Charlie was doing fine. The blind 11-year-old Golden Retriever didn’t want an upstart puppy named Maverick moving in.
But his family, Adam and Chelsea Stipe, thought that after losing one eye to glaucoma in 2016 and another a year later, Charlie could use some help. Maverick, a 4-month-old, became Charlie’s “seeing eye” dog. Before long they were fast friends, playing together and eventually Charlie even shared his pillow with Maverick.
The friendship is winning the internet as the dogs’ Instagram account, only started a week ago, is now at 77,000 followers.
The North Carolina couple introduced Maverick to Charlie in January, according to “Today.” The older dog’s initial reluctance gave way to tenderness as the puppy walks close to him and makes sure he can find his misplaced toys.
“When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so (Maverick) would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime,” Chelsea Stipe told NBC Philadelphia.
The older dog has even gotten back some of his younger mojo.
“When Maverick and Charlie play, it’s definitely great to watch because Charlie turns into such a puppy,” Stipe said. “It’s sweet to see them get along and enjoy each other.”
Stipe recently welcomed a new baby into the family. She said she didn’t hesitate to get a new companion for Charlie that her new baby can grow up with.
“For us it was a no-brainer: Empty our retirement plan to care for this dog because he makes us happy,” she told the NBC affiliate.
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