By Charlotte Nisbet
A blind Golden Retriever has never been happier thanks to his inseparable best friend who doesn’t stop kissing him.
Adorable Jake, who is four years old, had both his eyes removed in 2016 after months of battling severe infections.
His owners, Kim, 49 and husband, Joe, 52, were worried about how he’d cope but that’s when their younger Golden Retriever, Addie, now two, stepped in.
She has helped him every step of the way, from climbing stairs, to licking his damaged eyes, and guiding him on walks, the pair are were inseparable.
Kim has documented their amazing bond in a series of adorable photos of her Instagram page.
From matching neckerchiefs, to birthday celebrations and being snuggled up in blankets, Addie and Jake enjoy nothing more than being dressed up.
Kim is sharing their story to inspire other people to not give up on disabled pets by showing how happy both Jake and Addie are together.
Kim, from Lowa, US, said: “I was really worried about how Jake would cope without his eyes but thanks to Addie, he’s smiling again.
“I put a bell on Addie’s collar so Jake would always know where she was and she’d often help him climb stairs so he didn’t fall.
“Addie wouldn’t stop licking Jake’s eyes when he came home from the vets, it’s like she knew he needed help.
“Since that day two years ago when Addie was still a puppy, they have always been together.
“I started the Instagram site before Jake lost his site but since dressing them both the same and taking photos each week, our following has increased by thousands.
“Jake and Addie love dressing up but I think that’s partly because they know it means they’ll be getting treats.
“I try and set them up with different props and backdrops and they love wearing different outfits.
“They both loving going for ice cream and puppucino’s but Jake’s favourite thing to do is running across open fields.
“We make sure we take them to open fields so Jake doesn’t run into things and if he wanders off too far, Addie will always go and bring him back.
“They are an adorable duo and we’re so lucky to have them both in our lives.”
Kim decided to continue documenting Jake’s life online when he lost his sight to give other people an insight into how happy disabled dogs can be.
After being diagnosed with epilepsy at four months old, Jake then started suffering from severe dry eyes.
Jake was rubbing his irritated eyes so much that he was damaging his sight which caused him to need regular operations on his corneas.
Kim and Joe’s only option was to have his eyes removed.
She added: “We were heartbroken and no idea how Jake would cope with being blind.
“But thanks to other owners of disabled dogs online I realised that they usually coped quite well without their sight.
“Seeing the smile on Jake’s face now makes it so worthwhile, he’s helping to show people that despite it all, he’s still happy.
“Addie is a huge part of it too, she helps keep him safe around the home as he tends to follow her.
“My favourite picture of them is the one were Addie is licking his eyes after he returned from the vets, it’s like she just knew.”
Jake has now been blind for two years and has built back his independence thanks to Addie and his devoted owners.
Kim said: “He’s had a few bumps to the head since losing his sight but we try to avoid moving furniture so he gets used to where things are.
“We try not to treat him any differently to Addie but it’s very difficult to not give him extra cuddles, he’s such a special boy.
“We hope others can see that despite being blind, dogs can still have a wonderful life.”