Charlie is a sweet, blind 11-year-old golden retriever.

The dog’s guardians, Chelsea and Adam Stipe, found out Charlie had glaucoma and knew they had to do what they could to keep their pup healthy. The couple dipped into their retirement plan to provide Charlie with the necessary medical care to save his life. Sadly, both of Charlie’s eyes had to be removed.

The Stipes had always hoped to welcome another puppy into the family and decided to get one during Chelsea’s pregnancy. On New Year’s Day, the couple adopted Maverick.

Having a puppy around took some getting used to for Charlie, but he and Maverick became pals, and the younger pup began assisting Charlie while they played and walked together.

Chelsea described their canine companions: “They’re both pretty crazy and special. They’re definitely our entertainment.”

The couple is amazed at the positive impact Maverick has had on Charlie’s quality of life. According to Adam, having a “seeing-eye dog” has Charlie acting like a puppy again — he’s back to his playful old self and loves taking walks!