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An eleven-year-old golden retriever named Charlie lost his eyesight due to glaucoma, but a new friend is giving him a renewed leash on life and helping him look on the bright side.

Charlie's owners Adam and Chelsea Stipe from Mooresville, North Carolina, made the difficult decision to have his left eye removed in 2016 due to the pain caused by the glaucoma.


A year later, Charlie's right eye was removed for the same reason.

Despite the expensive but necessary procedure, Chelsea Stipe said it was an easy decision. She told NBC.

"For us it was a no-brainer, empty our retirement plan to care for this dog because he makes us happy."

Thankfully, the Stipe's paired Charlie up with his own "seeing eye puppy" – a four-month old who is named Maverick.

The pair has established a very special bond that warrants their own Instagram page.

Meet Charlie and Maverick.

Charlie didn't take to the new family member at first, but in a matter of time, Maverick adopted his important role in helping Charlie "see" and won him over.


Chelsea Stipe told TODAY:

"When Maverick and Charlie play, it's definitely great to watch because Charlie turns into such a puppy. It's sweet to see them get along and enjoy each other."


Maverick is such a good doggo; he makes sure he walks close to his impaired companion so he doesn't bump into anything. "They almost turn into little sled dogs where they'll walk together," observed Chelsea.

Despite losing his vision, Chelsea said Charlie hasn't given up on having a good time, and Maverick is ensuring he won't miss a thing.

"When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so (Maverick) would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime," she told NBC Philadelphia.

It doesn't get any cuter than this.



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Since starting the Instagram account a week ago, their page gained over 65K followers to date.

It's no wonder why animal lovers are falling in love with this adorable duo.




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We could learn a thing or two from our furry friends.


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@charlieandmav/Instagram



Chelsea said the response to her pals's Instagram page has been overwhelming, and other owners whose dogs suffered from glaucoma reached out to the Stipes.

"We have definitely been overwhelmed with the response, but it's such a good thing. We love how positive the community is and how happy (the dogs) are making everyone."

You can follow Charlie and Maverick's Instagram page for more photos.

Their page's description reads:

"Two best buds living life to the fullest."

They sure are leading by example.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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