Dogs will do anything for their human, but how far would you go for your four-legged best friend? One Florida man went so far, he completed the majority of a 1,100-mile hike across the Sunshine State carrying his blind dog on his back.
When Rohrig left for his long hikes, he noticed that Katana seemed upset. He started wondering if she would want to go on these hikes with him. He decided to try taking her on an easy trail, and she loved it!
“She loved every second of the freedom out there and getting to explore new places,” Rohrig told The Dodo. “I truly think that’s every dog’s dream.”
Katana was already an experienced hiker when she started losing her vision. She and her dad had gamely completed the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail together and were in the middle of a 2,650-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail when glaucoma clouded her left eye.
The two were forced to leave the wilderness so Katana could have surgery, but returned as soon as the vet cleared her to finish the trail together. However, the vet warned Rohrig that Katana would probably have to have her other eye removed in the future.
Two years later, the glaucoma spread to Katana’s other eye, and it was also removed. The pup was now blind, and unfortunately, she had trouble adjusting to living without sight.
“At first she was very cautious and timid about doing anything,” Rohrig said. “She seemed unsure of herself.”