The image of a blind dog held down the stairs by the service dog himself has been shared and touched by thousands of times. As the Golden Retriever (named Ginger) took turns, the blind cavalry King Charles Spaniel (Kimchi) followed closely behind, showing that the two dogs have built trust and bond with each other.
Dogs and Kimchi are often invited to provide emotional support to hospital patients, stressed students, and company staff.
Kimchi was thin, weak, and infested by fleas, and he was also blind, said the dog’s photographer.
Later, he was adopted into a hybrid family with blond hair named Ginger and is currently nearly 13 years old.
Since then, an extraordinary relationship 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, he immediately contacted Kimchi.
In the beginning, Ginger became Kimchi’s guide dog by accident. Eric and Thea initially chained Ginger and Kimchi together so that Kimchi wouldn’t wander, but Ginger naturally started leading people around and patiently walked beside her.
Today, the couple never goes anywhere without the other.
Service dogs, or therapeutic dogs, are often used to visit hospitals, special needs centers, and nursing homes to help support those in need. Recently, they have also been used to provide comfort to disaster areas.
Canine volunteers from the Dog Therapy Alliance visited the victims of Hurricane Florence in northeastern North Carolina, as Herald Sun reported.
Margot Bennett, one of the volunteers, said:
One of the things these dogs are so good at is support. You know, just be there and have something to pet. It makes people happy.
And these dogs are trained to do this because they are happy to be around people. It just gives them a sense of peace.
Allstate Corp, an insurance company, began using therapeutic dogs and volunteers to assist at its mobile sites after helping people affected by wildfires in California this summer.
Company spokesperson Justin Herdon said:
You learn what your customers need and then grow into that. We found that after the wildfires, it was a truly emotional experience for many families to go back to nothing, that something like a therapy dog can help. Sure, it does.
While service dogs are always willing to help those in need, they also need a break from time to time.
In April of this year, volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence brought a group of dogs well served on a field trip to Disneyland, and as expected, the photos were lovely.