A BLIND dog has got his very own guide dog.
Great Dane Dillian, who cannot see, relies on Doberman Dexter to help him to get around.
Blind since birth, Dillian kept running into walls and yelping in pain as he hit them when he first arrived at Ken Williams’ home in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
But it wasn’t long until Dillian, who is six feet tall when he stands on his hind legs, learned to listen out for the patter of paws and follow the sound to guarantee a wall-free walk.
The two dogs share an amazing connection and Ken said he frequently sees Dillian, aged four, licking Dexter’s ears in what he believes is gratitude.
“They watch out for each other. Dexter looks at Dillian like a brother,” said the 47 year-old unemployed horticulturist.
“Their bond is truly remarkable. I can often find Dillian licking the ears of Dexter, I like to think he’s thanking Dexter for looking out for him, literally.
“Dillian rarely bumps into things now. He doesn’t know he is blind because he has never been able to see.
“Dexter is a larger dog and he’s a bit tougher. They can play, they can rough and tumble as well.
“Everybody who meets him wants Dillian. He is a big oaf but he is very lovable.
“How often do you get a chance to have a dog who’s so special? I’m very honoured to have him.”
Dillian was just a puppy when Ken agreed to look after him.
He would have been put to sleep if no-one had given him a home.
Before Dexter arrived two years ago Dillian first learned to make his way around safely by listening out for Ken’s first dog, a Boston Terrier called Betty.
Betty quickly realised that something was wrong with Dillian and gave him a helping paw by becoming his first guide dog.
She died in May, at the age of 11.
“I could tell that Betty sensed something wasn’t quite right with Dillian,” said Ken.
“After spending hours trying to introduce him to the layout of the house, I had made little progress, and my heart would sink each time the little pub yelped as he ran into a wall.
“Then, gradually, Dillian learned to find his way around the house with relative ease, using the sound of Betty’s paws, although we would still hear the occasional bump from time to time.
“Betty would purposefully help Dillian, They became so efficient that I decided to attach a bell collar to Betty to make it easier. Betty and Dillian became inseparable. It wasn’t long until both could charge around a field together.
“Dillian became so well-adapted to using sound to find his way that people wouldn’t believe he was blind.”
Ken dedicates his time to looking after rescued animals.
He shares his home with 12 other pets including skunks, raccoons and pygmy hedgehogs and also has two aviaries.