As soon as Roy grabs his hat, Guide Dog ‘Alanna’ knows their day is about to begin with a four kilometre walk around his local area in Beaudesert.
Roy is one of the many proud graduates to be recognised at this year’s Guide Dogs Queensland Graduation in celebration of his new partnership with ‘Alanna’.
For the past 40 years, Roy has gradually been losing his vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. With only two per cent vision remaining, he describes his vision as being “like looking through a drinking straw seeing a foggy vision at the end.”
When Roy’s sight deteriorated, he turned to Guide Dogs Queensland for guidance and support.
“I first got involved with Guide Dogs Queensland when I started to trip over and bump into things on my morning walks,” he said.
“I was about to travel around Australia, so I thought I’d better do something about it.”
Roy used a white cane for 12 years before he was matched with his first Guide Dog ‘Andy’ in 2008. After many years working as a great team, it was time for ‘Andy’ to retire and hand the guiding role over to new Guide Dog ‘Alanna’.
With ‘Andy’ still living with Roy in retirement, Roy is looking forward to officially graduating with ‘Alanna’ and starting their working life together.
“Having a Guide Dog gives me extra incentive to make the most of every day and I can’t wait to see what the future holds with ‘Alanna’.”
We will be celebrating Roy and ‘Alanna’s’ achievement and those of other Queenslanders who have completed advanced orientation and mobility training or been matched with a Guide Dog over the past year at our Graduation ceremony on Thursday 13 October. Follow us on Facebook to ensure you don’t miss any coverage of the event.
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