Council helps pay for ‘lifesaver’ dog

by Leanne Thompson on March 12, 2009

You normally expect councils to be the ones charging you for luxuries and necessities, but Wendy Hillings, living in Devon, is pleased to find that her council is offering her money for a dog she has described as a lifesaver.

Wendy, who lives in Barnstaple, Devon, suffers from a skin condition that means her skin is very brittle and blisters constantly. She has been given a golden retriever named Edward to help perform daily tasks to save her skin from blistering.

Edward has been helping Wendy since he was a puppy, and responds to over 100 different (more…)

Blind man ‘too slow’ to have a guide dog

by Darren Jamieson on August 13, 2008

Eric Gamsby, a 78-year-old blind man, has been told he will not get another guide dog when his current dog, a 9-year old Golden Retriever named Alice, retires. The reason given by the charity ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ is that Eric walks too slowly to benefit from a guide dog.

Eric has relied on guide dogs for the past 20 years to allow him to stay mobile, and he’s had Alice for the past 6 years. However when Alice retires soon Eric will have the dog taken from him, and will not be given another one.

Officials for the charity have stated that because Eric’s health is poor and his mobility is sufficiently hindered that he cannot have another guide dog.

Eric is a retired factory worker who has had guide dogs since he was 60-years-old. (more…)

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