For the past year, the MMGCA team in Forfar has been supporting Eddie, a very special black Labrador who is training to become a Guide Dog.
Every hour another person in the UK goes blind. There are around 5,000 Guide Dog owners in the UK, which means 5,000 blind or partially sighted people are enabled to lead an independent life.
Eddie will literally be changing lives. Our team in Forfar receive regular Pup-dates on Eddie’s progress and we were all pleased to hear that he is settling in well at the home of his trainer Dan in London. Dan and Eddie attend the Redbridge Training School in Marlow where Eddie’s obedience skills such as walking on narrow pavements, using pedestrian crossings and ignoring distractions such as other dogs and pigeons are polished up.
Dan is currently assessing a number of possible candidates to get the right match for Eddie. He is looking for a person that is as sweet, gentle and loving as this very special dog.
It costs £5 a day to support a working Guide Dog, a lifetime cost of approximately £55,000. The value to a blind or partially sighted person is immeasurable.
If you would like to get involved please visit Guide Dogs UK.