A Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross who is visually impaired has been paired with a guide dog to assist him with his day-to-day tasks, including locating his water bowl. Amos and his companion, Toby, a nine-year-old Border Terrier, have become inseparable since being permanently teamed up in August of last year. According to owner Jess Martin, 27, Toby has grown increasingly comfortable in his role as Amos’s helper, even defending Amos from other dogs during park visits. Jess, an HR employee for the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, adopted Amos from a rescue center in Manchester where she volunteered, knowing that finding a home for a blind dog would be difficult.
Toby, a loyal nine-year-old border terrier, is keeping a watchful eye on his new buddy Amos, who unfortunately lost his sight.
Amos and his small assistant Toby have formed an unbreakable bond ever since they were permanently paired together in August of last year.
Jess, an HR employee at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, found a furry companion in Amos from a rescue center in Manchester where she volunteered. Initially, Toby, Jess’s other dog, was a bit wary of Amos but soon took on the role of protecting his new housemate and helping him out around the house. According to Jess, Toby was the best present she had ever received and was concerned about how accepting he would be of Amos. Although Amos had to undergo medical care for four months, Jess decided to foster him in February last year, and they eventually decided not to give him back. With Amos coming from a kennel, he didn’t know how to socialize with other dogs, and Toby growled at him a few times before ignoring him. However, after a few days, Jess noticed that Amos couldn’t find his water bowl, and Toby nudged him and assisted him.
Jess Martin, the owner, shared that Toby has been taking on his responsibilities quite well. In fact, he has even been protecting his charge from other dogs’ attacks whenever they go to the park.
Initially hesitant towards Amos, Toby eventually became protective of his new housemate and assisted him with tasks around the house. In August 2018, Jess and her partner Billy Howe adopted Amos after a successful trial period. During walks, Amos was easily frightened by noises, but Toby quickly learned to offer assistance. Whenever Amos stopped in fear, Toby would lie next to him until he was ready to continue. They have established effective communication and respect each other’s boundaries. Unfortunately, Amos struggles to make friends with other dogs due to his inability to communicate effectively, but Toby serves as his loyal protector and is often referred to as his “bodyguard.”
Jess decided to take care of Amos, a blind pet, since she knew it would be challenging to find him a new home.
In August 2018, Jess and her significant other Billy Howe, both of whom are 27 years old, made the decision to adopt a furry friend after a trial period that turned out to be quite successful.