When Hoshi was 11 years old, he had to have both of his eyes removed due to glaucoma, leaving him completely blind. He was in a lot of pain, and there were times his family thought he wouldn’t make it.

perritosThings were pretty rough for Hoshi for a while — until he met Zen.

Hoshi’s parents adopted Zen six months before Hoshi’s surgery to have his eyes removed. The tiny dog was found wandering the snowy streets of Spokane, Washington, filthy and matted. Like Hoshi, Zen also has some special needs, including an enlarged heart, pulmonary edema, a narrowed trachea and really bad teeth.

perritos3“The moment I saw him, I was in love,” Pauline Perez, the duo’s mom, told The Dodo. “Little did we know the big role he would end up playing in Hoshi’s life.”

perritos1Perez and her boyfriend were unsure how Hoshi would feel about Zen, since he was going through so much, but as it turned out, Zen was exactly what Hoshi needed.

“I was a little worried how Hoshi would react when I brought Zen home from the shelter,” Perez said. “To my surprise, he didn’t bark at all. He kept smelling him, staying close to him. Now they are inseparable.”

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