Former guide dog gets new eyes

Last fall veterinarians came to Graham Waspe with devastating news: His beloved guide dog of six years, Edward, would need surgery to remove both his eyes. Waspe and his wife were heartbroken. What would retirement – and blindness – mean for Edward?

Turns out, extra belly scratches and international fame, as Waspe and Edward now share a new guide dog named Opal. The two Labs get along beautifully, and Edward revels in his newfound attention.

This short clip features Waspe describing his relationship with Edward, and how he was determined to care for the dog who’d given so much to him:

And for anyone who isn’t convinced that a disabled animal can lead a joyful, satisfying life, check out this piece on Rolling Dog Ranch.

Happy Friday.