Love story really is blind
It’s a blind date with a difference.
Doris the dove and Tekau-Fota, a blind alsatian labrador cross, make unlikely companions but owner Gordon Blair of Dairy Flat says the pair have been inseparable for nearly two months.
Tekau-Fota, phonetically named after his north Waikato home town Te Kauwhata, has lymphoma that led to recent and sudden blindness.
As the 11-year-old dog learns to feel his way, his feathered friend is right beside him.
While Mr Blair leads Tekau-Fota around his Bawden Rd property, Doris is never far away, flying to various points along the route.
“The sound of her guides him to where he is going.”
The flit-flit of Doris’ wings and her cooing urges him to follow.
But it wasn’t love at first sight.
The two have lived with the Blairs for six years.
Tekau-Fota also starred in a Qantas advert as a pup.
The doting dove, who arrived out of the blue
Unlikely pair: Doris the dove and Tekau-Fota disregard their differences as they embark on an improbable love match.