Four years ago, workers at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter came across a blind Husky, Isaac, wandering the street with his best buddy Isabella. Isabella, the Chihuahua-terrier mix was the smaller of the pair, but she was the one in charge of keeping them safe.
When Isabella was not around, Isaac was timid and easily disoriented. If he wandered away, Isabella called for him until he returned. Isaac trusted her completely.
“It’s just really remarkable how she’s always trying to be aware of where Isaac’s at and you know if he’s not right behind her, she’ll stop and wait for him to catch up with her,” a staff member at an animal hospital later said. “It’s really funny, and I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
When the San Bernardino shelter couldn’t keep them, and both dogs were scheduled to be euthanized, the shelter workers tried for a last-minute miracle by sharing Isaac and Isabella’s story on Facebook.
The pair’s plight caught the attention of a Los Angeles animal rescue organization.
“There’s a work relationship between these two,” a representative said. “And there’s a love relationship between these two and how they know what the other needs or what the other is saying is amazing. It’s like an old couple that’s been married for 60 years and they just know what’s going on with the other person.”
The shelter released both dogs to the rescue organization,but it wasn’t easy to find the perfect home. Isaac is blind, and the two of them should ideally be adopted together, specifically by a family without cats. “[Isabella’s] far bigger than any of the cats but she acts like they’re tigers or something,” a team member said.
Luckily, there were plenty of people willing to rescue the pair and they ultimately went to a loving family. “In all my years of working here,” a shelter employee reportedly said, according to their website, “it’s the happiest I’ve ever been that a dog could find a new home.”
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