PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — Some things in life are predictable. Find Duke and you’ll find Daisy. It is quickly apparent the two yellow Labrador retrievers get along better together. Without Duke, you see, Daisy bumps into things — a lot.

“She’s 10 and she’s completely blind,” said professional dog trainer Leda Blom. “So she follows his lead.”

That makes Duke, Daisy the dog’s “Seeing Eye Dog,” so to speak. She is also his mother and they have never been apart.

Unfortunately, their owners lost their home to foreclosure. It is a scenario the dog rescue group Secondhand Hounds is seeing more often in our troubled economy.

“We get a lot of people [who are being forced] to surrender their dogs,” said the group’s director, Rachel Mairose. “They don’t have a choice. We try to accommodate as many as we can.”

What they have never seen is a partnership like the one of Duke and Daisy. Blom has been teaching Daisy a warning command but her best defense is still Duke.

“He doesn’t let her out of his sight too much. If she goes around a corner, he’s very quick to follow up on where she is,” she said.

Thanks to the rescue group the Labs have already been spared. They were just days away from being euthanized at an animal shelter that was unable to find them permanent homes.

Secondhand Hounds does not have kennels or an animal shelter. All of the pets in its care are placed with 150 foster homes with volunteers.

If the right owners come forward, Duke and Daisy hope to be placed as a pair, allowing them to keep their special relationship going.

If you’re interested in learning more about adoption or volunteering with Secondhand Hounds, just click on the link below.

Secondhand Hounds Website

Comments (18)
  1. Patty Petry says:

    YAY Second Hand Hounds is a great rescue, I’ve heard about them all the way over here in Fargo, ND! Please consider being a foster home for this group or be a volunteer in other ways for them, dont sit back, step up and help, you’ll never meet a nicer bunch of people and dogs!

    1. gail says:

      A bell on Duke’s collar would help Daisy a lot!
      Nice job by the rescue. Hope they find a wonderful, permanent, loving home TOGETHER!

  2. Lisa says:

    What an awesome love story! These precious animal companions could teach Minnesota lawmakers a thing or two about cooperation & how to treat others…..

  3. Ledak-9 says:

    Thanks guys for your support! Daisy and Duke have over come soooo many things and are still greating everyone with a wag and a lick! Please follow them on FACEBOOK! DAISY AND DUKE

    1. Dog lover says:

      whoever you are—Thank you! A million times…Thank you!

  4. mom says:

    That’s what our dog needs…..only he’s blind AND deaf. Adds extra challenges, but we love him!

  5. Paula Slauter/founder A Passion For Paws Rescue says:

    We at a Passion For Paws rescue are so very thankful to Second Hand hounds for hellping us with these two.When we took them into our rescue we knew we the odds were against us as to finding them a place to goThey have many challengess..After many weeks and exhausting every local effort we reached out nationally and through the effforts many fellow rescues that were as determined as we were to find these guys a place they are now with a wonderful organization.This proves that one should never give up!Duke and Daisy sure don’t!

  6. HB says:

    Many years ago, my two dogs helped each other out in their later years. One was deaf, the other blind. when they went outside, they walked shoulder to shoulder and guided each other.

  7. Gloria says:

    I’m so happy Daisy & Duke are together. I hope they find a loving, permanent home soon. They should never be separated. Thank you to the wonderful folks who take care of our animal companions!

  8. Benwaleh says:

    at least whoever gave the dogs up has their priorities straight. A rarity these days.

  9. ronnie says:

    What a wonderful story! Bless all the people, foster parents and organizations who work in animal rescue. I am sure that Daisy and Duke will find a forever home soon!!!

  10. babybear says:

    I have a blind dog who has a seeing eye buddy- makes all the difference- he has more confidence and they play together. The seeing eye buddy is a pit bull- very gentle yet fun-loving.Had my dog alone at a dog park- a doberman came over, realized he was blind, and played very gently with him. Then the doberman went over to another dog and they wrestled freely. Then the dobie came back and played very gently with my dog again.. !Two great breeds!

  11. Ellena Mark says:

    it’s great idea and showing your care if you willing to buy a dog house for your dogs also your other pets

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