. "He doesn't even like to go out to the bathroom without his brother!"

Now they need someone to help them stay together. Their previous owner was forced to sell his house and forced to give up "his boys."

Tara, a foster with Ruff Start Rescue, took the dogs in and made a promise to the man.

"They will not leave here without each other," she told him. "If they have to stay here forever, until they are no longer with us, then that's what's going to happen. But I want them to go somewhere where they can be together."

Because of Smokey's blindness, the dogs need a quieter home with no stairs.

"Everything is about what he can smell right now, and he gets startled easily if there's loud noises," said Tara.

She prays there's a family out there who will take these boys in, even with all of their special needs.

"All they want is a place to sleep, and someone to love them, and some food," she said. "It's pretty simple."

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