One day, Jess Martin was volunteering at the Cheshire Fire and Rescue service when she ran into Amos.
Amos is a Staffordshire bulldog who has struggled to find a loving family due to being born blind.
Jess decided to adopt him and give him a permanent home but remained wary of how Toby, her nine-year-old border hound, will approach her new brother.
To her surprise, the duo quickly became close friends, forming a special bond, and now Toby is Amos’s unofficial guide dog.
He helps protect Amos from other dogs when he can’t defend himself and even nudges him when he can’t find his water bowl.
“I thought it would be difficult to find an owner and while Amos was in medical care for four months, we decided to adopt him last February, but after a while we realized we would never return him.”
“At first, Toby growled at him a few times and then ignored him – Amos came from the kennel so doesn’t know how to get along with other dogs.”
“After a few days, I found that Amos couldn’t find his water bowl, and Toby nudged him and helped him out.”
Ms. Martin continued: “As we went for a walk, Amos was terrified, especially the noises and Toby quickly realized he needed help – so every time Amos stopped, Toby would come and lie next to him. him until he is ready. ”
“They have developed a good communication between them, and they know each other’s boundaries.”
“Amos’s main problem is that other dogs don’t like him when they get close to him, obviously because he can’t communicate in the same way, so he doesn’t have other friends.”
“But Toby is always there to protect him – we call him his bodyguard.”