Guide Dog Goes Blind

Guide Dog Goes Blind,
So Man Gets New Dog to Lead Them Both

Sometimes, man's best friend needs a little help of his own.

Albanpix Ltd. / Rex / Rex USA. When Graham Waspe's guide dog, Edward, lost his sight, new guide dog Opal, right, came along to help both of them.

Graham Waspe counted on his guide dog, a yellow Labrador named Edward, for six years. So Waspe wasn't about to give up on him when cataracts left Edward blind.

The 60-year-old man and his wife, Sandra, kept the loyal four-legged helper and adopted a second dog to help lead both man and dog together. The new Labrador, a 2-year-old female named Opal, has become fast friends with her predecessor.

"They've become quite good friends and get on happily together," Waspe, who lives in England and is partially blind, told the New York Daily News. "There are certain times I'm sure where Opal will help and Edward is happier by having another dog around."

The trio now visits local schools to raise awareness for the blind and guide dogs, and Waspe says Edward is still much beloved. "He is still very popular -- just as much, if not more than before," Waspe told the Daily Mail in London.

Waspe said the family is going to stay together, no matter what, and told the Daily News he and Sandra would care for Edward "until the day that either we go or he goes."

Polish Dog Gives Birth to 17 Puppies

WARSAW, Poland -- Seventeen whimpering Great Dane puppies born by cesarean section are keeping their mother, another dog and their breeder constantly busy trying to feed the unusually large litter.

The eight male and nine female pedigree puppies were born Monday at a veterinary clinic near Warsaw, after their breeder Gabriela Kubalska decided to spare the mother, 4-year-old Hania, a long labor.

They are Hania's very first litter, Kubalska said Thursday.

Hania, looking tired, her puppies and another female Great Dane helping to nurse the litter, occupy most of the ground floor at Kubalska's house in a Warsaw suburb. The tiny pups nursed and slept by their mother on Thursday.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback in Germany made headlines in September when she gave birth to 17 puppies.

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