Dog from a shelter helps a girl who is both blind and deaf to navigate through her daily life

Star and Denver were part of a litter of abandoned puppies along with their mother in Louisiana in 2020. The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California took them in, but it didn’t take long for the staff to realize that Star was unique. Unlike her siblings, Star didn’t play or act like a regular puppy. The staff discovered that she was both deaf and almost blind. Despite her challenges, Star had a special bond with her brother Denver.

Despite being deaf and almost blind, Star had a constant companion in her sibling Denver. Staff at the Helen Woodward Animal Center observed how Denver acted as a guide dog for Star, helping her navigate and adapt to their new surroundings.

“It’s really extraordinary,” Dora Dahlke, manager of adoption services at Helen Woodward, explained in a press release. “We never stop learning from animals.” Reports say that Denver and Star are rarely apart now and that they can only be adopted together, which makes sense.

In June 2020, Denver and Star were finally adopted by people who were a good fit for them. ”We are thrilled that they found a forever home with a couple from Encinitas that opened their hearts to this unique bonded pair. 

They now spend their days exploring the world with each other, with Denver acting as Star’s seeing-eye dog,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

A local expert taught the lucky people who took in Denver and Star how to care for a puppy with special needs, and now we can only imagine the memories they’ll make with these two dogs. Dahlke said, “These two really can teach us all a thing or two about sibling love and how much we can achieve with the love of a good friend”.

Denver and Star are a great pair. It’s enough to make me want to cry.