Blind Dog Afraid To Leave His Bed Gets A Second Chance Thanks To His Unlikely Best Friend

For dogs, the loss of sight can be devastating. Sure, they might have strong senses of smell and hearing to make up for it, but for the most part, a blind dog is truly limited in what he can do… unless he has a little help.

Take Terfel, for instance. The blind farm dog never left his tiny box bed for fear of bumping into things and getting hurt. But all that would change when he met an unlikely friend that would turn his life upside down!

There are plenty of tools to help people who are visually impaired, but most of our furry friends with limited sight aren’t as lucky. This was the problem for a 14-year-old farm dog named Terfel who had a traumatic upbringing.

Terfel’s upbringing wasn’t a happy one. According to his current owner, Judy Godfrey-Brown of Holyhead, North Wales, Terfel’s previous owner threw him against the wall as a puppy, which tragically caused him to go partially deaf. It also altered his vision.

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Life took another unfortunate turn for Terfel when he was eight years old. Veterinarians spotted cataracts on his eyes, and soon they turned a foggy, milky white. Each day, it became more difficult for him to see anything at all.

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Eventually, the already-partially deaf dog couldn’t walk through the house without bumping into the furniture and hurting himself. He learned to stay in his dog bed most of the time so he didn’t risk any injuries.

This was not an ideal life for a farm dog who needed plenty of exercise to stay healthy. He would’ve likely slept in his basket for the rest of his life if Judy hadn’t gotten a brilliant idea…

One day, while Terfel was curled up in his basket, Judy took in a stray cat she named Pudditat. He was a very mean cat. “He’s not very nice to the other cats,” Judy told NatGeo. “He will bully the other cats a bit into submission.”

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But while Pudditat may have been a bully to Judy’s other cats, he did make one friend at her new residence—Terfel! As unlikely as it seemed, the blind, deaf dog had warmed Pudditat’s cold demeanor.

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Pudditat “prefers Terfel to any of the other cats,” Judy said. “I think he must have known Terfel was blind because he sort of bonded with him straight away.” Judy added, “I’ve never seen anything like it—most cats and dogs hate each other.”

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Judy couldn’t say enough about Pudditat’s intuition—a sixth sense, as she called it. “I think Pudditat must have realized that Terfel was a bit vulnerable,” she said. “He just seemed to know that there was a need there—somehow.”

Still, this friendship went far beyond just a few late-evening snuggles in the shared bed where Terfel and Pudditat slept side-by-side. Pudditat took on another role entirely in Terfel’s life…

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Pudditat offered Terfel more than friendship; he dedicated his services as a seeing eye cat! Perhaps he took after Judy, who’d once been a public servant. Either way, the cat wanted to help, and so he became Terfel’s crutch and guide.

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According to Judy, Terfel relied “on [Pudditat] to help him get around and avoid bumping into things.” Somehow, through an inexplicable bond, Terfel became more confident with his feline helper around.

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Make no mistake, this wasn’t a case of Terfel making friends with every creature that rubbed up against him. Judy owned five other cats before Pudditat and he didn’t show them the same affections. Pudditat and Terfel’s relationship was truly unique!

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So how does the duo get around? “He uses his paws to guide him,” Judy explained. “They are glued to each other.” Indeed, Pudditat would often lead the blind pooch from his spot on the couch to other parts of the house. He’d even paw open a door or two for him!

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Still, Pudditat didn’t limit himself to helping Terfel avoid bumping into couches, corners, or chairs. The cat also helped Terfel get back to his farm dog roots by guiding his canine friend outdoors, too!

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“It’s often when they’re out, they’re nose to tail with Pudditat in the lead and Terfel following him,” Judy said. “It’s lovely to see, especially when you’re used to dogs chasing cats.”

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Thanks to Pudditat’s guidance, Judy didn’t have to take Terfel on walks anymore—a relief in her old age. The cat could open the door and take his buddy outside for some fresh air all by himself!

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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen [a dog-cat duo] that have got on quite so well as these two, and they relied upon each other in that same way,” Judy said. It’s tough to think what these fellas’ lives might have been like without one another!

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Without Pudditat in his life, Terfel would have undoubtedly wasted away indoors. And Pudditat would have likely lived a life of solitude with no interest in his feline companions. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case!

