The Way This Deaf and Blind Dog Checks for Owner Moves Internet to Tears

A deaf and blind dog checking to see if his owner is still on the walk has melted the internet’s heart.

Over 275,000 people have watched the viral clip posted by TikTok user @echobadlistener on November 27.

The adorable video, captioned “I’m obsessed with him,” has racked up over 54,000 likes.

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A video has gone viral of a blind and deaf dog checking his owner is still on the dog walk. Here is a stock image of a dog on a walk.
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Morty, the dog, can be seen halting and using his nose to sniff out his owner to check she is still accompanying him and his furry friends on a walk.

Blindness in Dogs

The reason behind the double impairments is unknown but “many dogs adjust to blindness or a loss of vision rather quickly,” according to Pet Place.

The informative animal website run by vets points out dogs rely on their sense of smell when they lose their hearing too.

There may be many reasons behind a dog losing its vision and hearing, such as age and disease. Some of the most common causes have been pointed out by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

  • Cataracts—a cloudy patch that gets bigger with age making vision misty before leading to blindness.
  • Glaucoma—an eye disease caused by a pressure increase within the eye.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy—a group of degenerative diseases that affect these photoreceptor cells. With this disease, the cells deteriorate over time and lead to blindness.
  • Suddenly acquired retinal degeneration (SARDS)—a condition that causes rapid and irreversible blindness due to changes within the retina.

Tips for Living With Blind and Deaf Dogs

Pet Place encourages people with disabled dogs to take note of the following tips to give their dogs a happy and healthy life:

  • Be patient as their limited senses may mean the dog navigates more slowly
  • Be consistent with your dog by placing food and water in the same space, keeping their bed in the same location, and reducing furniture changes
  • Maintain a good routine by walking and feeding them at the same time daily
  • Use baby gates in the house and barriers around pools
  • Don’t burn candles on low tables in case your dog knocks them over.

Over 80 people have commented at the time of writing, many of them referring to the video as “precious” and “sweet”.

One user said: “So cute keeping track of his person.”

“Sweet pure soul,” said another.

Another TikToker wrote: “I’m not crying u are.”

“He’s gorgeous and so adorable that he checks for you! Very lovable!” said another.

A blind rescue dog won Newsweek‘s “Pet of The Week” in September.

Newsweek reached out to @echobadlistener for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them to life@newsweek.com with some details about your best friend and they could appear in our Pet of the Week lineup.

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