Love story re­ally is blind

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Fe­lic­ity Reid

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.

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