Blind and deaf puppy relies on seeing-eye puppy brother

Star is blind and deaf. Her brother Denver is her guide puppy. (KFMB photo)

SAN DIEGO (KFMB) — A brother and sister puppy duo in San Diego share a special bond. Star is blind and deaf. Her brother Denver is her guide puppy.

The 3-month-old terrier blend pups came to the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter from another shelter in Louisiana. They were part of a litter of eight whose mom was found roaming the streets while she was pregnant.

"The thing that was rare for us to see is how completely bonded these two were," said Jessica Gercke, spokesperson for Helen Woodward.

She says immediately staff noticed Star was special.

"Star is deaf and almost completely blind," she said. "Animals are amazing because they really learn how to make their way in the world. Her sense of smell is 40 times stronger than ours. Star uses her nose quite a bit."

"Her brother Denver really stuck by her side," added Gercke. "Even though there were eight of them Denver was really sticking near her, guiding her around. She was depending on him."

The pair was supposed to go up for adoption earlier this week, but Denver suffered a bee sting and needed extra time to recover. Their story has been picked up by media across the world.

"These puppies have gone beyond anything we've seen so far," said Gercke. "We got a call the other day, someone asked if they could ship them overseas, which of course we won't."

Gercke says no matter what - these two will stay together.

"We're going to keep them as long as we need to, to make sure they're together," she said.

The puppies are expected to go up for adoption Friday, Feb. 28. If you would like to fill out an application, click here.

Good news: Denver has recovered from his bee sting! That means our blind and deaf sweetheart, Star, and her guide puppy brother, Denver, will officially be available for adoption TOMORROW! We are looking for the perfect family for this special pair. ⭐ Melissa Shapiro, DVM (mom to blind and deaf social media star @pinkpigletpuppy) reached out to offer support and share what Star and Denver’s new family might expect. Raising a special needs pup like Star will require time, patience and a safe environment. Their future adopter will help Star “map” out her new home and teach her commands using touch and even smell. Ideally, we’d like to find a local San Diego family so they can work closely with our trainer, @robkutycmdt of San Diego Pet Training. (If you have questions about adoption requirements, please contact our Adoptions team at 858-756-4117 ext. 1.) ⭐ We can’t wait to bring you an update on Star and Denver’s journey to find a forever family!

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