Meet Kiaya. The 10-year-old Akita from Waterford lost both of her eyes due to glaucoma but her brothers stepped in.
8-year-old Cass and 2-year-old Keller go everywhere with Kiaya. They stand on each side of the blind dog and guide her through the house and around the yard.
Jessica VanHusen owns all three dogs and says Cass has been watchful since Kiaya's left eye was removed in July 2013. She said he stuck by her side in the backyard and guarded her blind side by laying on her left side. That's not all.
"Cass always allows Kiaya to get to her food dish first and waits for her to start eating," said VanHusen. "When I take them in the car, he leans against her to keep her steady because she sometimes gets a little off kilter. He also loves to groom her."
As for Keller, his age caused him to be a little slower to react to Kiaya's condition. As he continues to grow, VanHusen said he's getting more protective and loves to wrestle and play with his big sister. All that, VanHusen says, can make her a little teary-eyed.
"They're an inspiration to everyone," said VanHusen. "I hope others will see them and realize that a special needs pet deserves a chance. It takes a little effort, but it's absolutely worth it."
"It's amazing to watch," said Dr. Gwen Sila, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital who performed Kiaya's surgeries. "It's clear the other dogs are trying to protect her. Their sense of loyalty is really remarkable."