By George Day • 03 March 2020 • 11:57
A pit bull and a blind chicken are best friends and do everything together.
Peri the chicken was adopted by a loving family when she was only days old. She suffered a severe eye infection after 6 months and despite medication and help from specialists, Peri would soon lose her eyesight.
Christa Hubbard, Peri’s owner said: “We made adjustments to help her as she lost her sight: bowls on a throw rug that make noise, special low roosting bars, an ottoman in the living room to ‘watch’ TV with us.”
Peri has been described as the ‘most cuddly chicken around’ and has formed an unbreakable bond with the family pit bull – Taj.
When Peri joined the family, Taj was aware that something was wrong and immediately wanted to help.
“He was 3 years old and quickly took to helping her find her way,” Hubbard said.
“A seeing eye dog for a hen. These two spent the next eight years together. He would guide and protect her. They napped together, sunbathed together.
“Taj died in July 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Peri was lost without her buddy – she knew he was gone.”
With Taj now gone, Christa was worried about the void that he left in Peri’s life. To repair the loss the family experienced, she adopted two new pit bull puppies.
As soon as the puppies arrived, Peri had visibly perked up and is now close with her pit bull sister, Gracie.
“Gracie will bring Peri a toy, place it in front of her and wait,” Hubbard said.
“When Peri is out in her yard doing chicken things, Gracie can be found laying outside the fence waiting for her (Peri has a fenced-in area as we have a pool).
“When Peri is on her ottoman ‘watching’ TV, Gracie brings her a toy. First thing in the morning when we get up, Gracie checks on her sleeping friend.”
Taj meant so much to Peri, and now Gracie is just as important to her new friend. The two sisters are always together, and Gracie seems to have made it her mission to keep Peri safe, happy and never without a toy for the rest of her life.
“I believe this is just the beginning of where Taj left off,” Hubbard added.
“Two sweet souls have found each other.”
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