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Before any canine can undergo guide dog training, they spend the first year of their lives living with a volunteer family known as "happy walkers". Hitomi has always wanted a dog, but since her father’s work requires that they move house regularly, her home life is never stable enough to own a pet. Then one day, Hitomi learns of the "happy walker" scheme, and signs up. That is when she meets Eye, a timid puppy and the runt of his litter. After immediately bonding with him, Hitomi spends every free moment raising Eye to be the perfect guide dog and soon finds that the loyal pup has just as much to teach her as she has to teach him. However, when their year together is up, the pair must bid a tearful farewell and hope that one day when Eye has fulfilled his duty he will return home to her once more...
Eien no With and Helen ESP are both about the relationship between a young girl and a seeing eye dog.
Although these two manga have very different tones and plots, (Eien no With has a lot of drama/tragedy, and Helen ESP is about the supernatural), both switch a lot between being cute/fluffy and tragic/creepy.
One day, social worker Okutsu receives a case about an unidentified man and dog found dead in an empty car abandoned in the wilderness. Forensics show that the man died a year and a half ago, while the dog outlived him by many months, never leaving his side. While researching the unidentified corpse, Okutsu feels sorry for the canine that stayed faithfully nearby, not understanding that his master had passed, which triggers a flood of memories of his own beloved companion that helped him through the difficulties of his upbringing.
The fifth chapter of White Clouds and Eien no With are two melancholy tales about dogs and their owners. Both are likely to make you cry, especially for those who have had pet dogs/gone through similar situations.