A shelter dog who lost his eyesight still comes running every time he hears his best friend's voice, proving that the love between humans and pooches overcomes anything!
By, 30 Jul 2020
Arafa the rescue dog might be blind, but so is his love for his number one buddy in the whole world.
Love is blind
His name is Ahmed Embaby, and the volunteer worker met Arafa after the pooch turned up at the Furever Rescue centre in Cairo, Eygpt.
The pair bonded instantly, and now Arafa rarely leaves Ahmed's side.
And despite being blind, Arafa has no problem finding his best friend at the start of every day.
He just follows the sound of Ahmed's voice. You could say it's Arafa's guiding light in a world of darkness.
Speaking to The Dodo, Ahmed said:
"It never ceases to amaze me the euphoria that Arafa shows when I show up at the Furever Shelter. It just goes to show that a dog's love is unconditional and extraordinarily pure."
Arafa is one of the hundreds of dogs at Furever Rescue. Most are former strays or street dogs. Volunteers help care and socialise the dogs, which are then rehomed with loving families.
Arafa knows he's loved
Unfortunately, special needs dogs like Arafa are harder to rehome. But we're sure it won't be too long before someone falls in love with this beautiful pooch.
In the meantime, Arafa has still got a very special friend to keep him company.
Frequently asked questions
Why is my dog's eye cloudy?
Cloudy eyes in dogs are a natural sign of ageing. However, they can also be a symptom of infections or other health issues, including cataracts and glaucoma. If left untreated, these can cause blindness. So always get cloudy eyes checked out by the vet.
Find out how to treat cloudy eyes in dogs.
What does a dog's eye look like when it's going blind?
If your dog is going blind, you may notice some change to their eyes. They might appear cloudy, or you could see some white and red spots in them. Some dogs develop an opaque film which covers the eye. And look out for any changes in the size of your dog's pupils. Permanently dilate and pinpoint pupils can indicate blindness.
Read more on the signs that your dog is going blind.
Can Diabetic blindness in dogs be reversed?
In some cases, diabetic blindness in dogs is reversible. Surgery is one option. But this is expensive and puts your dog at risk. Alternatively, getting your dog's diabetes under control with better nutrition can improve their failing eyesight - or at least prevent any further damage.
Read more on how to take care of a diabetic blind dog.
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