A toy poodle called Muffin has been given a new lease of life thanks to a special ‘halo’ designed by his owner.
US designer Silvie Bordeaux noticed 13-year-old Muffin’s confidence declined after losing his sight and she was determined to help him.
“My precious 13-and-a-half-year-old toy poodle Muffin Bordeaux, went blind approximately two years ago due to cataracts,” Silvie said. “I was devastated, since he kept bumping into walls and falling down the stairs.
"He became very depressed and was afraid to move around. I could not let him out of my sight and carried him around everywhere. I searched the internet extensively for solutions/assistance.
"That was when I realised that there is a great need for products to assist blind/visually impaired dogs, so I invented this aid for dog device or guide."
She designed Muffin’s halo – a ring suspended the dog’s head – to protect him from running into walls or bumping into furniture.
Since the first prototype was created for Muffin, the halo has been adapted to suit different sized dogs. Silvie has since expanded the range of halos, which are now available in three fun designs, the original halo, butterfly wings and quarterback jerseys for the boys.
“He just loves this aid and is back to his peppy confident self,” she said. Muffin also loves all the attention he gets when I take him on walks, as he looks like a little angel. Most importantly, I can leave him at home for hours and know that he is safe.”
The halos are made using a lightweight copper wire that lets dogs feel what they are bumping into.
The comfortable harness is shaped like a pair of wings.
"We have set up a non-profit company called Second Chances for Blind Dogs that donates Muffin's Halo to blind dogs in shelters and rescues to help them find their ‘Furever Homes’ quickly."
Muffin's Halos cost between $63 (£42) and $118 (£80).