Meet Tao, a lovely elderly Golden Retriever who has spent many wonderful years with his owner, Melanie Jackson. Unfortunately, things took a drastic turn for the worse when Tao was diagnosed with glaucoma and lost both of his eyes last year. It was a difficult time for both Tao and his owner. But when all seemed lost, a tiny spark of hope appeared and brought a glimmer of light into Tao’s life.
A year ago, Jackson brought her dear dog Tao to the veterinarian as he suddenly displayed alarming symptoms. Tao started shaking his head in pain one evening, and within hours, he lost his vision in one eye. These events occurred unexpectedly and without warning.
Tao received a diagnosis of glaucoma from the veterinarian, who determined that Tao’s blind eye needed to be removed through surgery. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes fluid to accumulate inside the eye, leading to increased pressure, pain, redness, and vision loss. Unfortunately, Tao was affected in both eyes by this condition.
Soon after Tao had his one eye surgically removed, the pressure in his other eye became too intense that it required to be extracted as well. His owner, Jackson, was concerned about his beloved pet’s well-being. However, Tao surprisingly experienced relief from pain after losing both eyes and went back to being his cheerful self in no time.
Tao adapted to his blindness quite well, impressing everyone with how quickly he learned to navigate stairs and even walk without a leash. However, Jackson felt that she wanted to do something more for Tao, to help him live his life to the fullest and bring him as much joy as possible.
Jackson stumbled upon Oko, an adorable eight-week-old Golden Retriever with an infectious personality and a pure heart. The pup exuded love and joy, and Jackson was convinced that Tao needed a furry friend like Oko in his life. After welcoming Oko into their family, the playful puppy quickly bonded with Tao, their older dog. Tao also found a kindred spirit in Oko, who followed his every lead and showered him with affectionate cuddles.
Tao and Oko became the best of friends in no time, always sharing meals, napping, having fun, and snuggling up together. They seemed perfectly matched and brought immense joy to each other’s lives. Tao’s condition had improved significantly, and he felt like a brand-new pup. With Oko by his side, he had renewed energy and a zest for life that he hadn’t experienced in years. Their bond was truly special, and it was evident that they were meant to be together.
Tao has found a loyal companion in Oko, who now serves as his very own guide dog. Tao has grown to rely on Oko’s presence to ensure he stays safe and doesn’t stray off course. Despite being a playful and mischievous puppy, Jackson is diligently teaching Oko to handle his newfound responsibility with care. The training involves tutoring Tao to follow Oko’s scent while Oko listens and responds to Jackson’s commands of “stop, wait, go right, go left.”
Tao may have lost his vision, but it has given him a renewed sense of gratitude for life and he now finds himself happier than ever before. The addition of Oko to his life has brought immense joy, love, and excitement, and he is undoubtedly thankful to his mother for bringing Oko home.
Jackson is absolutely delighted to witness Tao’s fantastic progress, and she is overjoyed at how content and lively he has become. Additionally, she has developed an intense fondness for her latest furry companion and is eagerly anticipating his growth and evolution.
In addition to her personal pursuits, Jackson has taken on the responsibility of advocating for the prevention of canine glaucoma. She is collaborating with The Kennel Club to determine the genetic causes behind Tao’s condition, and she hopes that through raising awareness, other dogs will not have to suffer the same loss as Tao did. By detecting the disease early on, glaucoma can be prevented, and Jackson is determined to save other pups from experiencing unnecessary hardship.
Tao and Oko have a dedicated Instagram account where they share their daily lives, and it’s absolutely heartwarming. The photos prove that the two golden retrievers share a special bond filled with love and affection. We can’t help but feel overjoyed for these two pups.