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Gift of a Guide: A Year On

Another milestone has come and gone; Lacey and I have been a team for a year now. As the day crept upon us, I really couldn’t believe it had been a year since she came into my life, but then again she has become such a part of not just my life but my family…

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Scholarship Recipient #3: Kimberlee Brooker

Our second scholarship recipient is Kimberlee Brooker from the South Coast of NSW. Kimberlee is studying a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Wollongong. What is your visual condition and how has it affected you? I lost my sight suddenly over night at the age of five. I was diagnosed three months later with…

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Article: Chrissy’s push to break down barriers

Thank you to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT for writing this wonderful article on our Founder, Chrissy Antonopoulos, and her journey with Guide Dog Lacey. Chrissy talks about her goals for 2017 including breaking down the stereotypes of blindness. https://www.guidedogs.com.au/news-events/news/chrissys-push-break-down-barriers    

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From Puppy to Guide: Meeting Lacey’s Puppy Raiser

How does a cute, fluffy puppy end up acting as a person's guide? The process is much longer and involves many more people than you would expect. I always knew there was a long process a puppy goes through to become a Guide Dog, but I wan't aware of the details. When I was asked…

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Life with a Guide: Six Months On

Can you believe six months has already past since I first wrote about getting my Guide Dog, Lacey? Well I certainly can't. Even though it feels like Lacey has been part of our family for as long as I can remember, the past few months have flown. Image: Giving Lacey directions walking down a street.…

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The Ups and Downs of Guide Dog Training

Image: Lacey and I with the statue Guide Dog. I am almost at the end of my training with my new Guide Dog Lacey. We did three 'full-time' weeks and have one more day left before we graduate as a team! It has been an exciting, stressful, tiring, frustrating and rewarding few weeks. Week one…

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Day 1 of Guide Dog Training

What. A. Day. I don't think I've had a day where I have experienced so many emotions in such a short period of time. I'll start at the beginning. I had a sleepless night; I was anxious about the day ahead. I couldn't really put my finger on why my belly was churning and my chest…

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Guide Dog Eve

Tomorrow is the day I meet my first Guide Dog. My emotions are mixed. I'm nervous, excited and scared. There is a lot of planning and work that goes into receiving a Guide Dog and I hope to share my continuing journey with my new dog. This week knowing that I would meet my dog,…

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A Guide Dog Experience

Last week I had an assessment for a Guide Dog. I have been using the cane for some time now (you would know Mr Cane and I have had a rocky relationship if you've been following my blog for a while) and have been considering a Guide Dog for my mobility. Mobility aids are a…

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