Blind Dog Has Own Guide Dog

Hampton and Brownie are looking for a new home.

By Robert Kovacik and Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Aug 20, 2010  |  Updated 6:55 AM PDT
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These adoptable dogs are a package deal. Brownie is Hampton's seeing eye dog. Click here for information.

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Hampton first met Brownie on a walk seven months ago, and they've been inseparable ever since.

Hampton, a 2-year-old Lhasa Apso/poodle mix, is blind and has trouble getting around. But then he met Brownie at L.I.F.E Animal Shelter. On that first walk in January, Brownie, a Chihuahua, guided Hampton up the street.

"All of sudden, Brownie's face just changed, and it was like, 'Oh, something's wrong here and I need to help him,'" said Laurie Bernie of L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue. "And then they went all the way up my street, and he just herded him all the way up."

Now, Brownie serves as Hampton's seeing-eye dog, herding him around their neighborhood in Agoura Hills, Calif.

They were even adopted as a package deal. But a week later, the pair's new owner called in tears. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was moving out of state to be closer to her family.

"She has to give them up, give everything up here," Bernie said. "So, she's very sad."

Now, Hampton and Brownie are back at L.I.F.E Animal Rescue, looking for a new home. Bernie hopes they'll be adopted together again.

"They just need somebody to love them and care for them," Bernie said.

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