When Hoshi was about 11 years old, he developed glaucoma so bad that he had to have both of his eyes removed, which left him totally blind.
He was in such terrible pain, that at times his family didn’t know if he would live thorough it.
And for a while, things were really rough for Hoshi – but then he met Zen
Hoshi’s mom and dad adopted Zen about six months before Hoshi had to have the surgery to remove his eyes. They found the little bitty dog wandering around the snowy streets of Spokane, Washington. He was dirty and terribly matted.
And just like Hoshi, Zen also suffered with special needs issues. He had an enlarged heart, pulmonary edema, a narrowed trachea and his teeth were in terrible condition.
“The moment I saw him, I was in love,” said Pauline Perez, the pups’ mom. “Little did we know the big role he would end up playing in Hoshi’s life.”
Perez, along with her boyfriend, didn’t know how Hoshi would feel having Zen around, since he was already struggling with issues of his own, but it turned out that Zen was just what Hoshi needed.
“I was a little worried how Hoshi would react when I brought Zen home from the shelter,” said Perez. “To my surprise, he didn’t bark at all. He kept smelling him, staying close to him. Now they are inseparable.”
“They are hiking buddies,” said Perez. “We attach a leash together and Zen does the leading. Even if they’re on two separate leashes, Zen walks beside him.”
And it’s not just Zen that helps Hoshi! Hoshi has also helped his pal Zen quite a bit too. When Zen first came to live at his new home, he was extremely nervous and quiet, but with Hoshi helping him, he warmed up and allowed that quirky personality of his come shining through.
“Zen picked up a lot of Hoshi’s habits,” said Perez.
Take a look at the two best friends in the video below to see how much they love each other! It’s SO sweet!
See more of Hoshi and Zen on their Instagram.