man carries blind dog

Kyle Rohrig and his canine Katana used to complete thousand-mile climbs gracefully – yet when the brave little dog lost her vision, she likewise lost her certainty.

The dynamic human-dog team had been part of the way through finishing the 2,650-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail when Katana’s left eye began to cloud once again from glaucoma.

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Rohrig and Katana enjoyed a break from the trail so she could experience the medical procedure for her vision loss, yet they immediately came back toward the west coast so they could complete the climb.

After two years, Katana was visually impaired in the two eyes – and Rohrig was sorrowful to see his once-fearless climbing partner tensely endeavoring to move their living room.

Rather than leaving his canine to retirement, be that as it may, Rohrig began figuring an arrangement to help Katana recapture her confidence.

In the wake of doing some underlying preparing with Katana, Rohrig in the long run set out to take her on the Florida Trail: a tiresome 1,100-mile climb through the marshes and waterways of the Everglades.

The two started their voyage toward the beginning of January. Regardless of her handicap, Katana would walk a couple of miles of the trail without anyone else consistently. At whatever point the mates experienced swamps or floodwaters, Rohrig would lash the 21-pound puppy onto his backpack and bring her through the deceptive territory.

Following 72 days of climbing, they completed the trail in late March. Aggregately, Rohrig had conveyed Katana for 800 miles – however since Katana had additionally strolled 200 miles of the trail all without anyone else, she had experienced an observable change.

“I don’t know exactly how she did it, but she could lead me down the trail perfectly, without hitting a single obstacle while accounting for every twist and turn in the trail,” Rohrig told The Dodo. “Katana went from cautious and timid to confident and curious.”


“She’s not just dealing with her new circumstances — she’s thriving, and she’s thriving wherever she goes,” Rohrig added. “We have many more adventures planned, and I’m going to keep taking her until she ceases to enjoy them. We’re both living the dream.”


If you would like to keep up with their travels, you can follow Rohrig and Katana on their blog or their Instagram page.