A video featuring a homemade aid for a blind dog has grabbed the Internet’s attention — in part because of the sweet little guy who stars in it.
As shown in the viral clip, the “Bumper Buddy” is a harness with a small hoop at the level of the dog’s chest. The ring acts as a buffer as the dog navigates any space. When the bumper hits something, the dog knows to change direction.
The clever gadget gets its name from the demonstration video’s adorable pooch, Buddy, who went blind from cataracts.
Jesse, one of Buddy’s owners, told The Huffington Post that the device is a “reimagined” do-it-yourself version of halo-style devices on the market and is not for sale. He and his fiancee, Jordan, adapted the design from similar products by placing the ring at chest level in the hope of further protecting Buddy’s face, he said. He adapted the harness for Buddy, and the two of them came up with the idea of using a plastic hanger strap as the bumper. (A more detailed how-to explanation can be found here.)
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