This cute Staffordshire bull terrier’s life has been difficult from the day he was born. Amos struggled to subsist as a blind person, much alone have a family or even a friend. But compassion pays off, and he now has not just a lifelong home, but also his very own “guide dog” in the form of his closest buddy, Toby.
When one of the volunteers at the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, where Amos was born, chose to care after him, his life transformed. Jess Martin, who has always loved animals, fell in love with this sweet spirit the first time she visited him. So, when everyone ignored him since he was blind, Jess decided to foster him until he could find a permanent home. But what was supposed to be a short-term stay developed into a long-term commitment.
Jess’ sole fear was how her dog Toby would react when he met the new member of the family. But not even Jess could have predicted how well the two would get along. Toby not only welcomed Amos into his domain, but he also transformed himself into his eye-seeing dog, assisting his brother with finding the water dish and exploring the environment.
In February of last year, when Amos was in medical care for four months, Jess and her husband chose to foster him. After a time, they realized they would never be able to part with him. “At first, Toby barked at him a number of times, but after a few days, I saw that Amos couldn’t reach his water bowl, and Toby prodded him and helped him out.”
While Amos continues to struggle to befriend and even interact with other dogs, his relationship with Toby is flourishing. Toby is more than a buddy to Amos, according to him. He serves as his guide dog, his guardian angel, mother, and brother all at the same time, and he loves them all. The small dog is always on the lookout for his closest buddy and attempting to provide comfort to him in a world that is unfriendly to him. Toby is not only assisting Amos in locating his water bawl, but he is also assisting him in his exploration of the world!
As Jess said, “the other dogs do not like Amos when they approach him, presumably because he is unable to interact in the same manner as they do, thus he does not have any other buddies.” “However, Toby is constantly at his side to defend him — we refer to him as his bodyguard.”