Blind border collie looking for new home with best friend who acts as guide dog

Rebecca Speare-Cole
Bess and Roy are inseparable and looking for a new home: RSPCA Westmorland

A blind border collie is looking for a new home with his best friend who acts as his guide dog.

Nine-year-old border collies Bess and Roy were rescued by an RSPCA inspector, who found them tied up in the woods near Westmorland in the Lake District.

The RSPCA Westmorland branch believe that the pair were previously working collies on a farm but were abandoned when the owner could no longer care for them.

Branch manager Christine Lowe said that the pair are "extremely close" with Roy heavily relying on Bess.

Roy heavily relies on Bess and the pair are

"The most important thing for this pair is that they are rehomed together," she said.

“Roy is blind in one eye and has seriously impaired vision in the other so he relies on Bess in many ways, she’s essentially his doggy guide dog!

“They are both lovely, friendly, happy dogs who deserve a home where they’ll get all of the affection they crave as they come into their senior years.”

The pair were abandoned in a woodland area in South Lakeland. (RSPCA Westmorland)

Bess and Roy are up for adoption under the branch’s elderly animal rehoming scheme.

Anyone who takes them on will receive ongoing financial assistance with their veterinary needs.

They are both happy being left home alone for short periods of time and know some basic commands such as "sit".

The pair would be best suited in a home with no cats but would be happy living with a family with older children, Ms Lowe added.

She said: “We believe they’ve never lived in a domestic environment and are not house-trained and have lived outside most of their lives so we’re looking for new owners who are prepared to work with them or who have suitable outside accommodation for them.

“They need a home where they can live out their days in comfort with someone who understands their unique needs."