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A blind golden retriever has been given his own guide dog to help him readjust to the world after he had his eyes removed.
Tao, the 12-year-old dog, managed to adapt to his new life after he lost both eyes to glaucoma in February 2019.
The pooch was trained with commands so that he can slowly adapt to losing his eyesight when they removed one of his eyes first.
Owner Melanie Jackson has since decided to get him a little companion and introduced the eight-week-old Oko to him.
The golden retriever puppy has become his eyes and helps him find his way around.
The two have since become inseparable and are regularly seen on Instagram.
In one clip, Tao is seen running across a field in excitement before Oko joins and guides him back to owner Melanie Jackson.
Tao's trust in the puppy has helped him to learn to deal with his sight loss quickly.
In another video, Tao runs confidently alongside Oko in the open green space.
Melanie wrote in the description: "This means the world to me – as you all know Tao is totally blind (no eyes). He is such an amazing dog and has adjusted so well to his new life but he didn’t quite have the confidence to run, let alone run ahead. He was comfortable following me.
"Oko has given him that confidence."
Melanie said Tao's situation all started one evening after they had gone for their usual walk in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, last year.
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In an interview with Somerset Live, she explained: "Glaucoma is the build-up of fluid in the eye – it's got nowhere to drain away. If you can imagine a migraine and times it by a hundred – that was the pain he was in.
"We managed to keep the glaucoma under control in his remaining eye with drops for 11 months."
But it became clear over the 11 months that the sight in Tao's remaining eye was fading.
Melanie has worked with The Kennel Club, who used Tao's DNA "marker" to help identify other dogs prone to glaucoma – a preventable condition if diagnosed early enough.
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