By Sue Kirby
Published 19:02 Tuesday 23 June 2015
An abandoned pair of pooches need a new home together – because one is the other’s guide dog.
Glenn the elderly Jack Russell is permanently blind and is guided by Buzz a Staffordshire bull terrier, who even puts him to bed and helps him find his food.
The inseparable pair are being cared for at East Durham charity, Stray Aid, after being found abandoned together in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool three weeks ago.
Staff say the unlikely pair – thought to be between nine and 10 – may have been abandoned because of their age.
Sue Bielby, vet at the charity, which has shops in Easington and Seaham as well as the Durham kennels, said the two friends become distressed when apart for even a few minutes.
She said staff had already fallen in love with them and while Glenn is “not the prettiest dog on the block” he has a personality that more than makes up for it.
Sue said: “Buzz acts as Glenn’s eyes and it’s as simple as that. Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz. If they are separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed so they would need to have a loving home together.”
Centre manager, John Bielby, said: “They stay together at all times and Glenn follows Buzz wherever he goes. Wherever one goes the other one follows.
“They have behaved well in the kennels and they are both quite playful. They both seem to be doing well.”
John said they were looking for a quiet home for the pair, perhaps with someone who was retired – and ideally had furniture that doesn’t move around.
He added: “They are a unique pair and we need to see they go to a good home.”
Diane Humphrey, supervisor at Stay Aid, Coxhoe, said: “Glenn doesn’t need him outside where he can run around, but he needs Buzz inside the kennels to stop him banging into things.
“He helps Glenn find his way to his bed by sort of pushing him towards the front of the kennel and guiding him in.
“Buzz also nudges him towards his food, they eat side by side, and he pushes him toward his bowl, or away from his own if Glenn is going for the wrong bowl.
“We think they have been together for a long time, but we don’t know for sure, they both seem to be a similar age.
“Glenn also gets quite disorientated without Buzz.”
Stray Aid says the dogs, who are both good with people, will only be rehomed together and anyone interested should contact the kennels on 0300 9994247 or visit the website at www.strayaid.org.uk.