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It also wasn’t the case for Baby, a blind rescue cow who lived at an animal sanctuary in Massachusetts. It took the talents of an unlikely pal to help crack Baby’s case, too…

Don’t Forget Us, Pet Us was an animal sanctuary in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and for a long time, it was the home of a blind cow named Baby. Limited by her inability to see, the staff knew she’d likely need care for the rest of her life.

Luckily for her, the sanctuary’s owner, Deb Devlin, went above and beyond to give Baby the round-the-clock care she required. While Baby was generally content, something wasn’t quite right with her.

The staff was at a loss. Was she lonely? There weren’t any other cows for her to befriend at the sanctuary, after all. As time went by and Baby continued to mope around the farm, the staff grew desperate. Then, they had a revelation: what if they introduced Baby to another animal entirely?

Enter Lulu the pig, whose legs were accidentally broken by her mother when she was just a piglet. Though Lulu and Baby were different species, they both had special needs. The staff was willing to bet their unique experiences gave them a gentleness and intuition that would mesh well.

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Not only did Baby and Lulu both have disabilities, but they had similar backgrounds, too. Having been rescued from slaughterhouses in the United States, they seemed to share a similar demeanor.

There was only one way to tell if they’d become friends: have them meet! Much to the staff’s delight, Baby and Lulu immediately bonded! “I had tried to pair Baby up with other animals, and it just didn’t work,” one of the caretakers explained.

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“I didn’t think the pig would be aggressive to the cow, and the pig was plenty sturdy. If the cow accidentally bumped into her, [Lulu] would be OK,” Deb also explained. She and the rest of her staff kept their fingers crossed that this unlikely friendship would work out…

For the next eight years, Lulu and Baby would form a tight bond. The staff often referred to Lulu as Baby’s “seeing-eye pig.” During that time, they were rarely separated and they displayed a friendship that astounded everyone who worked at the sanctuary.

While many of the other animals at the facility had free range to go and do as they please, Lulu and Baby were different. They had to learn to have fun much closer to home than the other animals due to their respective disabilities. Luckily for them, that wasn’t an issue!

Baby and Lulu did practically everything together! Even mealtime wasn’t just a routine activity; it was a chance to chow down with a friend. Thanks to Lulu, Baby’s blindness wasn’t as much of an issue.

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Sadly, after eight years together, Lulu’s time on Earth had come to an end. After her passing, Baby the cow was once again left in the dark without her seeing-eye pig. What was she going to do without her best friend to help her get around?

Baby’s demeanor changed almost instantly. “After Lulu’s passing, Baby mooed for two days. She also walked in circles frantically,” Deb recalled. “She was unable to walk straight or she would hit fencing. I tried [to pair her with] a sheep, a goat, but nothing worked at all.”

Growing worried, Deb attempted to have Baby mingle with various other animals, but nothing seemed to be able to replace her lost friend. Yet, just when all hope seemed lost, another rescued animal arrived at the sanctuary…

It was a baby calf! The sanctuary staff hoped to get the two animals acquainted immediately. “The day the calf arrived, I had set up two small areas divided by an eight-foot gate. I was hoping to acclimate the two side by side first,” Deb explained.

Deb hoped the animals would become used to being around one another. “Baby could get used to her noises, movement, smell, sounds… She was so in tune to those things, not having her sight.” Deb was anxious, but she was about to learn that she didn’t have to be…

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“When the calf unloaded into her small pen, she was nervous and timid. She quickly saw Baby and she blasted that gate off its hinges.” Deb recalled. “It was still secured on one side by a chain so she jumped the four-foot width of the gate and ran to Baby’s side.”

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And just like that, Baby’s spirits were up! The spunky new arrival—who’d escaped a slaughterhouse just like Baby—took one look at Baby before she set off like a rocket for the cow. Any worry they wouldn’t get along was immediately tossed aside!

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Of course, no animal could replace Lulu. Still, Baby took the little calf under her wing, so to speak, protecting her and doing all of the things that Lulu once did for her. It was as if she was the little cow’s official tour guide!

“The bond was immediate, the love instant, and even though Baby has never had a baby… she takes care of, protects and nurtures this little calf… all the things Lulu did for her. It is so incredible!” Deb said happily.

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Now, the rescued cows could recover together. While Baby’s friendship with Lulu was truly one-of-a-kind, it seemed as if she found a way to continue that with her new friend. Of course, she would always have her beloved Lulu in her heart! After all, pigs make the best of friends.

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