Stevie, a blind Shar-Pei and Jimmy, a senior Chihuahua are not just bonded, they are incomplete without each other. Stevie is especially dependent on Jimmy for everything.
“We have never — in our 30 years of rescue — seen a bond like these two,” Neda Rosa, board member and volunteer for California Shar-Pei Rescue, said. “And it’s interesting because it’s like Jimmy the Chihuahua knows his partner is blind, and he’s taking care of him. He’s just stuck to him like glue. He’s constantly grooming him, and he showers his face nonstop. And he just wants to be with him.”
Both dogs were picked up as strays in Southern California and taken to Romana Humane Society where the employers tried to find their owners. Sadly, no one claimed them, although it looked like they used to live together in a home in the past.
It had not been long since the two bffs arrived at the shelter, when California Shar- Pei Rescue noticed a picture of them and decided to rescue them both.
“We are a breed specific rescue, so we only rescue Shar-Peis,” Rosa said. “But when we saw how bonded these two dogs were, we thought that there was absolutely no way we could leave his little friend behind.”
Jimmy is about five years elder than Stevie and spends almost all his time taking care of his brother.
“He’s just constantly next to him, and he stands in front of him,” Rosa said. “He’s like his protector, and you can tell that they’ve had some time together. And Jimmy is always licking [Stevie’s] eyes, and he’s always taking care of him and doesn’t want to leave his side.”
California Shar-Pei Rescue runs a small shelter, where Stevie and Jimmy are currently living and will stay until a forever human finds them. According to Rosa, any potential adopter needs to understand Stevie’s health problems, because he is not just blind but also had eventual seizures. Because of that, he will probably need to be on medication for the rest of his life. Although there are so many things, Stevie is such a good boy that he is completely worth it.
No doubt, the dogs must be adopted by the same family.
“These two will only be adopted out as a package,” Rosa said. “We will not separate them. Ever. So it’s going to take a special person who is looking for a package deal.”
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