This adorable, goggle-wearing husky has a new leash on life after going blind three years ago.
Sterling, an 11-year-old Siberian husky from Seattle, found a fur-ever friend: Walker, a 10-year-old Alaskan Malamute.
While Walker is nearly as old as Sterling, his owners describe him as “boisterous,” which keeps Sterling in high spirits.
The pair of pooches are featured on their own Instagram page @sterlingandwalker, where Lillian shares adorable footage of the duo tumbling in the snow and other outdoorsy photos.
Sterling seemed depressed after a glaucoma took his vision, worrying his owners, Lillian and Mark McKee, that he was going downhill.
“When he was diagnosed with glaucoma, it was devastating,” said Lillian, 49. “We tried to fight it for a year and a half, with six treatments four times a day, but we knew it couldn’t prevent it for much longer.”
Sterling’s surgery failed to save his eyesight — but his mood hasn’t dampened since Walker came into his life as an accidental service dog, she told Mercury News.
“After his first procedure, he was pretty down, but we took him to the beach with Walker and he perked up instantly,” said Lillian, who works as a hard analysis documenter. “We’ve found that still doing his favorite activities like running, long walks, trips to the beach have really helped him to be his old cheery self.”
Walker loves to play, she said, adding that she doesn’t think he realizes Sterling is blind sometimes. The inseparable pair hike, run, eat and sleep next to each other, and Sterling even bosses his brother around.
The duo do everything together and even match outfits.sterlingandwalke / MERCURY PRESSFor their outings, the McKees fashioned a pair of special googles to protect Sterling’s eyes, along with matching bandanas for the two pups to prance in. To make sure Walker doesn’t feel left out, he even has a pair of doggy ski goggles, too.
“They both look so handsome in their bandanas and have about 100 between them,” Lillian said.
The two explore the great outdoors, donning matching bandanas.sterlingandwalke / MERCURY PRESSThe couple was worried Sterling would be depressed after going blind, but Walker cheered him up.sterlingandwalke / MERCURY PRESSWhile the pair keeps each other’s tails wagging, they couldn’t be more opposite.
“Sterling loves meeting people, car rides and has a few selective toys that he sometimes plays with, but other than that, is rather a distinguished gentleman,” she said. “Walker, however, is definitely the goofy court jester. He’ll try and steal Sterling’s special treats, playfully attack him and just be a bouncy ball of fur.”
Sterling adjusted quite well to his new lifestyle, especially with a pal like Walker.sterlingandwalke / MERCURY PRESSLillian adopted both furry friends from a rescue she set up for larger Northern dog breeds. She called Sterling her “foster fail,” after fostering him and not being able to give him up to be officially adopted.
“I wasn’t planning on adopting Walker either, but when his foster couldn’t look after him anymore, he instantly became part of the family,” she said.
They never go anywhere without each other, even when they sleep.sterlingandwalke / MERCURY PRESS