Friday, March 18, 2011

Cute Guide Dog story

A Suffolk man was devastated when his faithful guide dog lost his sight - so he got a new dog to act as eyes for both of them.

Edward had given Graham Waspe, 60, six years of loyal service until he had to have both eyes removed after developing inoperable cataracts.

Mr Waspe, from Stowmarket, couldn't bear to be parted from his canine companion - so he got a new guide dog to look after them both.

Now two-year-old Opal acts as the eyes for both Graham and Edward, who is now living out a well deserved retirement.

"My wife and I cried when we heard Edward had glaucoma and would be losing his sight but we were determined to keep caring for him," said Mr Waspe.

"Since losing his sight last October, he has just adapted incredibly well. He and Opal are very affectionate and just love to lie down together."

Despite being unable to see, eight-year-old Edward, who is otherwise healthy, has shown no sign of slowing down.

Graham, who is registered blind, has only limited vision in one of his eyes due to two separate incidents earlier in his life.

Now Graham, Edward and Opal raise awareness of the Guide Dogs charity by visiting local schools and community groups.


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