Dogs have always been the loyal companions to humans, taking care of us both emotionally and physically. But sometimes the humans need to step up to take care of our four-legged friends, and this story is no exception.
When Jordan Berg’s little dog, Buddy, started to go blind due to cataracts, his life was turned upside down. At the beginning of July, he lost sight in his only working eye, and began running into objects frequently. Afraid to put the little dog down since he would quickly walk into walls and objects, his devoted owners carried him from room to room and noticed he was less active. It got to the point where Buddy wouldn’t move much at all, getting more and more frightened of running into objects.
Berg and her fiance discussed creating a bumper to put in front of his face so that when he walked, the bumper would hit the object before his nose did. Thanks to some online research, the couple found a few different harnesses online for blind dogs, but decided to make their own since most of the ones they found seemed too heavy for their little five pound Chihuahua.
After a trip to the hardware store and some building, they quickly made the harness. (See here for instructions to make your own!)
“ At first, he wasn’t sure what to think of it,” Berg said. “Then, he started to walk. I would call to him and he would follow my voice. He started bumping around on everything and we were so happy that he was walking without fear again.”
She called him “Bumper Buddy” and the name stuck.
Buddy had been apart of Berg’s life since he was a puppy. The day he was born, she knew he was the love of her life.
Berg’s story is a reminder to always stick by your doggy friend. She told 3MillionDogs:
“Never give up on your dog, blind or not, unless they are suffering. Buddy is far from suffering and has so much life left in him. [Dogs] love their owners conditionally, so it is only fair that we do the same.”
Thanks to their love and devotion to their dog, Buddy is able to move around easily, bumping into objects without fear.
“Seeing him in the bumper being able to freely use the bathroom by himself, and be independent, has made him get his old life back and that has been the most rewarding part of it all.”
See the “Bumper Buddy” in action below.